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Why joining a book club is hugely valuable for writers
29 Jul 2014

Why joining a book club is hugely valuable for writers

For authors, writing groups are incredibly valuable in terms of feedback, motivation, and inspiration. A good group can keep you on your toes when it comes to plot, character development, and supporting detail. But reading groups can be just as valuable. Reading groups keep you tapped into what else is currently being written out there, and what other writers and readers think of such works,...

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3 Steps to a Successful Novel Outline
24 Jul 2014

3 Steps to a Successful Novel Outline

It was Yogi Berra who said something to the effect of: if you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there. This rings especially true when embarking on the great task of writing a book, especially a novel. The entire process of developing characters and plot lines, writing, and editing can be incredibly daunting—particularly without a plan. A well-developed outline will offer...

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Top self-publishing tips from self-published authors
23 Jul 2014

Top self-publishing tips from self-published authors

Blurb Stories is dedicated to exploring all facets of self-publishing, and from multiple perspectives. So this week we thought we’d offer some of our favorite advice on writing, publishing, and promoting, from some of the most respected self-published writers out there: 1) Write a lot, now. As Hugh Howey, author of the best-selling Wool series, explainedone of his self-publishing tips in a post on his...

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The art of pricing your book
17 Jul 2014

The art of pricing your book

Setting the right price for your self-published book Most creative people I know hate math. They tend to choose careers that don’t involve numbers. They’re notoriously bad at splitting checks—four out of five writers throw up their hands when faced with the task. The fifth sneaks out the back door. (Although, to be fair, I have a friend who got her degree in poetry and...

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How to Get Book Reviews on Amazon for Your Own Book
16 Jul 2014

How to Get Book Reviews on Amazon for Your Own Book

Writing and self-publishing a book is hard work. As is marketing that book before and after launch. But when you distribute your book through Amazon, getting reviews may be the single most important thing to determine your book’s future success. There’s no secret formula, and no one way to get book reviews, but with a little research, a lot of patience, and a ton of...

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The future is written. And illustrated too.
11 Jul 2014

The future is written. And illustrated too.

Marginalia Let’s set the stage: It’s the inaugural London Author Fair, and 200 self-publishing authors and professionals are crowded into the swanky Hospital Club. On stage are five of the industry’s prime movers and shakers: Gareth Howard of Authoright, Patrick Brown of Goodreads, journalist Porter Anderson, literary agent Piers Blofeld, and, of course, Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb. The question before them: What is your...

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