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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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Authors are advised to treat their writing like a business If you write solely for the fun of it or treat writing as a mere hobby, then don’t read this post. Seriously, it will just make you mad. But if you want to succeed as a writer, regardless of how you define success, then this … Continue reading Should You Be a Writer or an Entrepreneur?

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Despite Interest in Audio and E-books, Don’t Write Off Print As writers our books can appear in three primary formats: printed books, e-books, and audio books. Audio Books Audio books have enjoyed a resurgence of late. Gone are the days of books on tape. Now it is digital files that readers listen to from their … Continue reading Do You Believe in Print?

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A few years ago, I finished a novel I was reading, the first in a series. The first chapter grabbed me, but by the second or third, some of the scenes began to irritate. They were unrealistic at portraying real-life situations. Likewise, some of the dialogue didn’t work too well for me either. It was … Continue reading A Book Need Not Be Perfect to Succeed

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When pitching my book at a writers conference, one industry person said my length was perfect, while another wanted it 20,000 words longer, and a third said it should have at least 25,000 more words. That’s a huge difference. Finding the Ideal Book Length There is no universal answer for the ideal book length, but … Continue reading Know Your Target Book Length Before You Start Writing

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Question: I hear a lot about SEO (search engine optimization). Should I be concerned about keywords? Answer: That’s a great question, one with two answers. If you’re talking about using the keyword metatag, don’t worry about them. This is because Google says they ignore them. Therefore, I don’t waste any time thinking about metatag keywords. … Continue reading SEO Tips and Tricks: A Writing Q & A

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A common part in many book proposals is a “competitive works” section. I recently researched competitive titles for one of my book proposals. What I saw enlightened me. Traditionally Published Books To research competitive titles, I first looked at books from traditional publishers. They gave me pause. I had to think a bit to determine … Continue reading Researching Competitive Titles

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Have you ever flipped through a book and sensed there was something odd about it? Though you couldn’t identify what was different, you knew something was off. It felt wrong. This has happened to me. Perhaps the feeling was so strong that you opted not to read the book. Again, this has happened to me. … Continue reading Do Indie Authors Need to Follow Publishing Conventions?

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Several years ago, Karen Saunders wrote an excellent article “How to Make a Book Cover Design that Flies Off the Shelf!” Today, her suggestions are still just as valid. However, there is one I would elevate in importance: “Seek the services of an experienced book cover designer.” I don’t view this as an option or … Continue reading Great Article on Book Cover Design

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With changes in publishing and advances in technology, it’s never been easier to publish a book. This isn’t to imply publishing a book is easy, just that the barriers are disappearing and the costs are dropping. This emerging reality leads to two extremes of self-publishing for do-it-yourself authors who want to publish their books. Extremes … Continue reading The Two Extremes of Self-Publishing: Both Are Wrong

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Check out my all-time, top 10 posts about writing and publishing: Based on your input, the top 10 posts are: Why Printed Books Are Still Relevant The Nine Errors of Self-Publishing 6 Writing Tips to Quickly Pick-up Where You Left Off and Not Waste Time 12 Tips for Better WordPress Content Creation Are You a … Continue reading Top 10 Posts about Writing and Publishing from Peter DeHaan

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