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Are Multimedia Books a “Game Changer”?

December 4, 2014 Writing Stuff
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In any profession, we have to stay on top of industry changes, and publishing is no different. Recent stories have stated multimedia ebooks are the future of fiction, so it’s in our best interest to learn whether storytelling will evolve into multimedia ebooks as the primary medium.

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3 Tips for Self-Publishing Success — Guest: Julie Musil

August 21, 2014 Writing Stuff
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It’s no secret that many authors are considering self-publishing on some level. So I’m happy to host my friend Julie Musil, who’s sharing some of the pitfalls of self-publishing and providing tips for avoiding those issues. Honestly though, I think her advice is applicable to every author, no matter our publishing path.

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Lessons from RWA14: Techniques for Sales Success

August 5, 2014 Writing Stuff
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This past weekend, author Hugh Howey shared Liliana Hart’s self-publishing method, which she calls “5 down and 1 in the hole.” It’s easy to look at her self-publishing success (over 2 million ebooks sold) and chalk it up to luck. However, I heard advice that complemented her technique throughout the RWA Annual Conference.

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All About The Money: Authors, Readers, and Ebook Prices

January 21, 2014 Writing Stuff
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The publishing world has been abuzz with the results of the 2014 Digital Book World (DBW) and Writer’s Digest Author Survey. Headlines scream “Most authors make less than $1000 a year.”  Numbers taken out of context claim that 80% of the 9000+ respondents earn $1000 or less. Eh. Yes and no. Yes, the DBW/Writer’s Digest […]

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Ebooks: What We Buy vs. What We Read

January 7, 2014 Random Musings
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Between the rise of self-publishing and the agency pricing settlement, the industry is struggling with how to price ebooks. Before the settlement, many self-published authors enjoyed the attention they received at the low end of the pricing scale. On the other hand, many traditionally published authors bemoaned the high prices their publishers set for their […]

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Using CreateSpace as a Learning Experience

June 18, 2013 Writing Stuff
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For many writers, we long to see our name on a book. Even better is seeing our name on a book in print that we can hold in our hand. I got to have that experience for the first time this past weekend. Sort of. No, I’m not published yet. *smile* But as part of my […]

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Is This the New Breed of Vanity Publishers?

May 9, 2013 Writing Stuff
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A few weeks ago, author David Mamet announced he’ll be self-publishing his next book through his literary agency. Some think this is big news, some don’t, and some wouldn’t call David’s plan self-publishing at all. Regardless, this news means we’re seeing the second wave of self-published authors. While the first wave was comprised of early-adopting, […]

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Is Your Ebook Library a Black Hole?

March 5, 2013 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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I’ve admitted before that my to-be-read (TBR) pile is ridiculously large. I have piles around my desk and piles in my bedroom. Even more books pile up in my Kindle. There’s a reason I’ve called myself a book slut. I just can’t resist books. *smile* Some people with big TBR piles read books in a […]

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Self-Publishing: Prioritizing Fast, Cheap, and Good

February 7, 2013 Writing Stuff
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All writers, especially those who self-publish, have to decide: Are we writing and publishing just for ourselves? Or are we writing and publishing to get customers (readers)? If we’re doing it for ourselves, things like editing and those nice covers we talked about last time don’t matter. Those who write for themselves can self-publish with […]

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Small Publishers: Tips for Success — Guest: Susan Sipal

September 11, 2012 Writing Stuff
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I’ve talked a lot about the issues facing authors on the Big 6 side of traditional publishing, from agent hunting to contracts. I’ve also discussed the self-publishing side of the aisle, from quality concerns to ebook pricing. In contrast, I haven’t posted much about small publishers. Honestly, I don’t know as much about the issues authors […]

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