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    I moderated a panel at SXSW called The Self-Publishing Novelist, which included insights from 3 experienced experts: John Sundman. Read an interview with John here, Building an Enthusiastic Fan Base as a Self-Published Author. Carolyn McCray. Read her helpful articles over at Digital Book World, including Best Practices for Amazon E-Book Sales, How to Increase Sales by Promoting Your Backlist Titles, and The Anatomy of a Successful E-Book Giveaway Nicole […]

    The post Helpful Insights for Self-Publishing Novelists appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Announcing the Inspirational winners of the 18th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.

    The post 18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Inspirational appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Announcing the Genre Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.

    The post 18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Genre Fiction appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Announcing the Children's winners of the 18th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.

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    Announcing the Mainstream Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.

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    Writers often ask if it’s wise or helpful to self-publish their work if they have “near-misses” with agents or publishers. There’s no one answer that works for everyone. But I’ll try to help you come to the right conclusion. YES: Go ahead and try self-publishing a book You know how to reach your readers (online or offline). Expressed another way: You have a platform that makes you visible to your […]

    The post Should You Self-Publish After a Near-Miss? appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    If you’re the kind of writer who prefers being read and selling your work as opposed to being an unknown starving writer (who doesn’t?), here are 50 quick, simple ways to launch your platform into action and climb your way to success.

    The post 50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes a Day appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    A major buzzword floating around the publishing world these days is “platform.” There’s a lot of question about what it means and whether or not authors really need to have one. Writer’s Digest publisher Phil Sexton says the importance of having a platform ultimately depends on your goals for your book. If you’re a writer who strives for commercial success and a wide audience of readers, then, yes, platform most […]

    The post How to Build Your Author Platform appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    The following is a guest post from the grand prize winner of our 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. For more information about the upcoming 22nd Self-Pub Awards, click here. Former Minnesota State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge is author of the first charter school law in the nation and the award-winning book, Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story. As President of Ember Communications, Inc., she is a […]

    The post Values and Message: Integrating Themes Into Your Nonfiction appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    The following is a guest post from the grand prize winner of our 1st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards (featured in InkWell in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest). Judith Gille is the founder and owner of City People’s stores in Seattle, but her passion is writing about Mexican art and culture and immigration issues. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angles Times, The […]

    The post The Why and How of Self-Publishing appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Every journey leading to publication and success is different—this one followed the indie author path before landing a traditional book deal.

    The post How an Indie Author Landed a Traditional Book Deal appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Writers often ask if it’s wise or helpful to self-publish their work if they have “near-misses” with agents or publishers. There’s no one answer that works for everyone. But I’ll try to help you come to the right conclusion. YES: Go ahead and try self-publishing a book You know how to reach your readers (online or offline). Expressed another way: You have a platform that makes you visible to your […]

    The post Should You Self-Publish After a Near-Miss? appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Learning how much goes into writing, producing, and launching a self-published book that looks pro and gets attention was an eye-opening experience. Here are the top 7 facts you should know.

    The post 7 Surprising Things I Learned Self-Publishing a Book appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Hybrid publishing is an emerging area that occupies the middle ground between traditional and self-publishing and therefore includes many different publishing models— basically anything that is not self-publishing or traditional publishing. “Hybrid publishing” is not a term all publishers or authors in this space use; other terms that describe this type of publishing include “author-assisted publishing,” “independent publishing,” “partnership publishing,” “copublishing,” and “entrepreneurial publishing.” But right now, because it’s a […]

    The post What is Hybrid Publishing? Here Are 4 Things All Writers Should Know appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Let me be clear­—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors.

    The post Don’t Be Afraid of Indie Publishing appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    If you are looking for a (new) publishing home, here are the top 10 things I think every writer should know about Amazon Publishing:

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    With a few simple, inexpensive tricks, you can turn any area—no matter how small, and even if you write in a coffee shop or other public place—into a crucible for creativity.

    The post How to Create an Inspiring Work Space (for under $20) appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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    Three years ago I officially began writing a book. That’s when the lie began. As my first draft grew to 50,000 words, the book changed from being a memoir based on my experiences as a fire eater to a novel. I kiddingly say that this was because no one would care about a fire eater from Kentucky, and I wanted it to be a New York Times Bestseller. Turning my […]

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  • 11/29/16--08:00: 10 Rules of Writing a Novel
  • Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.

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    Here are 26 important items you should check when copy editing and proofreading your manuscript.

    The post The Copy Editing and Proofreading Checklist All Writers Need appeared first on WritersDigest.com.


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