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[REALITY CHECK] – Proofreading is NOT an option

Posted by Zetta Brown on February 24, 2015 at 7:30am 5 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 12 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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Are You Talking About It?

Are you talking about it…the stuff you love, the stuff that makes you happy and smile? Do you share what makes you happy with others as well? Do you take the time to really dwell on the great feelings just thinking about that stuff gives you; and it really does kind of give you a kind of “inner glow” that others…

The Secret Behind the Art of Painting the Past

 

Painters employ color, light, and shadow. Writers use small, standardized black marks set against a white background.  Yet these marks can inspire, condemn, evoke tears, laughter, anger, or regret. They can sweep a reader into a different reality, even bring a vanished time to life.  What is the secret of their power?…

Self-Publishing Seminar: How to Self-Publish an Ebook for $0 (Yes, You Read Right!)

Back in October 2010, my freelance writing site did an impromptu ebook writing tournament. As stated in the original…

Small Biz Publishing Banter / Warning: Google to Snatch Down a Goo-gaggle of Blogs

Small Biz Publishing Banter

I hope your day is going well. Full day, as usu. Up super late last night (er, after 2AM) re Jamaica income tax research as a result of getting work permit down here. (Taxes, ugghh!!!) So I'm a "likkle" foggy-headed this morning, but duty calls.  

Right now, coordinating with internet guy to transport old author blog to new platform (see note below)**; working on "…

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