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The Importance of a Great Author Headshot

Posted by Sara Chambers on December 16, 2014 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

So . . . you wrote a book from the comfort of your fuzzy bunny slippers and your beautiful, well-lit room with a view. Now that it’s time to put your hard-earned words out into the world, it’s time to think of things like platform building and publicity. I’m sure that you’d much rather upload a photo of Kate Middleton and call it a day so you can catch up on the months of sleep you've missed out on without a thought to how you look. The truth, though, is that you need an author photo. Correction: you need a great author photo.

The quality of your author photo may seem insignificant, but I can assure you that the face you put on your work matters. Much like an incredible cover image can be the decision between someone picking up your book or not, your author photo also gives potential readers a visual to attach to your book. If your author photo looks blurry and unprofessional, they might assume that the work inside was also left unpolished.

If you’re not sure…


[REALITY CHECK] The Trials and Tribulations of an Authorpreneur by Liz Gelb-O'Connor

Posted by Zetta Brown on December 16, 2014 at 7:30am 3 Comments

This is probably the best time in history to be a writer. There are so many options for writers seeking to publish their work. They can go the "traditional" route via an agent, the small press route where you submit (usually) directly to the editor or publisher, the self- publishing route where you do everything yourself (with little or no outside help), or there's the "hybrid" route that takes bits and pieces from all of the above.

But regardless of the route you take, if your aim is to publish or be published, you will have to concern yourself with the business of publishing.

While there is nothing wrong with getting your work published for your own sense of accomplishment, publishing is a business, and with it comes everything that being in business…


What Are E-Books Worth?

Posted by Brooke Warner on December 15, 2014 at 10:30pm 20 Comments

For the past few months, our distributor (Ingram) has been encouraging She Writes Press to price our e-books above $9.99. Because we are distributed by Ingram, we will not be penalized by Amazon for pricing above this price point, and publishers experimenting with higher e-book prices are reporting that sales aren’t dropping when they’re publishing e-books at $12.99, or $14.99, or even at  $16.99 for a $16.99 paperback. Interesting.


At She Writes Press we’re going to start experimenting with higher price points for e-books this spring. Pricing your e-book at exactly what your print book is priced at is called “parity pricing,” and it’s something that gets bandied about a lot by bigger publishers. I’ve …


Marketing tip: Choose your book's title wisely

Posted by Maria Murnane on December 15, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

When you're thinking about a potential title for your book, I strongly recommend that you do the following:

1) Check on Amazon to see if other books already have that title

I'm surprised by how often I come across an article or blog post that mentions someone's new book, and when I go to Amazon to look it up, I find multiple books with that exact same title. Not only does this confuse potential readers once they get to Amazon, it will also complicate basic Internet searches. You might think it won't be a problem because your name isn't the same as the other authors' names, but I think potential readers are more likely to remember the name of a book than the name of an author. (That's how my brain works.)

If there's…


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. gently .

here this morning, treading one note at a time,

pointing toes, wondering about the roof

next door in all this wind.

vedro con mio diletto

now the days grow lighter, my head is

tied back on, and all seems well.

it all sounds worse than it really is,

the beams , you know, do creak so.

it is an older house, direct line will

not insure, as it does not conform.

i use another company.


Leo Horoscope 2015

The 2015 Leo horoscope predicts that 2015 is the year for the boisterous Leo as we leave 2014 behind and your good luck and fortune follow you into the New Year. It is wise to avoid extremes and remember to trust your gut during this year. When following this advice 2015 will be ripe for opportunity and fortune.

With all the steady work the Lions have put in over the past few years, Leo you will notice a sharp increase and return from your investments. 2014 may…

I'm not a Soldier

While doing OT today I listened to a war show. Some old vet was relating experiences from WWII. In my life, boredom is the enemy.

I will slay that (boring) dragon by making eggnog. And the dragon will just sleep in the corner of the kitchen like a fiery old dog.

While I make eggnog I will think about getting an agent, and about how I've been procrastinating. I want the book to be perfect first. I don't want anyone to tell me to hurry up. I changed my novel's title the other day. It might be…


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