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20 Reasons Why You Should Read Literary Magazines

1. The writers you will love tomorrow are being published there today.<p>2. Some reach old age, like <i>The Sewanee Review</i> and <i>Poetry</i>. Others, like <b>Ralph</b> …

Literature

Writing a good book: 10 ingredients of great novels

Writing a good book is something every fiction writer aspires to. When writers ask for help writing a book, a popular question is ‘Is my idea good …

Creative Writing

10 Mistakes I Made as a Successful First Time Kindle Author (So You Don’t Have To)

<i>Over the last two years one of the biggest trends I’ve seen, is people having success self-publishing books on Kindle. I have friends that are making</i> …

Developing A Business Plan As A Self-Published Author

By BookBaby author Carla KingFor a self-published author, a business plan begins with a mission statement that will help direct your decision making …

7 Amazing WordPress Plugins for Authors

A Look into the Best WordPress Writing PluginsWordPress plugins have made it possible for bloggers to accomplish just about anything with ease. From …

Web Design

The Ultimate Resource Guide: Over 100 Apps for Writers

We have compiled over one-hundred of the most popular and useful apps and on-line resources for novelists, poets, copywriters, journalists, bloggers… …

Apps

Author 101: The Harsh Truth Behind Print Sales

Admit it. As a debut author, you’ve dreamed of walking into a Barnes & Noble and seeing your book on the front table luring readers over to buy it. …

My Life Is Like An Open Book… Conquering Your Fear Of Publishing Your Work

Publishing a book is like opening your heart and mind to the world; one of my biggest fears before I published Corrupted was the vulnerability I …

4 Critical Edits to Make to Your Book's Description Copy

A book’s description on retailer product pages impacts both readers’ purchasing decisions and the book’s discoverability. Not only does it inform …

Writing

Submission Tip Checklist: Double-Check These 16 Things Before Sending Your Book Out

The time has come. Your novel or memoir or book proposal is now complete. Not only is it complete, you’ve revised it several times and incorporated …

Building Buzz Before Your Book Comes Out: 10 Strategies That Work

If you’ve got a book scheduled for release, whether it’s traditionally published or indie-published, the onus is on you to promote it. Here are some …

How to Get a Literary Agent and Self-Publish Simultaneously

You can do both!<i>Please welcome guest author Sarah Juckes with an article on publishing.</i>You’ve been submitting to agents for a while now, and although …

How to Write Your First Author Bio

Learn how to write an author bio.<i>Please welcome author Cameron Filas with some good advice on writing your first author bio.</i>It’s an invigorating …

By the Numbers: 189+ Tips and Tricks on How to Write, Edit, Market, and Sell Your Books

<i>By Ramchand Bruce Phagoo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>So many wonderful authors, publishers, and people just interested in the …

When a Literary Agent Says Yes: Evaluating an Offer (or Offers!) of Representation

Because literary agents have connections to the top editors of the world, writers can believe that getting an agent is the key domino to fall on …

“The Call” Reversed: What agents like to know about potential authors

Authors are usually busy studying up for “the call” (an agent reaching out via phone to offer representation) when they know it’s on the horizon. …

6 Insider Tips For Selling Your Book

<b>We spoke with several anonymous publishing insiders to find out the truth about landing a publishing deal.</b><p>1. GO BIG.<p>To sell a book, you have to write …

Ebook Library Services For Self-Publishing Authors | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onJuly 23, 2015 in Self-Publishing Services Watchdog Reports<p><i>Andrew Lowe</i><i>, UK indie author, offers an in-depth review of which library services are</i> …

Writing

Improve Writing Skills with 6 Tactics for Clearer Writing

In my previous article, I presented 8 KIS principles to keep in mind for greater clarity in your writing. Now it’s time to translate those into …

Creative Writing

Why Do We Share Our Stories With the World?

The first few days tell me so much about my students. One of the things that I quickly picked up on is that the only purpose that my current students …

How to launch a book for fifty bucks

By Pavarti K Tyler / There’s no doubt that money sells books. The more money you can spend, the wider your reach and the more success you’ll have. …

If I Was Starting Over as an Indie Publisher

I’ve been publishing for just under three years now, so although not a grizzled veteran of the publishing wars, I’m not a noob, either. Like most of …

How to Please Book Reviewers

By onJuly 19, 2015 in Book Promotion & Marketing<p>Some heartfelt advice about how indie authors should – and should not – go about soliciting book …

Writing

The 12 Best Tools To Use Before Self-Publishing A Book

Guest PostPublishing a book using traditional publishers can be intimidating for new and established writers alike. They are known for rejecting even …

Indie authors: Use these 4 strategic steps to create your bestsellers on Amazon

If you ever wondered how bestselling indie authors created their bestsellers on Amazon, here are the 4 strategic steps, including important tactics, …

Writing

Gatekeepers for Indie Publishing

There was a discussion recently in one of my Facebook groups about a possible BookBub for indies. If you don’t know of the service, BookBub has a …

Writing

Setting Up Amazon Author pages

<b>Your Amazon page should be an important part of your ‘author platform’ – yet many authors don’t bother. It may be they are so busy writing they</b> …