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The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Part 4--Copy Editing: The Best Money I Ever Spent (Or is it Copyediting?)

 

Chapter One: JeanInga

Call me Inga.  I remember the dark and stormy night Ben was born,…

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Added by Paulette Bates Alden on December 4, 2012 at 7:30pm — 36 Comments

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Self-publishing an eBook

Creating an eBook is a great way to reach an even larger audience. However, it's important to do it right, or you risk turning off potential readers. I asked Joel Friedlander, an award-winning book designer and the author of A Self-Publisher's Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish, for the three the most common mistakes he sees indie authors make with their digital efforts. Here's what he had to…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 4, 2012 at 8:02am — 6 Comments

Okay I Was Wrong: My Story Arc from Social Media Wallflower to Media Party Hopper

I first have to admit that I'm over 50. That likely predisposes me, much as I hate to admit it, to some natural reticence about social media. I still write thank-you notes, with a pen. I make phone calls. I send cards. While I’m not hesitant to admit my age, I don’t like to admit my reticence. I like to think of myself as progressive, embracing of new ideas, and an ever growing, evolving type. But the whole Facebook, Twitter thing--from the outside looking in, anyway--just seemed a silly…

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Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on November 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — 24 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Facebook: Will You Pay To Play?

If you have a professional Facebook page, you’re probably familiar with Promoted Posts, which Facebook launched in May of this year. For $5 $10, or $15, Facebook will make your post more visible within your followers’ news feeds. If you don’t promote your post, only a fraction of your followers will ever see it. On average, 16 percent of all your Facebook activity on your professional page shows up in your followers’ news feeds, which means a slightly higher number of your status updates get…

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Added by Meghan Ward on November 29, 2012 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] Into the Abyss

There is a great scene in the movie Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade where Indiana, in an exhausting and perilous journey to find the holy grail, is at last confronted with the final obstacle to his goal. The entrance to the cave holding the coveted cup is within sight. The problem? In order to get to it, Indiana must somehow cross a seemingly bottomless chasm. But the distance is too great to jump, and Indiana can't see a way to the other side. As far as his vision can tell, if…

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Added by Julie Luek on November 27, 2012 at 7:30pm — 70 Comments

The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Part 3 -- The Quest for a Cover or Why I'm Not in Graphic Design

One of the aspects of self-publishing I was actually looking forward to was having control over my own cover. This seemed to me a big perk, since I had had no control over the covers of my traditionally published books. I had found the experience of seeing my previous covers for the first time, when they were…

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Added by Paulette Bates Alden on November 27, 2012 at 7:30pm — 30 Comments

Don't let fear stop you from completing your book

I received an interesting email in response to one of my recent newsletters, in which I share news about my books and appearances, as well as writing and marketing tips for authors. A subscriber named Sara asked if I could address what she called "the fear of completing the project."…

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Added by Maria Murnane on November 27, 2012 at 7:38am — 4 Comments

[She Self-Publishes] A Guide to Working With a Self-Pub Company

Previously, on the She Self-Publishes inaugural post, fellow She Writes member, Mina, commented:

 

"I'm seriously headed in the self-publishing direction, but find the level of what I don't know… daunting. I'd LOVE a bulleted list running down all the basics of self-publishing process, and then points of reference for…

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Added by Emily Suess on November 26, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The Publisher/Author Relationship—The True Story

This post is in response to Michael Levin’s Huffington Post article, “Why Book Publishers Hate Authors,” in which he asserts an antagonistic and frankly distressing perspective about how publishers feel toward their authors.



This is a timely piece, and one that’s so far received a lot of high-five-style comments (except from a select few commenters who…

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Added by Brooke Warner on November 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — 24 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - It’s Time to Get Picky with Your Guest Blog Posts

Howdy, folks!

 

This week on [REALITY CHECK] I have Jolie du Pré, author, editor, and power promoter. Jolie is a successful freelance writer and writes for several major outlets including Yahoo! and omg! She is also our marketing coordinator for us at …

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Added by Zetta Brown on November 21, 2012 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Part 2 -- Announcing Radiator Press

Hmmm, let’s see. There’s Simon and Schuster. Knopf is great, of course. Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House, or is it Random Penguin now? Is Norton still around? I wouldn’t turn down FSG . .…

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Added by Paulette Bates Alden on November 20, 2012 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

TIPS OF THE TRADE: Without Whom: Why I always read the acknowledgments page first

The first thing I do when I pick up a book is flip to the acknowledgments page. 

 

I love acknowledgments.  I like standing next to the author as she lifts her book out of the oven, fragrant and juicy as a holiday roast.  She’s bursting with pride, awash in gratitude.  Who wouldn’t want to be…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on November 16, 2012 at 8:20pm — 13 Comments

Inspiration can be everywhere

I was recently at a Manhattan bar with my lovely friend Amanda, and I noticed something comical happening across the room. I pointed it out to her and said something along the lines of "I could totally write a scene about that for my new book." Then I whipped out my phone and sent myself a text message so I wouldn't forget.

Amanda saw me do this and asked an interesting question: "You writers really do find inspiration everywhere. How do you do it?"

I explained that the trick…

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Added by Maria Murnane on November 20, 2012 at 8:09am — 4 Comments

Free to Be...and Free to Write...in Chicago!

This summer I moved from Brooklyn to Chicago with my husband and toddler twins.  I thought the change in locale might help slow me down.  The opposite happened instead.  The pace of a writing life has little to do, sometimes, with the city outside one’s head.

She Writes asked me to share…

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Added by Deborah Siegel on November 19, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Blogging Tips for Authors

For those of you who are new to blogging or still thinking about setting up a blog, here are some of the "Best Blogging Practices" I teach my students in my Blogging for Beginners class at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Have a great Thanksgiving next week. I'll see you on November…

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Added by Meghan Ward on November 15, 2012 at 3:30am — 40 Comments

The Kindness of Strangers: New Writing Life with Kickstarter

When novelist Charlotte Watson Sherman realized that she might not get to finish her book--her passion project--if she didn't reach out for help, she challenged her old-school mindset and--with the help of…

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Added by How She Does It on November 15, 2012 at 9:53am — 7 Comments

The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Me

I’ve decided to self publish my novel, The Answer to Your Question

Self-publishing was not what I had in mind when I started the book, nor when I finished it (or at least let go).  But it has come down to a choice between self-publishing or not having it published at all.

I sense that I should…

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Added by Paulette Bates Alden on November 13, 2012 at 7:30pm — 35 Comments

Who vs. that vs. which

I see "who," "that," and "which" used incorrectly pretty much every day, so I thought it was worth a blog post to clear up the confusion. Here we go:

Who refers to people:

  • She is a person who cares about others.
  • You are…
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Added by Maria Murnane on November 13, 2012 at 8:39am — 6 Comments

She Writes Press update: new books and books in progress

Seeing Red: A Woman's Quest for Truth, Power, and the Sacred, by Lone Mørch

GENRE: MEMOIR

NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT SHEWRITESPRESS.COM.

Seeing Red is one woman’s search for personal…

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Added by Brooke Warner on November 11, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

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