Breaking down the elements of best-selling books is akin to analyzing what makes a hit song – or a viral video. Seems obvious after the fact...

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Whatever your passion, whatever your tale, it's time to publish your story and share it with the world. We profile self-published author Becky Ringler.

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By sending buying links through emails, texts, tweets, Facebook posts, and posts on their blogs and websites, independent authors are making sales and earning higher royalties.

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You can juggle fiction and nonfiction writing in your career, but you'll need organization, diligence, and the ingenuity to recognize how to give each skill set its proper time, place, and respect in your writing life.

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"Less is more" is a cute phrase for minimalists, but don't limit yourself when it comes to online retail options for worldwide book sales. Successful self-published authors are tapping into larger markets, which include many other retailers beyond Amazon.

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Print On Demand offers advantages that make selling printed books a reality – and a potentially lucrative endeavor – for today's self-published author.

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This infographic shows that, at over 58,000 words in length, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde took a mere six days to write, while J. D. Salinger averaged 20 words a day to finish his 73,000-word classic The Catcher in the Rye over a 10-year span.

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