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Is a Book Publicist Worth the Money?

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Of course, I had no idea how much money a publicist would cost, and I was gobsmacked by their fees. Finally, though, I found a publicist who used to work at a big traditional house and seemed experienced and smart. Here's what I've learned in that time.

Video Reading Series June 2014: Eight Emerging Poets and Fiction Writers Read From Their New Work

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Anis Shivani

These eight poets and fiction writers have all been making waves lately; they represent some of the best in indie publishing, the cutting-edge of today's literary world.

Indie Authors Seeking an Agent: Take Note! Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part II of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"If a book has 250 reviews with 4 and 5 stars, and 70,000 in sales, this author has a lot of promise." -- Michelle Brower If you're an Indie author l...

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

Writing Is My Business, But So Is Business

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

As an author, I wound up owning my own small business and it's as vulnerable to competition and the vagaries of the market place as any physical store. Sometimes it's just as exhausting.

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.

What Your Friends Can't Tell You About Your Self-Published Book

Deborah Plummer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Deborah Plummer

Family and friends are often the inspiration for getting published and are profusely thanked in acknowledgements and recognized in dedications. However, unless they are successful authors, editors or in the publishing business, their encouragement is just loving support.

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.

2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions -- Increased Competition Between Traditional Publishers and Indie Authors

Mark Coker | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Mark Coker

What does 2014 hold in store for ebook authors, publishers and readers? Today I bring you 14 book publishing industry predictions.

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.

You Can Stick Your Stigma

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Neal Wooten

In case you're an Indie author reading this looking for the silver lining, let me say now that it does not exist, not yet anyway.

Should You Do a Book Tour On Your Own Dime?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

We writers quake in our slippers at the thought of actually having to get dressed and emerge from behind our laptop shields. Whether we're indie or tr...

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.

Should You Self Publish? From Traditional to Indie and Back Again: One Hybrid Author Tells All

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I just saw my new novel in a bookstore for the first time and nearly cried. Oh, all right, I'll come clean: I did cry. It isn't every day that your dr...

How to Knit a Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.20.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I am a new knitter, but an experienced novelist. It's only lately that I've begun to realize what my two favorite activities have in common. PASSION:...

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child--and to Publish a Book

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

The title of Hilary Clinton's bestselling book, IT TAKES A VILLAGE: AND OTHER LESSONS CHILDREN TEACH US, was based on an African phrase. We all know t...

Cult Writer John Green Trashes Indie Authors

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.08.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

John Green's YA novel The Fault in Our Stars is currently #16 at Amazon and the guy is a promotional genius. So how does he use his fame? To attack independent authors and tilt at windmills.

10 Things I Learned from Kickstarting My Book

A.J. Walkley | Posted 07.14.2013 | Books
A.J. Walkley

Going through my first Kickstarter campaign, I learned a lot that I wanted to share with others considering this route to crowdfund a novel or writing project:

Permission Based Publishing: The New York Publishing Model (and Why It Doesn't Work)

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 06.30.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

For years publishers have insisted that what happened to the music industry won't happen to them. Yet when we see what's happening in publishing I fail to find an instance where publishers aren't subscribing to the same model music companies did.

The Silent Treatment: Why No News May Be Good News in Your Campaign

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

We all get the silent treatment, regardless of where we are in our careers. Don't let it discourage you. Instead use this time as a way to assess, realign, or add to your skill set. I promise that if you do, someday the cone of silence will lift.

Why Traditionally Published Authors Are Going Indie

| Sabrina Ricci for IndieReader | Posted 01.16.2013 | Books

By Sabrina Ricci for IndieReader.com Indie publishing is a growing trend. According to Bowker Books in Print and Bowker Identifier Services, over 2...

Guy Kawasaki Goes APE Over Self-Publishing -- Part 5

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

In this interview Guy talks about his views on what he feels are the biggest mistakes authors make when it comes to marketing their books.

Guy Kawasaki Goes APE Over Self-Publishing - Part 4

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

Guy shares his thoughts on publishing and why he decided to forgo the traditional model and go indie. In this interview Guy talks about his views on what it means to be self-published.

Guy Kawasaki Goes APE Over Self-Publishing -- Part 3

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 03.11.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

In this interview, Guy shares his thoughts on publishing and why he decided to forgo the traditional model and go indie.