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

Melissa Carter | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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 09.18.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.18.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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.

Discrimination Against Print-on-Demand Books Is Out of Touch and Bad for the Environment Too

Brooke Warner | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

My advice to authors who have POD books these days is simply not to talk about it. If someone asks, I encourage them to say that they got a print run, and leave it at that.

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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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.