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6 Unexpected Ways Becoming an Author Changed My Life

Angela Lusier | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Angela Lusier

On December 9, 2009, I quietly self-published my book, The Anti-Resume Revolution, and my whole life changed. The day before, I was a career consultant, a blogger and a speaker. But that day, I became an author. This one act -- writing a book -- quickly turned my world upside down.

Online Reviews Are the New Word of Mouth

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.19.2015 | Books
Jorge Newbery

If you still find it possible to fathom that there was a time before the Internet, you may recall the days when books were either New York Times Bests...

5 Things All Authors Must Know About Book Publishing in the Digital Age

Samita Sarkar | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Samita Sarkar

When you're a writer, you're not just a writer. You're a marketer. You're an accountant. You're an administrative assistant. You're a web developer. And with the rise of new technology, what these jobs entail changes almost every year.

Spotlight: Queer Books, Diverse Books

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 08.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

It was an incredible moment, and the campaign continues to change the publishing landscape. We need more books by authors of color, by women, by queer people and by people underrepresented in New York publishing.

Setting the Price for Your Novel -- What You Need to Know

Kristen Houghton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Writing is more than just getting that book finished. The smart author will want to learn as much as possible about the whole publishing business. It pays for you to be knowledgeable about all aspects that concern your book. It's your baby!

What I Learned When I Self-Published My Book

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Books
Lisa Marie Wilson

My whole point of writing, Traveling Daisy, was to help others through cancer. I drank a glass of wine and thought of the people afflicted with cancer that I could share my tips and advice to.

The Self-Published Authors Standing On Your Lawn

G. Doucette | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
G. Doucette

For reasons I've never been entirely clear on, when the newspaper industry began its slow decline, the very best version of the professional journalist was compared to the very worst version of the Internet blogger, and somehow--perhaps we recently watched All the President's Men--we all went along with it.

3 Reasons Why You Should Co-Author A Book

Saba Tekle | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Saba Tekle

You may have an entire book inside of you, or you may have to stretch your knowledge to complete a hearty book (which can take years). But when you co-author a book, you can share your story, your message of what you've learned thus far in life, and publish it quickly to become an author.

Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance From Self-Published Authors?

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it's not surprising.

How to Publish a Book, Lose Weight, and Find True Love

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

After you achieve your first worthy goals, gleefully choose other projects: volunteer at a worthy local charity, run for office, travel to a secluded yoga retreat, or take piano lessons. You may have unleashed your dormant, inner warrior.

The Difficulties of Publishing a Novel As a Teenager

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 06.25.2015 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

My novel is done. My editing is finished. My query letter begging established publishers to fall in love with my literature was picked over by my favorite teacher at my high school.

Becoming a Publisher: A Positive Choice for Authors

Kristen Houghton | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

The book is written, proofed, edited and re-read until you feel as if your eyeballs will bleed, you've "sent it out" and now the wait begins.

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.