Self-Published Authors: Amazon Exclusive or Go Wide?

Should you publish exclusively on Amazon, or should you publish your books wide, making them available on every platform, in every country and every format possible?

This is probably one of the common questions asked by writers considering self-publishing, and it’s an important one. However, it isn’t a decision set in stone, either.

So as you deliberate whether to go exclusive with Amazon or put your book up on multiple platforms—which some call “going wide”—know that you can change this if you feel it would be a better strategy.

But let’s take a look at what’s at issue here.

Writers can publish their books on Amazon as well as other retail sites, like Apple ibooks and Kobo. But there are some benefits to going exclusive with Amazon. Continue Reading…

Is Self-Publishing a Good Choice for Your Novel?

Today’s guest post is by Jacquelyn Lynn

For a lot of nonfiction books, self-publishing is a no-brainer. But for novels? It’s a viable option growing in popularity, but there’s a lot to consider before you make your decision.

The most important issue for most authors is cost. Publishing done right can be expensive.

When you self-publish or use a pay-to-publish company, you can easily spend spend thousands of dollars to get your book on the market.

If you’re using the right resources, that’s a smart investment to get a quality product. But you have to decide how much you’re willing and able to spend to publish your book.

The other side of cost is revenue.

As the author and publisher, you get all of your book’s profits. If your book sells well, that will be more money in the long run than the royalties you’d receive from a traditional publisher. Continue Reading…

10 Tips to Writing True-Life Stories

Today’s guest post is by Brit Haines.

Writing true-life stories is cathartic. The process is healing, and authors often say they come out of the experience feeling like they went through an intense therapy session. But digging deep to produce these nonfiction stories hurts too, especially if you focus on a traumatic experience.

The pain can be enough to make you want to stop, to wonder if publishing the story would even engage your readers. Never let it hold you back. If you can think of it as motivation to move forward, your account could touch the lives of readers just like you.

Follow these ten basic tips to speak your truth. Here’s how to write true-life stories that resonate with your audience.

1. Dig Deep

Find a story worth telling. Readers see your emotion on the page. It’s safe to say that a tear-jerking moment in a book came from real-life author tears. Continue Reading…

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