Before you publish your book, figure out what you want being a published author to mean to you. Then build your author platform with your post-published future in mind.

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You've finished writing your book! Well, hold on tight because you're on a wild roller coaster, and while that ride takes you to remarkable highs, it plummets to lows you never imagined. Welcome to the emotional stages of publishing a book.

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Joanna Penn, one of the most acclaimed experts in independent book publishing, is wrapping up the 2018 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference this fall in Philadelphia, PA with the closing keynote address.

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The motivation for writing your book should be to give the world a great story and a memorable experience — no matter how you publish or who you're competing with.

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When my first self-published manuscript returned from an editor's desk carved in violent red ink, I learned one huge lesson: a book simply won’t be publishable without professional author services like editing and design.

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You can succeed in today's marketplace as an independent author. There's data to back that up. Of course, statistics and sales reports won't mean a thing if your book has not been professionally edited or if you rushed through the design process.

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