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For As Much As It's Worth: Advice to Authors, part 1

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.

PRO TIP: The Difference Between Being an Expert and Being a Fan

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 07.15.2014 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

I haven't "seen it all" but I have become a tad jaded when it comes to experts versus someone who is a fan. I love fans, don't get me wrong, but it's a big stretch from fan to expert and, if you're publishing a book, you should know why this matters.

Are There 5 Reasons to Stick With Major Publishers? No, There Are Zero Reasons

Michael Levin | Posted 07.10.2014 | Books
Michael Levin

New York is great for Broadway shows and Circle Line tours. But for getting your book published today? Not so much.

Are There Still Pros to Traditional Publishing?

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

That writers even ask this question showcases just how far removed traditional publishers are from the sea change that's underway in the world beyond their walls.

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.

The Publishing Paradigm Shift: Why Big Publishing Acquisitions Hurt Publishers, Not Authors

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.26.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

This week, the Big Five just got bigger with the announcement that Hachette Book Group (the fourth largest U.S. publisher) is acquiring Perseus Books Group (the sixth largest U.S. publisher) in a deal that will close next month.

Remember the Future: Hachette and Amazon

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Michele Somerville

Many fine poets never get paid, but I am a poet who occasionally does get paid, thanks to Amazon. That alone is not a good reason to take the side of Amazon in the current publishing conflict.

5 Reasons to Wait and Slow Down When It Comes to Publishing Your Book

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

Hurrying up to publish is surprisingly anticlimactic, so if you're feeling itchy, take a deep breath and revisit your timeline. And try to remember, time flies.

Goliath vs. Goliath: Why the Amazon-Hachette Debate Is Really a War Between Traditional and Self-Publishing

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.11.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I can't imagine that this divide will never be reconciled, and it's why we can anticipate that the separation between self-publishing and the industry will only get wider and wider.

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.

How to Be Rich as an Artist

Paul Jarvis | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Paul Jarvis

Art rarely makes artists lots of money. Yet we do it anyway.

Not All Subsidy Presses Are Created Equal: Why Author Solutions' Practices Are Bad for Book Publishing

Brooke Warner | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

Author Solutions--though seemingly the most popular "solution" for large houses these days who want to create a self-publishing arm of their business--is not the only option.

How to Play Big and All the Way Out There When You Want to Be an Author

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

In traditional publishing, failing means not earning out your advance. In self-publishing, failing could be taken to mean not earning back your expenses. But the question then needs to be: over what period of time?

How to Be a Successful Writer: A Bookstore Owner Gives the Inside Skinny

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's such a beautiful, little, Brooklyn, exquisitely-curated indie that fits in perfectly with its neighborhood -- exactly the kind of bookstore alleged 'publishing pundits' like to scream is dying.

How Long Does a Novel Take to Write?

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I binged this past weekend. Not on reality TV or chocolate or martinis, but on writing. I booked a cheap off-season condo in Maine and wrote 17,822 words.

I Planted My Self-Published Book On Barnes & Noble's Shelves... And People Bought It

Brendan Leonard | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Brendan Leonard

I mean, you can't walk in and take a book off the shelf and put it in your jacket and walk out -- but there's no law that says you can't walk into the store with a book in your jacket and put it on the shelf, is there? Nah. It was a genius strategy, I thought, congratulating myself.

That Time I Thought I Could Make a Living Writing

Dana Sitar | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Dana Sitar

Your path as a writer is bound to wind to and fro. Don't be afraid to change your route when it doesn't feel right -- step off the path into something smoother for a while, stay put when you find a comfortable spot or turn around and start right back at the beginning.

It's Not Me, It's You: Letting Go of the Status Quo

Zetta Elliott | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Zetta Elliott

Hashtag activism and symbolic gestures have their place, but transforming the publishing industry will take sustained pressure; increasing diversity in children's literature will require support not only for inclusion but innovation.

Is Content Consuming You or Are You Consuming Content?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Are you like me, always trying to carve out time from your day to read blogs, eBooks, whitepapers, attend webinars, watch videos and visit yet another website? Our challenge isn't finding the information, but finding time to read it.

Are Young Writers Interesting? Part Two: Prove it

Steven Petite | Posted 06.29.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

My first article was one titled "Are Young Writers Interesting?" It was inspired by my conversation with Junot Diaz. The full version of my conversa...

Valerie Woods: Her Own Time

Jill Robinson | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jill Robinson

She has the warmth of a writer who knows the fear we have when we pick up the pen, or touch the key.

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.

How to Get Radio Interviews for Your Book

Brian Horn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

You'll want to make an attractive and powerful site so that you get more traffic; more traffic means higher rankings on search engines, which means more people checking out your book.

One Thing You Shouldn't Put at the Front of Your Ebook

David Kudler | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
David Kudler

Those are the BEST sellers -- books that, in print, often carry multiple blurb pages. So I'll stand by my conviction regarding the needlessness of blurb pages in the front of ebooks.

The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Bernard Starr

What authors and wannabee authors crave is feedback on their manuscripts and proposals from publishing professionals -- mainly literary agents and editors.