Nowadays more and more writers are leaning toward self-publishing to get their work in print. Not only is it faster than traditional publishing but it allows the writer more control over how their work is printed, marketed, and distributed. If you are one such self-publisher, you won’t find a more valuable resource than the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writer’s Network (SPAWN).
SPAWN is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, information, resources and a… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on November 25, 2010 at 4:14pm —
Many writers spend weeks, months, and even years crafting what they hope will be the next book to captivate the world. Because of this, waiting to see your work in print can be depressing. It is for this reason that so many writers are choosing to self-publish. Through professional printing companies, your work can be on the shelf in a matter of weeks.
One of the most important things any self-publisher can do for themselves, however, is get an ISBN for… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on November 12, 2010 at 7:08pm —
The rough draft of a story comes easily for many writers. When it comes to editing fiction
to make it smooth and enjoyable, however, many are at a loss, but this step is easier than most authors think. In fact, a few simple steps can create a world of change in your work. Follow these tips for polishing your novel:
- Use appropriate and frequent paragraph breaks. This gives the reader a break throughout the material.
- Use only one name for a character. It…
Added by Roger Wildermuth on October 30, 2010 at 6:09pm —
At last, you’ve finished writing your book. With a relieved sigh you sit back and dream about the piles of money that are going to flow through your door. Before you get too far, however, don’t forget the next important step: marketing your self-published book
. It’s that magical process that changes your work from a manuscript decorating your shelf to a book that builds a career.
Here are a few ideas to help get your book into the hands of… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on October 19, 2010 at 6:37pm —
When the typical writer is begins his or her career, all focus is on the story. In most ways, this is appropriate because, after all, if a novel isn’t well-written it has no chance of success. However, another important factor is the ability to promote that book and get it into the hands of readers so you can sell your book
One of the most invaluable tools an author can use is a Web site that allows the readers the option of purchasing directly from the author. For… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on September 29, 2010 at 7:47pm —
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but many people do. Even more important than the cover, however, is a book’s title. A weak title may mean your work will be overlooked in the book store but a strong one will grip the imagination of prospective readers, not to mention that a memorable title comes easier to the lips. The more a person can hear and remember your book’s title, the more likely you are to increase your readership.
To create a book title… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on September 21, 2010 at 5:18pm —
Every good writer knows that dialogue is one of the key elements of any book. If it’s not conducted properly, dialogue can make the writing seem immature or unrealistic. It can even stop the story dead in its tracks. Good dialogue, on the other hand, draws the reader into the world the author has created. It serves to move the story along, provides valuable information to the reader, and brings the characters to life. However, even the best writers can have difficulty with this component of… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on August 20, 2010 at 4:02pm —
Long before a self-publishing author can even think about sending their manuscript off to the book printer's
, they will be investing hours upon hours in front of a computer or typewriter. The writing process can take its toll on an author because, in order to get any amount of work done, a writer is required to work in the same position for hours at a time. As a result they are subject to a real possibility of repetitive strain injuries. Fortunately the study of ergonomics has… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on August 7, 2010 at 10:18am —
One of the most common goals people have in this country is to write the “Great American Novel”. Of course, most writers don’t simply sit down and start writing when the ultimate goal is a novel-length work. Many aspects of the book need to be planned out beforehand, including the plot and characters of the story. Compelling characters bring the story to life and, in many cases, can make or break it. Fictional character development
Added by Roger Wildermuth on July 18, 2010 at 11:30am —
There’s no doubt that a lot of time and effort goes into writing a book, whether self-publishing
or going through an agent or a traditional publisher. An author is, of course, the heart and soul of their work, but it would be very difficult for them to complete such a time-consuming project without, at least, a little help. Family members, significant others, and even complete strangers can play a major role in making a piece of work come to fruition. The acknowledgement page… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on June 30, 2010 at 5:54am —
At some point, most writers have experienced some form of pain or cramping while honing their craft. A stiff hand and an ache through the wrist is often associated with writer’s cramp. Contrary to popular belief, however, writer’s cramp is not an overuse syndrome. Instead, it is a problem of lost coordination and control of movement arising in the basal ganglia of the brain. Specific, fine motor skills, such as writing and typing create localized, sustained muscle contractions that cause… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on June 18, 2010 at 12:10pm —
In the United States, most creative works produced privately and originally after April 1, 1989 are copyrighted and protected whether they have a notice or not. Publication or registration with the U.S. Copyright office is not required for a copyright to exist. Your book copyright
and your ownership of this right occur as you create it. Your creative work must exist in a tangible form - such as on paper or a computer disk. Major advantages to registration include the… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on May 31, 2010 at 10:48am —
You have written your novel and are eagerly awaiting the completion of the book printing
so you can see your dream come to life. Time to sit back and relax, right? Wrong! Book printing
is only the first step in selling your self-published book - you need to market it, too. Like any other product, you will sell more books if more people are aware of its existence. In today’s internet-based world, having a professional-looking author’s… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on May 15, 2010 at 10:57am —
Many people across the country have dreamed about writing the next great American novel. Most of us think that writing the novel is the hardest part, but one should never underestimate the steps that have to occur once the final page is typed or the decisions that have to be made to get the book on the shelf.
The details and decisions that go into printing your book, for example, are something many writers don’t think about. However, even for something that seems so simple, a… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on April 29, 2010 at 7:11pm —
In today’s publishing world, the highest-selling book often becomes the shining gem of book distributors and wholesalers everywhere. With all the attention focused on the latest favorite, self-published authors can find their books at the bottom of wholesaler’s priority list, making it even harder for them to get sales. Remember, however, that those best-selling stories had to get their start somewhere and, in many cases, Amazon.com has been at the forefront of helping you sell your own… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on March 30, 2010 at 5:33pm —
For a self-published author, marketing your self-published book
can seem like a daunting task. Writing is what you know best and the stream of media contacts and advertising tools needed to get your book out into the world often appears to be an endless trail leading into the fearsome unknown.
The good news is that one of the largest wholesale Web sites in the world is doing everything they can to make marketing your self-published book easier for… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on March 10, 2010 at 8:34pm —
One of the most difficult things about self-publishing a book is getting the sales volume to achieve meaningful success. Of course in today’s digital world, many authors are utilizing bookseller websites such as Amazon.com as well as their own website to promote and sell their book. However traditional bookstores remain one of the primary ways to get your book sold. Following are some of the steps needed to get your book into bookstores
Added by Roger Wildermuth on February 25, 2010 at 7:35pm —
When you are self publishing a book, be it a memoir, a novel, or "how-to" manual, you need to put together an effective plan for marketing your self-published book
. You should make sure to cover a variety of angles so you can get your book out to the greatest number of potential customers. The three most effective areas for marketing a book are in online sales, local book stores, and independent book sellers. Did you know that you can even list your book with Amazon and Barnes… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on February 11, 2010 at 6:58pm —
At one point or another every writer has experienced writer’s block in some form. When this happens many people simply stop writing, thinking it’s best to start up again once the ideas are flowing more freely. Not only is this not a good practice, it’s a surefire to way to decrease your productivity as a writer. We've listed some of the ways many people overcome this problem and increase their writing productivity.
To help with overcoming writer's block:… Continue
Added by Roger Wildermuth on January 26, 2010 at 7:08pm —
So you have finished that book you’ve been working so hard on for so long. Ready to launch your story out there for the world, you begin researching for self-publishing and book printing
resources who can print your book in record time. For many people this might seem like the most important step in the publishing process. However, anyone who’s gone through the motions of selling a book will tell you this is just the beginning of making your book a true success.
Added by Roger Wildermuth on January 15, 2010 at 7:57am —