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Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Publishing

It used to be where people who self-published were considered neophytes who weren't good enough to be published by more traditional publishers. They clung like barnacles to the edges of the book world, trying but not gaining access to the inner sanctum -- a place on the shelves of Barnes & Noble and a trip to Oprah's couch.

These days, however, self-published authors can make themselves lots of money, build platforms for the launch of further projects, and even sell their books at Barn ...more

Representation: Pros and Cons

As an editor, I've heard it said so many times. "Can you help me get an agent?" my clients ask, breathlessly, as if an agent is the only thing standing between them and life itself.

Agents are certainly very helpful, if you are trying to publish a book. And maybe it's the influence of the movies or other media. But agents are not there to give you a leg up, help you flesh out a half-finished book proposal, or even assist in the development of your career.

This may sound overly ...more

Fiction Writing Is Obsolete

Are you a fiction writer and never been published? Do you write fiction and self publish your own books? Have you found that fiction is not what the books stores are stocking on their shelves now? If the answer is yes, read on.

I am the author of a children's fiction book and I have been trying to market my book. The easy part was writing my book. The hard part is the marketing.

Since my book is an adventure, mystery that is geared for children's imagination and enjoyment of readi ...more

How to Find More Readers for Your Book Online

If you are writing a book, you are sure to like the topic about you write. It is substantial for a writer to identify or to be able to define his future audience. After you have psychologically and socially located your target audience, ask yourself:

- What kind of web sites are they likely to visit?

- If they are supposed to visit discussion boards and forums frequently, which and where are they?

- What social and professional groups do they belong to?

- What kind of ...more

How to Write and Publish a Book

To publish a book is to become immortal. Why? Because your name and most importantly, your ideas will live on even when you are no longer physically here on earth. For as long as there are people who read (for information and for pleasure), accept, or even oppose (for the sake of argumentation and critical analysis) your ideas, your person is alive through that book.

For many—at least for those who have the passion for reading and writing—to be able to publish a book in their lifeti ...more

Should Online Article Submission Websites List Author’s Previous Books?

Recently one of the top online article submission websites has considered listing books by the authors who post their articles online as an added bonus to the these top online expert writers. Should Online Article Submission Websites list these writers and authors Previous Books? Well it seems to be a good idea and many authors who have written books have considered this.

But how many books should such a website list? The number three was proposed? But what if the author has 6 books or ...more

Writing: Turning Your Rejections into Sales

The first rejection is always a shock. How could a publisher reject you after you worked so hard, printed the manuscript or burned a CD, wrote a proposal, and paid for shipping? Rejection is always painful, yet you may grow from it.

Give yourself time to process the rejection. Put the letter away for a week. Then, setting your emotions aside, read it again for content. Does the letter contain any helpful suggestions? If the editor took the time to include suggestions he or she thin ...more

A Working Book Title that Really Works

To do its job, your book's title (even at the outline stage) must be "special!" It can whisper, it can holler, it can whinny, but it has to be specific. When your book's addressed to everyone, it's addressed to no one. "Eek!" you cry, "That means nobody will read it!" Exactly. Next time you're wandering the bonny aisles of Bones and Narble, or surfing the Amazonian waves, take a look at the titles that catch your eye. When you see "How to Know Things the Smart Way" do you run over to grab tha ...more

Animate with Anecdotes: Breathe Life into Your Book!

My mother is a professional storyteller. She makes her listeners laugh and fall in love and cry. She accomplishes it all by sharing anecdotes. Carefully crafted ones, to be sure, but that's what they are.

So it's probably in response to my mother's example that I ended up writing my own book, soon to be published. I wrote it to give back some of the vast inner treasure that has come as a result of my spiritual adventuring in yoga and meditation.

I also wrote the book because I bel ...more

Qin Dai, the Bare-Assed Female Kafka from China

Bare-butted, cute-faced, dreamy-eyed Qin Dai is one step away from fame as a writer. She has written a romantic novel and she's using her skin to sell her book and buy her way to fame...but I'm not complaining...

Qin Dai has posted some of her bare-ass pictures in her blog on www.ycwb.com and it's drawing eyeballs, comments and a lot of interest. But, you've gotta be able to navigate your way through a sea of Chinese to get to her blog, a feat I'm not capable of achieving.

She spe ...more

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