If your book is digitally published and available for download, you're eligible to enter The Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.

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Too often, an independent author writing a memoir doesn’t deliver the sort of book readers at large can appreciate. Your task is to tell an interesting story, and you should avoid making these six mistakes.

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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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Authors may well be justified in feeling angry and hateful when their hard work is slated by a critic, but it is rarely a good idea to react impulsively on those emotions. Instead, follow these suggestions on how writers should respond to book critics.

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When it comes to book marketing and establishing herself in the marketplace, Miller says: "I have to tell myself to be patient. Writing and reading books is part of an intimate relationship. You need to build a dialog and trust. It's really no different from a lot of other products and services. Building credibility with the readers is very important."

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My parents were prolific writers, published numerous books and articles, and were leaders in the science fiction community of the 1970s and '80s. I'm sure they would have gone the self publishing route if it had been an option.

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