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Why Aren't More Latino Authors Being Published?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 04.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Basically, there are only so many tales of brave and adventurous white people that Hispanic kids can read. At some point, they disconnect.

Self-Publishing Platforms: Women's Playground or Last Resort?

Janice Sands | Posted 04.16.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Literary publishing is a notoriously cutthroat business. The industry is alarmingly subjective and there are an increasing number of books published each year. But if you look more closely at the numbers, the challenge of having a literary work published is particularly difficult for women.

11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Melody Moezzi

Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed. There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different.

Memoirs: No One Wants to Read Your Diary

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are our stories. That's why the memoir category exists--because we love to read biographies and memoirs of those names we know and the people we want to learn more about.

Hybrid Publishing: Getting a Handle on the New Middle Ground

Brooke Warner | Posted 04.09.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

It's strange, but this word -- "hybrid" -- is somewhat controversial in some publishing circles. I guess, like a lot of terms, there are certain people and even factions who want ownership of it, and others who want to distance themselves from it.

5 Ways To Leave That Job You Hate

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

This is a true story. I realize some of this advice is not for everyone. I am a risk taker and I have a low tolerance for boredom. But I will tell you this, if you set your sights on a goal and believe in the possibilities, you can do anything you dream.

How Publishers are Experimenting With New Distribution Methods

Phil Simon | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Phil Simon

As the author of seven books, I know a thing or two about publishing. For a long time now, brick-and-mortar bookstores have been disappearing at a rapid rate. This poses an enormous challenge facing today's writers in how to get their stories in front of potential customers.

The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What you have to remember is that it isn't you who is being personally rejected. It simply means that a particular agent wasn't interested in what you wrote.

Dear Indie Author: I'm Listening

Kate Fisher | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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?

6 Authors Who Break Boundaries With Indie Lit

IndieReader | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend

5 Reasons Why Your Book Isn't Being Carried in Bookstores

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Having worked my entire career for small presses, I've received the "why isn't my book in the bookstore?" email many many times from authors. Most new authors assume their books are going to be carried in any brick-and-mortar store they go into.

What Indie Authors Need to Know About Their Manuscripts

IndieReader | Posted 03.12.2015 | 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.

How Can I Promote My Book for Free?

David Kudler | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books
David Kudler

To be honest, the most effective marketing that an author can do doesn't involve paying money. Just lots and lots of time and effort. So not free, really, but no-cost financially, at least!

Is Publishing a Book a Birthright?

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Today, with more years under my belt and a little more empathy (as a writing coach and hybrid publisher rather than an acquiring editor) for what it takes to write a book, I embrace the metaphor completely. Writers are pregnant with the vision of their books for a long time, and bringing them into the world is, for most writers, the birth of their creative dream.

Navigating Self-Publishing With BookLife: Insight From Editor Adam Boretz

Crystal Ponti | Posted 03.10.2015 | Books
Crystal Ponti

When navigating self-publishing, indie authors are faced with countless choices. Decisions must be made on how and where to publish a book, what marketing strategies will be used and whether or not self-publishing is a stepping stone to finding an agent or traditional publisher.

Why Jamie McGuire Returned to Self Publishing

Mark Coker | Posted 03.05.2015 | Books
Mark Coker

Her story mirrors the story of many writers today. Given the freedom to self publish or traditionally publish, a growing number of proven bestsellers, and first-time authors alike, are choosing to self publish.

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

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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.

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.

6 Trend-Savvy Book Publishing Strategies

Lisa Tener | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Lisa Tener

Publishing has undergone an enormous change--and the savvy author will take advantage of this huge transformation of the industry. Here's what's changed and your savvy strategies to benefit.

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.

Book Merchandising Tips for the Self-Publishing Author

Gordy Grundy | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Gordy Grundy

Authors tend to believe that their work has the potential to redefine literature and become a bestseller. This blinder will see a book to conclusion, but it will not aid the marketing and merchandising process. When presentation is everything, objectivity must be the transcendent mantra.

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.