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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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.
pen names

Pen Names: How And Why To Use Them

When my first book was being published, I toyed with the idea of using a pen name for about three seconds. Looking back, I may have missed an opportunity.
audiobooks

Why Audiobooks Are A Bad Investment For Most Independent Authors

Audiobooks are growing in popularity and market share, but independent authors should focus on the more foundational aspects of publishing and promotion that will bring a higher return on investment.
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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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How To Sabotage Your Self-Published Book (in five easy steps)

Too many self-published authors make common blunders that guarantee their books will receive negative reviews and no buzz. Here are five mistakes that will doom any self-published book.
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.
children's picture book

10 Tips For Creating Your First Children’s Picture Book

While children's picture books may seem simple, creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic?

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