News You Can Use – July 31, 2012

#1  Secret of Great Writers – Joseph Putnam reveals a secret that everyone should know.

Great Keynote Speech from RWA – Stephanie Laurie graciously posted her rousing keynote presentation on the business of writing. (Thank you Debby Mayne for the link!)

21 Links to Fonts for Self-Publishing – One of the biggest mistakes I see in self published books is the use of the wrong font. This incredible resource from The Book Designer blog will give you a crash course on what works and what doesn’t if you are attempting to create your own print book. Even if you aren’t self-publishing this type of “course” will give you a greater appreciation for the “art of book-making.”

The E-Book Marketplace is About to Change … Dramatically – Mike Shatzkin details the implications of the Department of Justice proposed settlement with some big publishers regarding the accusation of price-fixing online.

The Shakespearean Guide to Entrepreneurship – a clever post about how Shakespeare transformed himself from an als0-ran writer to “The Bard.”

How I Did Research for Three NY Times Bestsellers – Ryan Holiday talks about his secrets to doing great research.

2 Responses to News You Can Use – July 31, 2012

  1. Mike Manto July 31, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    I thought I’d share this link to a recent article from the Toronto Globe and Mail about the ebook marketplace and what it means for professional writers. I don’t agree with everything said but he argues that career authors are being driven out of the business due to the growing expectation for cheap ebooks.

  2. Timothy Fish July 31, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I agree that rewriting makes for better writers.

    As for fonts, the worst mistake I’ve ever made was publishing a book without permission to use the font. I purchased the font as soon as I discovered what I’d done, but it made me nervous for a while.

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