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Why eBooks

TweetIn this digital age, publishing your book as an eBook is a viable and increasingly popular option, especially if you are self-publishing your physical book. The benefits of digital publishing are numerous. Publishing an eBook is affordable, with costs much lower than traditional publishing.  The interactive nature of the Internet makes it easy to get […]

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Building Your Platform

TweetThe most important part of marketing your book and branding yourself as the author of your book, is building your platform. Your platform is your brand, your connections, your reputation, and your social media presence. A strong platform will help you reach your targeted audience and generate interest in you and your book, before it is even published. To […]

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The Value of Being Succinct

TweetThere is great value in being succinct in every variety of writing, from e-mails to resumes to advertisements and, obviously, to writing your book.  Brevity and clarity are an important part of communication. While some authors are lauded for their flowery prose, this can lose the reader.  Readers will skip over a paragraph or two in a novel where […]

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The Benefits of Print-On-Demand

TweetThe advent of print-on-demand has been a significant boon for the publishing world, not only for traditional publishers but for those looking to self-publish as well.  As the digital age has measurably affected publishing and its bottom line, print-on-demand has been the savior of specialty books in traditional publishing and self-publishers alike. Print-on-demand provides significant […]

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Self-Publishing? Still Need An Editor.

TweetAuthors are increasingly self-publishing as a way to having more control over their work, to get published quicker and make more money from their books.  The desire to bypass traditional publishing should never be confused with bypassing a professional editor. Many authors who decide to self-publish make the mistake of thinking that they do not […]

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Killing Your Darlings: Knowing When Sacrifice Is Necessary

TweetCongratulations: you’ve finished your first draft of your novel or short story.   Now it’s time to revise and polish your work, figuring out what does and doesn’t work.  During this process, you will have to grapple with one of the most painful parts of editing your work: killing your darlings. A phrase attributed to everyone […]

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Professional Editing Benefits

TweetNo matter how capable you are as a writer and author, additional input is always needed to accomplish your best writing. A professional editor offers an impartial, third party perspective. You are likely too close to your story and too familiar to effectively edit your own work. As objective readers, editors are a pair of fresh […]

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Self-Publishing

TweetSo what are the major benefits of self-publishing? First and foremost, it gives authors more control. Content, interior and exterior design, together with marketing, are all in the hands of the author. These are the critical decisions, and they are left up to you. In many ways, you can consider it artisanal publishing. The benefits […]

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Western Authors Self-Censoring to Publish in China

Tweet  Western authors, for financial and intellectual reasons, are trying to break into the fast-growing Chinese book market, despite the strict censorship imposed by the Chinese government. The Chinese government starts censoring novels through the acquisitions process, only allowing ISBN (International Standard Book Numbers) to be given to books that advance Chinese culture and rejecting […]

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France celebrates Albert Camus at 100

Tweet  France is celebrating the birth of Albert Camus on November 7th. Camus was a French writer and political philosopher. He was a leading voice for social change and the French working class for the resistance movement during the occupation in France. His books have been published and re-issued all over the world and events […]

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