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I’m not sure who said it first, but I’m not the first to say that “traditional publishing is the new vanity publishing.” As writers struggle with the quandary over self-publishing or traditional publishing, many cling to traditional publishing as the preferred solution merely because they see it as validating their work. In their minds, finding … Continue reading Is Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing?

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Now is a great time to publish a book and don’t let anyone tell you differently What is your perception of the future of books? Is interest increasing, maintaining, or shrinking? The media would have us believing the end is near, at least as far as the book business, especially print books, is concerned. Eighteen … Continue reading The Future of Books: What are the Prospects for Book Publishing?

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Just like their self-published counterparts, a traditional published author has much to do besides writing In the last post, I pointed out that self-published authors need to be entrepreneurs and listed what that entailed. The reality is that a traditional published author needs to adopt this same mindset, being entrepreneurial as well. A given requirement … Continue reading A Traditional Published Author Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

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Question: My website is through wordpress.com. WordPress puts ads on my website. Is there anything I can do about this? Answer: Though this is frustrating, it’s a reasonable tradeoff for a free website solution. While some readers will overlook the ads, others don’t. Another concern is ads for things that you might not like, appreciate, … Continue reading Removing Ads from Websites: A Writing Q & A

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Being a self-published author requires a lot of hard work but offers great rewards In the rapidly changing world of book publishing, an emerging reality is that a self-published author needs to be ab entrepreneur. Writing a great book is not enough; penning compelling content is only the first step. Authors who desire to self-publish … Continue reading Self-Published Authors Need to be Entrepreneurs

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In the past few weeks I covered the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing (sometimes called indie publishing). I strove to be fair in comments and balanced in my coverage. Here are the four posts: Five Reasons a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish Five Downsides … Continue reading The Key Consideration in Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

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In my post “Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish,” I listed several advantages of self-publishing. Although compelling, there are also downsides. Let’s also look at the downsides of self-publishing. Consider These Six Downsides of Self-Publishing: 1) Quality is Often Lacking Traditional publishers put their books through several rounds of editing to produce the best possible … Continue reading Six Downsides of Self-Publishing

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In my post “5 Reasons Why a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher,” I gave five advantages of traditional publishing. Although these reasons are compelling, there are also some downsides of traditional publishing. Consider These Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing: 1) It Takes Longer Unless a book is “fast-tracked” it will typically take eighteen … Continue reading Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing

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Question: What do I do if there are no critique groups where I live? Answer: I hear this question a lot. First, know that there may be some, but you just haven’t found them yet. Keep looking. Try bookstores, schools, libraries, and coffee shops—any place were writers hang out. Also, ask every writer you meet … Continue reading How to Find a Critique Group: A Writing Q & A

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Five Types of Writers Discover What Type of Writer You Are and Then Embrace It There are different types of writers. They have different motivations, are at different places in their writing journey, and have different goals. Here’s how the different types of writers breaks down: 1. The Aspiring Writer I’ve heard many people refer … Continue reading Five Types of Writers

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We looked at why a writer might want to pursue a traditional publishing deal. Here are five reasons why self-publishing is ideal for some authors. 1) Have Greater Control Self-publishing is ideal for authors who more say over their work and the finished product. This can be good, or it can work against them, but … Continue reading Discover Five Reasons why Self-Publish is ideal

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The Benefits of Going with a Traditional Publisher In “Why Self-publishing vs Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Matter” I pointed out that both options have the potential to satisfy the core needs of a writer seeking publication. Writers must carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before pursuing either one. Future posts will consider some … Continue reading Five Reasons a Writer Should Pursue a Traditional Publishing Deal

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I once read that blogging is a form of self-publishing. The author’s opinion gave me pause. It seemed a simplistic claim. I felt it in some way diminished the noble art of publishing. Anyone can blog, and it seems most everyone does, but not most everyone self-publishes a book, even though the tools are there … Continue reading Is Blogging a Form of Self-Publishing?

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Question: I understand some people write using an outline, while others discover what comes next as they write. Which is better? Answer: The short answer is to use whatever works best for you. When writing a short story, article, or blog post, I often start with a title, opening line, or concept. Then I start … Continue reading Should You Use an Outline to Write? A Writing Q & A

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Book publishing options are no longer a black and white decision but an array of grays In past posts, I discussed the benefits of traditional publishing and the benefits of self-publishing, as well as the downsides of traditional publishing and the downsides of self-publishing. Now we’ll discuss book publishing options. Book publishing, however, does not … Continue reading Why We Must Understand the Continuum of Book Publishing

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The form that a published book takes doesn’t matter as much as many people think Publishers, authors, and readers each approach the print versus digital debate from different perspectives. Among these three points of view exist an array of opinions. Consider: Publisher Perspective Publishers are in business to make money. Never forget that. They aren’t … Continue reading 3 Perspectives on Print Versus Digital Publishing

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There are 4 reasons why self-publishing versus traditional publishing doesn’t matter Authors often wonder if they should bypass finding a traditional publisher and just self-publish their books. It’s a weighty question with a plethora of answers. Each option possesses a list of book publishing pros and cons, warranting careful consideration, but today I’ll share four … Continue reading Don’t Debate Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

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Is it enough for authors to embrace a publishing mindset or must they go further? I once read, “publishers are becoming developers.” This sounds profound, but what does it mean? A publisher is someone who prepares and issues information or material. A developer is someone who creates, who builds, who advances. How can publishers become … Continue reading How Can Publishers Become Developers?

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It’s never been easier to publish a book, but that doesn’t mean we should I once read a self-published book, a novella. I read it for several reasons: it was recommended (which turned out to be a bad reason), it would be a quick read, I’d never read a novella, and it was free (I … Continue reading 9 Keys to Self-Publishing Success

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Question: I’m looking for a grammar-checking program. Is there one you can recommend? Answer: I seek the same thing! I once signed up for a trial of grammarly.com. It’s a most impressive grammar checker. The problem was that it was too sophisticated for me. It flagged many things to check, but I lacked the needed … Continue reading Grammar Checking Programs: A Writing Q & A

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