So, I'd like to highlight 5 articles that I think every writer should have read over the summer.
- Where Will Bookstores Be 5 Years From Now? by the always insightful Mike Shatzkin. Why you should read it: To better understand the challenges now facing the publishing community and what the future looks like.
- After 15 Years of Practice … by Derek Sivers. Why you should read it: To understand the importance of practice, patience, persistence.
- Barnes & Noble Review: Clay Shirky interview. I've mentioned this before, but it's worth mentioning again. It's critical to understanding the dynamics now at play in all of media/publishing.
- The Line Between Book and Internet Will Disappear by Hugh McGuire. Why you should read it: To stretch your thinking and ideas about what a "book" is.
- 4 Ways Not to Reek of Desperation by Mitch Joel. Why you should read it: To learn how to empower yourself without waiting for someone else to approve/validate your work.
And a bonus for anyone interested in self-publishing:
- The Ditchwalk Print-on-Demand Roadmap by Mark Barrett. One of the best articles I've seen that explains how to choose a print-on-demand service if you're self-publishing.
If you found this list useful, then you may want to subscribe to my shared items on Google Reader.