traditional publishing

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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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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Need to Decide on a Path? Know Your Goals

June 13, 2013 Writing Stuff
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I’ve written several posts about how we have to figure out our goals. Do we want to be famous? How can we prioritize fast, cheap, and good? How important are bookstores to us? I touch on the subject a lot because we can’t figure out the right publishing path for us until we know our goals. Recently, […]

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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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Do You Want to Be a Famous Author?

May 7, 2013 Random Musings
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Every once in a while, I come across an article about figuring out our goals as an author. Heck, I’ve written posts along those lines. As we learn more about the industry and grow as authors, our goals might change, so it’s smart to revisit the question occasionally. But there’s a Step Two to that self-analyzing process that […]

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How Should We Deal with Conflicting Advice?

February 26, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Did you hear? History was made this past weekend. And no, I’m not speaking in hyperbole. *smile* Imagine a writers’ conference with high-quality speakers, matching those found at national conferences. Imagine being able to attend for a fraction of the cost of other national writers’ conferences and with no travel costs. Imagine being able to […]

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Do You Judge Books by Their Covers?

February 5, 2013 Writing Stuff
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I’ll admit it. I do judge books by their covers, especially in this age of self-publishing. If authors don’t care about the quality of their book cover, it’s easy to assume they also didn’t care about the quality of their writing. Besides, we all have too many reading choices now, and just like agents and editors, we’re […]

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Series vs. Stand-Alone: What Should We Work on Next?

November 13, 2012 Writing Stuff
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Whenever we finish a writing project, we’re told the best way to keep moving forward, especially when we’re dealing with querying/submitting nerves, is to start another project. But that brings up the question: What should that next project be? Should we write a follow up to that previous book? Or should we go in a […]

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