The evolution of the cookbook
31 Dec 2014

The evolution of the cookbook

Omnivore Books on Food, in San Francisco, is a cookbook lover’s delight. The shelves are stocked with cookbooks new and old—in fact, many of its volumes are rare and collectible. So when I wanted to get a sense of what makes a great cookbook, I asked owner Celia Sack. “A great cookbook tells you why you’re doing what you’re doing in the kitchen, and becomes...

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The age of nonfiction—and what it means for you
30 Dec 2014

The age of nonfiction—and what it means for you

Each decade sees books of a certain genre spring to the top. The 1980s were chock-full of pop psychology. The ’90s saw an obsession with fantastical novels a la Harry Potter. And millennial reading seems to have taken a turn towards nonfiction social psychology books with a focus on how our thoughts affect our work, our relationships, and absolutely everything in our lives. Are our...

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The evolution of travel writing in the digital age
19 Dec 2014

The evolution of travel writing in the digital age

The world of travel writing has changed over the last few decades—as have the travel tendencies of the general public. In the past, travel was an expensive and prized experience. Trips were few and far between, and were most certainly not available to all. Now that travel is super accessible—and relatively affordable—the majority of us are seeing the world in one way or another each...

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Why we all need a developmental editor
18 Dec 2014

Why we all need a developmental editor

There are two kinds of editing in this world: copy editing and developmental editing (the kind that most people don’t talk about). For the copy editor, the mechanics of punctuation, grammar, and spelling are what matter—and any writer worth their salt knows those are key to a final draft. For the developmental editor, however, it’s the mechanics of the book as a whole that matter....

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A few of our favorite writers—and their favorite reads
12 Dec 2014

A few of our favorite writers—and their favorite reads

Writers spend so much of their time hunched over their desks ferociously typing. But, they spend almost equal amounts of time reading. A good book can transport you to another place. It can educate you about other people and cultures. And it can inspire you to pen your next great masterpiece. We asked two self-published authors, Amy Edelman and Orna Ross, to share their favorite...

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Merchandising your book for readers—and for profits
12 Dec 2014

Merchandising your book for readers—and for profits

A few weeks back, at the Toronto International Book Fair, I met Louise Courey Nadeau, author ofMagelica’s Voyage, a self-published early reader book. Nadeau is a smart, independent, and creative authorpreneur. In other words, she does more than write and sell books, she creates a brand. She gave me a little Magelica’s Voyage gift set, which includes a book and a necklace, that she sells...

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Build a fan base, engage a bigger audience, and change the way you read and write—when you publish in installments
03 Dec 2014

Build a fan base, engage a bigger audience, and change the way you read and write—when you publish in installments

The idea of publishing in installments is nothing new. In fact, Charles Dickens’ The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club is one of the, if not the, first serial novel to be published and consumed in smaller bits. In 2011, Hugh Howey published the opening chapters of Woolas ebook novellas, and subsequently released a total of five ebooks that make up the novel in its...

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Going offset and going POD
03 Dec 2014

Going offset and going POD

I recently gave a talk at Inspire! International Book Fair on the differences between offset printing and print on demand. I’d assumed it’d be a sparsely attended talk. After all, how many people even know what offset printing is? But, as it turns out, over the three days I gave this talk, I had an audience with rapt attention. Some of those present were authors...

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Why a Career Isn’t Built on One Book
21 Nov 2014

Why a Career Isn’t Built on One Book

You say you’ve just self-published a book? Congratulations! All your hard work has finally paid off and now your content is available in print (and ebook too, right?). That’s fantastic. Be proud of yourself. Throw a party. Now stop celebrating and get back to work. If your goal in writing that book was just to see your name in print, or to get a story...

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How to get your book on shopping lists this Christmas season
21 Nov 2014

How to get your book on shopping lists this Christmas season

While the “gift book” isn’t exactly a genre, we all pretty much know what a gift book is—at least by sight, if not definition. The gift book pops up in the holiday season generally, often at specialty stores and boutiques. It’s a book you buy because you know it’ll interest the receiver, but there’s a good chance they don’t already have it. It’s a luxury...

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