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Who actually wrote that book?

Who actually wrote that book?

A guest post by Peter Rowlands. Not all writers are gifted when it comes to detail. That’s why book editors exist. My understanding is that conventional publishers employ them (partly, anyway) to put the shine on what might have started out as a rough diamond. With the best will in the world, it’s one reason […]

Writing the Epic: Take a Tip from the Racetrack

Writing the Epic: Take a Tip from the Racetrack

A guest post by Glen Craney. One of the pitfalls to guard against when writing the sweeping historical novel is losing the reader amid a legion of characters. The author becomes so immersed in the research and details that it becomes virtually impossible to understand what it will be like to read the story for […]

Self Publishing – The road to success isn’t paved

Self Publishing – The road to success isn’t paved

A guest post by Jess D. Harpley. Seeing that I have yet to achieve success, I’m not sure I should write this post… but I will anyway. Self publishing is easy. You write the thing, you log in to Amazon, you upload the thing, you press the publish button. Successful self publishing is a nightmare […]

PHASE SHIFT by Elise Abram

PHASE SHIFT by Elise Abram

A guest post by Marla Sherman. EMSA Publishing is thrilled to announce the re-release of Elise Abram’s Phase Shift. In Phase Shift, archaeology professor Molly McBride is given an artifact that is the key to another planet, a doppelganger Earth called Gaia. Life on Gaia seems idyllic at first, but Molly soon learns the Gaians […]

Writing a First Novel: Don’t Give Up

Writing a First Novel: Don’t Give Up

A guest post by Miranda Atchley. I would say one of the hardest things about being an author is dealing with insecurity. When I was writing my first novel, I only told a very few people that were really close to me that I was actually writing a book with plans to publish it. Most […]

Amazon’s Data Mining of Novels

Amazon’s Data Mining of Novels

  I find data-mining as interesting as the next person. On any given day, you’ll find me clicking into the results of surveys about consumer habits, in any number of categories. I do this for reasons that are as unnecessary as they are ambiguous. Being from Washington, DC, and having cut my political teeth at […]

The Lilac Princess–A Story of Forgiveness

The Lilac Princess–A Story of Forgiveness

A guest post by Wanda Luthman. In my children’s book, The Lilac Princess, a princess is faced with the dilemma of whether or not she will choose to forgive the dragon that was going to kill her. What would you do? What have you done with the dragons in your life? Forgiveness is not easy. […]

2 Reasons Why Self-Editing is Hard and 5 Ways You Can Make It Easier

2 Reasons Why Self-Editing is Hard and 5 Ways You Can Make It Easier

A guest post by Marla Sherman. Having an edited, ready-for-publication manuscript is paramount when searching for a publisher or an agent. Some vanity publishers—like EMSA Publishing—will provide editing in exchange for a percentage of the royalties. Others will provide you with a list of approved editors and ask you to pay from your own pocket […]

Steph Post’s New Author Survival Guide

Steph Post’s New Author Survival Guide

A guest post by Steph Post. Today marks the one year anniversary of the release of A Tree Born Crooked. The past year has been a roller coaster of a ride, with fortunately more highs and lows, and the learning curve has been steep. In honor of my first book’s first birthday, I’m offering a […]

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

  Contest: North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books 2017 Entry Dates: February 15, 2017 – June 30, 2017 Fee: $60 Winners Announced: February 15, 2018 CONTEST DETAILS FROM WINNINGWRITERS.COM   Submit a self-published book in one of the following categories, up to 150,000 words in length: General Fiction Young Adult Fiction Creative Nonfiction & Memoir […]

Self-Published Author Membership Rules for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Self-Published Author Membership Rules for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

  From Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Membership Application: “Three or more paid sales of different works of fiction (such as three separate shorter works or half-hour scripts) totaling a minimum of 10,000 words that were self-published, indie published or sold to a small press at 6c a word after January 1st, 2013. […]

Books and Amazon’s New Third-Party Seller Policy

Books and Amazon’s New Third-Party Seller Policy

Recent changes to policies and fees for third-party sellers who sell Media products on the Amazon Marketplace on Amazon.com has elicited questions from book resellers and small presses. Here is a sampling of articles and threads discussing those changes:   “Small publishers in particular are dependent on backlist sales for their livelihood. Amazon is a […]

Self-Published Author Membership Rules for Thriller Writers

Self-Published Author Membership Rules for Thriller Writers

  From International Thriller Writers Membership Application: “With particular regard to self-published books, where there is no publisher beyond the author, any determination of the author being a qualified publisher shall be on a case-by-case basis and such factors as the work itself, the breadth of its marketing, the extent of its distribution, the editorial […]

Independent Bookstore Day is Here!

Independent Bookstore Day is Here!

Writers need readers. Writers are readers. Readers need books. This Saturday, April 29th, keep your book buying local and participate in Independent Bookstore Day. The event is nationwide and many small shops are participating. New books, old books, traditionally published, indie published – it’s all out there and yours for the buying. If you’ve been […]

Beginner’s Guide to Building an Online Platform

Beginner’s Guide to Building an Online Platform

A guest post by Marla Sherman. Most of my experience in the world of publishing has been helping friends and colleagues to get their work published, so I never had the need to create a social media presence for what I do. But when I decided to go pro, I realized that my business was […]

Direct Submissions: Traditional Publishing, No Agent Required

Direct Submissions: Traditional Publishing, No Agent Required

A guest post by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi. It’s hard to overstate the changes to the publishing landscape over the last decade. The doors to the gates that regulated who got published have effectively been blown off their hinges, and authors are now awash in possible avenues to get their work out into world. For those […]

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

A guest post by Kathryn Pincus. Writing a Novel During My Morning Run WRITTEN BY KATHRYN PINCUS. POSTED IN SELF GROWTH. (Published originally in Living Well Magazine, April 2015 issue) Almost every morning, as the sun is beginning its ascent into the sky, I lace up my running shoes, stretch, and bound out the door. […]

Outside by Shalini Boland

Outside by Shalini Boland

About “Outside” (Book One in the Outside Series) A post-apocalyptic romance thriller. The world of the future is divided by Perimeters: high-security gated communities where life goes on as normal. If you’re inside you’re lucky, if you’re outside life expectancy takes a nose dive. Sixteen-year-old Riley is fortunate to have been born on the right […]

Writers, Start Building Your Brand Early!

Writers, Start Building Your Brand Early!

One of the great challenges for an indie author is dividing time between actual writing and marketing. And I would argue that the same goes for writers who are as yet unpublished. Sometimes, I like to think about giants like Joyce, Fitzgerald and Nabokov. How did those guys do it? Most likely, not at all—or […]

The Forgotten Ones (Book One) by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones (Book One) by Laura Howard

About “The Forgotten Ones: Book 1 (The Danaan Trilogy)“ Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long […]