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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 21 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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Breast Health Matters-Throughout The Year!

Hi Ladies,

Just a gentle reminder to take care of your Breast Health. As a Breast Specialist in Mammography,  I am continually reminded of how necessary our vigilance is as it pertains to our breast health. The battle against breast cancer is not over until we have all obtained the victory. Fight On!

Love yourselves!

Michele J Rolle

The Manuscript is at Bookbaby

I got tired of waiting for agents and querying agents, so I decided to self-publish my book The Girl On The Wall: liberation from a ghost of the Shoah.  For reasons I outline below, I decided to go with Bookbaby to do the publishing. If any of you decide to use Bookbaby, make sure your book is under 200 pages, and black and white.…

Only Ten More Days...

The countdown begins...only 10 more days until 'filters' makes its debut and Andrew and Ashton start their journey...but where will it lead them?…

Dog Care - What You Need To Know

Taking care of your dog’s health is just one of the responsibilities of being a pet owner. It can sometimes be hard to know if a condition is just a worry or something more serious. This article will explain some of the more common health risks and…

30 Lessons that I Learned the Hard Way

With age hopefully comes wisdom. I am still learning, but here are some things I've come to realize through the years:


1.  "Please" and "thank you" will take you a long way…


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