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

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.17.2014 | 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?

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

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.07.2014 | 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.

Are There Still Pros to Traditional Publishing?

Brooke Warner | Posted 09.07.2014 | 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.

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.

What the Amazon vs. Hachette Debate Ignores: Independent Authors

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 08.08.2014 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

It's a fascinating debate, a fascinating time, one that mirrors much of what's already happened in the music industry, in journalism, art and photography; even online news aggregation. And, as in all revolutionary movements, the paradigm is shifting, to use a weary phrase.

Is Self-Publishing Killing Books? My Journey With After the Sucker Punch Answers the Question

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Do I think self-publishing is killing books? In a word, NO. In fact, not only do I believe self-publishing isn't killing books, I believe it's actually enlivened the marketplace, bringing a fresh, less structured, less filtered, more open life to the entire literary industry.

Writing Is My Business, But So Is Business

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

As an author, I wound up owning my own small business and it's as vulnerable to competition and the vagaries of the market place as any physical store. Sometimes it's just as exhausting.

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.

Should You Do a Book Tour On Your Own Dime?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

We writers quake in our slippers at the thought of actually having to get dressed and emerge from behind our laptop shields. Whether we're indie or tr...

Should You Self Publish? From Traditional to Indie and Back Again: One Hybrid Author Tells All

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I just saw my new novel in a bookstore for the first time and nearly cried. Oh, all right, I'll come clean: I did cry. It isn't every day that your dr...

How to Knit a Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.20.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I am a new knitter, but an experienced novelist. It's only lately that I've begun to realize what my two favorite activities have in common. PASSION:...

Ten Deadly Marketing Mistakes Almost Every Author Makes

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 07.23.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

People always ask me what's the single biggest mistake authors make. I'm not sure it's just one mistake, though the truth is that one mistake can sink...

Which Publishing Option Is Right for You?

Terri Giuliano Long | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
Terri Giuliano Long

Rather than invest all their energy in publishing traditionally, authors are taking advantage of their options by choosing the publishing method that's right for them or right for the particular project. With so many choices, how do you know which is right for you?

Should You Publish Your Own Novel? Four Things to Think About

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.13.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I'd heard all sorts of horror stories about writers giving away the bulk of their royalties to publishers that gobbled up profits in huge percentages. We indie authors keep most of our sales. Was I doing the right thing, saying yes to a publisher when I'd already done the tough work of going indie?

From the Digital Frontier: A Shifting $12 Billion Publishing Market

Tanyella Evans | Posted 03.27.2013 | Books
Tanyella Evans

To compete with free, publishers need to make their content more attractive and essentially, discoverable. Entering the ebook market late will result in lost revenue to piracy.

Why Traditionally Published Authors Are Going Indie

| Sabrina Ricci for IndieReader | Posted 01.16.2013 | Books

By Sabrina Ricci for IndieReader.com Indie publishing is a growing trend. According to Bowker Books in Print and Bowker Identifier Services, over 2...

Can You Judge Your Book by Its Cover?

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Seeing your book cover for the first time is like waiting for that guy from Match.com to show up at the restaurant. You've laid out your expectations and supposedly so has he. But will he actually look like the date of your dreams?

Why Editing Is the Single Best Marketing Tool

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 02.09.2013 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

With all of the options out there to publish, it's pretty tempting to just point and click your way to a completed book. It's hard enough to compete in publishing. Put in the effort and put forth your best book. Does your book deserve anything less?

10 Bookish Conversations We Never Want to Have Again

Jeff O'Neal | Posted 01.09.2013 | Books
Jeff O'Neal

We usually keep things pretty positive here at the Riot, but after many years of life in the bookish interweb, we've identified some conversations that just keep coming back up. And we're ready to put an end to them.

Announcing My Little Publishing Company: A Moneymaking Move Back to Hardbacks

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 12.25.2012 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

I am singlehandedly going to bring back the hardback book. And where the giants of the publishing industry have so miserably failed, I will succeed by I'm following some sound business practices.

Is Power Shifting Towards Self-Publishing?

Posted 10.03.2012 | Books

By Terri Giuliano Long for IndieReader.com Not too long ago, traditional publishers held all the cards. If publishing houses rejected a book, it...

Amazon vs. Traditional Publishing

Kiana Davenport | Posted 11.06.2012 | Books
Kiana Davenport

My Chinese uncle had a favorite proverb: "Great misfortune disguises great good fortune." With the imminent publication of my new novel, The Spy Lover, I reflect on that proverb, and the events that occurred before the book was finally published.

The New Vanity Publishing: Traditional Publishing

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.23.2012 | Books
Bernard Starr

Is the "prestige" of a traditional publisher's imprint mostly illusory in the context of the new world of publishing?