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  • Writers’ Resolutions for the New Year - As 2017 winds down, you will inevitably start hearing about New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s your co-worker’s no-sugar diet, your aunt’s great decluttering, or your husband’s pledge to get in shape, there’s no escaping the plethora of magical changes that will take place as soon as we turn the calendar. If you are a writer, do you ever set yourself writer’s resolutions for the coming year? If not, maybe you should! Every writer I know has areas they wish to improve upon. These improvements can range from aiming to write Continue Reading
  • How to Edit Like a Pro (or Know When to Hire One) - Editing can be one of the most daunting aspects of writing, and it can be a double-edged sword for many authors. Determining who should do the editing adds another layer to that challenge. While giving your manuscript to a professional editor will surely offer improvements, you risk of seeing your painstaking work crossed out, red-lined, and changed. Ouch! However, if you opt to save some money and go it alone,  or ask a friend or colleague to do a review, the end result could be a less professional product.  This Continue Reading
  • Should You Pay for Professional Book Reviews? - As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, getting your book noticed is one of the biggest challenges of the publishing process. Book reviews are a critical component in a book’s marketing efforts, and can be one of the best ways to get a book noticed. Reviews provide authors with content for their website, social media and email marketing, their Amazon author page, and on book covers themselves. In this blog post, we’ll focus on the pros and cons of paying the pros for book reviews. Paid and Traditional Reviews Traditional, Continue Reading
  • Do Not Capitalize Internet and Do Not Hyphenate Email – Plus Other Updates from the 17th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style - The Chicago Manual Style (CMOS) has long been considered editors’ and writers’ go-to guide on writing style.  Recently, the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) announced that the CMOS will be getting its first update in seven years, and this time it is addressing changing technology and social norms as part of its update. The new, 17th edition isn’t expected to be released until September, but some of the changes you can expect to see are outlined below. Social Changes Recognizing that the move to genderless terminology continues to grow, the Continue Reading
  • eBook Distribution through Smashwords - Self-published authors who are looking for help with book distribution may want to check out Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of independent ebooks. With over 440,000 titles in its catalog from over 120,000 authors and small publishers, Smashwords is a free, easy service to use, allowing authors to distribute their books to major retailers and thousands of libraries.  Smashwords also provides free tools for marketing, metadata management, and sales reporting. If you are wondering whether this service is right for you, continue reading! How it Works From a nuts and Continue Reading
  • R.P. Ruggiero Author Interview – Brushfire Plague - Kennebec Publishing – Author Spotlight – March 2017 interview This author interview features RP Ruggiero who is the author of the Brushfire Plague trilogy, a chilling account of society’s collapse after a deadly virus wipes out a large percentage of earth’s population. RP, a writer who pursued the traditional publishing approach, talks to us about his experience as a writer and a published author. How long have you been a writer? I’ve been writing since elementary school. Heck, I even won a few writing awards back then! As an adult, Continue Reading
  • NetGalley Basics - One of the biggest challenges authors face is how to get a book noticed. This is especially challenging if you are a new author and this is your first book. The market is so saturated, and it often seems that unless you have unlimited time and money, your book is likely to get lost in a sea of new titles. In recent years, various web services have popped up to help authors gain traction and build a buzz before their book is released. One such service, NetGalley, helps promote and Continue Reading
  • Typography 101 – Formatting a Book in Word Using Kerning, Leading, and Tracking - The formatting process is one aspect of book publishing that can be frustrating for self-publishers, and when that time comes, you need to get it right. The last thing you want is for your book to LOOK like it was self-published. Adobe InDesign is a better program for formatting than Word, but most self-published authors don't have InDesign and they don't know how to use it, so they default to Word - which is entirely fine for most books containing largely text, i.e. fiction. When using Microsoft Word to format Continue Reading
  • Traditional, Self-Publishing, and Hybrid – What Model is Best for You? - So, you’ve written a book. Congratulations! The hardest part is over… mostly. The next step is figuring out how to publish your book. In this digital age, getting a book published is much easier than it was ten or fifteen years ago, as many authors are choosing to forgo traditional publishing routes and try self-publishing. It is important to note that both publishing avenues have their unique benefits and drawbacks, and deciding how to proceed is an individual decision with many factors to consider. Additionally, in the last few years, Continue Reading

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