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The Top 20 Articles of 2016 for Aspiring Authors

This has become a bit of a tradition: every December since, well, 2015, I’ve looked back at the year and compiled a “best of” summary of the Top 20 articles, news, and resources for writers who are working toward publication. Making the jump from writer to published author means entering a whole new world of business, and it’s important to do your homework and understand the landscape. The Trends This year, as I went back through my tweets and notes, two things became clear: It was a hard year to pay attention to publishing. National and international news took precedence. Maybe because of all the crazy stuff happening in the rest of the world, it was not a big year of publishing changes. (Anyone want to dispute that? Am I forgetting some major change of policy, player, or approach here?) Self publishing is still growing, filling all of the corners […]

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The 20 Must-Read Articles of 2015 for Aspiring Writers

Every month or so, I have the chance to stand in front or a group of people and talk about how to get published. How does a writer go from a manuscript to a published work that readers can buy? One of the points I regularly make—one of the facts I think is critically important and often overlooked—is that a writer has to take the responsibility to understand the publishing industry. You need at least a general idea of how the sausages are made. After all, you wouldn’t decide to open a restaurant or a widget factory without doing your homework about the regulations, the competition, and the best practices affecting your industry. So why would you think that you can just mail off a manuscript and not understand what happens next? So, in the spirit of educating, and giving in to the inevitable lure of a year-end “best of” list, here […]

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Are publishers keeping too much of book sale profits?

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” -Terry Pratchett   The war of the words continues: One author is circulating a letter in support of publishers in the Amazon-Hachette dispute. So another author launched an online petition in support of Amazon. The Authors Guild jumped in with their own artfully-worded response. Amazon replied with a zinger. This British study says that people who write books don’t make much money. Imagine that. This New York Times article implies that authors who write for Amazon can make a lot of money. And so it goes. Most of it is fun to watch for book business geeks like me, and hopefully it’s all helping authors attract more attention and sell more books. But as the rhetoric heats up, there’s this one pervasive idea that keeps coming up on the self publishing side of […]

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Linked Up: October 15, 2013

Okay, I admit it. I’m a terrible blogger. I can talk one-on-one, or in front of a group, for hours about the do’s and don’ts of publishing. (Don’t test me on this.) But when it comes to regularly knocking out all of that knowledge down into readable, general chunks for writers, I get stuck. Or I forget. Or I get busy. So let’s try something different. Let’s start small. Once a week, I’m NOT going to blog. But I am going to point you to five other people who do, or to five media sites with relevant articles. And I’m going to tell you why they matter. If that works, maybe I’ll expand. 1. Self Publishing Output Jumped 59% in 2012  Best quote: “The analysis also found that more than 80% of self-published titles ‘came to market with the support from just eight companies, including Smashwords and CreateSpace.’” Why it […]

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