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Self-Publishing Your Story

Self-publishing insights, tips, and techniques. Sample topics: my Fiction University guest posts about Indie Publishing Paths, cover artist and editor selection advice, formatting issues, creating print versions, etc.

Self-Publishing? What’s Your Pricing Plan?

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Self-publishing advice often centers on how much we should charge for our work, and the advice often conflicts. My monthly guest post over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is digging deeper into our options for our pricing strategy and why we might want to make each choice.

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December 3, 2015

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Self-Publishing? What’s Your Release Plan?

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A common question among those getting ready to indie publish is “Should I use pre-orders or just publish right away?” My monthly guest post over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is digging deeper into our options for our release schedule and talking about the pros and cons for each choice.

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November 5, 2015

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Formatting for eBooks: Tips and Pitfalls — Guest: Angela Quarles

Graffiti scribbles on a wall with text: How Can We Avoid a Formatting Mess?

We’ve probably all heard stories about ebook formatting problems, but we can be at a loss for how to tell a good formatter from a bad one. What issues should we watch out for? What questions should we ask? Even if we traditionally publish, we might want to judge whether our publisher knows what they’re doing for ebook publishing.

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October 15, 2015

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6 Tips for Finding a Cover Artist

Paint tubes squeezed onto a palette with text: 6 Steps to Finding a Cover Artist

Back when I started thinking of self-publishing, one of the first things I researched was cover artists. In my usual over-thinking/over-analyzing way, I uber-researched the cover artist landscape to track down cover artists and design trends. And I figured some of what I learned might be helpful to others.

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October 6, 2015

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

Stick figure at a chalkboard with text: Fiction University Day! What's Your Distribution Plan?

Indie publishing isn’t made up of just one decision to put us on one path. Last month, we identified four options for the distribution of our books, and we started with a closer look at two of those distribution options. This month, we’re looking at the other two distribution options and when they might work best for us.

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October 1, 2015

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The Risks of Offering a Freebie

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A common suggestion for how to attract readers is “offer a freebie.” However, there are risks to that strategy that we should be aware of. We can’t make the best decisions for us unless we have the information we need to make an informed choice that takes the pros and cons into consideration.

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September 29, 2015

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When Is a Good Editor Not Good for Your Story? — Guest: Misti Wolanski

Modern building beside old brick building with text: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

Many writers write both fiction and non-fiction (even if the latter is just blog posts), but the two types of writing require different skills—from authors and from editors. The better we understand the differences, the better we can follow the right rules at the right time and the better we can judge whether an editor is skilled in the right areas to be a good editor for us.

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September 8, 2015

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