Self-Publishing

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

Use Time Banking to Help Promote Your Book

Even independent authors who are used to running their own careers can’t do everything themselves. You've got a life, a family, other hobbies, a grocery list, and episodes of United States of Tara to catch up on. Every once in a while, you need some assistance. When it comes to the less-than-glamourous aspects of a writing life (sending submissions to publications, assembling a list of press contacts, putting together a few hundred press kits with review copies of your book, putting up posters for your book launch or reading, etc.), get some help! Just mozie on down to your local time bank and make a withdrawal.

 What is Time Banking?

Wikipedia says it best:
Time banking is a pattern of reciprocal service exchange that uses units of time as currency. It is an example of an alternative monetary system.
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BookBaby Announces Speakers For Independent Authors Conference

Are you an aspiring writer or an experienced author looking for a successful career as an independent author? Join us at the Independent Authors Conference!

The Anatomy of a Book Signing

Over the past year, I have set up dozens of book signing events for my children’s chapter book, Danny in a Newfangled World, and have learned a great many lessons about this unique sales gig.

For newbie writers looking to share their literary masterpiece through real face-to-face interaction, you should go into it understanding that the book signing experience can be both humbling and rewarding. If you are ready to take the leap into the brave world of book signings, here are some tips to prepare you:
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Crowdfunding For Authors

By now, you're probably familiar with the concept of crowdfunding. Seeking pre-orders and offering the community you've already built – or are endeavoring to build – the opportunity to get in on the ground level to help fund your project-in-the-making is not exactly a new idea; now the tools to make it happen are now accessible to everyone via the Internet. But there's more to the process than simply extending a virtual hand.

Social Marketing Essentials for Writers: Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and YouTube

Authors who are promoting themselves online are often told that they need to be everywhere- all the time. But can you really be expected to manage an effective presence on every social network? Twitter, Flickr,...

What Are Literary Agents Looking for In Your Manuscript?

What do agents look for in a book? Well, perhaps not surprisingly, they're looking for a lot of the same things as publishers; after all, that agent is going to have to convince a publisher's...
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Yearning for the vagabond life: a profile of indie author Joanna Penn

Interviewing author and speaker Joanna Penn is a lot like reading one of her thrillers — a rollicking ride through uncharted territories where surprises burst from dark corridors and human quirks shape the narrative in unexpected ways. In the span of less than an hour, I learned that she and I are taphophiles (people who are fascinated by graveyards), her “overnight” success self-publishing ebooks took more than 5 years of hard work, and she envisions a vagabond existence in the future, traveling internationally to inspire her writing, painting verbal pictures of her favorite places (Jerusalem being one), and sparking her imagination by seeking strange and unfamiliar locales. Joanna is the producer of hundreds of podcasts and video interviews (many available through her site, The Creative Penn), so I was surprised to learn...

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