self-publishing

Hiring a Developmental Editor — Guest: Stacy Jerger

March 20, 2014 Writing Stuff
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Those of us who haven’t been through the editing process with professionals don’t know what to expect. In the case of developmental editing, we might not even know what editors do. That’s not good. We need to understand what’s involved with the different stages of editing to judge whether an editor is right for us and will meet our needs.

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Could We Be a Good Editor?

March 4, 2014 Writing Stuff
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Last week I wrote about how to find a good editor, partly as a rant against the flood of bad editors out there. It seems like everyone and their brother—and their second cousin three-times-removed—thinks they can be a freelance editor. And if my inbox is any indication, the flood is only going to increase. Since […]

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How Can We Identify a Good Editor?

February 27, 2014 Writing Stuff
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Back at the start of the ebook revolution, self-publishing was still a “no-no” and only a handful of small and e-publishers existed for my genre. Since then, our choices for publication have exploded, from self-publishing becoming accepted to dozens of small and e-publishers hopping on the ebook train. Before, we used to deal with whatever […]

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Is Hybrid Publishing Always the Best of Both Worlds?

February 18, 2014 Writing Stuff
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I’m going to admit right from the start that this might be a controversial post. My goal is to explore issues while not “bashing” specific groups, but we’ll have to wait and see if I succeed. We’ve often heard that having the cachet of a publisher name behind us will help no matter how we […]

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A Newbie’s Guide to Self-Publishing — Guest: Julie Musil

February 6, 2014 Writing Stuff
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More writers are considering self-publishing than ever before. Even traditionally published authors who love their publishers are taking the step to become hybrid authors—a mix of New York and self-published—as they release related novellas or new series on their own. Yet the prospect of self-publishing can be overwhelming. Self-published authors have to oversee more steps and find […]

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Know Your Goals: Artist-Author or Professional-Author?

January 23, 2014 Writing Stuff
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The headline of this post isn’t a trick question. There isn’t only “one right answer.” As writers, we’re allowed to have different goals. Some might dream of money, others of making a difference in readers’ lives, or some a combination of both. Too often in the discussions about “how to be successful,” the emphasis is […]

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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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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Writers

December 5, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Did everyone survive the big shopping days of Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday? Me? I’m a lazy bum and did most of my shopping online. No crowds for me. Obviously, I’m not a shopaholic, so I usually need help knowing what gifts to buy for people. That means it’s time to start thinking about what we […]

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How Book Covers Appeal to Readers

October 24, 2013 Writing Stuff
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The Writers Helping Writers Amazing Race is still going strong, where an army of writers are trying to help as many other writers as we can in one week. One category where people can request help is an “Ask Anything” question. Ask anything related to writing and there’s bound to be someone among the Amazing […]

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