If you want to achieve real success as a writer, you have to take the steps to carve out a genuine opportunity for yourself. This includes taking some risks, making some sacrifices, and making changes to your daily life. Are you ready to do what it takes to write, publish, and promote the novel that will transform you into a successful writer? Here are steps you can take to make it happen.

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We’re turning the page on 2015 this week – and what a year it was! The last 12 months saw the self publishing industry break new ground in so many ways. Here are just a few of the more notable events for self publishing in 2015.

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Part 1 of our Print On Demand series focuses on your POD publishing timeline, the importance of the pre-order sales period, how "on demand" works for the retailers, and how you can maximize book sales with your printed book.

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Think of your favorite books in your personal library. Aside from the titles and authors, what usually come to your mind? All those beautiful covers? Some covers tell a story in and of themselves. So what about the other side of the book? I'll wager that nobody remembers what’s on the back cover of their favorite books. And yet I believe this is the most important – and most overlooked – book marketing real estate for self published authors.

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While words and pictures and ideas are what make a text, book formatting and cover design are what really transform the words and images into a "real book."

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A lot of things factor into book sales, but part of the problem might be the marketing message and positioning of your book. These tips can help sort this out before, and even after, your business book has launched.

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We spoke with two graphic designers to get some insights on what makes for great design and why your book cover design is more important than ever before.

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