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Friday, September 21, 2012

Publishing Pulse for Friday, September 21, 2012

Success Stories

Congratulations to the latest writer to share her success story with us! Best wishes go out to Jessica Taylor, whose tale can be found here.

Ready to write your own success story?

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Social Media

The Inspired Selection blog held a "TweetUp" on Thursday with the theme "How To Get Into Publishing". If you use Twitter, you may want to search the hashtag #InspiredTweetUp to see if you find any helpful tips.

Are you a hashtag user? Share your favorite "hashtags for writers" with us.

EBook News

Would you share your Kindle highlights with a fellow reader? You'll be throwing yourself into the latest fray in the DRM wars: can sharing highlights be considered piracy?

The results of Aptara’s and Publisher’s Weekly’s April ebook survey are out...and if you think digital reading is just a fad, you'll be disappointed. According to this article, almost 900 publishers from publishing houses of every size range participated. The surprises? Ebook lending (43% of publishers don't participate in lending programs) and enhanced ebook formats (most felt they didn't increase sales). Other highlights can be found here and the full report here.

The Bloggity Blogs

Rachelle Gardner gives us five reasons why she goes to writers' conferences...and they make me want to go, too!

Suzie Townsend shared this post on what her query responses actually mean--an excellent post for us queriers who agonize over every word in a form rejection and over-analyze each response. (Thank you, Suzie, for saving us from ourselves. *grin*)

Are you a blogger? Here are steps you can take to turn your idea into a fabulous blog post worth sharing.

Wishful Thought for the Weekend

Can Norway's publishing model work in the US? Ah, but we can dream, right, folks?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region, where she keeps the book jacket for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in a frame over her desk. Visit Ash's blog at www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com for news on her newly released urban fantasy "Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde" (Pink Narcissus Press 2012).

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