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How Much Can a Self-Publisher Make?

David Kudler | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.26.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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...

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of November 8

Digital Book World | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

Self-published titles comprise twenty percent of this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, the same share as last week. But now three of them are inside the top ten.

Self-Publishing and the DIY Doom

Gordy Grundy | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Gordy Grundy

Publishing a book is a wild tangle of creative, legal and business decisions. Many things are ideal to DIY; heart surgery, nuclear fusion and self-publishing are not among them.

The Book Launch and the Aftermath

Warren Adler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of November 1

Digital Book World | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

Gillian Flynn's hit Gone Girl trades places with Gray Mountain by John Grisham, ending its six-week run at the top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.

Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.01.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Novels are not cars to be assembled. You can't write them if the muse isn't with you, and the muse doesn't always come when you call her. Yet, if you want to make a living as a writer, you must find a way to go to the muse if she won't come to you.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of October 25

Digital Book World | Posted 12.29.2014 | Books
Digital Book World

Self-published titles make a strong showing on this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. Penelope Ward's Stepbrother Dearest remains inside the top ten, scooting up a couple of places into the No. 4 spot this week.

3 Things I Learned About Self-Publishing

Anthony Otero | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Anthony Otero

I came up with three things I've learned (and still learning) about self-publishing: support, accepting help, and not taking things personally.

The Future of Book Distribution

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I wrote a post called "Distribution 101" in February about distribution in which I laid out the what's what of distribution. If you don't understand what distribution is, you might want to start there.

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'

If You Self-Publish Your Book, Can You Sell It to a Big Publisher Down the Road -- And Would You Even Want To?

Allison Carmen | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Allison Carmen

As many of you know, my book The Gift of Maybe is being published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, on November 4, 2014. What some of ...

Video in Enhanced Ebooks: How? Why?

David Kudler | Posted 12.20.2014 | Books
David Kudler

Enhanced ebooks have been a cause of much excitement over the past few years -- and with good reason. One of the things that an ebook can do that a paper-and-ink book can't is to add embedded video and sound.

Top 5 Marketing Tips for Indie Authors

AK Turner | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
AK Turner

My fellow writers often ask my advice on various aspects of writing and publishing, not because I've enjoyed great success (though I have enjoyed moderate success), but because I've tried just about everything.

Publishing's Unsung Heroes: Copy Editors

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Copy editors are worth their weight in gold, yet hardly ever garner a mention. So here it is, a shout-out to you, copy editors around the world: we writers and readers are so lucky to have you smoothing sentences and paragraphs and chapters. Thank you for all of your hard work.

The Secret Formula to Creating a Bestselling Book

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Writing a book is one thing, promoting it is a whole different animal. But what if you could, right out of the gate, know exactly what to do to create an outstanding, well-received book that was promoted in such a way that it sold better than you expected?