I’ve found that during my author interviews one of the most common questions I get asked is if I have any advice for aspiring authors. And I do! A lot, actually. So I thought I’d put together a list of some things I wish I’d known before taking the leap into the publishing pool. 1. … Continue reading 7 Things to Know Before Publishing Your Novel
Okay, so you write your book, you edit your book, to edit your book some more, and finally you feel like it might, possibly, maybe, be ready for a publisher…? If you’re like I was when I first began thinking about publishing, you most likely have no idea where to start. Publishers that come to … Continue reading Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
Okay this might be a little biased of an article. I’m going to admit upfront that I use and prefer Createspace for my print on demand needs, but I have experience with both Createspace and Lulu, and have done my fair share of research on Lightning Source. So to start out, what are these companies … Continue reading Which Print on Demand Service is Right For You?
Vanity presses. This is an interesting topic I’ve come across many, many times. I’ve talked with a lot of people about it and have had some experience encountering these types of companies. Often times aspiring writers don’t know the difference between a real publishing house (or print on demand service) and a vanity press. So … Continue reading VANITY PRESSES: What they are and what they do
Alright. There’s been something that’s been on my mind for a while now and I think now is the time to get it out. That something is the concept of genre shaming. To be more specific, I’m going to be talking about YA (young adult genre) shaming. Now this might be solely from the fact … Continue reading YA SHAMING – why it’s so destructive
So you wrote a book. First of all, congratulations! Yay! Confetti, chocolate, coffee, and dancing! Now, the work begins. I know, I know, you just wrote a book and that’s work enough. Sadly, the work doesn’t stop there. It’s kind of like you just hiked up half a mountain, but there still about a hundred … Continue reading I Finished My Novel. Now What?
Yeah. This sucks. I’m not going to lie. When you see that lonely little one star rating followed by some pretty hurtful words, it’s enough to bring any author to tears. But I’m going to tell you something that if you’re published you already know and if you’re not you might as well find out … Continue reading How to move past negative book reviews
So today I’m going to be debunking some myths and basically just discussing what it’s like to be an author, because sometimes there’s some confusion on what it’s actually like…so here I go. Myth #1: Being an author is glamorous. I’m going to be frank with you. Being an author is not glamorous. I don’t … Continue reading What it’s really like to be an author
So the other day I was examining literary agent responses, partly discouraged because I’ve gotten so many agent rejection letters over the years, and partly intrigued. I looked at the various rejection letters I’d gotten, and then compared them to the three offers of publication I’d gotten for my book I’d written a few years … Continue reading A New Perspective on Literary Agents – What Books Would YOU Represent?
Now this is basically a follow up from the post I wrote last week, talking about the importance of book covers. This post will talk specifically about your book cover and what to do to ensure its beauty. 😉 Self-Publishing So first off, self-publishing. As a self-publisher, you might get to the part about … Continue reading what to do about your book cover