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Self-Published Authors Don't Need a New Term

Brooke Warner | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

At the heart of this desire to re-term ourselves is the fact that self-publishing still carries a stigma, and yet we'll never get to distance ourselves from it completely, no matter how much momentum we might be able to muster.

6 Great File Formats to Submit to Ebook Designers (And 2 Awful Ones)

David Kudler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Books
David Kudler

So you've decided to have an ebook designer convert your book into ePub (iBooks/Nook/Kobo) and mobi (Kindle) formats. Great! What formats are best to send?

So, You Want to Publish Your Book?

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

You wrote a book, and you want the world to read it. Thus, here's some ideas for how you can publish your own work, and start designing opportunities for yourself in the literary world.

Inside the Bizarro World of Christoph Paul

Loren Kleinman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Christoph Paul is the author of five books of prose and poetry that cross multiple genres, including humor, poetry, satire, bizarro, horror and non-fiction.

Dawn of the Multi-Genre Mash-Up

G. Doucette | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Genres are there to define where a book belongs, but that's only to help a potential reader find something to read. The problem -- and I don't think I'm the only one who has it -- is that I can't color within the lines.

What I Learned a Year After Publishing My First Book

Zachary Stockill | Posted 03.20.2014 | Small Business
Zachary Stockill

Aging is nothing if not the constant re-evaluation and reorganization of expectations. I expect there to be many trials and tribulations, but hopefully also a few triumphs along the way.

Advice to the Self-Publisher

David Kudler | Posted 03.12.2014 | Books
David Kudler

Last week, I gave an interview to Inkspokes, a website dedicated to independent authors and their readers.  The interviewer, Nelson Suit, who is a wr...

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

Mark Coker | Posted 03.07.2014 | 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.

Should You Self-Publish Your First Book?

Adam Smiley Poswolsky | Posted 03.06.2014 | Books
Adam Smiley Poswolsky

After talking to several people with significant experience in the industry, I realized that traditional publishing was not going to be easy.

Seven Questions Writers Should Ask Before Publishing

William Petrocelli | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
William Petrocelli

Years ago, the only way to get published was to type the manuscript, send it to a publisher, and hope for the best. But book publishing has changed significantly. There are more opportunities -- and many more pitfalls.

The Key to Self-Publishing Your Memoir: Be Confident with Your Story!

Dorit Sasson | Posted 03.03.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

It is hard to feel that early confidence as a writer when the story is still developing or if one is undergoing healing. But once the story gets underway and the themes of one's story are crystal clear, it's time to see the author as a character in a movie.

10 Questions With Author Darcie Chan

Jason Derr | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Jason Derr

Since then Darcie has made the move from indie princess to emerging talent with a mainstream press. The Mill River Recluse has been reissued and followed by The Mill River Redemption Darcie was very gracious to participate in this first entry of the 10 Questions for Indie.writers series.

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 is an Independent Publisher?

David Kudler | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
David Kudler

So, I was astonished earlier this month to find myself elected president of BAIPA — the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You may cal...

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.

I Am Not Married To Tom Hanks

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.07.2014 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

Not even close. My husband paints houses for a living. There are times during the year when I am the sole bread winner, such as right around the holid...

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.

The Magical Experience I Had On My Ride Home From Work

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.02.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

I don't believe in heaven or hell. Although I was raised a Catholic, I am not a religious person. I do not belong to a church and I don't ever pray but my father prays for me, every day when he attends morning mass.

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.

Our Exclusionary Attitudes Toward Self-Publishing Must Change

Jenny Trout | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Jenny Trout

Self-publishing is the only way many authors, for various reasons, will ever be able to put their books in front of an audience. Suggesting that alternative methods of publishing will harm literature is the same as suggesting folk art will harm high art, or YouTube will harm film.

Self-Publishing: It Takes a Village

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Lindsay Pyfer

Are you or your group thinking about self-publishing a book? If so, there are some things you'll want to know before you get started to create a high-...

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.

The Secret to Finding (and Keeping) Your Niche

Anne Hill | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Anne Hill

I can still remember the first time I walked into my college's main library. Before me were six huge floors, each one filled floor-to-ceiling with bo...

What I Learned From 100 Rejections in One Year

Emily Timbol | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Emily Timbol

Writing a book isn't what made you an author. You only got to call yourself a "real" writer if someone else thought you were good enough. So, I set out to find someone, anyone, who would give me the title I wouldn't dare claim.

5 Lessons From a Proud Self-Published Author

Jessica Smock | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Jessica Smock

Here's what happened instead on my path to being a published writer.