Top 10 Self-Publishing Blogs: The 2012 Winners!

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If you are looking for the ‘best of the best’ in self-publishing blogs, you are definitely in the right place!

Our inaugural Top Ten Self-Publishing Blogs contest triggered an avalanche of great nominations that kept our panel of self-publishing experts busy…

they very carefully reviewed the finalists, then made their decisions based on the quality of content, reader involvement, post frequency and other factors…

so without further ado, we are pleased to present the 10 self-publishing blogs you need to keep at the top of your reading list (plus, a surprise ‘People’s Choice’ award winner!)

The Future of Ink's 2012 Top 10 Self-Publishing Blogs

The Future of Ink's 2012 Top 10 Self-Publishing Blogs

The Future of Ink proudly presents the winners of the inaugural Top Ten Self-Publishing Blogs contest of 2012. Finalists were judged by Guy Kawasaki, Jim Edwards and Mark Coker of Smashwords. The list includes the top ten plus a People's Choice Award based on an overwhelming number of nominations by readers of The Future of Ink, co-founded by Dr. Ellen Britt and Denise Wakeman.

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    Joe Konrath - A Newbie's Guide to Publishing - @jakonrath
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    Catherine Ryan Howard - Catherine, Caffeinated

    Catherine Ryan Howard - Catherine, Caffeinated

    Writer, astronaut, skinny - Catherine Ryan Howard wouldn't mind being any of those things.

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    David Gaughran | Let's Get Digital
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    Nina Amir - How to Blog a Book

    Nina Amir - How to Blog a Book

    A Step-by-Step Guide for Writing, Publishing & Promoting Your Manuscript on the Internet

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    Lindsay Buroker - Fantasy Author

    Lindsay Buroker - Fantasy Author

    Steampunk, high fantasy, and other adventures. Official blog of indie fantasy author Lindsay Buroker

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    Joanna Penn - The Creative Penn Blog

    Joanna Penn - The Creative Penn Blog

    Helping you write, publish and market your book

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    Dave Bricker - The World's Greatest Book

    Dave Bricker - The World's Greatest Book

    The Professional's Resource for Self-Publishing

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    Dana Lynn Smith - The Savvy Book Marketer

    Dana Lynn Smith - The Savvy Book Marketer

    Book marketing blog packed with free book marketing tips and resources for promoting your book.

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    D.D. Scott - The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

    D.D. Scott - The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

    Tips, Resources, Real Numbers, and What's New in E-Publishing

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    April L. Hamilton - Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

    April L. Hamilton - Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

    Publetariat is the premier online news hub and community for indie authors and small imprints.

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    PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD | Kristen Eckstein - Ultimate Book Coach

    PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD | Kristen Eckstein - Ultimate Book Coach

    Publishing options are confusing. Learn how to get published under your own label, effectively market your book, increase your credibility and boost book sales.

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A big congratulations to all our winners! Check out each of these valuable blogs on the list. Then, share the list and feel free to embed it on your own blog and share the expertise with your community.

The badge of excellence: If you are a winner, you can post the badge image you see here on your blog and please link back to this page.

And for Kristen Eckstein, our People’s Choice Award Winner, here is your badge of excellence:

A very special thanks to our panel of judges: Guy Kawasaki (author and founder of Mark Coker (founder of SmashWords) and Jim Edwards (Internet marketing veteran and elite mentor.)

Guy Kawasaki, Mark Coker and Jim Edwards

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So what do you think of these blogs? Please leave your comments below…

Denise Wakeman
Denise Wakeman is an Online Visibility Expert, Founder of The Blog Squad, and co-founder of The Future of Ink. She works with authors, service professionals and small business owners to leverage blogs for their businesses, as well as strategically use social media tools to boost online visibility to get more traffic, leads, customers and opportunities.
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  1. Adele Hays says:

    Great competition. Are you going to have one for 2013?

  2. Good Information Blog. Keep posting the blog. Thanks for sharing the Information.
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  3. I asked this question in the previous post about this: Where/how were the entries made?
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  4. Denise,

    I love this post! What a great way to get right to the heart of things, add great content to my RSS feed, and keep my business rolling.

    While most of these were already on my reading list, a couple were new to me: Excellent!
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  5. Congratulations to the winners. They are each worthy of this honor.
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  6. Congratulations to the worthy winners!

    Melanie and the team at the Association of Independent Authors

  7. I am honored to be included on this list with all these other great blogs! Thanks to Denise and Ellen, who also run a terrific blog for authors :)

  8. Congratulations to all the winners, I read these blogs and they each make a great contribution.
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  9. Michele Winkler says:

    Great blogs, all! More information than one can possibly digest. Thank you, bloggers, for sharing your expertise so generously!
    Also–another favorite self-published author blogger is Elle Lothlorien, best-selling Amazon author, whose funny, witty, and alarmingly prescient commentary on the future of self publishing, e-publishing, pricing, and social media are must reads for any author contemplating entering the self-publishing circus.
    Happy reading, all!

  10. Wow! What an honor and a fabulous surprise! Thanks to you, Denise, and to all of your wonderful judges too!!! I’m over the moon thrilled to be sharing this with bloggers who I read and consider the finest out there! Cheers to each of you and Happy New Year!!!
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  11. Many congrats to the winners!
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  12. Thank you so much for including me in this list of amazing blogs. I can’t quite believe it. The other blogs on the list are the ones I read and think, “I wish I blogged like this!” A great present at the beginning of the New Year. Thanks!

  13. I am very honored to see Publetariat on this list, and humbled when I see all the other sites on it. Thanks very much to the judges, and also to Publetariat’s readership. Here’s to 2013, and all the indie author dreams that will come to fruition by this time next year!

  14. WOW! I cannot believe I made the list! I’m honored to be in such good company. Knowing this contest was not just a “popularity contest” and was judged by such notable judges makes winning a truly valuable accomplishment. Thank you so much.
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  15. Congratulations Kristen! Having worked with you both as your client and coach, I’m very proud of what you’ve contributed over the last few years to the world of book publishing. You take the headaches and mystery out of getting our message out in book form, and I can’t wait to see even more newly minted authors get more exposure, customers, and credibility with your support.

    And congratulations to the other top 10 winners. Your clients and readers are in great hands!
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  16. Congratulations to all the winners and many, many thanks to our judges for taking the time to carefully consider nearly 30 blogs that met the nomination criteria. This is a terrific list of experts who are sharing the best of the best to help you publish your content.
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