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Online tools that will help you revise your writing

Online tools that will help you revise your writing

Book EditingHiring an editor is an important step in publishing a book-length manuscript. But for smaller projects — short stories, essays, academic assignments —it’s not always possible to get a professional editor to check your grammar and structure before submitting. But you can still bring your writing skills to perfection when you access the right tools.

These tools can help you learn a thing or two about how you write and how you can improve your style, but they will also add some fun to the concept of writing:

1. I Write Like

Are you wondering how much your work is influenced by a famous writer? Simply paste your text in the designated field and this tool will analyze your writing style and choice of words, after which it will compare the piece to the work of some of the most famous writers in the world.

You can enter any text in English to play around with this tool.

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How to sell your eBooks on Oyster and Flipkart

How to sell your eBooks on Oyster and Flipkart

BookBaby is pleased to welcome two new partners, Oyster and Flipkart, to our distribution network for independent authors.

So, how do you get your eBook onto Oyster and Flipkart? Easy. If you’re a BookBaby author, we’ll take care of it for you!

Here’s a little information about each of our new partners:

Oyster

Oyster has been called the “Netflix of books” and the description is appropriate. They offer unlimited access to over 200,000 books for just $9.95 a month, with new titles added all the time. Oyster’s mission is to connect readers with the perfect book. They’ve created an all-in-one social reading and book-recommendation experience with a strong focus on design, effortless usability, and beautiful typography. Oyster is currently available on devices running IOS 7.

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To plan out your book or not to plan out your book…There is no question

To plan out your book or not to plan out your book…There is no question

How to outline a book

[This post was written by guest contributor Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual.]

An ongoing debate exists in the writing world about whether or not to plan out a book prior to typing that first word. The “mappers” or “planners” say, “Plan it out! It’s more effective!” The “pantsers,” on the other hand, say, “Write by the seat of your pants! It’s more creative.”

I tend to be a pantser. Sometimes you can write a book “off the top of your head” or when inspiration hits and have the content make sense and the story turn out perfectly. Here’s what I’ve discovered, though: More often than not, with this method you end up needing to do a lot of editing and revising.

That’s why I’ve forced myself to become a planner. The reason is simple: I write my books a lot faster and more effectively.

Step 1: The Business Plan

My traditional publishing background helped me realize…

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Enough is enough: how to know when you’re done revising your manuscript

Enough is enough: how to know when you’re done revising your manuscript

How to tell when you're finished writing your manuscriptThere’s that famous adage about the novelist never being able to finish a book, only abandon it to the public.

Sometimes it’s hard to know when you’re really done writing and revising your book, story, or poem. You could easily tweak your manuscript forever, draft after draft, and still end up asking yourself every time, “is this version any better than the last?”

It can be one of those things: the tighter you grip, the more it slips away. You lose perspective, and by then you’ve traveled so far from the original idea that you can’t even tell if you want to keep walking down this road.

If you’ve entered what Thomas Lee calls “The Black Hole of Revision,” here are a few ways to tell whether your work is finished or not.

1. Submit it —

It’s not called “submission” for nothing. Eventually you have to stop fighting.

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What will you do when your eBook sales slow down?

What will you do when your eBook sales slow down?

How to boost book sales when your eBook sales declineSurvey says: print books are here to stay

According to a recent study called ”The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for U.S. Book Manufacturers and Printers,” almost 70% of book buyers say they are likely to continue purchasing printed books through 2016. Perhaps more shocking was the finding that 60% of all eBooks that are downloaded in the United States are NEVER read.

Why the fierce loyalty to printed books? Oh, the usual reasons: a “sensory attachment” (as eContent calls it) to the physical item, the desire to place the book on a bookshelf, and the fact that you don’t have to strain your eyes staring at another electronic gadget.

Given the fact that eBook sales were flat in 2013, it seems these benefits are keeping the printed book safe from the extinction that digital publishing pundits have been predicting for years. But what does this mean for you?

3 ways to keep your book sales up as eBook sales slow down

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Creating and publishing a cookbook that sells

Creating and publishing a cookbook that sells

Promoting a cookbookAn interview with Paul McCullough and Jeremy Stanford

We spend lots of time on this blog talking about how to promote and sell eBooks. But we also like to provide tips on how to sell physical books too!

And who better to ask for advice on this topic than successful independent authors who have returned to BookBaby for multiple printings of their book. They’re obviously doing something right, right?

So I recently asked chef Paul McCullough (of the popular boutique catering company Paul’s Kitchen) and director/producer Jeremy Stanford about their collaboration on a cookbook called Roma-therapy, how they attracted attention to their book, how they converted that attention into sales, and the process of designing and printing a cookbook.

They were kind enough to share their story and advice. Here’s that interview:

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BookBaby not affected by Heartbleed

BookBaby not affected by Heartbleed

BookBaby not affected by HeartbleedYou may have heard a lot over the past week about a newly-discovered internet security bug called Heartbleed.

Our IT staff has been keeping track of the Heartbleed flaw since news first broke in security forums, and we wanted to let you know that BookBaby was not affected by this bug. Our systems remain secure and your data, including your financial and login information, is safe.

That being said, this IS a serious bug. While all BookBaby sites are secure, many other sites on the Internet were impacted — and some are still working to make their sites safe. So we think it’s a good idea to change your passwords as soon as possible for ALL sites, regardless of their vulnerability to Heartbleed. 

Yes, we know: MORE passwords to remember!!! Ah, the Internet.

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Why no one is seeing what you post from your Facebook author page

Why no one is seeing what you post from your Facebook author page

Why no one is seeing your author posts on FacebookDo you feel like the posts you’re making from your author page on Facebook are going largely ignored?

You’re not alone. Sure, maybe some of your posts are getting ignored by some of the people who are glancing at them. But there’s a more obvious reason for the dip in your Facebook fans’ engagement; as my friend Brad Bush says, “most of your fans aren’t even getting the chance to ignore your posts, because they never see them in the first place.

Why? Well, Facebook is intentionally limiting the number of fans who see your content. And they’ve admitted that it’s part of their plan to increase those restrictions in an attempt to get you to PAY for further reach (through promoted posts and advertising).

How do you as an independent author get around that?

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Become an award-winning author

Become an award-winning author

Book award

Authors, enter your book today!

There is still time to enter this year’s Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest!

Readers’ Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site for authors on the web. Their annual International Book Award Contest receives submissions from contestants that range from first-time self-published authors to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.

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Dealing with literary rejection

Dealing with literary rejection

Dealing with Rejection as a WriterA writer that has never been rejected is either a liar or blessed with anomalous luck; and luck is already by its very nature, ya know,… anomalous.

Literary rejection is more than just a professional hazard or rite of passage; it’s something we have to deal with continuously.

Even famous authors get told NO from time to time. But common as it is for writers, rejection still stings! So how do you keep the swelling down?

Here are a handful of articles with advice on how to keep things in perspective and stay productive in the face of rejection:

1. Five ways to get the most out of your rejection letters

2. Dealing with literary rejection: tips from Sarah Fawn Montgomery

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