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A Tale of Self-Publishing – How authors slayed the dragon

Once upon a time, there was only traditional publishing and in traditional publishing there were gatekeepers. A gatekeeper’s job was to filter out the unedited, poorly written dreck that opened not with action, but backstory or prologues. Then their function changed from being mere gatekeepers to arbiters/purchasing agents and so the reading public was forced to read endless variations of Twilight with its moody, angst driven hero and wistful, victim heroine to 50 Shades of...

The four E’s of Indie publishing

There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there will eventually be a barrier to your evolution as a writer, or even your ability to reach the next level....

E-book formatting 101. When you’re new to this all.

E-book formatting 101. When you’re new to this all.

Dear reader, I don’t consider myself an expert on formatting e-books, yet so far I’ve done a reasonable job on my own. I’ll let you in on the trick to my “success”. There are a few things to remember when you’re formatting an e-book: 1. It is not a paperback or a hard-cover. Well, that’s an eye-opener. Still it is important to understand. An e-book doesn’t have pages. In fact, the inside of an e-book...

The Only Constant is Change

The Only Constant is Change

J. K. Rowling has been taking a few hits lately in social media – first because she (or her publisher) decided to change the covers of the Harry Potter books and second because of her decision to publish her mystery novel under a different name. Changes though, are sometimes necessary. Take that mystery for example. How many people might have mistakenly purchased it and given that book to their children under the notion that Rowling...

How many, how often?

How many, how often?

“How many books should I write, how often should I release them?” That’s a question I hear a lot as an administrator to a writer’s page, next to, ‘How do I become a rich and famous Indie writer.’ Or any kind of writer. There is no simple answer, but I’ll do the best I can. I once read that you should have at least three books written before you submit to a traditional publisher – and...

Kindle freebies – is it like the library?

Kindle freebies – is it like the library?

One of the major issues in the kindle community right now is the fact that if you take part in the Kindle Select project, you can give away your book for up to five days in every opt in period of 90 days. While extolling or decrying the virtues of this, though, people are talking about it like it’s an entirely new thing. Except it’s not. Bear with me a second They’re called L-I-B-R-A-R-I-E-S One...