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Self Published Authors

The Basics of Your Author Platform

Kylie Dunn | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Kylie Dunn

"You must have an author platform!" Everyone keeps saying this, but what does that mean? And how do you go about it? Basically, your author platform...

Jeff Bezos and Amazon's Book Review Policy Is Destroying Indie Authors' Ability to Sell Books

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.06.2016 | Books
Anthony Papa

Without a doubt it has been a struggle to bring my story to the big screen. But now I realize, it's even harder to get an online review posted on Amazon because of the unfair book review policy they have.

Louise Bay on Choosing Romance over Law and Finding Inspiration in Prince Lyrics

Mara White | Posted 05.05.2016 | Books
Mara White

Louise Bay is a USA Today best-selling contemporary romance writer. Author of the novels, Faithful and Hopeful as well as the Empire State Series, Bay...

What, Me Query?

IndieReader | Posted 04.13.2016 | Books

When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Nope. Instead, snatch up the biggest juiciest lemon, and you hurl that mo-fo back as hard as you can. Hear the succulent splat when it hits

This is Why Your Books Aren't Selling: 4 Ways To Improve Now

IndieReader | Posted 03.30.2016 | Books

By Rachel Thompson for IndieReader Your Books Aren't Selling "My sales are awful, and I've done everything. I give up." I heard this from three au...

Three and a Half Novels

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 12.29.2016 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

If one does not receive fame and fortune, then ultimately writers do it for themselves. The cliche that writing, especially fiction, is a journey of discovery really is true. Along the way you even discover things you didn't know about yourself.

Give Me a Self-published Author Over One From a Traditional Publisher Any Day

Christina Larmer | Posted 05.18.2016 | Books
Christina Larmer

I know, now, that if a traditional publisher did phone and offer me a publishing contract, if they could convince me they'd get me through a dreaded Acquisitions Meeting with my self-esteem intact, I'd say thanks but no thanks.

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.

6 Pieces of Writing Advice from First Time Writers Over 40

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If I don't publish X by age 27, I'm finished. As I passed 27, then 37 and finally 40, I began to take a longer view about publishing careers and realized how silly it was to think that authorship possessed some sort of expiration date.

Blog Your Memoir: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Build Your Platform

Dorit Sasson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

It's totally scary to step out of your comfort zone just to blog about your life story. But think about this: There's a whole tribe of people who need and want to read your message.

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.

Why You Should Self-Publish

Hugh Howey | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books
Hugh Howey

This past week, my latest self-published book debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list. Crunching some numbers, it appears that I've sold a million books in the last two years. You might think I'm living the best days of my life right now, but that isn't the case at all.

Dear Mainstream Authors, Stop Bashing Independent Publishing and Get a Clue

LuxEco Living | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
LuxEco Living

They're like the bullies on the playground. Those snot-nosed, mainstream-published authors who think indie writers are not real artists just because they don't have a traditional book deal.

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.

Why Is Barnes & Noble Still Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight?

Michael Levin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

Barnes & Noble is fighting the good fight, but it looks like it may be going down big time.

Are Self Publishers The Cool Kids Of The Industry?

Posted 03.20.2013 | Books

By Terri Giuliano Long for For years, self-publishing was widely considered an embarrassing fallback option. Occasionally a John Gr...

Amateurs and Experts: 7 Rules for Creators

J.E. Fishman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
J.E. Fishman

None of us should allow the collective wisdom of experts to prove definitive. When you take a chance and miss, there's only one thing to do: work harder and return with more conviction. (OK. That's two things to do. Sue me.)

Guy Kawasaki Goes APE Over Self-Publishing - Part 2

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

In this interview Guy talks about the process of self-publishing and what makes it a better option. Guy shares his thoughts on publishing and why he decided to forgo the traditional model and go indie.

What Do APEs and Four-Hour Chefs Have in Common?

Christine Bronstein | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Christine Bronstein

For those who think that alternative routes of publishing a book are only for poor schmucks who can't get a traditional publisher, Guy Kawasaki and Tim Ferriss are legitimizing unconventional strategies and opening up a whole new world for everyone.

The New York Times (Finally!) Reviews a Self-Published Book

Amy Edelman | Posted 02.06.2013 | Books
Amy Edelman

After featuring them on their best seller lists -- mostly via the inclusion of ebooks a little over two years ago -- The New York Times has finally reviewed a self-published book.

The New Vanity Publishing: Traditional Publishing

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.23.2012 | Books
Bernard Starr

Is the "prestige" of a traditional publisher's imprint mostly illusory in the context of the new world of publishing?

What the Publishing Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Outside of 50 Shades of Grey, self-publishing a book is seldom lucrative -- but for entrepreneurs, executives and authors alike, it can also be an exercise that's well worth taking.

The Battle Cry of the Romance Authors

Elise Sax | Posted 10.01.2012 | Books
Elise Sax

It was a battle cry. A declaration of war from authors to traditional publishers if they didn't get with the program and do what the authors want... more marketing, a bigger cut of the profits.

The Conmen Of Self-Publishing

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Books

For IndieReader, by David Gaughran All the indications are that this is going to be another bumper year for self-publishing. However, the ever-incr...

Sweet Humility

Lindsay Edmunds | Posted 10.18.2011 | Books
Lindsay Edmunds

While self-publishing does not absolutely require humility, it has ways of forcefully suggesting that it is a very good idea.