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[REALITY CHECK] – Proofreading is NOT an option

Posted by Zetta Brown on February 24, 2015 at 7:30am 8 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 19 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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The China Doll Blessing

As I drove down the road, the puzzled feeling remained. I was mentally going over the math. Over and over again. Always the same answer. I knew I would have to go back. I didn’t want to. We were finally on our way home. I was tired. The children were tired. You know what happens to tired children. I don’t really have to explain that here do I? But I knew them well. Hadn’t I been their closest companion since birth. They would realize that this…

Human growth hormone – Finding the list of the best doctors

If you’ve ever heard about the human growth hormone and the fuss that is associated with its nature, you must be wondering what this human growth hormone is and why there is so much discussion about it. Well, the human growth hormone has the capacity to turn back the internal clock of one’s body, thereby helping you slash off fat, build muscle, increase libido and increase your energy level. However, when it comes to discussions and debates on human growth hormone, there are often more…

All Art Friday

Posted new edition of All Art Friday.

Spotlights: Carl E. Moore, Getty Books in the Classroom, British Ceramics Biennial, monograph about Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Maysey Craddock, and sound artist Christine Sun Kim.

The roundup highlights exhibitions at Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art (all white artworks), Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (photographer Ann Collier), Long Island's Sculpture Center (Araya Rasdjamrearnsook), National Gallery of Art (Piero di…

Welcome Diane Dunning, Author of Greta Smart Figures It Out

There’s a whole lot of eating and drinking in my contemporary-romance novel, Greta Smart Figures It Out.

The story opens inside a Manhattan restaurant, where the main character, Greta, finds herself being served this morsel while on a nightmare blind…

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