Byline: The art of writing and business of publishing
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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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 →
Share photos and videos with friends on Instagram In past months we’ve talk about a lot of social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest. Another social media platform is Instagram, a place to share pictures and videos from your smart phone (and now computer).ur As far as social media … Continue reading UR Turn: Are You on Instagram? →
A hybrid author is someone who uses both traditional publishing and self-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 self-publishing tend to … Continue reading Three Perspectives on Hybrid Authors →
Check out these inspiring quotes about books and the value of reading I recently shared some quotes about writing, and in the past I’ve published two other posts with quotes about writing here and here. My favorite of all these is what the Bible says about writing. Here are some quotes about books. Here are … Continue reading Quotes About Books and Reading →
In developing as a writer, it is critical to write every day—or at least almost every day. We need to discover when to write. The first step is to determine the best time for you to write. If writing is important, then give it the best part of your day; make it a priority. Don’t … Continue reading When Should You Write? Find the Time that is Right For You →
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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 →
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 over the past few years many have stated 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 … Continue reading Is Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing? →
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YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world In past months we’ve talked about our presence on various social media sites. Here’s my list: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google+. Let’s connect on your platform of choice. There’s also You Tube. People gravitate to video. As a writer, I don’t so much … Continue reading UR Turn: Do You Post Videos on YouTube? →
Are you are writer? Do you want to be a writer? If so, are you writing every day? I heard it said that if you’re a writer and not writing every day, then you’re not really a writer, you’re a reader. While that may seem harsh, it is something to seriously ponder. Although it would … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Write Every Day →
We can find encouragement and instruction in reading great writing quotes Two weeks ago I asked you to share your favorite quotes about writing. Mine was “Omit needless words.” Here are some more great writing quotes. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write … Continue reading Great Writing Quotes to Educate and Inform →
The Other Side of Article Submissions from an Editor’s Perspective For the past thirty-five years, I’ve been submitting articles to periodicals. For the past sixteen I’ve also been on the receiving end as a trade magazine publisher and editor. This gives me a 360-degree understanding of what happens to an article from conception to publication—and … Continue reading Are You a Rookie or a Professional Writer? →
Quotes by writers about writing can teach, inspire and motivate us Last month we asked the question, Who’s your favorite author? This month we’ll look at what writers say about writing. What are your favorite writing quotes? My absolute favorite writing quote is the concise, exemplary advice to “Omit needless words.” It comes from the … Continue reading UR Turn: Favorite Writing Quotes →
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 Last week 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 is writing … Continue reading A Traditional Published Author Needs to Be an Entrepreneur →
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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 →