There’s a lot going on in the self-publishing world. That’s why every Friday we share the best of what our staff has been reading this week. Check out our suggestions below!

On Writing

Warning: Make This Mistake and Readers Will Hate Your Protagonist via K.M. Weiland

You know what kills a book, every time? A protagonist your readers hate. K.M. Weiland lays down what mistake you should avoid.

NaNoPlanno: Tools for NaNoWriMo Prep via Kobo Writing Life

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Better hurry, though, it starts Sunday!

7 Ways to Keep Writing During NaNo When You Only Want to Watch Football via K.M. Weiland

Bookmark this post and come back to it when you struggle with writting.

On Marketing and Publishing

The Importance of Trust  via Red Sofa Literary on Loft Literary Center

Do you trust the people you work with on your book? Red Sofa Literary explains why trust is vital to the process.

The Anatomy of an Irresistibly Good Blog Post via Brooks Editorial

Here’s what you need to know to write a blog post that’ll keep people coming back to your blog.

How to Start Your Author Newsletter in 8 Easy Steps via Author’s Atlas

If you don’t have an author newsletter yet, here’s how to get started. And yes, you should have a newsletter.

Free Checklist for “Passive” Book Marketing via Savvy Book Writers

You can’t go wrong with tips for book marketing.

Creating Your Own Blog Tour via Jo Michaels Blog

Blog tours can help get the word out about your book. Here’s how to start your own.

Four Branding Tips for Authors via Nina Amir

You’ve got an author brand, and these tips will help.

How to Write Your First Author Bio via Writing Forward

Writing bios are tough, but Writing Forward’s here to help.

Authors: Does Your Book and/or Author Website Include Book Club Questions? via Where Writers Win

Ever thought about having book club questions for your book? Check out this post from Where Writers Win.

How to Manage Your Expectations as an Author via Writers Edit

Every author needs to manage his or her expectations. This post will help.

The 5 Basic Elements of an Author Website via The Book Designer

Here’s what you need on your author website.

Happy reading!