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Self-Publishing, Writing, & Promoting
Required Reading for Entrepreneurial Authors
Lee Foster has published a new book about the independent publishing process, titled An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option. After doing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to doing four books "independently" published or "indie?" Why does he now recommend this path for most authors? The book describes Lee's advice on the publishing of printed books (print-on-demand), ebooks, books-as-websites, audiobooks, and special opportunities open to indie publishers, such as Chinese translation and sales in China.
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An Author's Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option
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You wrote your book and sold copies to family members, friends, and colleagues. Now you want to reach readers around the state, across the country, or on the other side of the world. But how? With social media, you can build your platform and reach markets you never imagined possible before. In this book you will learn how to: create your Facebook fan page and initiate active engagement with your readers, use a myriad of Twitter applications to help you economize your time while expanding your tribe, optimize your LinkedIn profile with keywords, tackle Google+ with renewed confidence, build Pinterest pinboards and use them to promote your books and blog, and round out your online strategies with offline marketing techniques.
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Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books
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Frances Caballo is a social media strategist and manager for authors. Her books include Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers and Blogging Just for Writers. Her clients include the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Women's National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. A free ebook, Pinterest Just for Writers, is available on her website at www.SocialMediaJustforWriters.com.
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Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write
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Do you envision celestial cities in distant, fantastic worlds? Do you dream of mythical beasts and gallant quests in exotic kingdoms? If you have ever wanted to write the next great fantasy or science fiction story, this all-in-one comprehensive book will show you how. "Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction" is full of advice from master authors offering definitive instructions on world building, character creation, and storytelling in the many styles and possibilities available to writers of speculative fiction.

Combining two Writer's Digest classics, Orson Scott Card's "How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy" and "The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference," along with two new selections from award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors Philip Athans and Jay Lake, this new book provides the best of all worlds. You'll discover: How to build, populate, and dramatize fantastic new worlds.How to develop dynamic and meaningful themes that will expand the cannon of sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.Exciting subgenres such as steampunk, as well as new developments in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.How to imbue your tales with historically accurate information about world cultures, legends, folklore, and religions.Detailed descriptions of magic rituals, fantastic weapons of war, clothing and armor, and otherworldly beasts such as orcs, giants, elves, and more.How societies, villages, and castles were constructed and operate on a day-to-day basis.Astounding methods of interstellar travel, the rules of starflight, and the realities and myths of scientific exploration.How to generate new ideas and graft them to the most popular themes and plot devices in sci-fi and fantasy writing. The boundaries of your imagination are infinite, but to create credible and thrilling fiction, you must ground your stories in rules, facts, and accurate ideas. "Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction" will guide you through the complex and compelling universe of fantasy and science fiction writing and help you unleash your stories on the next generation of readers and fans.

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Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-Of-This-World Novels and Short Stories
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Vivid and memorable characters aren't born they have to be made

This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination.

Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options--the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families.

You'll learn how to:

  • Draw characters from a variety of sources
  • Make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style"
  • Develop characters readers will love--or love to hate
  • Distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each appropriately
  • Choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling
  • Decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions, and attitudes

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Characters & Viewpoint
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Discover Your Voice and Enthrall Readers

The craft of writing is filled with various debates: Should I include a prologue? Should I delete all adverbs from my manuscript? Just how much backstory--if any--can I include in my story? These questions--and their often-contradictory answers--can cause confusion, frustration, and even paralysis in the writer.

The Irresistible Novel frees you from the limits of so-called -rules- and instead provides you with a singular goal: You must engage your readers from beginning to end. Filled with down-to-earth discussions on the various debates of writing, as well as innovative research on neuroscience and reader response, this book shows you how to:

  • Navigate the various debates on writing fiction--showing versus telling, purple prose, outlining, writing description, and more--to decide what kind of novelist you want to be.
  • Hack your reader's brain to hook her interest and trigger emotional engagement from the very first page.
  • Incorporate enduring elements of storytelling from masters like Joseph Campbell, Aristotle, and Carl Jung.
Readers want to be swept away by your stories. When you eschew the rules and focus on your readers' desires, you're free to write truly irresistible fiction.

