Byline: The art of writing and business of publishing
As you consider when to write, it is also critical to consider the issue of where to write. Not only does this depend on your circumstances, but also on your personality. While writing is often a solitary process, some prefer to do so in the company of others. They may opt to write amid the … Continue reading Where Should You Write? →
In a previous post, I talked about traditional publishing and vanity publishing (once the only two options), with hybrid publishing now filling the space between. Hybrid publishing is a combination of the two, with varying options for a book author. Hybrid Publishing A common term for this ever-evolving assortment of book publishing options is hybrid … Continue reading Six Flavors of Book Publishing →
Once upon a time, authors had two primary options to publish their books: a traditional publisher or a vanity publisher. However, a new option has emerged: hybrid publishing. Traditional Publishing In today’s challenging economic environment, traditional publishers are risk adverse. This makes it harder for a new author to sign with them. A traditional publisher … Continue reading Hybrid Publishing: Providing a Continuum of Publishing Options →
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I read a lot of book reviews and even more movie reviews. Setting aside the critiques that are not really reviews—attacks on persons or perspective—the resulting (real) reviews are insightful for the book or movie in question but also in better understanding their respective industries. I’ve noticed a difference between movie reviews and book reviews. … Continue reading What Movies Teach Us About Book Publishing →
In Guy Kawasaki’s new book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book, he advances the term “artisanal publishing” as a new way of looking at self-publishing. The vanity publishing of yesteryear can be smartly rejuvenated with a fresh perspective of artistry, hence the concept of artisanal book publishing. As the distinction between traditional publishing … Continue reading The Potential of Artisanal Publishing →
An anthology is a collection of selected writings by various authors. It seems anthologies are popular. Why is that? Readers Enjoy Bite-Sized Passages in Anthologies Anthologies focus on a theme, but within that subject, each author’s work is usually independent of the other contributors. Each chapter or section contains an autonomous thought. There’s no storyline … Continue reading Three Reasons Why Everyone Likes Anthologies →
For the past two months, I’ve blogged about the nine self-publishing errors. My list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a great starting point. Nine Self-Publishing Errors Poor Content A Lousy Cover A Lackluster Title Poor Editing Poor File Conversion Font Abuse: Getting Carried Away With Fonts Having a Homemade Look Failure to Follow Conventions Publishing Too … Continue reading The Nine Errors of Self-Publishing →
In the Rush to Publish We Run the Risk of Sharing Our Words Before They’re Ready The final error of self-publishing for us to look at his publishing too soon. Too many authors frustrated over not being able to get a traditional book deal or find an agent make the mistake of jumping into self-publishing … Continue reading The Ninth Error of Self-Publishing: Publishing Too Soon →
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There are certain standards established publishers follow. Though these conventions may seem arbitrary, a failure to follow them could make your book stand out in a bad way. For example: On the cover, the author’s name stands alone without the word “By.” Subtitles aren’t preceded by a colon but placed on a separate line from … Continue reading The Eighth Error of Self-Publishing: Failure to Follow Conventions →
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To address the seventh of eight self-publishing errors, let’s take a step back. Let’s look at the bigger picture, that is, the book as a whole. Don’t self-published a book that looks homemade. In years past, this may have included photocopied pages, a simplistic cover, spiral binding (or three-hole punched for a binder), 8 1/2 … Continue reading The Seventh Error of Self-Publishing: Having a Homemade Look →
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I call the sixth error of self-publishing, font abuse. That not as prevalent and it once was, font abuse is using multiple font styles, with varying point sizes throughout a manuscript. The author may view this as creative formatting, but the only thing it accomplishes is irritating the reader. At best, this barrage of fonts … Continue reading The Sixth Error of Self-Publishing: Font Abuse →
If we avoid the first four errors of self-publishing (poor content, cover, title, and editing), we can still ruin our hard work with formatting errors. Just because a book looks good in Microsoft Word, doesn’t mean it’s going to convert nicely to an e-book. Even one conversion error will lower a reader’s esteem for our … Continue reading The Fifth Error of Self-Publishing: Formatting Errors →
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After poor content, cover, and title, the fourth error is skipping or scrimping on the editing. Our books deserve quality editing. I’ve never met anyone who could self-edit with complete success. Yes, some writers are better than others. And, with time, we can all improve our self-editing skills, but we will never catch every error … Continue reading The 4th Error of Self-Publishing: Poor Editing →
Discover How the GDPR Applies to Writers Outside the European Union I don’t think anyone fully understands the practical implications of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) for the European Union. This post explores the GDPR as it relates to writers. (Reminder: I’m not a lawyer, and this isn’t legal advice; this is my opinion … Continue reading What’s the Deal with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)? →
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In past posts, we’ve covered the importance of content and cover. The next element is the book title. People browsing books (be it online or in a bookstore) generally look at the cover first. If the cover grabs their attention, then they’ll read the title. If the title reinforces the cover or further interests them, … Continue reading The Third Error of Self-Publishing: A Lackluster Title →
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Last week, I said that the primary error of self-publishing is poor content. The second error, almost as critical, is a lousy book cover. People do, quite literally, judge a book by its cover—and even more so when buying online. Don’t Make Your Own Book Cover Unless you make a living designing book covers—or have … Continue reading The Second Error of Self-Publishing: A Lousy Cover →
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I’ve read many self-published books and looked at even more. Too many of them scream “Self-published!” This distresses me. I love self-publishing and the many options it offers, but I loathe seeing it done poorly. This begins a series of posts on the Errors of Self-Publishing. The primary error of self-publishing is poor content This … Continue reading The Main Problem with Self-Publishing is Poor Content →
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Great writers can teach us about writing and inspire us to write with excellence Here are some of my favorite quotes from great writers and other famous people: “Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” -Flannery O’Connor “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” -Muriel Rukeyser “Having fun isn’t … Continue reading Quotes from Great Writers: Learn, Grow, and Write →
As I read more and more self-published books, I’m dismayed over a reoccurring theme: many lack robust editing. That’s not to imply these works had no editing at all, most did. It’s just that they lacked full editing. The first reminder to every writer is we can’t truly edit our own work. True, we must … Continue reading What Are the Chief Weakness of Self-Published Books →
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Last week I posted Five Things You Can Do With E-Books. Today I consider their limitations. Here are my top e-book challenges: Footnotes If a book needs references, I prefer footnotes to endnotes. However, with the font resizing aspect of e-book readers, displaying footnotes are challenging at best and impossible at worst. Charts and Tables … Continue reading E-Book Challenges: 5 Things That Are Hard To Do In E-Books →
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