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 and Editing

Writing Discipline And Mindset For Authors With James Scott Bell from Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn and James Scott Bell discuss how to make a living as a writer.

2 Ways to Tell You’re Beginning Your Story Too Soon from K.M. Weiland

The beginning of your story has to hook your readers. K.M. Weiland gives you two guidelines to make sure your story isn’t beginning too soon.

Why Writers Need to Fail on a Regular Basis from Colleen M. Story

How often do you fail? Colleen M. Story makes a case for why you need to be failing regularly.

Women and men have different points of view from Venture Galleries

When you write men and women, do they focus on different things? Rayne Hall makes a case for giving men and women different aspects to focus on in their points of view.

John Adamus: Why Editing (By An Editor Who Isn’t You) Matters on Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds

Editing matters, and John Adamus tells you why.

Sniping The Doubt and How To Hire and Afford An Editor from John Adamus

John Adamus has good content! First he talks about how to deal with doubt and the one question every author asks: “How do I afford an editor?”

On Marketing

The Risks of Offering a Freebie from Jami Gold

Do you offer a book for free as part of your sales funnel? Jami Gold talks about the risks.

The Secret to a Powerful Author Brand and Branding and the Brain—What We Post Online Matters from Kristen Lamb

Kristen Lamb rocks the branding discussion this week.

Ready to Sell Your New Book? 9 Book Marketing Mistakes to Avoid from The Write Life

The Write Life provides nine big mistakes to avoid when marketing your book.

The Library Market: What Indie Authors Need to Know from Publishers Weekly

Want to get your book into libraries? This is what you need to know.

The NINC Conference—Interesting Points from Elizabeth Spann Craig

Elizabeth Spann Craig offers insight into what she learned at NINC.

Happy reading, writers!