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The Irrisistible Novel: How to Craft an Extraordinary Story That Engages Readers from Start to Finish
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Excel at editing

The editor's job encompasses much more than correcting commas and catching typos. Your chief mission is to help writers communicate effectively--which is no small feat. Whether you edit books, magazines, newspapers, or online publications, your ability to develop clear, concise, and focused writing is the key to your success.

"The Editor's Companion" is an invaluable guide to honing your editing skills. You'll learn about editing for: CONTENT: Analyze and develop writing that is appealing and appropriate for the intended audience.FOCUS: Ensure strong beginnings and satisfying endings, and stick with one subject at a time.PRECISE LANGUAGE: Choose the right words, the right voice, and the right tense for every piece.GRAMMAR: Recognize common mistakes in punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure--and learn how to avoid them. You'll also find valuable editing resources and checklists, advice on editorial relationships and workflow, and real-life samples of editing with explanations of what was changed and why. "The Editor's Companion" provides the tools you need to pursue high quality in editing, writing, and publishing--every piece, every time.

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The Editor's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles of Editing
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The essential guide for all writers. With over 700 examples of original and edited sentences, this book provides information about editing techniques, grammar, and usage for every writer from the student to the published author.
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Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing
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The unchallenged bible of the publishing industry, Bookmaking is the introduction to editing, design, and production for newcomers, acclaimed as the premier text for students as well as a comprehensive reference for experienced hands. First issued in 1965 and revised in 1979, it has now been thoroughly reorganized and updated to reflect the profound changes in the bookmaking process and in publishing practices in the twenty-first century. The computer-centered method of getting from the author's conception to completed print-or electronic-book has come to dominate publishing, involving not only the setting of type but also the preparation of manuscripts, editing, illustration creation and processing, page makeup, color separation, and preparation for printing. Even more significant than its use for these individual procedures is the computer's role in creating an integrated system that is greater than the sum of its parts. Covering all the publishing processes up to distribution, Bookmaking addresses the needs of publishing professionals, whether they do the work themselves in-house or have it done to their specifications by outside suppliers. But this new edition is not only about technological change; all aspects of bookmaking have been reconsidered. The text that served the industry for nearly three decades has been updated where appropriate, while still providing the unchanging facts and principles of book craft.
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Bookmaking: Editing, Design, Production
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This edition offers expanded information on producing electronic publications, including Web-based content and e-books. An updated appendix on production and digital technology demystifies the process of electronic workflow and offers a primer on the use of XML markup.
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The Chicago Manual of Style
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When that research paper comes due and you've forgotten your style manual, get the guidance you need quickly with the Chicago Manual of Style QuickStudy(R) guide. Based on the 16th edition of CMS, this handy, easy-to-carry three-panel guide contains the information you need for writing academic papers to CMS specifications, pared down to the essentials, including common, real-world sample references for both CMS citation formats so that you can be sure you are giving appropriate credit where credit is due.

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Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines
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Master Your Craft, Sell Your Work

For more than eighty years, the "Writer's Market" series has provided the timeless advice and detailed instruction writers have come to depend on to achieve their goals. "The Craft & Business of Writing" offers the best of that instruction from award-winning writers such as M.J. Rose, Lee K. Abbott, Alyce Miller, Fred Marchant, Jennifer Crusie, Megan McCafferty, Gary Provost, Monica Wood, and Deborah Hopkinson.

In this book, writers, agents, and editors offer their insights into every genre and facet of the publishing industry, so whether you write fiction, nonfiction, children's books, or poetry - or a little of everything - this essential all-in-one reference includes everything you need to start and maintain your writing career.

