Here at BwP, what some call a link fest I call Pie with Pandora. So herewith some pie, mostly concerning publishing and e-books.
Over at Grumpy Old Bookman, a nice set of links including this one and this one from the very helpful Dean Wesley Smith, who dispenses a wealth of information about indie and traditional publishing. The links listed concern the top 10 ways indie authors shoot themselves in the foot, including worst and best practices on book cover art.
My novel, Skater in a Strange Land, is more or less ready to publish, but I have been spending a fair amount of time and sweat on the cover. I don't want to shell out $300 for a pro to do it, because I'm cheap and because I like a challenge and learning new things. But so far my efforts have fallen short of my ideal. You can see a provisional example at the bottom of this post.
In addition, my friend Bob Mustin has uncovered a Tumblr blog of interest, Every Story Has a Chapter One, where authors are invited to submit the first chapter of their novel; a bio; and a link to their website. It's free publicity, and the blogger, Mary8078, apparently has nearly 5,000 followers on her main website.
Background photo by this photographer; I love it but still trying to figure out whether to buy rights to use it commercially.