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Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Be Professional: Tips from an Indie Author

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 6, 2016

Jessica Lourey, author of the Murder by Month mysteries, began searching for a new publisher for her novel The Catalain Book of Secrets after she realized her current house, Midnight Ink, doesn’t publish magical realism. Lourey got close to a traditional publishing deal, but ultimately “couldn’t letCatalain wither on the vine.” So she chose to self-publish.

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How do I become ... an ebook writer?

theguardian.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

After giving up a job commissioning rollercoasters, Tracy Bloom fell in love with novel-writing and now she makes a living from self-published romances.

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What apps next? Publishers and developers embrace 'unprintable' fiction

theguardian.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

Publisher Anna Gerber isn’t trying to kill off the printed book – she’d just like you to spend a bit more time on your mobile. “We don’t really think the point is to change the way we read,” she says, “but we do like the idea of trying to immerse readers in books on their phones.”

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“So Be It! See to It!” Writers’ Inspiring Manifestos to Themselves

flavorwire.com – Wednesday February 3, 2016

This week, writers have been mesmerized by an unearthed piece of writing by beloved and brilliant novelist Octavia Butler, on display from the Huntington Library. This scrawled notebook page is a manifesto in the truest sense of the word, in that it predated much of the reality Butler ended up making manifest — concluding  with the refrain “So be it! See to it!” and including the exhortation, “I will find the way to do this.”

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Three Brilliant Publishers Doing Things Differently

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday February 2, 2016

The publishing industry has encountered plenty of change in the past decade, most acutely due to the consumers’ mass adoption of digital content, which has been widely reported. Accordingly, the old stalwarts have been forced to adapt in a competitive environment, and this has opened up opportunities for smaller, more agile publishing groups to capitalize and find a niche. Unfortunately, some Goliaths have fallen by the wayside, and we’ve seen many complex buy-outs and mergers as a result of the changing market conditions.

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Three Essential Books That Will Immediately Improve Your Writing

forbes.com – Monday February 1, 2016

So many business accomplishments are dependent on the quality of your writing. And if you’re serious about improving your writing, nothing will help you more than to closely read, actively underline, and diligently apply the lessons you can learn from these three books.

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The book agent's touch

straitstimes.com – Sunday January 31, 2016

Literary agents are the gatekeepers and tastemakers of the book world, deciding an unpublished manuscript's fate even before a publisher does. No wonder then that Mr Jonny Geller, joint chief executive officer of the Curtis Brown agency, was last year named among Britain's 500 most influential people by long-established society watcher Debretts.

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Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Be Realistic: Tips from an Indie Author

publishersweekly.com – Saturday January 30, 2016

After working as a network TV producer and writer for 40 years, Terry Irving finally sat down and wrote his debut novel, Courier. He landed an agent, but when he lost his job at Bloomberg News, he started looking into self-publishing. And then, on the day he was going to make the book available to purchase online, he got a call from his agent. “A British publisher was going to read it on his vacation. So, I halted the mighty CreateSpace presses and in a week, the publisher returned from whatever sandy beach he was relaxing on and sent me a letter so full of praise that I still have it framed and mounted on my wall above my computer so I can read it when I feel down. I got a contract and basked in the glow of being a published author.”

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Breaking into writing: a few thoughts

denofgeek.com – Thursday January 28, 2016

Should you write for free? How do you get noticed if you want to write for a magazine or website? A few thoughts right here...

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Can You Land an Agent or Book Deal at a Writers Conference?

huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday January 27, 2016

Yes! Look, you can't call up HarperCollins and say, "Hello! I've written a great book, could I please speak to Mr. Harper or Mr. Collins?" If you're an unknown quantity, and you aren't sleeping with someone at a literary agency--or even if you are, in some cases--it's virtually impossible to get face time with a publishing professional, be it an agent, editor, or publisher. Your blind query is usually dropped with a plop into the slop of the dreaded and aptly named slush pile, where it is then skimmed over by an eighteen-year-old unpaid intern. The fate of your book, the object of your passion and hard work, is frightfully beyond your control. Luckily, at the best writers conferences and workshops, and even some of the top-drawer bookfairs and festivals, you can personally meet, speak with, and sometimes even pitch to real publishing professionals. We know. We've met amazing writers at all of these places and helped them get book deals.

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