Friday Roundup: 5 Articles About Writing/Publishing You May Have Missed

Today I thought I'd share some articles I sent to my reading list lately.  They are encouraging for writers in the most part, but two of them are very interesting for we self-publishing fanatics.  Here they are:

  1. Self Publishing Isn't Going Away - Jeremy Greenfield over at The Journal News is reporting that self-publishing is still big business, and it doesn't seem to be ebbing any time soon.  Of course the article mentions the success of authors like Amanda Hocking who basically went from high school educated quiet writer to overnight success.  Can you have the same success as Hocking?  It's really a crap shoot, but at least the big publishing companies are taking notice of self-publishing's money making potential.
  2. Indie Bookstores and Self-Publishers Team Up - Molly Driscoll at The Christian Science Monitor reports about the increasing trend of indie bookstores and self-publishers who are pooling their efforts.  Indie bookstores used to shy away from self-publishers because the quality of the books were so poor, but now that trend is changing.  Check it out here.
  3. Advice From Paul Lynch - Over at The Daily Beast, Noah Charney scored an interview with Irish writer Paul Lynch, author of Red Sky In Morning who not only talks about his new book, but also gives some great advice about writing and his personal process.
  4. Who Doesn't Love the Coen Brothers? - NPR's Fresh Air had a great broadcast interviewing the Ethan and Joel Coen about the process they used to write The Big Lebowski and other screenplays.  It was entertaining and certainly informative for any writer.
  5. The Authors Chime In - Joe Fassler's article in The Atlantic is probably one of the best compilations of author advice ever.  He has tips from everyone from Stephen King to Khaled Hosseini.  There are actual tips about proofing, characterization, and a host of other hot button issues all writers face when writing a novel.  Don't miss it!