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Well, I always suspected it was true, and now I know it is - it's a lot harder to blog once a week than to blog once a day. A lot of the blog gurus preach that you really don't need to update a blog very frequently. Once a week should be enough, if you are providing quality content for your readers. That may work for some bloggers. It doesn't work that well for me, as the infrequent posts on this blog are now beginning to prove. Not that it's such a bad thing. When I was writing The Iceland Weather Report like a madwoman (posting up to three times a day - Oy!) I had a momentum going, and I had a...

A few days ago, my book The Little Book of the Icelanders was published by a legacy publisher (Forlagið). I had originally released it as an eBook through my website, and it had done quite well (which I'm sure scored it some merit points in the legacy department, once again bringing home the importance of self-initiative and the magic of the Internet ...

Almost a year ago to this day, I sat in a publisher's office and signed my first publishing deal. It was for a little book that I had penned and originally released as an eBook. The publication date was slated for 1 May 2012. The rather lengthy wait was intentional - since it was thought that my book would best appeal to the tourism market, it seemed silly to be launching it when the summer was almost over (a bit of time was obviously needed for the design, proofreading, etc). Well. It is now the middle of June 2012, and the book still isn't out. The process is enormously cumbersome. There are lots of people involved. Those people have lots of other projects...

I was reflecting today on how the line between social media and Real Life has become increasingly blurred over the last few years. [caption id="attachment_276" align="alignleft" width="186" caption="Anyone remember this image?"][/caption] When I first started blogging, back in 2004, I was intent on keeping my blog separate from my life. I made sure I didn't use my full name - just my first name, or sometimes Alda Kalda. (That was my own little private joke, and I remember having a GAH! moment when someone actually referred to me by that name, thinking it was real.) Neither did I show my face on the profile photo - only the back of my head. Only my closest relatives and friends knew about my blog,...

In my enthusiastic quest to understand the emerging world of digital publishing I have been discovering some amazing blogs and resources. It is steadily becoming more clear to me that publishing has changed irrevocably, much as some people want to resist and pretend it's still the good old days (such as they were). I say "steadily becoming more clear" because I live in a country where eBook publishing is still a pretty novel thing and where eReaders haven't reached the level of distribution that they have elsewhere, particularly in the US. In fact, the more I read, the more amazed I am at the acceleration of ePublishing over the last couple of years and how unaware I have been of...

Once upon a time, it was virtually impossible to get a publishing deal without an agent (in English speaking markets, at least). And getting an agent was just as hard as getting a publisher. There were all these rules: First, you had to write a query letter, in which you humbly asked the agent to take a look at your little project. You had to send a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wanted an answer, and even if you did that, you might not get one. If the agent was intrigued by your query he or she would ask you for "a partial" - approximately the first three chapters of your book. (If you were writing a nonfiction book, they would ask for...

OK, we may as well start out with a wee confession: I'm a little bit intimidated by this new blog. Despite having written over 1,000 blog posts on my previous blog, to the point where I could write posts in my sleep, this slope here feels just a tad slippery. Maybe it's the subject matter. Or maybe it's the whole idea of finding my place in the new world order of blogging. See, the concept of BLOG has changed a lot since I started out back in the day (October 2004, to be exact). I'm sure you've noticed it - that is, if you're the kind of person who pays attention to blogs at all. Back then, it was all the rage to...

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