Byline: The Art of Writing and Business of Publishing
Self-editing is hard for most writers, I suspect all writers. We know what we meant to write, so that’s what we tend to see when we try to edit our work. To combat this, try these self-editing options. To find errors, such as typos, missing words, extra words, and confusing phrases, I use text-to-speech software … Continue reading Self-Editing Options to Improve Our Writing →
Personally, when it comes to finding balance, it seems something is always slipping, with the areas of writing, work, and life being in a constant state of tension. Yes, there are times where I may go a couple of days keeping everything in balance, but one little bump in the road and the whole thing … Continue reading Finding Balance in Writing and Life →
Many Writers Wish They Had a Mentor The problem is that those who are most qualified to be a mentor are also the busiest, and the people who have time are usually not as experienced. If you find someone who would make a great mentor, just ask them, but leave them room to say, “No,” … Continue reading Finding a Writing Mentor →
There is some writing that we almost never see in printed form, due to its length, content, format, market size, or other factors. When it comes to e-books these are no longer issues. Here are five things we can do with e-books that we seldom see in print. Novellas A novella is a work of … Continue reading Five Things You Can Do With E-Books →
We discussed ways to connect our blog with our book, which works well for memoir and nonfiction but not so much for fiction. While the vision is clear to blogging a memoir or nonfiction work, it’s murky when it comes to fiction. With fiction, we can’t simply blog excerpts from our book because we will … Continue reading How to Blog Your Fiction Book →
A hybrid author is someone who uses both traditional publishing and indie publishing. Though the reasons for pursuing this dual approach are many, there are two base motivations: more sales or more income. Generally, traditionally published books are better vetted, have higher quality, enjoy wider distribution, and produce more sales. The benefits of indie-publishing tend … Continue reading Three Perspectives on Hybrid Authors →
The Publishing Industry Is Changing In round numbers, five hundred years ago the world witnessed the invention of the printing press, changing the way people communicated. This innovation (along with advances in shipbuilding) ushered in the modern era. There’s a definite connection between the printing press and modernity. Though the technology of printing has advanced … Continue reading What’s Next For the Publishing Industry? →
In the world of book publishing, if we blink, something’s apt to change. Every day there seems to be a new option, a different twist, or better pricing. The best solution for a particular situation soon yields to an even better answer—often within months or even weeks. Publishing books becomes an art of aiming at … Continue reading Four Ways to Stay Informed About Book Publishing →
I blogged parts of two books, and the posts serve to draw readers into my topic, and then point them to my books. Some people turn blog posts into a book, while others blog parts of their book once they have written it, and a few people blog the book as they write it. This … Continue reading Blogging Your Book →
Self-published Book Problems Self-published books carry a stigma of poor quality: weak writing, shoddy editing, second-rate production, and a product that often screams “amateur.” Unfortunately, this perception stems from the growing evidence provided by many self-published works. Though not all self-published books are substandard, too many are. Here are thee examples self-published book problems from … Continue reading Three Possible Problems with Self-Published Books →
What do the days ahead hold for those of us who publish books? What is the future of book publishing? Given the rapid changes the industry is undergoing, we anticipate a different tomorrow, but just how much different will it be? Will today’s roles even exist in a decade or two? Predicting the future or … Continue reading Consider the Future of Book Publishing →
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 in increasing, maintaining, or shrinking? The media would have us believe the end is near, at least as far as the book business, especially print books, is concerned. … Continue reading The Future of Books: What are the Prospects for Book Publishing? →
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Just like their self-published counterparts, a traditionally 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 traditionally 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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Ads on Wordpress.com Websites As part of their business plan, WordPress.com places advertising on your site so they can offset the cost of them offering it to you for free. If you upgrade to a Premium plan, they will remove the ads and provide extra features. Here is a link that explains it: https://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/ While … Continue reading Removing Ads from Websites →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Local Critique Groups Keep looking for a local group. There may be some, but you just haven’t found them yet. Try bookstores, schools, libraries, and coffee shops—any place where writers hang out. Also, ask every writer you meet if they’re aware of any area critique groups. Another option is to start your own critique group. … Continue reading How to Find a Critique Group →