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.
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.
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.
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.
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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People self-publish all kinds of books—cookbooks, genealogy books, children’s books, nonfiction books, religious books, etc. The most popular in self-publishing, however, is genre fiction—specifically romance, mystery/thriller/suspense, science-fiction, and fantasy.
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When you think of self-published authors, you tend to think of small-time writers with minimal sales and impact. However, in the digital age, with a plethora of self-publishing companies available and the option to market your book on social media, self-publishing can lead to big-time, traditional success. Gone are the days of needing a marketing team and publishing house behind you to sell your book. Just take a look at these self-publishing success stories.
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It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is upon us once more, which means you’re probably relying on that trusty family cookbook to prepare your meal. And once all the turkey is eaten, it’s time to get serious about that holiday shopping list. ‘Tis the season to scour the mall for the very best gift for everyone on your list, fight over that gift with another shopper, and spend an exorbitant amount of money making sure everyone gets something special and unique. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?
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Twitter has become so widely used and relied on that we, as writers, should not take the revolutionary media for granted.
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As the third week of National Novel Writing Month (or, NaNoWriMo for short) draws to a close, the month is now officially halfway over, so that means your novel should be halfway finished by now. Are you there yet?
Writing a book is tiresome, grueling work, full of revising, rewriting, and, sometimes, redoing completely. To write a book is no small feat: it takes constant patience, dedication, and passion. It can take weeks, months, or even years to finish your book. And once you’ve written that last sentence—once you’ve placed that long-awaited “The End” at the bottom of the page—your work has really just begun. Now it’s time to edit!
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