Monthly Archives: March 2013

How to Avoid Indie Publishing Scams

You can’t go anywhere online right now without hearing about Simon & Schuster and their partnership with Author Solutions, a vanity publishing company with a pretty shitty reputation. This doesn’t surprise me at all. Big publishers are desperate right now to stay relevant to the modern author, and they don’t really get it. Old school publishers never do. I learned this while working for a newspaper. It’s either adapt or die, and unfortunately many publishers’ mindset is that they’re right and everyone else is wrong. Too bad. Still, the options many companies offer to self-publishers can seem too good to be true. As a rule of thumb, it probably is. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to tell. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.

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Top Ten Website Design Mistakes of a Major Publisher’s Authors

I’ve assumed that traditionally published authors — particularly the ones published with the big six conglomerates — must have it all together. I mean, sure, a badly written book might sell 40 million copies, but at least the marketing must be great. Right? Wrong, apparently. I was browsing the author sites listed on the Harper Collins website, and although there were some good ones (that I might get back to, later), some of them were surprisingly unprofessional: ineffective, visually confusing, and unpersuasive. Here are the top ten website design mistakes I found…

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Writing Your Author Bio – An Exercise in Extremely Short Promotion

It doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal. But it is.

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What makes a good book?

One of the questions we get frequently goes something like this: “Do you think I have a good enough story?  Do you think it’s a best seller?”

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How To Self-Edit Your Novel

So, you finished your first draft. You listened to the advice of seasoned writers who told you not to edit your work as you go, but just push through with your writing and be done with the first draft first. Bravo & kudos to you! That’s a great achievement. So, what’s next?

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Book Marketing: 9 Activities to Boost Your Author Career

There are millions of books out there, increasing in volume faster as the technology makes it easier to publish, so how do you stand out from the crowd?

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Know any uber-talented writers under 30?

Deadline: April 30, 2013

The CAA Emerging Writer Award honours a Canadian writer under 30 who shows the most promise in the field of literary creation. Genre doesn’t matter. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts – published or unpublished – and the winner may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form. PRIZE: $500 and a one-year membership in the Canadian Authors Association (CAA)

Check out the Guidelines and Nominations Form for the details.  Go ahead – make a young writer’s day!

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