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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 Go With a Traditional Publisher

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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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Will book publishing follow the path of the music and movie industries? When people look at the future of book publishing they often draw parallels to music and video. In many ways this is instructive, but not in all cases. What does the future hold for digital books? Digital Music and Video Look at the … Continue reading What is the Future of Book Publishing?

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Explore the 3 Types of Self-Publishing: Print, E-books, & Audio Self-publishing, once vilified as an exercise in vanity, is now accepted as a viable option by most everyone—except perhaps those who earn a living in traditional publishing. Consider the three self-publishing options. Three Self-Publishing Options There are three segments to self-publishing: e-publishing (for Kindle and … Continue reading 3 Types of Self-Publishing

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A Blog connects writers directly to readers with no middlemen, delays, or layers of isolation. At one time, not too long ago, most everyone decried self-publishing as second-rate, used only by the marginal scribe and unpublishable writer. This is no longer the case. After all, blogging is publishing. Self-Publishing Now most everyone (except perhaps traditional … Continue reading Blogging is a Basic Form of Self-Publishing

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The future for print books is strong and ripe with opportunity Michael Weinstein, in his “Publishing Panorama” blog at BookBusinessMag.com, posted this headline: “Report from the Publishing Business Conference: This Just In: Sky Not Falling!” This was four years ago. I think his conclusions about printed books are even more true today. Citing many credible … Continue reading Why I’m Bullish about Printed Books

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Question: With so many self-publishing options out there, why should I bother to pursue a traditional publisher for my book? Answer: I love this question! Here’s my short response: Traditional publishing requires less of the author, will likely result in more book sales, and carries the prestige of a publisher selecting your book for publication. … Continue reading Self-Publishing Versus Pursuing a Traditional Book Deal: A Writing Q & A

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Consider both publishing options for your next book For the past few years, there has been a great deal of press—and hence a great deal of excitement—about e-books. Correspondingly, there is also significant debate about the relative merits of each option. The purists insist that the printed version is the way to go, nearly sacred. … Continue reading Digital Publishing Pros and Cons

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There’s Kindle, Nook, Kobo eReader, tablets, and apps. Which one is the ultimate e-reader? Which one will rise to the top, replace its competitors, and survive as the reader of choice? Which one is the ultimate reading device that will endure long into the future? The answer is: None of them! What is the ultimate … Continue reading What is the Ultimate Reading Device?

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For magazine publishers, there’s a lot of hype and excitement about reading magazines and books electronically. All variety of statistics are being bandied about to support the deluge of digital. Studies are being conducted and consultants are consulting. There is euphoria over electronic reading. But is it warranted? While digital reading is a tantalizing development … Continue reading Do Readers Want Digital Instead of Print?

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Though e-books receive all of the hype, printed books are still important, for both readers and authors People like to talk about what is new, what is exciting, and what is fresh. That’s why the book publishing industry has so much buzz about reading digital books and listening to audio books. I’m not going to … Continue reading Why Printed Books Are Still Relevant

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As the price barrier to book publishing lowers, too many books show up with too little quality I once read a self-published book by a “NY Times Best-Selling Author.” I’ll let him remain anonymous. It was a short story anthology of “the best” short stories in a certain genre. I expected much and received little. … Continue reading Just Because You Can Self-Publish a Book Doesn’t Mean You Should

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Question: Can you book your blog? If a blog has a specific focus, could you compile this information in a book and sell it? A conference speaker said you shouldn’t sell anything you’ve offered free. What’s your view? Answer: I understand what the speaker said. Basically, he or she thinks you won’t be able to … Continue reading Putting Blog Content in a Book: A Writing Q & A

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