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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

The Kraken: Part I by Jonas Cobos

The Kraken: Part I by Jonas Cobos

About “The Kraken: Part 1“ Where other authors give us the trappings of steampunk without real substance, Jonas Cobos infuses his world thoroughly with the substance and spirit of the genre, 110% full of steampunk ideas and motivations. And he did something few other writers have done…made steampunk goggles actually functional tools rather than mere […]

The Noru: Blue Rose by Lola StVil

The Noru: Blue Rose by Lola StVil

About “The Noru: Blue Rose“ The last thing I see before I close my eyes are his silver wings coming toward me. He lifts me up and takes me in his arms. While demons hurl fireballs at us from every direction, I study his face. I realize he doesn’t want me to live; he needs […]

A Love That Never Tires by Allyson Jeleyne

A Love That Never Tires by Allyson Jeleyne

About “A Love That Never Tires“ Linley Talbot-Martin is a girl who likes to get her hands dirty. As the daughter of a famous archaeologist, she’s been everywhere and seen everything—except London. When the Talbot-Martin team travels there for her father’s investiture, Linley finally gets her wish. But when the time comes to trade her […]

Cinderella’s Cowboy by Roxanne Snopek

Cinderella’s Cowboy by Roxanne Snopek

About “Cinderella’s Cowboy“ Chad Anders doesn’t know why mousy Cynthia Henley trips all over her tongue when she’s around him. Nor does he understand his undeniable attraction to this good girl. Wild and sexy is his type, like the dream-girl he caught a glimpse of years earlier he’s never forgotten. Cynthia’s superpower is invisibility, especially […]

His Captive Princess by Sandra Jones

His Captive Princess by Sandra Jones

About “His Captive Princess“ Earned respect is sweet…but deserved revenge is sweeter. Warren de Tracy was assured the Welsh village of Dinefwr would be an easy conquest, as would the widow of its fallen prince. Wedding her will appease the locals and win the respect of his liege, the usurper King Stephen. Instead, Warren is […]

Storytelling and the Campfire

Storytelling and the Campfire

  I notice as I comb through the self-published e-books on Amazon that a good number of the offerings are autobiographies. Non-fiction. People writing about their own lives and experiences. About their own adventures, misfortunes, and triumphs. It occurs to me that perhaps the meteoric rise in self-published, written works has turned the Kindle into […]

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5 tips to get past writer’s block

5 tips to get past writer’s block

A guest post by Jaelithe Russ. I recently read a post by a fellow writer who talked about how she doesn’t have the luxury for writer’s block. Like me, she is a busy mother who also works, so when there’s time to write we MUST take advantage of that time or lose it. With so […]

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I’ve Been Set Up!

I’ve Been Set Up!

A guest post by author Thomas Waite: The setting of a novel is critical, particularly for a mystery or thriller. After all, in addition to providing details that enrich the story, the setting can actually assist, or impede, an investigation. Choosing a familiar setting is usually a good idea for a mystery or a thriller […]

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The Help of Others

The Help of Others

A guest post by writer Jessica Loftus: I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish […]

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