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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.

Don't Sweat Your Synopsis. Just Write It! 8 Easy Tips

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Imagine summarizing one of your favorite classics in a synopsis. Whether we're talking Pride and Prejudice or Ulysses, that synopsis would be a snoozer, since it's just a pitch giving the highlights of the plot. No pretty language. No tension. Just an outline in prose form.

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.

6 Authors Who Break Boundaries With Indie Lit

IndieReader | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
IndieReader

Because the world of indie-publishing gives authors more freedom, previously marginalized writers are able to reach a wider audience -- and readers can be treated to a wealth of new perspectives and experiences than those most explored in the traditional realm of publishing.

Finding Her Own Way in Paris: Meet Author/Publisher Adria J. Cimino

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Meet Adria J. Cimino, author of Close to Destiny, and one of the publishers behind Velvet Morning Press. Cimino stepped away from both traditional publishing and the United States. After her move to Paris, she teamed up with author Vicki Lesage to form Velvet Morning Press.

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.

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.

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.

The Next Marketing Trend: The Pursuit of Micro-Fame

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

There's a saying in the music business: if you can't be a hero in your hometown, you can't be a hero anywhere. Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel both played bars that likely you and I wouldn't be caught dead in.

Reviving a Stale Book

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

This is an issue a lot of authors face: a book that's been out for a while and you feel like you've really exhausted your options. Book sales are sagging and you figure it's over. Well, it's not.

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.01.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Novels are not cars to be assembled. You can't write them if the muse isn't with you, and the muse doesn't always come when you call her. Yet, if you want to make a living as a writer, you must find a way to go to the muse if she won't come to you.

The Secret Formula to Creating a Bestselling Book

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Writing a book is one thing, promoting it is a whole different animal. But what if you could, right out of the gate, know exactly what to do to create an outstanding, well-received book that was promoted in such a way that it sold better than you expected?

Finding the Fear Factor: An interview With Indie Horror Author, Tammy Vreeland

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding inspiration, Vreeland took what happened and weaved a fictional story around it. Since then, Vreeland has authored six horror books. Her most recent, The Sea of Souls, is a sequel to The Folks.

5 Surefire Strategies for Marketing Your eBook

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

As I looked back at the past year and dug a little deeper into the various marketing strategies I used, I realized that I did, in fact, discover some things that worked better than others.

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.

Serials Are the New Novel...

S.L. Scott | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
S.L. Scott

Serials feel interactive in a new way that breathes life into stories that might not work as longer novels, a lot like TV series. Readers get to join the journey, picking it up at any stage and hanging on for the ride as it unravels.

The Human Fragment - A Book of Street Photography That's Different

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Michael Ernest Sweet

When I set out on the streets of Manhattan with a camera in 2011, I had no idea I would eventually publish a book of street photography. I was simply ...

Please Stop

G. Doucette | Posted 10.22.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Here is the problem. You all seem to think self-published authors are bad writers, because bad writers are self-published. The thing is, bad writers are everywhere.

Four Great Ways to Find Indie Books You'll Love

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"What book will really capture your heart and mind?"

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.