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  • Why Libraries Rarely Buy Self-Published Books

    Let's start with the librarians since they're the ones in control – or so it seems at least. The reality is that the patrons of the library are in control, almost entirely. If patrons started asking for self-published works en masse, libraries ...
  • If You're a Writer, Writing IS Your "Real" Job

    Regardless of the field you’re in, distractions are an issue to anyone who works independently. Successful writers know that in order to keep producing high-quality, consistent work, they need to apply themselves every day - and not just to ...
  • Think Like a Publisher to Get Published

    If you're an author interested in self-publishing, you have to think the way a publisher thinks. The number one focus for any publisher is profit. Before you even start the writing, you have to ask yourself if the idea is marketable. Once you feel yo...
  • Developing Your Book Topic and Getting The Writing Done

    Write about what you know takes on new meaning when you're trying to narrow down all of your book ideas into one that will be worth it, and marketable. Though the ideas may come from all over and flow easily, you'll need to develop the ability to pus...
  • Finding and Building a Healthy Author-Agent Relationship

    What most people mistakenly assume about hiring a literary (book) agent, is that they won't have to do anything at all to promote their book once the agent is hired. Completely untrue.
    Let's look at the kinds of circumstances when you would or would...
  • Amazon's Newest Publishing Platform Goes Live - Write On!

    In a direct response to the 9 year growth rate of Wattpad, Amazon has launched Write On, a social network where self-publishing authors can offer their work to the community for feedback. You don't need to be a writer to use it. Readers are invited t...
  • Is Self-publishing for All Genres?

    Publishing houses no longer promote or market the books they publish. Together with the fact that most publishing houses only offer contracts to established (ie. money-making) writers can make getting a publishing contract as a new author nearly impo...
  • How to Handle a Negative Book Review

    You know you need plenty of reviews to keep your book climbing the popularity charts, but you also know that not all of them are going to be 5 stars-worth of praise and glowing recommendation that others read your book immediately. What can you do to h...
  • Writing a Book Review

     
    The main thing to remember when you're writing a book review is that it is meant to be a critical evaluation, a commentary on your own opinion that offers an argument. A very brief summary is included of course, but only to give the reader th...
  • Self-Publishing The Old Fashioned Way – Print On Demand Publishing

    Before there were online publishing websites, self-publishers did things a little differently. Self-publishing bore a striking resemblance to traditional publishing, except the authors wore every hat and did all of the work by themselves - unless the...