Happy Summer Everyone! Today is the official first day of summer, even though many of us have felt it before now. As we all dust off our beach towels and sunscreen, I thought it would be fun to have a top 5 list of the articles on this blog. The criteria is based on page views by you all, fair reader.
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The following is an update of a post I wrote for Joel Friedlander’s ever-helpful blog at TheBookDesigner.com.
On the path to self-publishing, your first decision will be whether to:
- Engage a self-publishing service company (SPSC) to do everything from editing to distribution. Some SPSCs are BookLocker, Mill City Press, Outskirts Press, and Dog Ear Press.
- Do it yourself (DIY) by hiring editors, designers, and other freelancers and uploading your finished, formatted cover and manuscript to POD providers such as CreateSpace and IngramSpark and ebook distributors such as KDP and Smashwords.
Continue reading How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is Right For You
Did you know that when you use more words than necessary to express something (like blowing wind or frozen ice), you are committing a pleonasm, which is the fancy Greek way of saying you’re being redundant? Redundancy in writing sounds like a simple thing to spot—and sometimes it is. But some types of redundancy can be tricky to identify, and that’s because we tend to speak in expressions in English, so redundant phrases become little package deals, like a true fact or a free gift. (I hate to break it to you, but if it’s not free, you’re doing gifts wrong.)
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Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes to nudge awake the sleeping muse.
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Description With All Five Senses
This might be a little grade school for some of you. Or you might think it’s a little grade school. Frankly, I think we could all stand to be reminded. So there you go.
When you are describing something, it looks a certain way. Yes indeedy. We get that. We got it three paragraphs ago. We got the visual flavor of this city through your description of Corinthian columns, crenellated parapets, vast marble blocks that take twelve oxen a week to tow anywhere useful.
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For those interested, I thought I’d share two reviews of my recent published ebook, Unknown Sender. Both of these are official book review bloggers, and both of whom do great work on their blogs. Enjoy!
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I am asked quite often the best ways to market a book. The most frequent questions I get revolve around making it as cheap as possible yet capable of reaching the widest audience. For that, here is a list of 150 DIY ways to market a book. I’ll do another blog post next week with some more marketing options. Stay tuned! And most importantly, put it to use.
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Everyone writes, often because they have to. If you’ve fallen in love with writing for pleasure, it’s easy to forget you don’t have to stick to one medium to do it. Just because you spend most of your writing time weaving together short stories doesn’t mean you can’t try your hand at a poem or two every now and then.
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Foreword by Ryan Lanz:
I was asked recently why I put up a post speaking favorably about traditional publishing, then right after a post speaking favorably about self-publishing. This person was unsure which “camp” I’m in.
Regarding what I post on this blog, I intentionally invite guest posts with (seemingly) contrasting views to give you, fair reader, different shades of various topics, and, of course, a hot button right now is traditional vs. indie.
Continue reading Why Choose Indie Publishing?
All writers get the same advice. Read the great writers; study the great works. Learn how seasoned, professional, and successful authors get the job done. All true, but I maintain that it’s also crucial for writers to read crap to learn what not to do.
Continue reading Why Writers Should Read Crap