As we gear up for BookBaby's Independent Authors Conference, we'll be posting information about Philadelphia – things to do, places to eat, great bookstores – things to fill your itinerary while you're here. In fact, you might want to book a few extra days and really get to know this great historic American city.

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Excerpted from BookBaby's latest guide, 5 Steps To Self Publishing, Part I of our series addresses reasons to self-publish and the importance of professional editing.

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One way to make an impact on your readers is to invite them right into the room with you – bring them in close by crafting scenes that rely on sensory language.

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If sharing aspects of your life is what social media's about, when you self-publish an eBook, "it's an extension, in a grand format, of social media."

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Imagine a shorthand that works for complex storytelling as well as true shorthand works for speeding up general writing. A writer's shorthand does exist, with the use of placeholding “things-yet-to-be-written” in brackets.

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Are you an aspiring writer or an experienced author looking for a successful career as an independent author? Join us at the Independent Authors Conference!

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From 10th Century B.C. to our current decade, this infographic takes an unscientific but interesting look at some of the most popular books ever written.

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