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Guest Blogging 101

IndieReader | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
IndieReader

Guest blogging can be a great way to get your work in front of new sets of eyes and your books on new bookshelves. But landing a guest blogging opportunity isn't as easy as sending off an email to your favorite blogger.

When I Grow Up I'll Be A...

Tom Ayling | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Tom Ayling

In 1976 Apple was started by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Woz). In 1985 Steve was fired, publically humiliated. For weeks Jobs spent time in his dark room. He didn't contact anyone. He didn't go out. He didn't eat much. We all know this isn't how the story ends.

What's the Difference Between Genre and Category?

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.01.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

If genre is a category of literary composition, what's a category? And why does genre matter? A post on agentquery.com articulates a great response to "why genre matters" with the simple statement that genres are "a staple of the publishing world."

The Ultimate Guide To Finding A Mentor

Tom Ayling | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Tom Ayling

Steve Jobs had very limited furniture in his first home. Yet he hung a portrait of the great scientist. Albert Einstein. He studied Albert through and through.

When It Comes to Crime Novels and Profanity I Say WTF (Why The Fuss)?

Christina Larmer | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Christina Larmer

I write crime novels for a living and every now and then I get an irate review on Amazon or Apple from a reader outraged by the presence of offensive ...

Getting Your Photography Published 2.0

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Firstly, let me say that I have written about this topic before - hence the 2.0. Regardless, it is still the number one question I get asked, "How d...

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.

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.

Are e-Books a Good Idea for Latino Authors?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.04.2015 | Books
Daniel Cubias

It was not my intention to create a trilogy on Huffington Post about the Latino publishing scene, but that is what has happened. My previous two artic...

How I Succeeded s a Self-Published Author

Laura Shumaker | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Laura Shumaker

I learned to smile and shrug. You write a book, you sell a book, then what? I'll tell you what. Writing that book changed my view of the world, and my contribution to it.

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...

The Book Industry's Discrimination Problem

Brooke Warner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

As a country, we grapple with more than our share of discrimination challenges--where people of color, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities (to call out only a few of the bigger groups) feel its blow every single day.

6 Steps to Publishing and Marketing Your Own Book

Tom Ayling | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Tom Ayling

A book is the best way to turn your passion into income. Once you write a book you'll gain what we call the book echo. In essence it's the difference between searching for customers and attracting customers.

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

Christina Larmer | Posted 05.19.2015 | 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.

Are Small Presses the Best Choice for Latino Writers?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Recently, I wrote about the dismal publishing scene for Latino authors. Well, I was remiss in at least one aspect. I implied that Hispanic writers are limited only to pitching the big New York publishing houses or jumping into the self-publishing quagmire. There is another option.

Stephen Mooser on Kids, Books, Writing, and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you are in any way, shape, or form interested in writing a book for kids, you're crazy not to hook up with this organization. There's so many smart, encouraging, inspiring, learned people both teaching workshops and attending them.

The Three Catalysts To Boost Your Writing Productivity And Performance

Tom Ayling | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Tom Ayling

Some were bad ideas, some were executed terribly, some didn't even get out of my head, and some of those that did were only partially implemented.

Why Aren't More Latino Authors Being Published?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.21.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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.