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The Dawning New Age of Books

Of course the established cabal of traditional publishing houses is not too keen on seeing these sorts of threats to their monopoly on the book business. The initial reaction of the “Big Five” was to dismiss POD as vanity publishing, a common practice for centuries in which the author paid for all of the production costs and managed promotion and marketing privately. In doing this they missed the mark by ignoring the significant differences between POD models and vanity publishing. Continue reading

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The Business of Writing 3

One of the first misconceptions about being an author is that all that you have to do is get your book published and it will go on Amazon.com and start selling like mad. The reality is that unless you have told them that it is there nobody is going to know and that isn’t going to sell a whole lot of books. This is the part of book promotions where you use your hard sell pitch to your prospective customers/readers and there are several avenues open to authors to directly promote their books. Not all of these methods are going to work for every kind of book or for every author but most authors will be able to apply one or two of these activities to their book marketing strategy. Continue reading

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The Business of Writing 1

Most people have an image of authors and the business of writing that owes more to fiction than reality. The popular idea that writers scratch out a scintillating new novel and fire it off to their publishers between sipping martinis at celebrity soirees and attending book signings where their adoring fans queue for them to scrawl a platitude over their signature in copies of their latest novel are a nice dream but they have nothing to do with this plane of existence. Continue reading

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Write Your Own Destiny

Once upon a time most writers lived solitary, isolated existences, chained to a typewriter or scribbling in a notepad in the quiet corner of a café. The advent of the internet, especially as a marketplace where writers sell their services, has led to cabals of indie writers springing up all over cyber space, sharing their writing tips and suggesting ways for getting their books and stories out to the reading public. Continue reading

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A blog by any other name

Today’s postaday 2011 topic asking me to explain the name of my blog and why I chose it seemed to be an open invitation from the folk at Wordpress to shamelessly plug my blogs so I will. Continue reading

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