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?
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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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With thousands of printing companies in the United States alone, choosing a book printer for your book can be a bit of a daunting task. Where to start? What is the difference in companies? What are some key components to look for when picking the right printer? These are all questions a self-publisher asks when diving into the printing process.
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I have been told, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. What a challenging and almost an impossible request. We all do it on instinct, don’t we? A great book cover design gives a glimpse of what is to come. It is a representation of the content, the author, and foretells the experience that could be had by a reader. This is why authors try so very hard to find a design that will properly display their writings.
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So, you’ve come up with a great plot for a new short story or a terrific idea for a character or plot development in your novel. Your first instinct may be to sit down and start typing, but you might want to think twice.
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Few people know how to write bestsellers better than Dean Koontz. One piece of advice he gives to up-and-coming novelists: don’t let outlines stifle your creativity. Although “nearly every new writer I know uses detailed outlines,” he says, “when I stopped relying on them, my work became less stiff, more organic, less predictable.” For some writers, creating an outline can be helpful;
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