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Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional About Getting Published)

Brooke Warner | Posted 11.20.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Deciding you're ready to publish is a huge deal; it's also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.

'Translated Into 20 Languages!' Self-published Authors Are Selling Foreign Rights -- Just Like the Big Publishers

Elliott Katz | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
Elliott Katz

With the global publishing marketplace easier to access than ever, self-published authors are selling foreign rights to grow their audience around the world.

The Hottest Self-Publishing Platform? Twitter!

IndieReader | Posted 11.06.2015 | Books

by Joe Sutton for IndieReader We're back in a time where serialized stories are in vogue: last year, listeners' curiosity was captured by Serial, a T...

Every Mother's Nightmare and Every Writer's Dream: Meet Steena Holmes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

As with her earlier novel, Finding Emma, about the after effects of a toddler's kidnapping, author Steena Holmes doesn't back away from tackling the devastating events every mother fears in her latest novel.

The Oxymoron of Self-Publishing

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

When I first heard the phrase 'self-publishing,' I envisioned myself at a printing press: paperbacks flying across the garage while my ink-stained fingers desperately tried to stuff the little rascals into boxes.

On Authorship and Authority

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

That "authority" and "author" share the same root is a given in publishing circles. To become an author you should have authority in your subject, and those with authority often write books

Meet YA Author Rebecca Villarreal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.20.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Rebecca Villarreal is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, a magical young adult mystery novel about globetrotting, magic, courage and friendship. We spoke about sharing magic with young readers, honoring grandmothers, and what it takes to start your own press.

Top 10 Reasons Writing Is Better Than Sex

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.26.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

You can go all night without stopping and still look great.

Simplify Your Writing to Attract More Business

Irina Jordan | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Irina Jordan

Compelling writing captures readers' attention. It is clear, concise and flows very smoothly. Use these tips to simplify your writing and attract high quality leads (especially the elusive Internet ones!).

Write Now: Genus Editorus Rex

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Good E/Ms are the most common of the genus éditorus rex. These, generally kind examples of the species, understand what you are trying to accomplish with your novel/story, but only work with you if your manuscript is - short of a copy edit - publication ready.

How Many Novels Should You Write in a Year? Bad Advice for Writers Has Your Answer!

G. Doucette | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
G. Doucette

We've been dispensing official Bad Advice for a little while now (for instance, here, here and here), and we take this job seriously, because legitimately bad advice for writers is an art form, and we like to take our time crafting that advice. We have a laboratory. And white coats. We look adorable in them.

Interrogating Lawrence Block

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

After almost a hundred novels, an uncountable number of short stories, and cherished collections of writing advice and lore, Lawrence Block can lay claim to being the respected grand patriarch of the mystery genre.

What I Learned From Self-Publishing My Book

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Abby Rosmarin

After letting the idea swim in my head for a few years, I finally got the chutzpah to write (and finish) it. After countless read-throughs and edits, I declared my book done and facetiously exclaimed: "Time to get money!" Well, not so much.

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.

Self-Publishing and Living the LLC Dream

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Scott De Buitléir

Risks are abound in this industry and increasing every year. Those authors that don't take the necessary action to protect themselves may find that their "dream come true" turns into a nightmare.

Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Unless they're four gorgeously written, painstakingly molded, amazingly rendered and undeniably memorable books. If you can pull off four of those a year, more power to you. But most can't. I'd go so far as to say no one can, the qualifier being good books.

6 Unexpected Ways Becoming an Author Changed My Life

Angela Lussier | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Angela Lussier

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.