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The Fate of the Novelist: A Reality Check

Warren Adler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

Over the past 15 years as an independent author, I have learned a few things. Some might disagree with my conclusions, but not to worry. I am used to being pummeled, rejected and contradicted. I have been around a long time, and I am still standing.

Getting Published as a Photographer

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I got my first book of photography published. There is no easy answer. Getting published is a co...

Please Stop

G. Doucette | Posted 08.22.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Here is the problem. You all seem to think self-published authors are bad writers, because bad writers are self-published. The thing is, bad writers are everywhere.

Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.

Four Great Ways to Find Indie Books You'll Love

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.22.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"What book will really capture your heart and mind?"

Bestselling Author Marie Force Provides Her Path to Success

Michael Price | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Michael Price

Like so many successful writers of this era, Marie Force has built her career as a hybrid-writer, having published books on her own as well as through traditional publishers.

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.

Definitely, I'm a Spiritual Girl With Both Light and Dark Roots

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Women
Fiona Finn

There's no right or wrong, to each his or her own, and there's little to no judgment. So whether you believe in a creator, have a different religion or are an atheist -- it really doesn't bother me. I'm OK with you, and what you choose to believe in or not believe in

A Hybrid Author Busts the Myths: Should You Self Publish?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I'm a hybrid author who has jumped from a traditional publisher to indie publishing and back to a traditional house again. As I start my fourth novel, I have no contract for the next one. Do I want to go solo when I publish my next book, or stay where I am?

Kindness From a Stranger

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

What I've been learning is that it's important to press the "pause" button more often when something good happens and to leave it pressed down for extended periods of time.

Why You're Probably Not Famous Enough to Land a Book Deal

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.07.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

The hard truth is that most of us do not have that shiny quality that agents and editors are looking for. And it's not your fault if you don't. That allure is something that generally takes years to build and grow.

Hey, Whiny British Authors... You Want Fries (Ahem, Chips) with That?

Michael Levin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Books
Michael Levin

Evidence has arrived in the form of an article that British authors are earning Dickensian starvation wages.

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.

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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.03.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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.