Category Archives for "Publishing Tips"

Why Every Self-Published Author Needs to Read “The Fine Print”

With a title like “”, Mark Levine’s book isn’t the most sexy-sounding book you’ll ever read, but it might be one of the most influential. In this updated edition, author and book publishing expert Mark Levine shares his wisdom on the legal, publishing, and marketing details self-published authors often miss in the excitement of getting […]

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Bestselling Author Mindset: 5 Sales Myths Authors Need to Ignore

As a self-published author, your sales success depends on your sales philosophy, education, and the tools you have at your disposal. While you can’t always control the tools at your disposal you can control your beliefs and training. That’s where best-selling authors have the most impact. That’s where we’re going to start. Many self-published authors […]

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Becoming an Indie Author: The Lessons I Learned by Megan Rivers

This is a guest blog post by Megan Rivers. She is a self-published author who is currently working on her young adult series, , available on Amazon. Until MarchMegan is offering A Fateful Melody  for free for anyone who signs up for her email list at http://eepurl.com/cnTmq1 Most people aspire to write a novel—one novel. I wrote three. […]

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Self-Publishing an Audiobook by Arthur McMahon

Why Authors Should Consider Audio? Going for a walk or drive? Smartphones and bluetooth-ready vehicles have made audiobooks the fastest-growing book format in recent years. We live in a modern world where our minds crave constant consumption of media. A recent article from The Wall Street Journal reports that “sales [of audiobooks] in the U.S. […]

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Why you should work with an editor before pitching an agent

Guest post by Katie McCoach Sending your manuscript out to agents and editors for possible representation and publication is exciting, but mostly terrifying. You hope that your query will make a good enough impression and that an agent will be intrigued and request the full manuscript! How do you guarantee yourself the best chance of […]

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The benefits of author lectures and book signings

Writing, editing and getting a book published is a battle within itself, but what happens after that? Whether you go down the traditional publishing route or self-publish, the promotion of a book these days is widely left to the author. Events such as book signings and author lectures are seen as a great way to put […]

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Why a quality book cover design is so important

Guest post by Ida Jansson, Amygdala Design Why should you invest in a professionally designed book cover? I love to read, and I’m constantly on the lookout for new and exciting books – particularly those in the dystopian genre! And I find it particularly satisfying to discover books by high quality self-publishing authors. But how do I […]

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Pitching your manuscript – 5 Things you need to know

5 Things you need to know about pitching your manuscript

You’ve managed to finally finish your story. Over months, even years, you’ve poured your heart and soul into it. Foregone normal human interaction in favour to that of your characters. Edited, rewritten and edited some more. Now you’ve decided to submit your pride and joy to a publisher or agent. But how do you get […]

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Building dialogue

Guest post by Laurence Kennedy, Director at Convergences The other day, someone reminded me how Garcia Marquez would settle down in bed to talk with newly imagined characters, rejecting any he couldn’t get along with.  For Elmore Leonard, changing a taciturn character’s name could make him into a chatterbox. Most writers want to establish dialogue with […]

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3 Things to bear in mind when using independent publishing services

Guest post written by Sarah Scotcher, Director of Rowanvale Books 1. Expectations Some writers just want to see their work in print (or on e-reader), and have no intentions beyond that, while others see writing as their future career. It is important to consider what you want out of the process, and to ensure that your expectations […]

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