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Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional About Getting Published)

Brooke Warner | Posted 11.20.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Deciding you're ready to publish is a huge deal; it's also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.

What I Learned From Self-Publishing My Book

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Abby Rosmarin

After letting the idea swim in my head for a few years, I finally got the chutzpah to write (and finish) it. After countless read-throughs and edits, I declared my book done and facetiously exclaimed: "Time to get money!" Well, not so much.

Book Review: Waveland by Simone Zelitch

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Since the recent publication of Simone Zelitch's fourth novel, Waveland (The Head and the Hand Press), there have been such a spate of racist and violent events in this country that one could be forgiven for believing we are still somehow mired in the hate and horror of the early 1960's.

Daren Dean and Fiction Southeast Go Far Beyond the Pale

Steven Petite | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Few literary journals are as diverse and prolific as Fiction Southeast. The Louisiana based online journal founded by Chris Tusa and Michael Garriga publishes new content on a weekly basis

Authors: 6 Reasons You Need to Be on Goodreads

David Kudler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
David Kudler

This past Saturday at a meeting of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, I led a roundtable about the reasons that every independent author and publisher (as well as every "dependent" author) needed to have an active presence on

The Never Ending Journey of the Independent Artist

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Traci L. Slatton

Independent art requires courage and persistence and a commitment to engage the world, to promote and market the work.

How to Use a Time Machine to Create Your Author Platform

Katie Davis | Posted 05.07.2015 | Small Business
Katie Davis

Recently I created a survey to help more writers market their books. In exchange, I offered free marketing lessons. I asked one mandatory question in exchange for the lessons, and had one optional fill-in-the-box spot in case anyone had a question.

Why the Definition of 'Good Writing' Needs a Transformation

Janice Sands | Posted 04.29.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books and a Literary Arts Curator supporting the launch of Pen and Brush's new programming, shares what she has learned throughout her career in publishing and her experience as a poet and a writer.

A Writer's Motto: 'Get to work'

Janice Sands | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

It's my pleasure to share a conversation I recently had with Kate Angus, who is a founding editor of Augury Books, as well as the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and a teacher at the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York.

Cat Woman, Cat Lady: Aliases of Womanhood in 'You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)'

Aileen McGraw | Posted 03.27.2015 | Books
Aileen McGraw

Helene Pappamarkou, Melena the Leopard Girl, Yagureté or "true carnivorous beast": these names are aliases, and Eleni Sikelianos jumps into each one in her genre-refusing essay-memoir-invention You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek).

How Much Can a Self-Publisher Make?

David Kudler | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
David Kudler

Self-publishing isn't a get-rich scheme for anyone. Book publishing -- whether you're doing it by yourself, through a small independent publishing company, or through a Big Five publishing conglomerate -- requires an enormous amount of work before, during and after publication to pay off.

Oh, the Glamour of Publishing a Book

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 11.08.2014 | Books
Rachel Blaufeld

The whole process starts with eking out a little of your story and sending a small chunk to a beta reader or two or three -- not your neighbor or good friend or aunt to sister, but someone you trust to give you solid feedback that your story is awful or not.

Ethnic Minority and Underdog Writers Must Not Give Up

PP Wong | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
PP Wong

Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.

The Publishing Paradigm Shift: Why Big Publishing Acquisitions Hurt Publishers, Not Authors

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

This week, the Big Five just got bigger with the announcement that Hachette Book Group (the fourth largest U.S. publisher) is acquiring Perseus Books Group (the sixth largest U.S. publisher) in a deal that will close next month.

Remember the Future: Hachette and Amazon

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Michele Somerville

Many fine poets never get paid, but I am a poet who occasionally does get paid, thanks to Amazon. That alone is not a good reason to take the side of Amazon in the current publishing conflict.

A Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing

Jennie Goutet | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Jennie Goutet

This is an abridged version of my Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. For the more complete version, click here.

Is Self-Publishing Killing Books? My Journey With After the Sucker Punch Answers the Question

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Do I think self-publishing is killing books? In a word, NO. In fact, not only do I believe self-publishing isn't killing books, I believe it's actually enlivened the marketplace, bringing a fresh, less structured, less filtered, more open life to the entire literary industry.

One Thing You Shouldn't Put at the Front of Your Ebook

David Kudler | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
David Kudler

Those are the BEST sellers -- books that, in print, often carry multiple blurb pages. So I'll stand by my conviction regarding the needlessness of blurb pages in the front of ebooks.

6 Great File Formats to Submit to Ebook Designers (And 2 Awful Ones)

David Kudler | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
David Kudler

So you've decided to have an ebook designer convert your book into ePub (iBooks/Nook/Kobo) and mobi (Kindle) formats. Great! What formats are best to send?

What is an Independent Publisher?

David Kudler | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
David Kudler

So, I was astonished earlier this month to find myself elected president of BAIPA — the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You may cal...

Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out

Rachel Thompson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

As an indie author since 2010 (and author consultant since 2011), I've watched indies break down stigma barriers ('vanity publishing' is a term rarely...

Interview With Jonathan Blum, Author of Last Word

Teddy Wayne | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Teddy Wayne

Jonathan Blum is the author of a new novella, Last Word. I spoke with Blum about the form of the novella, humor in fiction, and small presses.

3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers

Lisa Parkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Good news: according to Goodreads, the largest online book recommendation website, roughly 6 million books are discovered on the site per month. Now the bad news: The burden of discovery remains completely on self-published authors.

Interview With 2013 Acker Award Winner for Fiction, Rami Shamir

Lisa Chau | Posted 10.06.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

Rami Shamir is the author of Train to Pokipse. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, he strives to set an example for a new type of author.

Spreadsheets to Galleys: How to Budget Your Self-published Book

David Kudler | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
David Kudler

Making those decisions in a vacuum is never a good idea -- it's too easy to waste time when you should have spent money or throw away money when a little time and effort would have done far more good. Hopefully this has helped you to approach these decisions a bit better prepared.