Topic: Self Publish

Don’t Wait til Next Year … Set Book and Author Goals Now!

Don’t Wait til Next Year … Set Book and Author Goals Now!

Most authors wait until the new year to think about goals for books and themselves.

Don’t.  Get out your crystal ball, shake it up, and gaze into it. What worked this past year? What didn’t? If you have the magic wand, what would you like NEXT year to do for you … for your book? Whatever it is … you need a plan.
No author plans to fail; what they do is fail to plan.      
                                              -Snappy Sassy Salty                                                  
When …

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Don’t Confuse Independent Publishing with Self-Publishing

Don’t Confuse Independent Publishing with Self-Publishing

Indie, Independent and Small Press Publishing Are So, Soooooo Different from Self-Publishing, Vanity Presses and Pay-to-Publish “Publishing”

I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a zillion times: yes, dear author-to-be (and those already published), there is a difference between self-publishing, vanity presses, pay-to-publish, a small press, and independent publishing. Don’t mix them up. Don’t get confused.
Use Wikipedia as an initial guide:
“The terms “small press”, “indie publisher”, and “independent press” are often used interchangeably, with “independent press” defined …

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Why Publishing on Your Own Is a Very, Very Viable Option

Why Publishing on Your Own Is a Very, Very Viable Option

Once upon a time, in a land no so far away, there were two types of publishing: the coveted traditional route, where thousands of books were printed, media releases created and publisher reps marketed the books that only real authors wrote; and the disdained vanity press—here the giant spitting sound. Authors went the vanity press route only as a last resort. Under the vanity umbrella dwelled the small presses and self-publishing, costly ventures where mass …

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Authors: Make Up Your Mind

Authors: Make Up Your Mind

Are you a procrastinator? Are you looking for the perfect phrase, word, idea? Are you stuck? Wouldn’t getting unstuck and moving forward be a fantastic goal. 

                       
Make a decision to go forward or eliminate vs. the one that you have practiced—to do nothing.
Moving from wannabe author to the real thing is totally possible this coming year. Moving from wannabe speaker to the …

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5 More Publishing Blunders to Avoid … Part II

5 More Publishing Blunders to Avoid … Part II

Publishing Blunders aren’t fun … as pointed out last week with the first 5 Publishing Blunders.
Last week, I identified the first 5 on my hit list of blunders: Not niching your market-get over that your book is for everyone–it’s not; not grasping that this thing called authoring and publishing is a business; using the wrong editors (sorry Mom); not creating a Author and Book GamePlan from the get-go;  and believing that your book will …

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Enter the Draft to Dream Book Publishing Competition

Enter the Draft to Dream Book Publishing Competition

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5 Blunders Guaranteed to Crush Your Publishing Efforts … Part I

5 Blunders Guaranteed to Crush Your Publishing Efforts … Part I

Everywhere you turn, there is info via the Internet , on the bookshelf,  via videos,  and certainly from workshops. Info that tells you want to do with your publishing efforts; what not to do.
You would think that any beginning author would start with a quick search on the Internet to begin their quest–a quest that would identify common snafus  and traps that newbie authors fall into. It would certainly reveal a plethora of information—how to do it; …

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Author Smarts: Creating Your Copyright Page

Author Smarts: Creating Your Copyright Page

One of the most common questions that authors ask is about the Copyright page and “What should my copyright page look like?” Good question, here’s an answer:
The Copyright Page, which follows the title page of your manuscript, is a flexible document with respect to format, but several elements must be included.  The most confusing two are the ISBN and LOCN.  Detailed instructions for sending for them are included below:                                                                                                    

Copyright-book 

-The copyright symbol,
          -Followed by the …

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Authors … What’s in Your Vision Wallet?

Authors … What’s in Your Vision Wallet?

When someone asks you—anyone—what’s the Vision for your Book, and for you the Author, what do you say? Do you stammer and stutter? Do you feel like you project the “deer in the highlight” gaze? Or are you direct and succinct?

For the visionary founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, he’s been an entrepreneur from the get-go. Virgin was seeded when he was 20 years old—since then; he’s created an empire that includes eight separate billion-dollar companies …

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Book Publishing Today … Avoid Preying Publishing Predators

Book Publishing Today … Avoid Preying Publishing Predators

Reading … cooking and eating … movies … some of my favorite things. A day/evening of cooking with a good movie–either at home or on TV sometimes becomes the catalyst for writing ideas. I was ready to love, love, love the book that had them all, and I didn’t.

First of all, I have to tell you . . . I did not like Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat, Pray, Love. Oh, there’s no question that …

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