The Publishing Business

Agents, publishers, and publishing paths. Sample topics: traditional and self-publishing issues, e-publishers vs. agents, what platform “numbers” mean, small publishers, trends, understanding fan fiction, etc.

The Silver Lining of Bad Reviews

May 2, 2017 Writing Stuff
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Whether we pursue traditional publishing or self-publishing, rejection is a given for writers. Our choice simply comes down to how we’ll handle it. Will we let rejection hold us back, or can we see it as a sign that we’re doing something right?

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Writing Goals: Discovering What Works for Us

January 10, 2017 Writing Stuff
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Several debates have come and gone on the publishing landscape. Plotters vs. pantsers, self-published vs. traditionally published, etc. I’ve always said that people should find whatever works for them, but what if we don’t know what that might be?

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Should Published Stories Be Set in Stone?

October 20, 2016 Writing Stuff
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In traditional publishing, authors (and their readers) are often stuck with errors, but with ebooks, POD, and self-publishing, files are easy to fix and upload. Should authors make changes, or should books be set in stone?

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Self or Traditional: Choosing Our Publishing Path

August 16, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Over the years, a sharp division has split the writing community into two camps: traditional publishing and self-publishing. However, the current us-vs.-them attitude doesn’t seem nearly as bad as it used to be. When writers research their options for which path they should take, what advice do they encounter now?

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RWA16: Industry Insights from Data Guy and More

July 26, 2016 Writing Stuff
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This year at RWA, I was eligible to attend special published-authors-only workshops geared toward those with more experience, and I want to share some of the highlights from those workshops, as I think we can all benefit from many of the insights.

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Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur? — Guest: Renee Regent

June 7, 2016 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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As a modern writer, we’re expected to do so much that we struggle to find time to write—even if we’re traditionally published. No one will ever care about our career as much as we do, so that means we should pay attention to many aspects of entrepreneurship.

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Egos in Publishing: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

March 22, 2016 Random Musings
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Everyone has an ego, a sense of how they fit into the world. In the publishing world, that “everyone” includes the newbie writer and the multi-published NYT bestseller, the professionals of traditional publishing and self-publishing. Sometimes egos are healthy and helpful for getting things done. Other times…not so much.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Plan to Keep Readers?

March 3, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Once we get a reader to check out one of our books, we want to hold onto them and keep them as a reader. Let’s take a look at our options for retaining readers…

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Pricing Plan? — Let’s Talk Freebies!

February 4, 2016 Writing Stuff
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As writers and as readers, we’ve probably noticed the many ebooks offered for free and wondered why anyone would do all that work for nothing in return. My monthly guest post at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University explores the benefits and risks of freebies.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Pricing Plan? — Part Two

January 7, 2016 Writing Stuff
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If we’re looking into self-publishing, we’ve probably seen conflicting advice about how much to charge for our work. My monthly guest post over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University digs deeper into the pros and cons of pricing low.

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