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One successful self-publishing author discusses the importance of multiple formats, licensing, thinking like a publisher, and much more ...
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/ Guest Post, Self-Publishing
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It’s hard work and there’s no magic formula to boost sales, but you’ll also find a passionate audience and a ...
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/ Guest Post, Marketing & Promotion
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Imprints aren't just for big publishers; any self-publishing author can invent an imprint under which to operate. In this guest ...
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A Q&A on children's self-publishing with authors Zetta Elliott, who has released several books under her own imprint, including picture ...
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/ Author Q&A, Self-Publishing
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For every new venture, there is a learning curve. When it comes to self-publishing your book, however, that curve can ...
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biographies of ordinary people by nicole dieker
A self-published author breaks down her expenses and resulting sales after promoting on social media and email, paying for reviews, ...
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literary publishing
I'm writing monthly for the IngramSpark blog, which is focused on the concerns of self-publishing authors and small presses ...
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Self Publishing Checklist
This printable and interactive checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don't miss any important steps and ...
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Writer's Digest October 2014
Read my feature article for Writer's Digest magazine that explores the intersection of literary agents and self-publishing ...
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Into the Nanten
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, ...
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literary fiction
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in ...
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Writer Unboxed
Learn about the likelihood of securing a traditional book deal after self-publishing ...
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Writing on the Ether: Self-Publishing's Parallel Disruptions
It comes as news to no one in the industry! the industry! that self-publishing is controversial. We may tend, however, ...
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Ether (+Bowker): Turning Corners on Self-Publishing and Amazon?
Here at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair this week, if we're not actually walking past a couple of smoothly contoured ...
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Frankfurt CONTEC
Is it possible that all the changes happening in publishing can be encapsulated by a conversation about self-publishing? ...
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Which Has More Impact? The Chicken or Self-Publishing?
Porter Anderson's Writing on the Ether at JaneFriedman.com looks at two mutually influential market forces about which we have incomplete ...
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Amazon White Glove program
There are no “rules” for agent-assisted self-publishing, but the biggest drawbacks are usually loss of control and loss of royalties ...
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CJ Lyons
CJ Lyons (@cjlyonswriter) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for 17 years before ...
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Commodity Publishing and The Future of Fiction
Many years ago, when I started working for Writer’s Digest, I was put on the self-publishing beat. I started by ...
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Replacement Child by Judy Mandel
Today's guest post is by Judy L. Mandel, author of the Replacement Child, forthcoming from Seal Press in March 2013 ...
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Today's guest post is by Ed Cyzewski. You may recall him from his previous post here, When Self-Publishing Is More ...
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Video: Changes in Publishing & Self-Publishing
Some of you may have heard about the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a new organization supporting self-published authors. I'm ...
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The turning point of my long-term publishing plans came when I realized I have very little in common with author ...
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Business Bootcamps for Writers: Join Me Next Week!
Next week, I am delighted to be moderating two panels in partnership with The Authors Guild Foundation on paths to ...
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Choosing the right materials for your printed book affects not just its appearance but how a potential customer perceives its ...
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Being a freelance editor requires lifelong curiosity, persistent self-education, ruthless support—and the ability to do all this quickly ...
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/ Business for Writers, Guest Post
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The SWING author discusses the pre-order campaign for her self-published book, the importance of social media engagement, and more ...
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/ Author Q&A
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One self-publishing author who opted-out offers a dozen other avenues on and off the Internet to help spread the word ...
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/ Guest Post, Marketing & Promotion
Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book
This is an introductory guide to the major self-publishing options available to authors today, and how to choose the right ...
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The Value of Book Distribution Is Often Misunderstood by Authors
Any self-publishing author can easily make a book available to Amazon, bookstores, libraries, etc. But availability doesn't mean visibility ...
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Michelle Brower and Jennifer Chen Tran
Literary agents Michelle Brower and Jennifer Chen Tran discuss the pros and cons of small presses, querying strategy, and much ...
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/ Business for Writers, Guest Post
How to Harness Community to Build Book Sales and Platform
Traditional publishers often center marketing campaigns around community support—sometimes growing an author’s platform in the process ...
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/ Marketing & Promotion
Andrea Askowitz
The author and podcaster discusses what she learned from going the wrong kind of viral, the power of vulnerable truth ...
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/ Author Q&A, Guest Post
Hybrid Publishing 101 with Barbara Linn Probst. $25 class. Friday, September 17, 2021. 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern.
This class is now over. See what classes are currently open for registration. Explore and assess whether hybrid publishing is right ...
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How to Develop a Marketing and Promotion Plan as an Indie Author
Self-publishing offers so many paths and options that it can seem intimidating. One debut novelist shares her journey, with valuable ...
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How Authors Can Leverage Facebook Ads to Sell More Books
Facebook’s most valuable asset is data. As an advertiser, you can tap into this data and pinpoint the exact readers ...
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How to Self-Publish Your Book: Primer for First Timers with Jane Friedman. $25 class. Wednesday, August 25, 2021. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
This class is now over. See what classes are currently open for registration. Learn to navigate the service landscape and avoid ...
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How Much Do Authors Earn? Here's the Answer No One Likes.
What you earn is about what business model you can envision or build for yourself and whether it's sustainable for ...
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The New Holy Grail of Traditional Publishers: Direct-to-Reader Relationships
Building direct-to-reader relationships may help publishers shift the balance of power in a game where Amazon holds most of the ...
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Hybrid publishing is like hiring a contractor: You pay them to oversee the design and construction and, when it’s done, ...
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Testimonials
Testimonials I'm just starting out as a blogger (after years of percolating...) and Jane's webinar answered all my most pressing ...
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11 Signs You’re Ready to Self-Publish
When do you decide that it’s time to pursue Plan B? Taking stock of these considerations will bring you that ...
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Jane Friedman and Mark Griffin
Sorry, we are closed to one-on-one consulting. I consult one-on-one with authors, small businesses, and publishers. So does my business ...
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The Key Book Publishing Paths: 2021–2022
Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? This infographic will help you determine the best choice for you and your project ...
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Priya Doraswamy and Carly Watters
Literary agents Priya Doraswamy and Carly Watters discuss foreign rights, translation logistics, a book’s chances abroad, and much more ...
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Writing and Publishing Horror: Q&A with Todd Keisling
The horror author shares what scares him, the authors who taught him the most about the genre, crowdfunding, trigger warnings, ...
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Traditional Publishing Enjoys Its Best Sales in a Decade—Despite Supply Chain Problems
Book publishing faces a very tight printing market at the same time that sales have increased to levels not seen ...
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/ Publishing Industry
when you need permission - fair use guidelines
If you need to request permissions from an author or publisher, here are general guidelines, plus a sample letter you ...
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Do I Need Permission for That? with Dr. Kelly Figueroa-Ray. $25 class. Saturday, September 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern
This class is now over and is unavailable for purchase. Sign up to receive announcements about upcoming classes. Learn how to ...
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