To hone your craft and increase your skill as a writer, you'll find solid advice on how to: Craft intricate plots and nuanced charactersImprove the pace and veracity of your dialogueWrite in rhyme, or with appropriate meter To successfully market yourself and sell your work, you'll learn how to: Find and work with an agentNegotiate contracts and collaborate with editorsTest and submit article ideas

No matter what your skill level or area of creative interest, "The Craft & Business of Writing" is an invaluable addition to your reference library.

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The Craft & Business of Writing: Essential Tools for Writing Success
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The Source for Book Proposals Success

"How to Write a Book Proposal" is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You'll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to: Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposalChoose the best agents and editors for a particular proposalCreate a professional-looking proposal packagePredispose publishers to make their best offer

Notes agent and author Michael Larsen also provides insider insights into the publishing industry as well as a plethora of newly updated information including: Recent changes in the publishing industryUpdated trend informationNew sample proposalsExpanded instructions for creating outlines

You'll also find complete guidelines to becoming an effective self-promoter. "How to Write a Book Proposal" is a must-have for every writer

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How to Write a Book Proposal
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Transform Your Blog into a Book

The world of blogging changes rapidly, but it remains one of the most efficient ways to share your work with an eager audience. In fact, you can purposefully hone your blog content into a uniquely positioned book--one that agents and publishers will want to acquire or that you can self-publish successfully.

How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition is a completely updated guide to writing and publishing a saleable book based on a blog. Expert author and blogger Nina Amir guides you through the process of developing targeted blog content that increases your chances of attracting a publisher and maximizing your visibility and authority as an author.

In this revised edition you'll find:

  • The latest information on how to set up, maintain, and optimize a blog
  • Steps for writing a book easily using blog posts
  • Advice for crafting effective, compelling blog posts
  • Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off
  • Current tools for driving traffic to your blog
  • Strategies for monetizing your existing blog content as a book or other products
  • Profiles of bloggers who received blog-to-book deals and four new -blogged-book- success stories
Whether you're a seasoned blogger or have never blogged before, How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition offers a fun, effective way to write, publish, and promote your book, one post at a time.
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How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time
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If you want to write a book that's going to sell to both publishers and readers, you need to know how to produce a marketable work and help it become successful. It starts the moment you have an idea. That's when you begin thinking about the first elements of the business plan that will make your project the best it can be.

The reality is that you don't want to spend time and energy writing a book that will never get read. The way to avoid that is to create a business plan for your book, and evaluate it (and yourself) through the same lens that an agent or acquisitions editor would. The Author Training Manual will show you how to get more creative and start looking at your work with those high standards in mind.

Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, or intend to publish traditionally or self-publish, author Nina Amir will teach you how to conduct an effective competitive analysis for your work and do a better job at delivering the goods to readers than similar books that are already on the shelf.

Packed with step-by-step instructions, idea evaluations, sample business plans, editor and agent commentaries, and much more, The Author Training Manual provides the information you need to transform from aspiring writer to career author.

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The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively
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How to Blog a Book teaches you how to create a blog book with a well-honed and uniquely angled subject and targeted posts--and how to build the audience necessary to convince agents and publishers to make your blog into a book.

Inside you'll find:

  • Basic information on how to set up your blog and the essential plug-ins and other options necessary to get the most out of each post
  • Steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts
  • Advice on how to write blog posts
  • Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off
  • Tools for driving traffic to your blog
  • Information on how to monetize an existing blog into a book or other types of products
  • Profiles with authors who received blog-to-book deals
Author Nina Amir explains how writing a book in cyberspace allows you to get your book written easily, while promoting it and building an author's platform. It's a fun, effective way to start writing, publishing, and promoting a book, one post at a time.

