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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Author Interview: Chicki Brown

Author Interview: Chicki Brown

  Since we last met… Have you published new novels or short stories? Tell us about them! Chicki: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Hollywood film star Vaughn Breland has wrecked his beloved Lamborghini, lost his latest movie role, the use of his legs and possibly his fabulous good looks. He’s depressed and mad at the […]

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Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

  About Marla A. Madison Year first published: 2011 Number of books and short stories currently published: 3 suspense novels. Bio: I’m a retired mediator and now work part-time as an arbitrator. I started writing after I retired and only became serious about it when I joined a critique group of local authors. I discovered […]

Choosing A Book Genre: Spice Girl

Choosing A Book Genre: Spice Girl

  I have spent the last few months preparing for the launch of AVA. During this time I have experienced mild, but recurring, stress about the proper genre for my novel. Depending on which source I choose to trust, my book is either romantic thriller, romantic suspense, family saga, literary light, or chick lit. In […]

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Author Interview: Michael R. Hicks

Author Interview: Michael R. Hicks

Today’s post begins a series of interviews with self-published authors in my Twitter community. Happy reading! Michael R. Hicks. Author, RVer, and wearer of FiveFinger shoes. Website:   AuthorMichaelHicks.com Twitter:    @KreelanWarrior Q: What is your genre? MH: With my first book, IN HER NAME, I started out in what could best be described as science fiction […]

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Self-Publishing: A Bold Step

Self-Publishing: A Bold Step

Metaphorically speaking, agents and signed contracts are big, big dogs, and newbies don’t necessarily know if they bark, bite, or—best option of all—dedicate themselves to the pursuit of belly rubs. Looks can be deceiving and are not, generally speaking, the best indicator of personality or intent. Experience is our best teacher, our most reliable road […]

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15 Articles About Self-Publishing

15 Articles About Self-Publishing

The following are links I have tweeted on my @dcPriya account over the past month.  Almost all are about self-publishing.  I decided to create a blog post containing the links for those writers and authors who are interested in self-publishing but don’t use Twitter.  This industry continues to grow in new and interesting ways, and […]

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Publishing a Novel: The iTunes Effect

Publishing a Novel: The iTunes Effect

About a decade ago, before she was married to my brother, my sister-in-law called to ask my advice about a gift. My sister-in-law: “I’ve finally thought of the perfect gift to get your brother for Christmas—an iPod!” Me: “That’s a great idea! But won’t it be expensive to dock it at a marina?” Oh, how […]

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Publishing Novels: There Is Money To Be Made. So Make It.

Publishing Novels: There Is Money To Be Made. So Make It.

Q: How would I define the PIY (Publish-It-Yourself) author? A: Four parts fearless, three parts writer, two parts entrepreneur, and one part dreamer — with a sprinkle of pioneer spirit thrown in for good measure. While self-publishing a novel does begin with the work of a writer, it is actually a business.  A small business.  A start-up business.  […]

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