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

Digital Book World | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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?

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

Finding the Fear Factor: An interview With Indie Horror Author, Tammy Vreeland

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding inspiration, Vreeland took what happened and weaved a fictional story around it. Since then, Vreeland has authored six horror books. Her most recent, The Sea of Souls, is a sequel to The Folks.

I Became A Self-Published Author At 17 (And You Can, Too)

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

Self-publishing has sprung up recently due to the advent of the amazing Internet, and it allows anyone (like myself) to be proclaimed authors.

5 Reasons Why Your Self-Published Book Isn't Selling

Crystal Ponti | Posted 11.15.2014 | Books
Crystal Ponti

It's about doing the right things to ensure sales, both before the book is published and after it hits the market. Although there are many more, here are five reasons why your self-published book isn't selling.

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1

Dan Miles | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.

5 Surefire Strategies for Marketing Your eBook

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

As I looked back at the past year and dug a little deeper into the various marketing strategies I used, I realized that I did, in fact, discover some things that worked better than others.

6 Pieces of Writing Advice from First Time Writers Over 40

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If I don't publish X by age 27, I'm finished. As I passed 27, then 37 and finally 40, I began to take a longer view about publishing careers and realized how silly it was to think that authorship possessed some sort of expiration date.

For Happiness, the Delete Key Is Your Friend

Valerie Alexander | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

Recently, I had to ask a friend for help. This person is in a position to help me, with very little sacrifice, and yet, he said, "No." He had a long e...

Success Bias

G. Doucette | Posted 11.05.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

It's not a science experiment, though, so I'll sign off with a different conclusion: Find a way to get readers. Any way you can think of, anything you think might work. Be prolific, be professional, and be available on social media for them. Maybe, if you're very lucky, the stampede will turn in your direction.