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How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time
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If you have ever stepped into the online world, you have no doubt seen that there are hundreds if not thousands of websites and books on any given subject - and that is no less true for the subject of book marketing. The diversity of book marketing experts is as assorted as the books that they write and market, yet each author holds a new insight or twist that you might not have heard or considered before. Introducing: Indie Author Book Marketing Success. From the combined minds of 14 book marketing experts, this book will enlighten and lead you on the journey of marketing your book. Each author must travel their own road to success, working hard to find what works best for them - but book marketing doesn't have to be intimidating. Let these experts help you find your way to success. 14 Marketing Topics + 14 Marketing Experts = A Recipe for Book Marketing Success ==> Buy your copy to get started on your own successful book marketing journey today
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Indie Author Book Marketing Success: Proven 5-Star Marketing Techniques from Successful Authors and Book Marketing Experts
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Self-publishing books has never been easier. With print on demand and eBook technology available to us, it has made the process of self-publishing available to anyone and everyone. And there does not have to be huge upfront costs either. However, there are certain steps to self-publishing that you need to know. We have been publishing books since 2008 and want to share what we have learned with you. In this book we cover everything from the different companies and costs, to copyright information and book design. You will learn how to: - Build a foundation for publishing success - Self-publish your book in multiple formats - Make other publishing decisions - And more We invite you to come with us and take a walk through the step-by-step process to getting your book self-published. After all, if you can dream it, you can do it
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Self-Publishing Books 101: A Step-By-Step Guide to Publishing Your Book in Multiple Formats
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"Nuts, bolts, and inspiration too. Once again, Guy delivers, kicking the shiitake out of anyone who would tell you that you shouldn't, wouldn't or couldn't write a book." -Seth Godin Author and founder of The Icarus Project. In 2011 the publisher of one of my books, Enchantment, could not fill an order for 500 ebook copies of the book. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, What the Plus , and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing, and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, "There must be a better way." With Shawn Welch, a tech wizard, I wrote APE to help people take control of their writing careers. APE's thesis is powerful yet simple: filling the roles of Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur yields results that rival traditional publishing. We call this "artisanal publishing"--that is, when writers who love their craft control the publishing process and produce high-quality books. APE is 300 pages of step-by-step, tactical advice and practical inspiration. If you want a hype-filled, get-rich-quick book, you should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you want a comprehensive and realistic guide to self-publishing, APE is the answer.
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Ape: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book
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The Self-Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide
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No matter what kind of book you want to publish, the advice, inspiration and down-to-earth tips in this book will help you get to your goal. Joel Friedlander, one of the leading advocates for self-publishing on the internet, draws on a lifetime of experience helping self-publishers launch their books. He demystifies book publishing and, in the process, answers your questions about how to use social media, the importance of sound book construction, and the critical tasks that confront the modern self-publisher. As independent publishing becomes more popular with authors and readers, A Self-Publisher's Companion will show you the new way to publish and promote your book. From ebooks to iBooks, the author also shows how the move to ebooks is affecting independent publishers, and how best to approach the opportunity presented by Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iPad and all the other ebook readers. Drawn from his popular blog, TheBookDesigner.com, this book will help ensure self-publishers don't get left behind.
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A Self-Publisher's Companion
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Like listening to a beloved brother. I found the acute observations and his narrative philosophy more valuable for the new writer than the contents of any 100 other texts.-Dean Koontz
The Successful Novelist is the vehicle you want if you plan to drive your way to successful fiction.-Joe R. Lansdale
David Morrell, bestselling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills more than fifty years of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction.
Morrell covers:
-Plot
-Character
-Research
-Structure
-Viewpoint
-Description
-Dialogue
-Succeeding in publishing
-And much more
The Successful Novelist reveals the truth about writing, providing the perspective authors need to write successful fiction that sells.
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The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons about Writing and Publishing
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Covers budgeting, copyrighting, and marketing


Know the pros and cons of self-publishing and get your work in print
Thinking about self-publishing your book? This no-nonsense guide walks you through the entire process of going it alone, from preparing your manuscript and creating the perfect title to selling the final product. You'll see how to obtain an ISBN, work with printers and distributors, create a buzz with publicity, and take advantage of electronic publishing.
Discover how to
* Start your own publishing company
* Edit your work effectively
* Design and format your book
* Hire skilled professionals to help
* Manage outside vendors
* Build awareness for your book online

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Self-Publishing for Dummies
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