Self-Publishing, Pt 2 (Podcast)

In this episode, I talk about printing & distribution, and why I think it’s best to go with Lighting Source as a printer/distributor. Also, I touch on Barnes & Noble practices and how to get your books on the shelves. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 6, Self-Publishing, Pt 2. Read more about the book, Publishing…

Self-Publishing (Podcast)

Although many writers are jumping on the self-publishing bandwagon, not everyone is doing it effectively or with taking quality and professionalism into account. Find out what it takes to be a successful self-published author, how to create a quality book, and how to get distribution. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 5, Self-Publishing. Read more about…

Independent Publishers (Podcast)

Learn what to look out for when choosing an Independent Publisher. There are far too many out there trying to prey on your dreams. Don’t let them. And please. please. please. Don’t sign your rights away for nothing. However, an Independent Publisher might be perfect for you and your book. Just make sure you’re careful….

Literary Agents (Podcast)

Discover what it takes to get a literary agent and what that agent can do for you. Learn just how much research agents expect from their potential clients. Also, listen to a concise pro/con list of choosing a New York Publisher. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 3, Literary Agents. Read more about the book, Publishing…

New York Big Boys (Podcast)

Listen to the realities of going with a New York Big Boy publisher for your book, both the pros and cons. Learn how to get a New York Publisher and how long it is likely to take. Understand royalties and advances, and see how the industry is changing. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 2, New…

Writer Beware

Unfortunately for all of us emerging authors, there are many people trying to take advantage of you and profit off of your dreams. Some of them are posing as Independent “Traditional” Publishers (or as agents, as in the post last week). I have known authors that have lost tens of thousands of dollars to a…

Should You Wait for New York?

The discussion on whether to wait for New York or to self-publish is as vibrant as ever on social networks. I saw someone tweet “If you self-publish, you’re an idiot” the other day. Interesting. Severely judgmental, but interesting. It speaks to the lack of respect some people (many people) have for self-publishing. However, there are…

Self-Publishing’s Golden Goose

If you pay attention to the publishing world at all, then you have heard the name Amanda Hocking. You likely have also heard the name J. A. Konrath. They are currently the greatest self-publishing success stories circulating cyberspace, but others are not far behind. Amanda Hocking is 26-years-old and lives in Minnesota. She has already…

Amazon & the Future of Publishing

This issue keeps popping up on my radar. Even on Twitter, and through the recent #140 character conference, the question remains on what will happen to big publishing if they don’t change. At BEA in 2009, it was noted that big publishers are in greater financial dire straights than the little indie publisher. The NY…

Intro to "Self-Publishing"

The term “self-publishing” is quite fuzzy. The boundaries of this choice bleed into both Independent Publishers on one end and Vanity Publishing on the other, thus the quotation marks. For the purposes of my forthcoming book, I’m defining “self-publishing” as a writer who publishes their own book through a publishing company they own, not a…