Digital Publishing Pros and Cons

Consider both publishing options for your next book

Digital Publishing Pros and ConsFor 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. While the technologists say that e-books are where it’s at…  read more>>

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Do You Believe in Print?

Despite interest in audio and e-books, don’t write off print

Do You Believe in Print?As writers our books can appear in three primary formats: print, e-book, and audio.

Audio books have enjoyed a resurgence. Gone are books on tape. Now it’s digital files that readers listen to from their smartphones. This form of consumption has soared in the past few years, especially among younger generations. Audible books have also received buzz in recent months among…  read more>>

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What Do Readers Care About?

When readers consider our book, few will bother to look to see who published it. They won’t care if a major publisher, let alone any traditional publisher, produced it. When it comes to publishers, there is little brand loyalty, let alone much brand recognition. The imprint is of no consequence. How the printed book gets into their hands or the e-book gets into their reader doesn’t matter to them.

Here’s what does matter…  read more>>

Lessons From a Published Author: It’s Never a Sure Thing

A couple years ago I blogged about a young adult (YA) book that I really, really, really liked – and the author honored me by leaving a comment to my post. Since then we’ve shared a few online interactions, with her offering careful communication and me trying hard not to come across as a creepy fan who is cyber-stalking her.

Ever since reading her first book, I’ve clamored for her next YA one. Since then she published three junior (mid-grade) titles. All are on my Christmas wish list, And a fourth book in the series has a 2015 release date…  read more >>

Will Your Book Be Around in 100 Years?

Review of: Union And Communion or Thoughts on the Song of SolomonMy mom recently found an old book in her basement. My great grandfather’s name is written on the inside cover, along with his address in Chicago. The book was published in 1914. Yes, that’s right, 1914 – one hundred years ago.

My mom had never seen the book before. We don’t know why my father kept it, or the motivation of his mother before him. Yet we have the writing of J Hudson Taylor (a missionary to China) passed down as a family heirloom… read more>>

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Should Your Book Have a Prologue?

I’ve heard many credible sources advise not to have prologues in our books. Yet, writers continue to write them, and publishers continue to publish them. Does that mean we can safely disregard this advice? I think not.

Here’s why: I understand most readers skip prologues. That’s telling. Even more, I’ve read e-books that opened to chapter one, bypassing the prologue. So, if we want readers to read all of our words, we shouldn’t bother with a prologue…  read more>>