How To Self-Publish

Gain insight into the book self-publishing world. You don’t have to have a publishing deal to publish your book.

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Lyrics In Books: Your Questions Answered

If a music artist wants to record someone else’s song, there is a set fee for that use, but rights and fees are entirely up to the publisher when it comes to printing lyrics in books. If you don't want to violate US Copyright Code, read on.
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What’s the best time to publish your book?

Here’s a little-known fact for new, aspiring, self-published authors: The holiday season may not be the best time to publish.
How to write a great author bio

How to write a great author bio that will connect with readers

Your book is riveting, but your author bio is a snooze. If you're afraid this describes you, don't be too hard on yourself; plenty of brilliant authors freeze up when it comes to writing about themselves in sound bites.
Book Launch party

How to Throw a Book Launch Party That Isn’t a Waste of Time

Updated August 2017. If you're self-publishing or releasing a book through a small press, being pampered isn't usually part of the equation; you'll have to take the lead on planning your own launch party. But don't get fever chills; it's not all that different from throwing a Super Bowl party, only YOU are the main attraction and hopefully drunk men won't be screaming at you if you drop a word or don't annunciate clearly during your reading.
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Amazon Optimization: My Self-publishing Experience, Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a 10-part series in which I detail the entire experience of self publishing my book. The goal is to offer tips and strategies so you can learn from my successes and mistakes. This week: Amazon optimization.
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Focus On Your Book’s Back Cover

Think of your favorite books in your personal library. Aside from the titles and authors, what usually come to your mind? All those beautiful covers? Some covers tell a story in and of themselves. So what about the other side of the book? I'll wager that nobody remembers what’s on the back cover of their favorite books. And yet I believe this is the most important – and most overlooked – book marketing real estate for self published authors.
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Five Self-Publishing Mistakes You Need To Avoid

The first step toward success as an independent author is educating yourself about everything involved with self-publishing. It’s what your book — this project to which you’ve invested so much emotion and time — undoubtedly deserves.

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