If you could have lunch with a successful author or publisher, would you do it? Think of a writing conference as that lunch on a much larger scale.

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After winning back her rights to her book Kid Writing, Isabell Cardonick was ready to explore book publishing on her own. That’s when fate intervened and brought her to BookBaby.

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In today's book publishing environment, all roads almost inevitably lead to a major decision: Do you try to go traditional publishing or do you strike it out on your own through self publishing?

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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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My inbox has been filling up over the summer months, so it's high time for another edition of the BookBaby mailbag. From finding readers and getting reviews, to high-tech crafting and taking the plunge, our community spans the gamut, and there's lots to be learned!

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My new eBook, The End – Now What?!, is full of budgeting, manuscript, and publishing advice for authors on the self-publishing track. Believe me, I know, getting your book published can be a long and daunting process. I’ve talked to hundreds of authors from all walks of life about their self-publishing experiences, both the good and not-so-good journeys. I've combined dozens of their stories in this book, along with some great tips and tricks from New York Times bestselling authors Hugh Howey and Dani Shapiro. Download your free copy today!

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bookbaby mailbagI’m still getting emails about our recent guide, The Hybrid Author Game Plan. I think it really struck a chord with a lot of authors contemplating their publishing path. Publishers are, in my mind, getting unrealistic in their expectations for new authors. It takes time for an author to build a following and loyal audience. I would say even “modest” sales should be quite encouraging for you! Whether or not you keep the eBook rights – or decide to self publish both print and eBooks – for your next book, I would give BookBaby a serious look.

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