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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 04.30.2015 | 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 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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.