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There are many nuances to self-publishing, but one thing remains constant: with self-publishing, you (the author) are the publisher. Therefore, even if you have a single title that you are trying to sell, you are in the business of publishing. And as such, you owe it to yourself to stay on top of trends and developments in the industry. Thankfully, that no longer means you have to subscribe to fairly expensive trade magazines. In our internet culture, the news of the day in the publishing world is at your fingertips through many helpful online blogs. Here are few of my favorites:

 

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing - This blog is the brain child of thriller author and Kindle superstar J.A. Konrath. Konrath began the blog in the early days of his publishing adventures to help his fellow writers, and he's continued to regularly update it over the years as he successfully navigated the twists and turns of the industry. The blog is a must-read for both newbies and veterans of the publishing game.

 

GalleyCat - This website provides short commentary on the big publishing news of the day and also provides links to the original source material. It's a great site to get a sense of what everyone else is talking about in the publishing industry.

 

PWxyz - This is Publishers Weekly's blog. Publishers Weekly is a respectable trade magazine that gave birth to the granddaddy of all publishing sites. The main site is great, but I enjoy PWxyz much more. It has style, personality, and a ton of useful information. PWxyz does opinion posts, but its most popular posts come from its PW Morning Report, which is a list of usually five to eight publishing stories from around the globe.

 

There Are No Rules - This is Writer's Digest's blog that is maintained by Jane Friedman. Jane knows her stuff, and she has a lot of well-informed friends in the publishing industry. She also does a Twitter round-up every week that lists the best publishing tweets from the previous week.

 

These are just four of the blogs I frequent. There are others I read, but only on a semi-regular basis. You will discover that visiting these sites regularly and clicking on their links to other stories around the internet will give you many new sources of publishing information that you can add to your favorites list. Happy surfing!

 

-Richard

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

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As a writer of fiction, you have to be a jack of all trades at times. I have gone to many strange places on the Internet in search of information or knowledge that would help make my story that much better. The Internet truly is a virtually endless source of facts and - yes - misinformation. These are the ten sites I have found to be the most useful resources for fiction writers.

 

Dictonary.com - Can't remember how to spell chrysanthemums? Need another word for maniac? Not really sure what the word didactic means? Dictionary.com is my favorite spot on the Internet for all things words. Whether it's the meaning, the proper spelling, or a more literary synonym, you'll find it here.

 

Baby Names World - Nickelodeon's Parents Connect Baby Names World website isn't just a great place to find the perfect name for that next bundle of joy. It's also great for finding a fitting name for your protagonist. Looking for a name that means "brave" or "wise" or virtually anything else, you can probably find it here. Their search by meaning option has been a lifesaver for me on a number of occasions.

 

Crime and Clues - Want a peak into police procedure on a crime scene? Maybe you need to tap into that criminal mind, but you of course do not have the personal experience to draw from. Crimes and Clues can help you tangle that mystery you're trying to build.

 

Mythical Creatures Guide - There are more than just vampires and werewolves to include in your next horror novel. Cultures from throughout history and in every corner of our globe have had a catalog of monsters that have provided plenty of screams and scares. The Mythical Creatures Guide can provide you with plenty of inspiration for your next creepy creature.

 

This Day in History - Even if you're writing fiction, you want some basis in fact. This Day in History provides a great database of historical events on every day of the year. Just type in the day, and you'll be on your way to giving your story a little historical perspective.

 

Popular Science - This is a fantastic site for a look at all the latest advances in technology and science. You'll find plenty of information on what's current and what the future may hold.

 

How Stuff Works - Details can flesh out a character and plotline. Even in a fictional world, authenticity can take your story to a whole new level.

 

Space - The final frontier is a mystery in and of itself. The more you know about the skies above you, the more you can draw your reader in and make them true fans of your work, particularly if you're a science fiction author. Just because it's "science fiction"; doesn't mean your reader doesn't want it to be plausible. If you write that Titan orbits Neptune, you'll probably lose a reader.

 

Snopes - There's nothing built better for a book-length work of fiction than a good urban legend. But does that urban legend contain any truth to it? Snopes is a website dedicated to solving the origins of urban legends.

 

Strange Facts - Did you know that there are 18 different animal shapes in Animal Cracker cookies? Or that forest fires move faster uphill than down? If you visited Strange Facts, you would know all that and more. A great place to find those little tidbits that may separate your story from others.

Those are mine. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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