5 Interesting Links for 06-08-2018

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Finance (Animals)

A dog has figured out currency transactions…sort of.

Universal Income (Economics)

The meaning of and research behind universal basic income in these uncertain times.

Science (Photography)

A photographer explores the microscopic structure used to produce iridescence in peacock feathers.

Marketing (Publishing)

A discussion of different marketing areas that are often used incorrectly or ignored. It’s a good list to review to make sure you’re on target for your marketing efforts.

Philosophy (Steampunk)

Conventions come into existence for many reasons. I found the philosophy behind this one admirable.

How Beer Saved the World 2 edited by Phyllis Irene Radford

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2 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 06-08-2018

  1. Amy Keeley says:

    I read most of the links, but the most interesting one to me was the Reedsy one. Great advice overall, especially about mailing lists and SEO. I take only mild issue with the advice on covers, but then, I’ve seen some really awful indie covers, some of my own included. The issue, as always, is money. I hope the stories are strong enough to overcome that, but until I get more money in, I have to do my best to make a cover that looks professional.

    Anyway, sorry to kind of rant about that. In the early days I was really encouraged by those like Dean Smith who were all about bootstrapping a publishing business. Nowadays, I wonder if that’s possible. It doesn’t matter, though. I’ll still write, no matter what. And articles like the one from Reedsy help very much with showing me what I can do. Thanks!

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      There’s always a balance on the investment. Some of my titles have made back their investments, others not so much, and the amount invested is different per title as well.

      A hideous cover will guarantee your book never gets a good enough reach…unless you get it into the hands of an avid fan who will talk it up for you and is trusted enough to overlook the cover :). So even there, it’s not cut and dried. Professional is the goal, and that means a clear genre statement and readable text (usually in interesting fonts). The bar isn’t set so high that it’s out of reach, but you have to study it and reach for it, which not all indies have done. You also need to step back from your vision and assess for the market…something I still struggle with.

      Glad you got something out of them :).

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