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Self-Published Book Bumps 'The Girl On the Train' Out of the Top Spot

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 02.10.2016 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

photo by MTA The day my book got to the number one spot on the psychological thriller best seller list, I knew it finally bumped The Girl On The Trai...

Interview With Linda Stirling on the Self-Publishing Advantage

Rajesh Setty | Posted 01.23.2016 | Books
Rajesh Setty

"Bookstores and publishing houses are in business to make money, not to nurture authors."

Author Laura Drake on Indie v.s. Traditional Publishing, Cowboys and Why She Loves Her Motorcycle

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

"I'd have to say my art imitates my life. I've always been one to throw myself off cliffs. Not because I'm brave, but because I can't stop myself; that's how I learn best."

6 Ways a Publisher Can Kill Your Success

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 01.14.2016 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Recently, we've worked with several authors who have been bogged down by stumbling blocks from their publishers. These stumbling blocks include everything from not having access or control over their eBook, to being forced to buy marketing programs that not only don't move the needle, but can also negatively impact your book.

5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design

Brooke Warner | Posted 01.14.2016 | Books
Brooke Warner

We all know that books are, in fact, judged by their covers. Because of this, and because the marketplace is so crazy competitive, your cover can make or break your book.

Vow to Write Better, Not Faster in 2016, Despite Our Binge-Loving Culture

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.09.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

My resolution for 2016 is to resist any outside pressure to speed up my fiction, whether it comes from the publishing world, my writer friends, or the marketplace. Instead, I will write the kind of fiction that feeds my soul and, I hope, sings for my readers, no matter how long it takes.

Best Self-Published Fiction Debuts of 2015

Kirkus | Posted 12.22.2015 | Books
Kirkus

Originally published on Kirkus. For the full list of the Best Self-Published Books of 2015, click here. ...

What Should Authors Expect to Earn?

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Publishing a first book may be a thing on your bucket list, and if that's the case, and you don't want to think too much about the money, then don't. But if you're serious about earnings and have your sights set on becoming a career writer, writing your first book is not unlike standing at the threshold of a new galaxy.

A Novelist's Most Important Tool

IndieReader | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
IndieReader

I think I resisted the opportunity to go electric because I feared that somehow the use of a strange alien tool might slow down my creative juices. The computer was a totally foreign tool and after much soul searching I finally took the plunge. The program I used was Wordstar, long gone.

How to Self-Publish a Paperback Book with Createspace

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 12.06.2015 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

As self-published authors, it's important that we build a professional image to differentiate us from the thousands of others ebook authors out there....

The Keys to Publishing Success Are in Your Hands

Kristen Houghton | Posted 12.04.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Getting your book published is no longer a 'wait-and-hope' proposition. There are so many ways to get published today that no author has to go through the process of submitting a proposal (non-fiction) or a full manuscript (fiction) to literary agents and endure the agonizing wait to see if it's accepted by them and then wait some more for the agent to make a deal with a publisher.

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
IndieReader

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.