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6 Ways for Self-Published Authors to Handle Bad Reviews

Crystal Ponti | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Crystal Ponti

There's nothing more powerful than a community of passionate people. If that community happens to be loyal fans or readers of your book, chances are they'll see the negative review and respond accordingly.

How Barbara Freethy Became the Bestselling Amazon KDP Author of All-Time

Michael Price | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
Michael Price

Barbara Freethy is a best-selling author with 18 of her books having become New York Times best-sellers. Beyond her tremendous accolades is an incredible story of hard work, dedication and determination that we could all become inspired by.

If He Looks Like Woody Allen

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 08.01.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

I do know one thing. I need to trust my instincts. If he looks like Woody Allen, he is Woody Allen.

Free Books: Marketing Genius or Devaluation of Writers?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Contemporary culture seems to have a conflicted relationship with free.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

These top 10 mistakes are among the most common I see in my work with authors. Some are about mindset and others are more technical oversights. If you've made any of these mistakes, you're in good company. The best we can do is learn, and spread the word so others take heed.

How Do You Choose a Book Cover That Tells Your Story?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Will the cover be "me?" More importantly, will it honestly represent the emotions and story I've put on the page and attract readers?

The Indie Author Manifesto

Mark Coker | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Mark Coker

Over the last few years, book publishing has witnessed a dramatic change in attitudes regarding self publishing. Much credit goes to indie ebook authors and the readers that have embraced them.

What Compels an Agent to Sign an Author? Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part III of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"The reality is, it's a brave new world of publishing, and agents are only one part of it."

10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020

Mark Coker | Posted 05.07.2014 | Books
Mark Coker

The 10 trends above underlie my prediction that indie ebook authors will capture at least 50 percent of the U.S. ebook market in next seven years. Go ahead, call me crazy or delusional. I don't mind.

10 Question With Indie Author A.K. Butler (Part Two)

Jason Derr | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Jason Derr

One of the great benefits of having a master's degree is that it gave me the research skills to help shape my my work as well as introducing me to ideas I want to play out in my fiction. I draw mostly from Process Philosophy and Mimetic Theory.

Indie Comic Super! and the Quest for Global Domination, Part II

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 04.12.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Following up on our previous conversation, the duo discusses their influences, the various natures of parodies, and their (ongoing) attempts at working with traditional publishers.

Manage Your Expectations, Indie Authors

Rachel Thompson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

I work with writers (indie, hybrid, and traditional) every day who, with one book out, no blog, no social networking, no advertising, etc., expect to pay their rent or support their family on the sales of one book. That is an unrealistic expectation.

Indie Comic Super! and the Quest for Global Domination, Part I

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.23.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Super!, a brand-new, Kickstarter-backed indie comic book, is all over the place. It has superheroes, as the name might suggest, but it also includes robots, drunkards, and corporate entities that seem too big to fail.

Novel Building From the Bones up: Two Pros Contrast Indie vs. Traditional Writing Process

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

First of all, let's define 'pro:' for the purposes of this article, a pro is someone who earns his/her primary income from writing. My friend Toby Neal and I are pros, with multiple novels and credits of various kinds under our belts.

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring: Cover Me, Baby!

Christiana Miller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Christiana Miller

If the cover intrigues potential readers, they'll read the product description and the sample pages. And that's where you'll hook them. From there, if your book lives up to the promise the cover made, your reader will make the journey from interested stranger to avid fan.

3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers

Lisa Parkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Good news: according to Goodreads, the largest online book recommendation website, roughly 6 million books are discovered on the site per month. Now the bad news: The burden of discovery remains completely on self-published authors.

Five Stars for Five Dollars: Buying Reviews, Reviewed

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

Eight hours later, I checked my ebook's page on Amazon and there it was: A glowing, five-star review! Four paragraphs in length, even. And it appeared the reviewer had actually read my ebook.

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring: Amazon's Matchbook Program

Christiana Miller | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Christiana Miller

There's a lot of buzz right now about Amazon's Matchbook Program. But only one traditional publishing house is willing to try it -- and only on a limited basis. So, where does that leave indie authors, who are wondering whether or not they should jump in?

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring

Christiana Miller | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Christiana Miller

I published Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead for a grand total of $125. Yes, my hopeful indie author, it is possible to publish a book for next to nothing.

eBook Preorders Help Indie Authors Hit Bestseller Lists

Mark Coker | Posted 10.20.2013 | Books
Mark Coker

Self-published ebook authors now have a powerful new merchandising tool to make their books more discoverable and desirable to readers: Preorders at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

The Road to Publication -- Part Three: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing, Pros and Cons

S.L. Scott | Posted 04.01.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

The best part of the publishing industry today is that we have a choice. That's something that didn't really exist even five years ago. Choose which road to publication fits you and your goals best, and go for it.

8 Ways to Get Reviews That Aren't Fake

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Do you believe reviews? A majority of us don't, but more often than not we believed the consumer reviews. Not so much anymore, especially now when reviews can be bought, or in some cases, simply faked.

Dear Sue Grafton, You're Hopelessly Out of Touch

Jane Devin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Books
Jane Devin

The truth is, Sue Grafton never had to compete in a market driven by celebrity, pop culture, and social media connections. I doubt that, if submitted under a pseudonym, her initial works would be met with the same reception today.

Indie Vs Traditional Publishing

| Posted 07.27.2012 | Books

By Terri Giuliano Long for Indiereader.com Every day it seems another superstar self-publisher signs with one of the Big Six. In April, Darcie C...

Riding the E-Book Wave

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.01.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

From writing through production, I was done in two months. That included having the book professionally edited and copy-edited, getting a cover designed, my own proofreading, and seeing the novella formatted and loaded for Kindle and the Nook.