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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-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

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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

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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

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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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Self Publishing? What’s Your Distribution Plan?

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. The choice to self-publish is just the first of dozens, maybe hundreds, of decisions we’re going to have to make as part of our indie career. One choice we have to face is how we want to sell our books. There’s no right or wrong answers—only what works best for us.

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September 3, 2015

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Self-Publishing? Which Path Is Best for You?

Stick figure at a chalkboard with text: Fiction University Day! Know Your Goals

Even though I don’t want my blog to turn into “all self-publishing tips all the time,” I also want to share my indie publishing insights and advice. My friend Janice Hardy came up with the perfect solution: joining the Indie Author Series at Fiction University, where I’m writing a series digging into some of our options for indie publishing.

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August 6, 2015

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Shining a Light on Diversity Issues

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In gearing up for the release of Pure Sacrifice, one frustrating experience was beyond my control. I’ve mentioned before that we should avoid assumptions about our characters, so I waited until I heard a voice that resonated and knew my paranormal character for this book wouldn’t be white skinned. Great! Except…

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July 28, 2015

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