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Segueing from Self-Publishing to Traditional Publishing

TweetThe advent of self-publishing is indeed upon us.  The success stories of self-published authors have been dominating the news in the past year.  From the children’s fare of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series to E.L James’ erotica sensation Fifty Shades of Grey (which earned her the #1 spot on Forbes’ Top-Earning Authors […]

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Tips for Your First Edit: Tying Up Loose Ends

TweetAfter you’ve finished the first draft of your novel, it is important to go through your story and pick out problems.  Whether you changed the name of a character or ignored a plot detail later on in your novel, your first round of editing should involve streamlining your storyline and tying up all the loose […]

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How Critiques Improve Your Writing

TweetWriters are passionate about their craft. Hard work and long hours make them extremely invested in their writing, and therefore it can be difficult to listen to criticism.  Critiques, however, are essential to taking a book to its next level. When receiving critiques from friends or other writers on reading your first draft or from […]

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Share Your Expertise with the World

TweetAre you a professional expert?  Have you contributed something new or groundbreaking to your industry? It’s time to write your book and share your expertise with your targeted audience and the world at large. Writing a detailed account of your career to share your expertise is a wonderful option for professionals.  Accomplishments in your career […]

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Memoirs: Leaving a Family Legacy

TweetSelf-publishing is fast becoming a viable avenue for anyone looking to write and publish their memoirs.  Whether you desire to share your experiences with family and friends or you want to share your life story with the world at large, leaving behind your legacy is more feasible than ever. If your memoir is intended for […]

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What Impartial Readers Can Offer

TweetRevisions are often the most challenging part of writing. It can be difficult to step outside the world of your story and examine your writing with critical eyes. An impartial reader, someone who has no emotional ties to you or your writing, will be able to give your story the scrutiny it deserves and help you see any issues […]

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Self-Publishing May Be The Right Choice For Your Book

TweetThe self-publishing industry has grown exponentially recently. But what makes the choice to self-publish the right one for your book? Here are some of the reasons to self-publish your book. 1. Self-publishing can be the answer if your book cannot be defined by one specific genre. 2. If there is no clear commercial market for your book. […]

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Print-On-Demand: How It Works and Why It’s Popular

TweetPrint-on-demand is a process in which copies of your book are printed individually when there is an order placed, instead of in bulk.  This means that books can be printed one at a time, or on an “as needed” basis. Print-on-demand is the basis for self-publishing. Used as a way to print books for a […]

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The Importance of Cover Design

TweetIn today’s market, readers often do judge a book by its cover. The finest books are strong, fresh, well-written stories, but to gain interest with readers—the best books need dynamic covers. In this growing world of self-publishing, an attractive and eye-catching cover can be the difference between a reader choosing your book or not. Aside from being […]

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Show, Don’t Tell

TweetMany writers have received this advice, be it from fellow writers, teachers, editors, or agents. But, in practical terms, what does this advice mean? One of the most common mistakes in writing is to tell the readers the events of the story or how a character is feeling, thus shattering the illusion of the reader […]

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