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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The most important part of being a writer is writing, but if you want a career as a self-published author, you need to do a whole lot more than just write: you have to learn the business and market yourself so you're on the same playing field as mainstream authors with big publishing houses behind them.

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While Amazon's CreateSpace is discontinuing its author services, working directly with self-published authors is the core strength of BookBaby, leveling the playing field with services like editing, cover design, book formatting, and more.

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I thought I’d share a holiday book marketing pitch I wrote to my local newspapers for Earth Day. We authors need to learn how to make a query work for each individual title.

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From Facebook algorithms to keynote speeches, this collection of news from the publishing world has something for every independent author (or author in the making).

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