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Sep.23.2013
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As an increasing number of DIY authors climb the digital bestseller lists, book prizes will have to rethink their entry criteria Posted by Liz Bury   A self-published book reaching the top of the charts is losing its power to surprise. Certainly it's less shocking than...
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Sep.16.2013
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As Amazon tears down the gates around literary culture, even independents are caught in the crossfire by Richard Lea   Perched on the end of a panel filled with writers who are throwing off the shackles of conventional publishing, surrounded by Kindle enthusiasts of every...
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Sep.09.2013
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Christiana Miller Novelist, TV Writer and mom When you first enter the world of indie-publishing, things can get confusing, fast. The learning curve is steep. And now that companies have realized how lucrative it can be, self-publishing and vanity imprints are springing up like wild mushrooms,...
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Sep.02.2013
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By Alanna Brown, a LuxEcoLiving Advocate, creator of Brown House Online, and author of Moonpennies John Locke broke an independent publishing record in 2011. He was the first indie author, and only the eighth author ever, to sell more than one million copies of his books on Kindle. How'd he do it...
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Aug.26.2013
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by Rachel Smalter Late last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that, even as print publishing continues to shrink, audiobook publishing is exploding. “Pretty much everybody has an audio book player in their pocket” points out Hachette Audio VP Anthony Goff, and audiobook sales have doubled...
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Aug.19.2013
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Penny C. Sansevieri Author and CEO, Marketing Experts, Inc. Over the years I've heard this phrase thousands of times. Authors getting great reviews, getting awards, even local media and still, book sales aren't happening. When you have external validation, it's hard to really understand where...
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Aug.12.2013
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by Scott Lorenz President of Westwind Communications. “Do book awards matter?”  YES!! As a book publicist I am here to inform you that yes, they absolutely do matter! In fact, one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media...
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Aug.05.2013
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We are still coming to terms with writers not only being able to self-publish but being able to get those words easily to anyone with an Internet connection and reading device or a postal service. In other words, you can write a novel, novella or shopping list and get it out in the world with...
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Jul.29.2013
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Erin Kern is the author of the Trouble Series of romance novels. Like many of my writer friends, she began by querying agents and ended up going on her own after several rejections. I hope you're as inspired by her story as I am, especially if your dream is to eventually sign with a large...
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Jul.22.2013
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by Joe Nobody I see a fair amount of forum traffic by independent authors concerning the topic of agents. Many indies view self-publishing as a springboard to an eventual relationship with an agent, hopefully to increase their income and expand their market presence. For me, as well as the...
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Jul.15.2013
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by Joe Nobody I see a fair amount of forum traffic by independent authors concerning the topic of agents. Many indies view self-publishing as a springboard to an eventual relationship with an agent, hopefully to increase their income and expand their market presence. For me, as well as the vast...
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Jul.08.2013
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I published three novels at big houses to good reviews. Now I'm my own publisher, and the media wants no part of me By Ted Heller Stick with me on this. In 2001 when my first novel, “Slab Rat,” was published and I was important for about eight weeks, I was asked to write three very short...
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Jul.01.2013
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Deborah Plummer Diversity Solutions Thought Leader I admit that I haven't done much research on this subject, but intuitively something tells me that self-published authors whose works are targeted toward readers who are young adults do much better marketing their books than self- published...
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Jun.24.2013
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Elaine Lee Partner at The AudioComics Company, Actor, Playwright, Comic Book Writer If you're doing it right, it's the toughest job you'll ever take on. You'll feel anxious, elated, irritated, grateful, frustrated, righteous and exhausted. You'll spend double shifts at the computer, Facebooking...
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Jun.17.2013
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Will Weaver Author, 'The Survivors' A writer pal called recently to grumble about his agent-and, formerly, mine. He's a National Book Award winner a few years back, and together we endured a worst-case scenario: a small but well established agency changes leadership, and goes bankrupt at first...
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