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Upping Your Self Publishing Game

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Over at Write It Forward, dynamo Bob Mayer has a post about The Sustainability of an Indie Author–Will Self-Publishers Survive.  It’s insightful (and rather depressing) and really syncs with a lot of conversations Susan and I have been having recently. So much has changed in self-publishing since I started this in March 2009.  I was […]

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The Back Matter Swap

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You know that saying, “It takes a village to raise a child?”  The same can be said for launching a book.  This is never more true than in the indie publishing world because we don’t have big promo budgets or the reputations of solid and well-known publishing houses behind us.  I’ve talked ad nauseum about […]

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More On The Formatting Debate

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The Red launch blog tour continues today over at Kristen Lamb’s place where I’m talking about how the warning implicit in the tale of Red Riding Hood applies to social media. So earlier this week I received a comment in the moderation queue of my blog on my Self Publishing Is Not Hard post, where […]

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What’s A Writer To Do?

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So there are big doin’s in publishing.  Yesterday Joe Konrath posted that The End is Nigh.  Joe reports the news that “the first self-pubbed author to sell 1 million ebooks, John Locke, just signed a print deal with Simon & Schuster. But it’s a unique one. Locke keeps all of his erights.” In a world […]

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The Stock Market of Traditional Publishing

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I’ve been thinking about New York lately.  Not only because we’ll be submitting Red soon (and yes I finally got The Pink Hammer’s approval on that final fight scene–BOOYAH!), but also because Susan‘s Talent Chronicles is on submission,  and pal Jessica Corra recently got a book deal with Dial for her After You. The book […]

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Narrow Focus

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We hired a new employee this week at my Evil Day Job.  She’s moved down from Minnesota, following her husband, who took a job the the university.  I’ve been explaining some of our quirky Southern habits and things, one of which is our habit of taking the brand name of something and applying it to […]

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Recordkeeping and Sales

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I feel like I should have a feather duster tucked behind my ear and an adding machine at my fingertips.  It’s a virtual housekeeping/record updating kinda day.  The latest quarter (ish) numbers have come in from distributors at Smashwords, so I’ve been performing mental gymnastics to sort their spreadsheet (which provides data going back to […]

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Indie Anthem

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On the road again today, so don’t have time for a long post.  Instead, I leave you with what I believe is the perfect anthem for the indie author.  “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, one of the most marvelous Broadway shows ever.