Tag Archives: self-publishing

7 Ways To Deal With That Dreaded Bad Review

By Pam Humphrey In my pre-mom days when I worked as a programmer and tech support at a small company, I shared an office with one other girl. After an unusually frustrating customer had berated her as she tried to help them over the phone, she hung up near tears. I’ll never forget what she … Continue reading 7 Ways To Deal With That Dreaded Bad Review

How Book Marketing is Like Flirting, Dating, and Getting Engaged

By Rebecca Waters You’ve written a book. You may have a publisher or agent. You may have decided to publish the book yourself. Whatever path you take, there are marketing decisions you will make that will help or hinder book sales. This post examines stuff not in your book. It is a look at the … Continue reading How Book Marketing is Like Flirting, Dating, and Getting Engaged

Why This Self-Published Author Loves Traditional Publishing

by Jane Steen, 10 Minute Novelist, self-published author I self-published my first novel in 2012, and since then I’ve published two more full-length novels and a short story. Despite the attitude of some writers (and, alas, some readers) that self-publishing is a second-best solution, I couldn’t be happier. I love the flexibility and freedom to … Continue reading Why This Self-Published Author Loves Traditional Publishing

Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Author Ethics (With Taylor Swift & Zombie References!)

Writers today have dreams of instant success and fame! And because the idea of easy publishing is so tempting, we rush into it with  no idea what we should do to promote ourselves. Often our goal is just to gain any advantage we can in an increasingly competitive market. We may feel “creativity” in marketing … Continue reading Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Author Ethics (With Taylor Swift & Zombie References!)

Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Publisher With The Same Care As A Jane Austen Heroine Chose A Husband

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a good story must be in want of a publisher. It’s the age old story. You have so many hopes and dreams. You have all these wonderful stories to tell. You know that it will take an attachment, a proposal and perhaps … Continue reading Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Publisher With The Same Care As A Jane Austen Heroine Chose A Husband

What I’ve Learned As A Self Published Author

 This summer marks my third year as an independent author. And I’ve learned a lot about it over the last three years. In November of 2012, my first manuscript was finished and for the first time, I was curious about what it would take to self-publish my  novel, Falling For Your Madness. It changed my … Continue reading What I’ve Learned As A Self Published Author

The Book Launch Checklist To Make Your Next Release Awesome!

Congratulations! You have a new book to sell!  Are you doing everything you can to promote it?  Some of these points are no-brainers, like have a great cover. Some, though, are optional, like having a live release party at your local coffee shop. All of them will require YOU to look at YOUR book and … Continue reading The Book Launch Checklist To Make Your Next Release Awesome!

Learning From The Independent Publishing Experience: A Guest Post By Jude Knight

What have you learned from this experience? The headline is a quote from the man I adore: “What have you learned from this experience?” (Not, incidentally, what you want to hear when you’ve just bumped your toe or broken your heart. But I love you, darling.) Six months ago last month, I published my first … Continue reading Learning From The Independent Publishing Experience: A Guest Post By Jude Knight

Help: I Have To Market My Book! : A Guest Post By Robin Patchen

My third book released a couple of weeks ago, ushering me into the most dreaded activity of this writer’s life: marketing. I hate it, and for good reason. When somebody asks me what my book is about, I start talking like a Valley Girl who’s inhaled too much hairspray. “So like there’s this girl…like lady, … Continue reading Help: I Have To Market My Book! : A Guest Post By Robin Patchen

#Top10Tuesday Top 10 Ways to Market Your Book on a Budget

I met Janice Thompson in 2014 at the MacGregor Literary Marketing Conference. Besides being a delightfully encouraging person, she also knows a lot about marketing books. Because she’s published over 100 titles, her Top 10 Ways to Market Your Book On A Budget is full of practical help. Enjoy! And then support Janice and buy … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Ways to Market Your Book on a Budget

Nine Things I’ve Learned About Book Marketing That I Didn’t Know Last Year

I am not a marketing expert.  I am, however, an informed consumer and reluctant buyer of stuff. I am not easily impressed. I don’t follow trends, I am only impressed with designer labels when I see them at my local thrift store. I also come from a family of manipulators so if anyone has a … Continue reading Nine Things I’ve Learned About Book Marketing That I Didn’t Know Last Year

#Top10Tuesday Top 10 Ways Good Marketing Is Like Good Parenting

The writing of the book, was the pregnancy. You conceived the idea in a romantic, intimate moment. You developed it secretly in the dark. You wrote while stuffing your face with all kinds of snacks. You tried to explain your characters and your plot to others and they just didn’t understand. And the length of the … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Ways Good Marketing Is Like Good Parenting

Why You Need To Practice Writing Long Before You Publish

It’s really too bad that we don’t have a Quality Control Department for the written word. And Amazon Reviews, sadly, aren’t enough.  Writing is cheap — anyone can type out a sentence — and because of this cheapness, many people may not think that it’s worth much. Anyone and their dog can publish a book, … Continue reading Why You Need To Practice Writing Long Before You Publish

#Top10Tuesday Top 10 Things That Are Wrong With Reciprocal Reviews

  This has the potential of being my most controversial post yet. And I like controversy about as much as I like snooty  moms asking me personal questions about the decisions I made in the raising of my children. But  I believe that reciprocal reviews have the potential of being unethical simply because any quid … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Things That Are Wrong With Reciprocal Reviews