Hannah Gordon is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan, where she studied Communications and Creative Writing. Her creative work can be found in Burrow Press Review, WhiskeyPaper, Synaesthesia Magazine, and more.
Every writer dreams of the day they can hold their book in their hands. If you’ve chosen DiggyPOD to self-publish your book, you’re one step closer to fulfilling that dream. Before you can make that dream a reality, though, you need to get your book ready for printing. We purposely ensure that printing with DiggyPOD is easy for new and veteran self-publishers, but that doesn’t mean your work is done as soon as you type “The End.” When you print with DiggyPOD, your book must follow specific guidelines. One of these guidelines specifies that your manuscript must first be converted into a print ready PDF. If you don’t know what that means or how to do it, then this blog is for you.
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Laozi said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If you’ve decided to self-publish a book, congratulations: you’ve taken that first step! This journey may be long, but it’ll be worth it when you hold your book in your hands. Though undoubtedly proud, first time self-publishers often find that they have a lot of questions about the process. While we offer plenty of helpful how-to guides, video tutorials, eager customer service representatives, and thorough blog posts, authors still find themselves bogged down by the specifics. This prompted us to create our First Time Self-Publishers Guide.
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One of the most frequently asked questions self-publishers ask us is how to design their book. If you aren’t a photographer or illustrator, you may wonder where to find the images for your book cover design. You obviously want the best cover you can get, but how can you do that? Your book cover will be the first thing people see when they look at your book, so the pressure is on. Thankfully, the Internet exists. Self-publishers can find beautiful images for their book cover online.
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Have you ever thought about starting a blog? Lots of writers double as bloggers, too. In fact, blogs can be quite profitable. If making money off your writing interests you, keep reading to learn more about how to make money blogging.
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If you want to pursue a career in writing, more likely than not, you’ll do some freelance writing. Writers have a lot of options when it comes to freelance writing jobs online, and if done correctly, they can turn quite a profit. Many writers find successful careers in freelance. If self-publishing a book is a dream of yours, you can support yourself by freelancing for magazines and websites while working on your book. If you’ve ever considered freelance writing, keep reading for more information, tips, and suggestions.
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In your search to find a self-publisher, you may have come across the term “ghostwriter.” Ghostwriting jobs abound online. A popular form of freelancing, many writers find success in this unique arena of publishing. But, what is a ghostwriter? What do they do? We’ll discuss this and more in this blog. From contract agreements to what to charge as a ghostwriter, we’ll cover it all.
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If you’re reading this, that means you’ve decided to write a novel or some other kind of book. While not an easy task, self-publishing a book will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. If you’ve never done it before, you may not know where to begin. So much more than just writing goes into the novel-writing process. In order to write and self-publish a novel (or any book for that matter), you’ll need to do an incredible amount of planning, prewriting, writing, revising, and editing. In past blogs, we’ve talked about writing, revising, and editing, including mistakes to avoid in each of these steps. Today let’s discuss prewriting strategies.
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When people think about publishing a book, they usually think about novels, i.e. fiction books—with genres such as mystery, romance, fantasy, historical, or science fiction—however a large percentage of bestsellers are in fact nonfiction books. Nonfiction, like fiction, covers a wide array of subjects and book types. What unites all nonfiction books is that they’re true stories. Fiction is made-up, purely the product of an author’s imagination (though influenced by real life). Nonfiction, therefore, is not made up. Let’s look at what types of nonfiction books there are.
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Did you know? April is National Poetry Month! You don’t need to be a poet to enjoy reading poetry. Poetry offers something for everyone: strength, encouragement, reflection, peace. April is an entire month specially dedicated to reading, writing, and appreciating poetry in all its forms. We think this is a practice readers and writers should carry with themselves throughout the entire calendar year. If you don’t know much about poetry, and don’t know where to start, don’t worry! In this blog, we’ll answer questions such as what are the different types of poetry as well as give you recommendations on where to start your reading.
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By now you probably know that April is National Poetry Month. We’ve been talking about poetry all month long. We love reading poetry, writing poetry, and self-publishing poetry. We aim to help all self-publishers throughout every step of the self-publishing journey. From drafting to creating your cover to printing your book, we’ll be right by your side.
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