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Author Spotlight: Graphic Novelist, Tyler Page
01 Oct 2014

Author Spotlight: Graphic Novelist, Tyler Page

This week, we’re shining the spotlight on the graphic novel, the hybrid format that continues to gain popularity with readers and authors alike. And whose brain better to pick than that of Tyler Page: graphic novelist, educator, and blogger. He told us about his love of storytelling, where his inspiration comes from, and—for those of you who want to create your very own graphic novel—how...

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Ten key things you need to know about the self-publishing industry
29 Sep 2014

Ten key things you need to know about the self-publishing industry

Before you take the leap, look over the ledge. The more you know about how self-publishing a book really works, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Here are ten truths that may not be exactly self-evident, but will help you make better decisions, spend less money, and create the book you’ve been dreaming about. 1. Self-publishing is simple. It’s making a book...

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Six pieces of self-publishing advice for first time authors
25 Sep 2014

Six pieces of self-publishing advice for first time authors

Publishing a book takes a lot of work. There’s the writing, of course, the editing, the page and cover design—it’s almost endless, it seems. There are a lot of places to build your brand, and a lot of ways to make mistakes. We asked Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader, about the common self-publishing mistakes authors make and how they can get things right the first...

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Stephen Hise’s take on what it takes to be a successful indie author
15 Sep 2014

Stephen Hise’s take on what it takes to be a successful indie author

When you decide to self-publish a book, you are in control. Your creative vision shapes the book. You get to choose the cover design, set the price, and decide where to sell it. But like the old adage says, with power comes responsibility. Becoming a successful self-publisher takes discipline, patience, and wisdom. As founder of the indie publishing site Indies Unlimited and the author of...

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5 Tips for Children’s Books
02 Sep 2014

5 Tips for Children’s Books

Children’s books are a unique genre in that they require expert storytelling and illustration skills, as well as a keen focus on the audience before the story is even crafted. Whereas novels and memoirs are geared toward adults and can interest a wide range of readers, illustrated children’s books have to focus on very specific topics targeted at specific age groups. If you’ve got the...

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How to promote your self-published book on Goodreads
14 Aug 2014

How to promote your self-published book on Goodreads

There are loads of social media resources to help budding authors become part of the conversation, but none so effective as Goodreads. Which is why we asked Michelle Booth, author of Goodreads for Authors, to tell us how authors can use Goodreads to their full advantages, promoting themselves, their books, and becoming part of an author and reader community. How much time do you fritter...

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