The Life Cycle of A Book


Publishing Insights offers a good start illustration of the process. Critical Consciousness makes an excellent observation about the need for initial funding. I’d add that to promote interactivity, writers could take cues from popular musicians, i.e. hype an upcoming announcement, release snippets, live podcast Q&A’s, added marketing inserts with purchase to engage the reader online.

Originally posted on Publishing Insights:


This picture illustrates the (traditional?) publishing process, which involves four major parties and twelve steps. If authors take the self-publishing approach, some steps (e.g. Agent) might be optional; if only e-book version is produced (whether on the author’s own website or under contract with publishing platforms like Amazon), then details of the Distribution step will also alter. In addition, the “Print on Demand” (POD) model is bound to have a great impact on the distribution process.

I personally think that these days it will be necessary to draw a direct link between “Writer” and “Book Buyer”/”Reader”. With online platforms like Goodreads, Amazon, and various blogging sites, writers and readers now can easily engage with each other in the life cycle of a book. Wouldn’t it be a great way to promote book sales if reading becomes more interactive?

Image Credict: International Book Promotion

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Bleeding From the Eyes

After two weeks of scouring Blogging 201 for new ideas and ways to make this site one you’ll want to keep coming back to, I think I’m officially bleeding from the eyes. My accomplishments update suggests it has been worthwhile. The experience proves to me that self-improvement comes from one or both of two places.

Others’ observations and criticisms

Cause a re-evaluation in thinking
Help to prune the weeds
Offer clarity and insight
Provide a new perspective


I believe that every writer or artist worth his salt needs a way to step back from the work to re-balance. Check around with creative types who you know, and you’ll find that they each use a different method to get in the zone: prayer or meditation, exercise or adrenaline-fueled activities, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a walk in the park, a chat with a friend or loved one, a day at the beach, or spending time with a pet or on a project in an effort to re-energize creativity. It all depends upon the individual.

While I don’t recall the minute details, I learned in a psychology class that there are two basic types of people when it comes to ways in which we humans relax so that we can think clearly. The gist is this: in any group of people, about half of them rely on quiet contemplation in order to chill out, while the others want chaos. The quiet types would be happy to get away alone for a spell while the others might choose to go to say a picnic or some place where there will be lots of people and activities in which to participate.

Figure out which one you are, and plan some time off to regroup.

I’ll do it Myselfie

I snarfed my Cheerios when I read freelance writer Damyanti’s post How Selfie Obsessed Are You? Thankfully I ate alone at the breakfast table this morning. I’ll admit that I too probably would have watched Mr. Narcissist with fascinated amusement.

Her post got me to thinking about the why people take selfies, and I think I know the answer. Will you let me know what you think?

Before the invention of photography, when people had portraits made, they sat for a hired painter or portraitist for extended or repeated sessions in order to achieve an agreed likeness of themselves. These portrait paintings and sketches represented a person’s look over hours, days or even seasons.

The advent of film allowed the ability to capture a single moment complete with its imperfections. That may explain why early photos of groups or individuals lacked expression—people had that one moment to capture what might be the only photo taken of them in a lifetime and I think they believed they ought to look dignified.

Digital photography makes it easy to trash an imperfect shot without any financial loss, and to re-create a prior moment; a false perception.

Maybe there’s a connection between why we take selfies and what pose we choose.

Remember the 2014 Oscar’s and the publicity surrounding Ellen DeGeneres’ selfies with odd lots of celebrities who might otherwise never have posed together? Maybe we need to prove to ourselves that we’re all having fun.