We know that being authors, you are busy writing. So we’ve rounded up the top 5 articles that indie authors were talking about this week.  Now you can spend five minutes catching up on industry news and the rest of your day doing what you do best, writing.

1. The Amazon in the Room

Sometime in February Amazon will push an over-the-air software update to it’s Kindle. The update makes it’s easier to share book content and makes Goodreads even more prominent in the interface. Read the full details here.

Last Fall, Amazon opened it’s first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle. This week rumors started flying that Amazon has plans to open at least another 10 stores in major markets, with a possible eventual plan of opening 300-400 stores nation-wide.

2. Do you Really Want to Know How the Sausage is Made?

Tim Grahl penned an interesting article on his experience with the mechanics of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The takeaway: getting on these lists is far outside of the control of any author and your time is probably best spent focusing on driving sales and connecting with your readers.

3. My What Lovely Ears You Have

Jane Friedman featured a guest post by Jay Swanson this week detailing the 5 steps to creating an audiobook. If you’re considering publishing one of your book to audio, this is worth a read.

4. EditMinions and AutoCrits Invade

Leona Hinton published a post over at Where Writers Win on the 20 best writing and editing tools currently available on the interwebs for writers. If nothing else read it for the creative names that some of these companies have come up with for their products.

5. Because Everyone Loves a Checklist

Bookbub published a whopping long list of 98 things you can do to market your book. Items on the list will be marketing 101 for most authors and you probably already have them covered. But if you’re just getting started this is a nice checklist to add to your marketing resources folder.


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