If you keep up with our blog, you’ll know we’ve mentioned contracts, advances, royalties several times. If you don’t know much about the book publishing world, chances are you aren’t familiar with these terms. Even though with DiggyPOD you’ll never sign a contract and you’ll always keep 100% of your profits, we still believe it’s important for you to know everything you possibly can about how traditional book publishing works and how it differs from self-publishing. That’s why we take it upon ourselves to educate you. We may be a little biased, but we believe that self-publishing allows for more freedom and autonomy. In order to make the best possible decision for your book, you need to as informed as possible.
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So you’ve finally finished your self-published book: it’s printed and in your hands, and now it’s time to sell it. When choosing how to sell your book, make sure you choose wisely. Your self-publishing journey hasn’t led you this far just for you to lose your rightfully earned money. There are many, many ways for self-published authors to sell their books, both online and off. We at DiggyPOD believe you, as the author and publisher, should retain all rights and therefore should receive all the profits.
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The concept of an author brand may be foreign to you. It may sound strange, as if you were some product to be marketed. In a way, that’s true. You, as an author, are a promise to your readers: you offer them something they can only get from you. Marketing your book is obvious: you want people to buy it. Marketing yourself, however, can be a little more difficult: you want people to come back for more.
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As we leave 2016 behind, you may be reminiscing on the year, getting nostalgic for all you’ve done both during 2016 and your life as a whole. Perhaps that nostalgia has driven you to write a memoir. Memoir-writing is a unique experience: it’s all about you and the nitty, gritty truth. When writing fiction, you decide where the story is going. When writing memoir, the story is already there, you just have to write it. This doesn’t make it easy, though. Writing a memoir is tricky: it can be difficult to appease everyone in your life, and writing the truth and making that truth interesting can be the hardest part.
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Writers, we get it: it’s hard to set time aside to actually write. Life gets in the way. You have work and family and friends and responsibilities. Sometimes you start your day with every intention to sit down and write, but when the time comes, you’re too tired or just want to zone out in front of the TV. Pretty soon a month goes by, and that novel you’ve been wanting to write as fallen to the wayside. You’ll get it done eventually, right? Maybe it’s time you set some writing goals.
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There are two common routes of book publishing one could take: self-publishing or traditional publishing. Obviously there are differences between the two, but each has its benefits and its pitfalls. Typically, traditional book publishing is thought of as the norm, as better than self-publishing, but if you read last week’s blog post, you know that isn’t true.
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Despite being an established, diverse, and thriving industry, self-publishing is still shrouded in misconceptions. Perhaps it’s because traditional publishing has been the norm for so long. Or, maybe it’s because not enough people know where to find self-published work. Whatever the reason, people still believe so many falsities about the industry. From why authors choose to self-publish to how well self-published books sell, DiggyPOD is here to dispel those misconceptions.
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So you’ve self-published a book—congratulations! DiggyPOD knows a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears went into the writing and editing of your book. We’re proud to provide you with a top-notch, quality product. Your hard work isn’t over, though: now it’s time to sell that book. Your sales will depend entirely on how well you market and promote your book.
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Writing is a craft, and like any craft, you must hone and perfect your skills before you can achieve greatness. In writing, it is wise to learn from some of the best writers out there. Just because you’ve chosen to self-publish and don’t have to query agents and sell to publishing houses, doesn’t mean that you can skimp out on quality. Choose to self-publish your very best work, and allow these authors to help you in the process.
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Good writing takes more than natural talent and a keyboard. In order to make your self-published writing intriguing, engulfing, and comparable to traditionally published writing, make sure you do all you can to bring it to life. Good writing comes down to more than plot and characters. It comes down to is research, details, and worldbuilding.
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