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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.

Self or Traditional: Choosing Our Publishing Path

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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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August 16, 2016

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RWA16: Industry Insights from Data Guy and More

Strings of 0s and 1s with a heart overlay and text: Data Insights from RWA

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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July 26, 2016

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

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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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March 22, 2016

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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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