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Ultimately It's About Good Books By Good Writers. Meet Author Mark Barry

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I don't give a hoot about the race, creed, color, gender, genre, price point, publishing platform, or social media status of an author; all I want is the alchemy, the magic... the good book.

Waiting for the Gatekeepers

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of those people. By nature, I'm a rule follower. Even unwritten rules. If there's a way something is "supposed to be done," that's how I'll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents.

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 Goodreads.com.

IndieReader Announces the Winners of the 2015 IR Discovery Awards

IndieReader | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
IndieReader

(5/29/15) -- Melissa Foster, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie author of 32 books (which have together sold over 1 million copies) an...

If You Don't Have a Platform, Borrow One

Neal Wooten | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
Neal Wooten

Ah, yes: "platform." If you're an Indie author you know this term well. It might even be a four-letter word to you. This concept crept into the industry a few decades ago and has now become a major player.

Kick Ass Book Launch Tips (from Two Authors Who Really Know)

IndieReader | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
IndieReader

For the purposes of this article, a "pro" is someone who earns his/her primary income from writing. Toby Neal and Holly Robinson are pros (although Toby is mostly an indie and Holly mostly traditionally pubbed), with multiple novels and credits of various kinds, and they're also friends.

What's Your Point? Five Questions Authors Should Ask

Stacey J. Miller | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Stacey J. Miller

There's a lot of competition in the marketplace for readers, and you want buyers to choose your work over their other options when they're in the market for a book on your topic.

Dear Indie Author: I'm Listening

Kate Fisher | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Kate Fisher

Dear Indie Author, I have a request that might rub you the wrong way, but I'm going to go for it. Would you please release an audiobook version of your latest novel?

PR Pro Offers Indie Authors Excellent Book Promotion Tips + Ways to Better Navigate the High Publicity Seas

IndieReader | Posted 05.16.2015 | Books
IndieReader

IndieReader's Loren Kleinman recently spoke with Sandra Poirier Smith about book promotion, her dream project and ways indie authors can navigate the high publicity seas.

What Indie Authors Need to Know About Their Manuscripts

IndieReader | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
IndieReader

Before you have a printed book, you have a manuscript. These are different things, connected but distinct, like a butterfly and a caterpillar. Some indie authors get confused between the two. They have unrealistic expectations of their manuscript.

Four Reasons to Self-Publish Your Children's Book

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Sue Shanahan

If you have a story to tell, it's a wonderful time to be alive. Self-publishing gives authors creative control.

Book Reviewing is a Giant Scam!

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.24.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

I've positively reviewed Patricia Cornwell in the past, but when I had negative things to say about one of her books, some of her fans accused me of being jealous. OK, I have a confession. It's, like, 100 percent true, since she sells more books than I ever will. You know what else? It's true of all book reviewers.

Killer Covers Can Boost Book Sales

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Because the University of Wisconsin Press had done such a bang-up job on my memoir My Germany--which got me three different tours, two in Germany--I gave them Assault With a Deadly Lie, and the cover they came up with knocked me out. So I decided the older Nick Hoffman books needed a makeover.

Creativity Over Coinage: Why Making Money Is Never My Objective For Writing Literary Fiction

Warren Adler | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

Must literary writers, including myself, quell the urges of our pen unless and until it includes a monetary transaction? Should a literary writer not be published unless they are paid for it? This implies that our writing must be bought before it qualifies as real writing.

The Secrets of Publishing Success

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Lev Raphael

When I started out, an author friend warned me that publishing was a crazy business, and he was right. Ever since my first book was published in 1990, I've been seeing news items about one scary trend or another.

So You Want to Be a Famous Self-Published Author?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

So you decide to do it yourself, go the Amazon way, make it on your own. You can now take your manuscript and convert it to a book with your name on the cover without having to rely on a traditional publisher.

Jeff Bezos and Amazon: Making Authors' Dreams Come True

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Sue Shanahan

As an author who was beginning to wonder if she was washed up, I've found a new day has dawned. No longer am I at the mercy of the powers that be in publishing. I am extremely grateful to Amazon for making it possible for me to share my stories with the world.

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.

Five Reasons Why Everybody Should Write a Book

Juliana Maio | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Juliana Maio

We should all write a book, one that reflects our individuality and gives substance to our ideas, a book to be shared with the world. Here are my five reasons for doing it:

Alice Cooper Golfs

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Whether you're my husband or Alice Cooper, at some point during the second half of life's journey you will find yourself on a golf course in Florida.

Publishing's Unsung Heroes: Copy Editors

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Copy editors are worth their weight in gold, yet hardly ever garner a mention. So here it is, a shout-out to you, copy editors around the world: we writers and readers are so lucky to have you smoothing sentences and paragraphs and chapters. Thank you for all of your hard work.

5 Reasons Why Your Self-Published Book Isn't Selling

Crystal Ponti | Posted 11.15.2014 | Books
Crystal Ponti

It's about doing the right things to ensure sales, both before the book is published and after it hits the market. Although there are many more, here are five reasons why your self-published book isn't selling.

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.

6 Ways for Self-Published Authors to Handle Bad Reviews

Crystal Ponti | Posted 10.18.2014 | Books
Crystal Ponti

There's nothing more powerful than a community of passionate people. If that community happens to be loyal fans or readers of your book, chances are they'll see the negative review and respond accordingly.

How Barbara Freethy Became the Bestselling Amazon KDP Author of All-Time

Michael Price | Posted 10.05.2014 | Books
Michael Price

Barbara Freethy is a best-selling author with 18 of her books having become New York Times best-sellers. Beyond her tremendous accolades is an incredible story of hard work, dedication and determination that we could all become inspired by.