Tag: Self-Publishing


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Divas Recommend: Caveat Venditor—Top Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors By Kristen Lamb   It’s a new year, and with a new year comes a new diet, new exercise plan, new resolutions.  So it should come as no surprise that I’m recommending one of my favorite go-to author/bloggers, Kristen Lamb, whose article, Caveat Venditor—Top Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors, gives a fresh look at some hazards...

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Divas Recommend “Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make When Self-Publishing a Book” by Guy Kawasaki Whether your goal is to publish your book with a big publisher, an indie publisher or self-publish, Guy Kawasaki’s list of self-publishing mistakes to avoid  is good advice for all. Tips such as “Writing for the wrong reason,” “Having only one plan,” and “Not building your marketing platform in advance” apply...

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Guest Post: Donna Huber – Do You Need A Publicity Assistant? Guest Posts

Do You Need a Publicity Assistant? By Donna Huber Traditional publishers offer editors, designers, marketing and sales teams, and publicists. As an indie or self-published, you are in control of who you have on your team. Yet you are also responsible for the financial investment of having team members. A careful consideration of what you are capable of doing yourself and the expertise you need...

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Guest Post: Designing Your Book Cover by Jada D’Lee Guest Posts

Today we have a special treat for our readers. Cover designer, trailer creator, animator, and all-around cool chick Jada D’Lee has stopped by for a visit and to bestow a little wisdom about designing your book cover. Designing Your Book Cover by Jada D’Lee Ever wonder what goes into designing a cover for a book? I’m guessing you probably haven’t. When you see a cover, you’re...

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Articles / Diva Chat

Diva Chat: Should there be minimum publishing standards for self-published authors This week’s Diva chat topic: a straightforward question that speaks for itself. With so many indie authors flooding the publishing scene daily, readers are treated to a wide variety of new and interesting books. But there are some doozies that pop up more times than not. The topic of the chat today addresses if we...

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Divas Recommend: Slushy Glut Slog   The actual title of the article has one of those four-letter words in it, but if you don’t read what Chuck Wendig is saying about self-publishing, then you’re missing out. Check it out! Why The Self-Publishing Sh*t Volcano is a Problem      


Ask the Divas

Ask The Divas: What is a Manuscript Assessment and Why Do I Need One? A professional manuscript assessment is more than a critique of an author’s story. Sure, an assessment goes through the story, looking at plot, character development, pacing and rhythm, narrative and dialogue, not to mention countless other manuscript-driven items, but it also discusses more abstract topics like genre, point of view, tense...

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I recently came across an article on CNN about the phenomenon of extreme work culture, and it caught my interest because I’ve been there—worked to the bone, tired, sick, and apathetic. And while the article focused on traditional industry, I immediately realized that this was an issue for the self-employed, as well. They are perhaps the silent majority. When you work for yourself, there is...

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No awards for self-published authors… Friday I read an interesting article on Books Blog, a page on the The Guardian website, about the deliberate snubbing of self-published authors by the literary awards community. It seems that in order for self-published authors to receive an award for their work, they must first sign with a “proper publisher” so their book is no longer considered self-published. And yet, many...

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