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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Scarcity and Abundance (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) [Jon’s Pick of the week]

It's been done before, or, the snapped twig (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)

Why the DOJ's Potential Lawsuit Over the Agency Model is a Really Big Deal (Nathan Bransford)

The Well Drawn Villain (Mike Kabongo)

Writing Multiple Books a Year (Elizabeth Spann Craig)

What’s an Author-Agent Agreement? (Rachelle Gardner)

Thoughts on social media (The Intern)

How Does a Publishing Auction Work? (Rachelle Gardner)

How do you deal with writer envy? (Patty Jansen)

When a Writing Contest Has a Hidden Agenda (Victoria Strauss)



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2011, and last week’s list.



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writerjenn
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linking!

I have many thoughts about the social media thing, as discussed by The Intern. But they can probably be summed up as:

--For a very few writers, social media will lead to noticeably bigger book sales (largely because they are so incredibly good at a particular online network).

--For many writers, social media won't add much to sales.

--For most writers, it will mean *some* sales they wouldn't have had otherwise. And since most social media are free and also enjoyable, then why not?

Interestingly, most of the sales and attention I've gotten on my own (as opposed to through my publisher) came from my online activities. Also, online presence leads to other activities beyond direct sales: my appearances at almost every book festival, including a panel slot at ALA; almost all of my book signings; even a sale to an anthology I wouldn't have known about but for my online connections. The promotion my publisher does for me still looms much larger than what I can do on my own, that's true, but without the online component, my own ripple would be much smaller.

I don't view the purpose of my online presence to be selling my books all the time, though. I judge based on what I like to see on other writers' sites: let me know when you have a new book coming out and what it's about, let me know when it releases and if you get a major honor, and then most of the time let's talk about other things. So that's what I try to put out there, too.

Also, I've realized I find almost all of my own new reading choices online: by reading reviews or recommendations or even just synopses. It's not always the author's own site that leads to that sale, either, it's when other people summarize or recommend the book!
jongibbs
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)
Good points all.

I feel pretty much the same. I see blogging and (to a lesser extent) other social media as a way to get off people's 'Never heard of him' list and onto their 'That name rings a bell' list. Sure, sales do come as a result, but not too many, and certainly not in life-changing numbers, but as you said, that's not what it's really about.
lavericknine
Mar. 17th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
Very interesting blog posts. Many of the ones I read have a unique, trendy writing style (Jansen's was a lot of fun.) Thanks for linking these.

I also read the INTERN's post. I'm in the boat with the people who go by recommendation and Goodreads. From what I've heard and read word of mouth is still the main way to sell anything. If I wrote a book and targeted a niche audience I might put more effort into online, but I don't necessarily want people to feel obligated (as some mentioned in comments.)

I think having a website is important. Whenever I want to know more about an author or research an author it's nice to be able find a hub of information. If I find a news feed or blog it's can be frustrating. I want specific information.
jongibbs
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. We definitely need somewhere folks can go to find out static or slow-changing information about is and our work without having to search for it.
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