The Daily Port of Call: November 24, 2014

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Alexander Lvov/

During the month of NaNoWriMo, the Captains of Writership will be participating in this great sprint to write a novel in thirty days. In lieu of the news and recent posts we usually share in the Daily Port of Call, we’ll be passing along links to some of our favorite articles and resources on a variety of topics. In our year-long, online writing program, we follow the steps of the writing journey from idea to publication. We’ll mirror that structure here, spending a week exploring each of Writership’s Anchors: Dreamtime, Writing the First Draft, Revision, and Publishing and Marketing.

This week, we dive into publishing and marketing. In today’s Daily Port of Call, we share tips on getting started and planning for a long-term writing career.

Here is a plan for indie authors starting from zero today.

Here are three tips for publishing success.

Learn how to create your own business plan. “No matter what kind of writer we are, we will need to make business decisions, and that’s where having a business plan can help.”

Discover the Liliana Nirvana Technique for launching a successful self-publishing career.

Here are thirty-nine things to remember as you struggle to build your writing career.

These writing myths could keep you from getting published: “I envisioned luxurious hours sipping coffee and listening to Sinatra, while gleefully thumping out stories on my laptop. I believed there was no way writing a short story would ever take me more than an hour, two at the absolute most.”

Learn from these five mistakes that authors make on the way to publishing success.

Discover the number one reason to choose to indie publishing.

An experienced indie author shares what she would do differently if she were starting today.

Think you’ve missed the indie publishing boat? Think again.

Seeing it from the other side: a New York editor and author who went indie shares her experience.

Here are books from novelists who went from indie to traditional publishing.

Find out why one author made the leap from traditional to indie-publishing.

“Literary agents aren’t magicians; we hate to admit it, but there are some limitations to what we can do.” Learn what not to expect from your agent.

Writers are talking about money, and it’s a good thing. “Sharing our publishing experiences with each other—with as much transparency as possible—helps us all make better decisions for the long term of our careers.”

Many self-publishing authors go out of their way to share their tips and strategies. Here are nine smart and helpful ones you’ll want to follow.

Here are twelve publishing shakers you should be following.

Read this interview with Jane Friedman for helpful marketing advice and plenty of extra resources.

Check out these lists of websites for indie authors from Molly Greene and Author Marketing Experts.