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[REALITY CHECK] – Proofreading is NOT an option

Posted by Zetta Brown on February 24, 2015 at 7:30am 11 Comments

Publishing has never been easier than it is these days, and it's because of the growing popularity (and acceptance) of self publishing. But just because things have gotten easier, it doesn’t mean things have gotten better.

 

There’s still a lot of subpar work being produced and published. Sometimes it’s the author’s lack of writing skill that is to blame, but sometimes the failure comes during the production process.

 

Generally speaking, the process when it comes to publishing is: write, edit, proof, publish—where the last part consists of things like cover, typesetting, etc. But a lot of times I have encountered authors who have some deadline, which they have set for whatever reason, and they simply must get their book out by then. Usually it’s a date where the author wants…

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[What's Next?] Fiction for Your Brain

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on February 10, 2015 at 5:30pm 3 Comments

Typically when I read for fun, I read fiction. I have always been this way. I love information, so it seems like I should be naturally drawn to nonfiction, but that’s never been the case. I like the idea of made-up worlds, and I like that things generally work out in a positive way in those worlds. Nonfiction is not always so positive because, well, it’s real, and you can often predict the ending. That said, I’ve recently been reading two memoirs, which is new for me. Correction: I’m reading one and listening to another. For reading, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl. For listening, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. I recommend both for either listening or reading, though Amy’s audiobook includes guest appearances (no Tina Fey yet) and is really not to be missed.  …

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The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know about Amazon

Posted by Brooke Warner on February 23, 2015 at 10:30pm 20 Comments

1. Your Amazon ranking has nothing to do with sales. Although many authors are obsessed with it and like to send out mass e-mails to friends and family when the number drops, unfortunately, all your ranking means is that people are looking at your page. While it might be argued that sales will inevitably rise due to more page views, the direct connection between ranking and actual sales is zero. It’s not that your ranking is meaningless; it just doesn’t mean your book is on its way to bestseller status.

 

2. Amazon employs scarcity tactics to get readers to buy books, and the impact on authors is that they think their books are constantly out of stock when they’re not! If you see something on Amazon that reads—“Only 3 left in stock - order soon”—fear not. It’s not true. It’s…

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In Praise of Indies: They're Baaaaack!

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on February 23, 2015 at 10:30am 7 Comments

I'm still swooning. On February 10th, I was one of eighty-some-odd authors who had the great good fortune to appear at the American Booksellers Association's Annual Winter Institute. That evening, I tucked into the table that had been prepared for me and, seated next to a stack of my galleys, watched as the doors to the massive hotel ballroom opened and the coolest people in the world came pouring in: independent booksellers. 

If you love books, could you love anyone more? If you are a writer, could you need anyone more?

These are not the indifferent, I-might-as-well-be-selling-toaster-ovens employees of Barnes & Noble…

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Community Blog

Notice Them

Notice them…your feelings. They are your true barometers; they are your measuring sticks and your compass about the direction you’re going in.

If something doesn’t feel right; if it feels “off” somehow then don’t ignore it. Stop and really think about what you’re doing. If it still makes you uncomfortable…

Putting Your Life on Hold

Mid-October of last year the secretary at my home church had to resign to take care of her very ill husband. And guess who the assistant secretary is that was called to fill in? Yep, that’s right, me. If all had of went as planned I was to undergo a couple of weeks of training before the “real” secretary resigned. Unfortunately, because of her husband’s rapid decline in health those two weeks was reduced to a one-day training period.

My knowledge of how the former secretary did…

[1st Books] A Novel in the Drawer Finds Light

I'm delighted to report that 1st Books is back on SheWrites after an overlong hiatus. (The good news is my fifth novel is now in the can.) Those of you who frequent 1st Books know that my favorite moments here are those where I get to introduce a debut novelist. This week, Jan Ellison - whose writing chops include an O. Henry Prize as well as stories short-listed for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart…

[1st BOOKS] A novel in a drawer finds light

I'm delighted to report that 1st Books is back on SheWrites after an overlong hiatus. (The good news is my fifth novel is now in the can.) Those of you who frequent 1st Books know that my favorite moments here are those where I get to introduce a debut novelist. This week, Jan Ellison - whose writing chops include an O. Henry Prize as well as stories short-listed for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart…

Saturday Short

Today's short is the trailer for a recently recommended film, 'Decoding Annie Parker', which relates the true story of Annie Parker, a  three-time cancer survivor and one of the first women in Canada to be tested for the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene. Parker was involved in the work of research scientist Dr. Mary-Claire King to establish breast cancer's genetic link. Parker's sister and mother both died from the disease.…

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