Being a demanding self-editor is a must if you want to be the best writer you can be. What's the point of pouring weeks, months, or years into a manuscript, then settling for something other than your very best work?

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An effective way to capitalize on being an author is by developing and marketing yourself as a professional public speaker. Is this right for you?

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You can be the sweetest person possible in real life, but if you want to write great fiction, you need to be the opposite. You must be the cruel overlord of your story.

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Unclear thinking is most often about being lazy and not fully imagining your story. Write with clarity of purpose, and your writing comes alive.

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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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