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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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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This video gives instructions on how to format your book using Microsoft Word on a Mac. Interior Templates are also available on bookbaby.com.

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It's time to really get your book marketing and holiday book sales going. Steps 7-9 in our holiday book sales guide are all about getting the word out during the prime gift-shopping season.

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In the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas, here are a dozen tried-and-true selling ideas for the holiday season. These are 12 of the most effective plans, strategies, and tactics we've seen authors use to hit it big at the cash register.

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