Joanna Penn, one of the most acclaimed experts in independent book publishing, is wrapping up the 2018 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference this fall in Philadelphia, PA with the closing keynote address.

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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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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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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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As an independent author, there's a long road from concept to publication. Enjoy the journey – it's a glorious trip, just take one step at a time.

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