We live in an age in which the resources necessary to self-publish are readily available. Many adults self-publish their books and see them distributed to online retailers and libraries. Some libraries are beginning to facilitate this, especially with seniors who are memoirists, but what of students? What of adolescents whose hearts are filled with passion for life and who need to express their thoughts and feelings, to know that their words can find readers, and that their ideas matter to others? Now, thanks to Smashwords with its technology and how-to guides, educators and librarians can help these young people find their voices and speak to the world.
I send a big thanks to Tonya McQuade, poet, teacher and pioneer in both ebook publishing and in educational leadership. Tonya McQuade began writing poetry as a child. She has won awards for it, published a book of her own writings, and appeared in anthologies. She has taught high school English for over 20 years. But in 2014, she found herself inspired her to go into self-publishing with her students. Continue reading No better time for teachers and librarians to introduce teenagers to self-publishing than now
DailyLit, the site that lets you read ebooks in small chunks via email or RSS, has announced some new features including daily poems, the affiliate program, and twitter feeds. For more information on DailyLit, listen to the NSR interview with Susan Danziger, CEO/Founder.
-DailyLit collaborated with Poets & Writers to launch DailyLit’s public serialization program with daily poems. The series, launched yesterday in celebration of National Poetry Month, is called Masters of Verse: 30 Poems by Late, Great Authors. If you check out the landing page of the Poets & Writers site, you’ll see that if you click onthe “Read More” button a lightbox appears so that you can view a different poem a day directly on their site (the poem automatically changes each day). DailyLit supplied the widget that allows this public serialization. This widget is a great way to build community around a site (folks can return to the site each day to read a new installment — in this case a new poem — and if a reader wants to have a private RSS feed or have the installments sent to his or her email, they can sign up for the DailyLit book via that site.)
-DailyLit also just launched an affiliate program. If a third party affiliate site features a DailyLit title, and someone signs up for that title via that third party site, then in each installment of the featured book will be a note “You found us through [insert name of site]” with a link to that site. For instance, if you subscribe to Masters of Verse on the pw.org site, each installment says “You found us through Poets & Writers”). In fact, today Etsy, the huge online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade, is announcing Thoreau’s Walden as its new selection for its book club; DailyLit is working with Etsy to provide this book to their readers via the new affiliate program. It’s an exciting initiative particularly since Etsy has over two million community members!
-DailyLit recently launched an integration with Twitter that allows folks to link their DailyLit profile to Twitter. Their actions on DailyLit are automatically tweeted to their followers, e.g. starting a particular book, commenting in our forums, reviewing a book, adding a book to their “To Read” list or completing a book.