Monthly Archives: January 2013

PLEASE: No More Insulting Classic Book Covers For Teen Girls

I had some terrible taste when I was a teenager.

My mother had great taste, and would look at me with horror when she’d see the outfits I had concocted. She’d wince when I pleaded with her to buy things in Hot Topic (I’m dying of shame as I admit this).

But let’s face it: many of us women, as teens, liked some pretty embarrassing things.

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Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing, Pros and Cons

Publishing, no matter which path you choose, can be rewarding and equally difficult. Deciding which way to go has become increasingly more complicated with the pros of the traditional publisher being scaled down to match the pros of self-publishing in today’s evolving market.
Weigh your options. For some writers, there is only one way. For others, the pros and cons of both paths complicate the decision. There are risks and rewards choosing either, but knowing the process might help you decide what is right for you and your manuscript.

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5 Things I’ve learned from self-publishing

by James Calbraith

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Who is the Greatest American Writer? (POLL)

The other day, my friend asked me who I thought was the best American writer to ever live, and coming up with an answer was more difficult than I thought it would be. But after a moment I settled on an answer and asked my girlfriend, who not only came up with a different writer–she came up with a writer I never even would’ve considered.

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Amazon: E-book Sales Soared, Print Crawled

n a statement accompanying its fourth quarter and full year results for 2012, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos neatly summed up where he sees the future of book retailing heading–especially for his company. “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting,” said Bezos. “After 5 years, eBooks is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast – up approximately 70% last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just 5%.”

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What Happens if Bookstores Go Away?

That sentence alone is enough to send chills down my spine. No bookstores? I can’t imagine a world without them. Yet the fact of the matter is, that’s likely where we are headed.

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How Much Should eBooks Cost?

At the beginning of December, I reduced the online price of my novel and a story collection. I wanted my books to be part of the holiday sales craze, so I took the eBook versions from $4.99 to 99¢. My royalties at those prices? About 30¢ a sale…

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