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The Secret to a Successful Book Publishing Career

Yes, I know there is more than one “secret.” But what is the most important aspect to garnering success as an author? Growing your audience or readership. And readers can’t glomp onto your books if they can’t find them online.

I’ve addressed this discoverability issue head on in my blog posts, my free Amazon success email course (click on the widget on the right), and in my Targeting Genre for Big Sales course.

This is a very personal issue for me because, once I got published, I thought my novels would jettison to the top of the best-seller lists. From all the great reviews and comments from agents and publishers and readers, I was confident I would see sales of millions of copies of my novels. Silly me.

I didn’t know then what I know now. Continue Reading…

How to Publish a Book: Your 3 Options

Today’s guest post is by a young author who requested her name be withheld.

Like it or not, the publishing world has done a great deal of changing over the last few decades.

Not so long ago, to become a published author you’d have to snail-mail your beautiful novel to a literary agency or a publisher, then wait months and months for one of three results: an acceptance (yay!), a rejection (more common), or a no-reply (very common). This, of course, is after you’ve completed the painstaking process of actually writing the book in the first place.

The advent of email has made the above process slightly quicker and less maddening, but, to borrow from Suzanne Collins, the odds have become and less and less in your favor as a result. The ease of emailed submissions seems to have brought authors out of the woodwork. Suddenly, everybody and their mother is “writing the next best seller—you should read it when it’s published!”

WHEN, not IF. Wishful thinking: authors thrive on it. Continue Reading…

18 Worthy Websites for Writers

Today’s guest post is by Jeanna Bray.

Apart from your desire to be an author and determination on this thorny path, what makes a successful writer? According to veterans of the industry, it’s lots of reading, writing, and a supportive community. The sites from today’s selection can provide you with all the three. So, without further ado and in no particular order, let me introduce 18 worthy websites for writers:

Self-Publishing Advice

This site is a watchdog community organized by the Alliance of Independent Authors and aiming to protect self-publishing writers from untrustworthy publishers. The site has a collection of reviews on various publishers, with rating scores ranging from “excellent” to “watchdog advisory.” The authors themselves report dishonest publishers and regularly update their base. However, the site’s usefulness isn’t restricted to that. Continue Reading…

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