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nina-amir's picture
Nov.15.2013
Your query letter helps you get the attention of a literary agent or acquisitions editor at a publishing house, but your nonfiction book proposal keeps these publishing professionals’ attention. This document sells both you and your book. It proves you are a good business partner for a...
christopher-meeks's picture
Oct.12.2013
For all the positive talk in the media about eBooks, eBooks are only 20% of books sold, according to a USA Today article this year. That still represents a lot of books: 457 million eBooks sold last year, compared to 557 million hardcover books and a sea of paperbacks. Still, there’s a huge...
cliff-burns's picture
Sep.24.2013
Listen: I've been a professioanl writer for close to thirty years. In that time, I've seen lots of writers come and go. The one-hit wonders, the flashes in the pan. They sell a ton of books, garner hoopla and media attention, even scoop up a few awards...and are never heard from again. Why is that...
beverly-magid's picture
Sep.20.2013
No matter which road an author takes, traditional publishing or self-publishing, the complaint is the same.  How do I get more readers, more publicity, more speaking engagements, more of everything.  Having a traditional publisher doesn't guarrantee anything.  They have many books to...
libby-fischer-hellmann's picture
Jul.10.2013
Happy Fourth of July, America…. Hope it’s a good one. Now… on to business. Some say the lunatics have taken over the asylum. Until recently, agents and traditional publishers were publishing’s gatekeepers, deciding whose work was printed and whose was rejected. The growth of self-publishing has...
libby-fischer-hellmann's picture
Jun.24.2013
I was at Printers Row this past weekend, the annual Book Festival sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, and I was struck by how many people wanted me to tell them about self-publishing. They were mostly traditionally published authors, some of whom have large followings, but they’re dissatisfied with...
cliff-burns's picture
Oct.24.2012
Ah, life as an independent writer and publisher. This year I released three different titles; one was a new work, my western The Last Hunt. The others were compilations of poetry and prose that go back more than twenty-five years.  I'm not expecting any of the trio to garner monster sales...
cliff-burns's picture
Sep.28.2012
I've been a professional author for over 25 years. In all that time, I have encountered perhaps four or five genuinely intelligent, well-adjusted, trustworthy, decent editors.  Four or five.  In more than a quarter century of putting words on paper. The others? Stupid. Vain. Dishonest....
chris-h-stevenson's picture
Jul.04.2012
The T-Rex seems to be facing off against the Amazon raptors. We have the commercially published dinosaur authors coming to the defense of the Big Six way of publishing and pricing as evidenced by the recent article featuring Jodi Picoult, who claims, in so many words, that self-e-publishing is...
jm-cornwell's picture
Apr.09.2012
I just read a blog post about a writer who is answering the question, Why do you want to be published by a traditional publisher? Right off the bat, the writer said, "Validation." She would feel validated because a bunch of supposedly widely read people chose her book to publish. I guess there's no...