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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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.01.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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.

The New Yorker's Dreck Problem

Lynn Messina | Posted 03.22.2015 | Media
Lynn Messina

The New Yorker called my writing dreck. It did not level the slight directly at me but lobbed it wholesale at the self-publishing community of which I'm a member.

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.

You Can't Keep a Good Book Down: Finding Success in Today's Publishing Landscape

Janice Sands | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In a recent conversation with Joni, she shared some important insights into the evolving literary landscape, and how authors, agents and publishers can adapt.

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.

2015 Book Publishing Industry Predictions: Slow Growth Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Authors

Mark Coker | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Mark Coker

Before I speculate about what 2015 holds for authors, publishers and readers, let's reflect for a moment about how self publishing has transformed the book publishing landscape.

Christmas in an Empty Nest

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 02.25.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Christmas felt a little lonelier this year. It was the second holiday season without our daughters and although we had just spent Thanksgiving week with them in Hilton Head, we missed them terribly.

Hi! Can We Talk About Self-Publishing?

G. Doucette | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
G. Doucette

Hello, friend! Do you have a minute to talk about self-publishing? No, don't go! I'm not asking because I want you to buy one of my books. Unless....

Chris Leskovsek Executes The Artist Book Concept With Absolute Perfection

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 02.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All images represent copyright protected work and may not be used without permission. Photographers, naturally, want an audience for their work. Thi...