Today, I did something I’ve been planning to do for a long time. I uploaded Better than Perfect to Smashwords. For the past several months, that novel was my only book (out of 8) to be exclusive on Amazon. In fact, since it’s publication in 2014, it has never been listed in e-book format on … More The Amazon Decision
I’ve blogged about the topic of new and inexperienced publishers in the past, and for those of you who are regular followers of my blog (and probably sick of reading my lectures about using caution when seeking a publisher), I apologize. For those of you who are new here and might be new to writing, … More Your Pick of Publishers
Experts. They’re everywhere. Self-publishing experts, social media experts, writing experts… the list goes on and on. How can you tell if someone is an expert in their field? Anyone can claim to be an expert. Not everyone who claims to be an expert is an expert. They lack credentials, experience, and sometimes integrity. They sell … More Beware the Experts
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and if you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know what that means. Time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) monthly post! If you’d like to learn more about this sometimes neurotic (but always fun) group of writers, click HERE to be directed to the IWSG site. … More IWSG: Celebrate
It’s Throwback Thursday again, and today’s recycled post goes back to May 2013. As I endeavor to format and publish a new book (wish me luck), I’ve been thinking about those self-publishing fears that prevent some of us authors from going it alone. Don’t let your fear of formatting keep you from achieving your dreams. … More Throwback Thursday: Fear of Formatting
Dear Indie Author, Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment. You’ve written a book, which is an incredible achievement. I’m so proud of you! Unfortunately, I was not able to review your book. I know how important reviews are, so I really hate that I can’t give you that glowing, five-star review you were looking for. I … More Dear Indie Author
Originally posted on Maegan Provan, Author:
On March 31st, 2013, I posted an entry entitled “Reviews, Truths and Extortion” talking about a first time author getting a message from a reader claiming that the book in question with practically unreadable due to typos and grammatical errors. The reader said that if the author would pay…
What the heck is TBT? Throwback Thursday! Okay, so what is that? It’s a day for people to post blasts from the past, usually pictures of themselves when they were younger. I’m sure you’ve seen some TBT pics on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t worry. I’m not going to post my baby pictures. But, I am … More Throwback Thursday: The Plague of Independent Publishers
A few years ago, I belonged to a local writers group. I’d just completed my first novel a few months prior and knew little nothing about the publishing process. The group was a mix of fiction and non-fiction writers, with a few writers who had self-published, a few writers who were in the midst of … More What Do You Really Think About Self-Publishing?
I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression, “You get what you pay for.” But, how true is this phrase? In the literary world, this phrase doesn’t seem to apply. For example, I’ve found some real gems in the Kindle slush pile for only 99 cents. I’ve also paid thirteen dollars for a traditionally published book … More What Are You Worth? (Pricing Indie Books)
Hello, it’s me again. Harping on small publishers. Yes, I know I’ve covered much of this territory before, but after talking to a new round of unhappy authors, I thought I’d better talk about publishing again. Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working on formatting The Seance. I’ve formatted a book before, but … More What Can Your Publisher Do For You?
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” ~ Babe Ruth If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve read this quote. If you’ve ever seen A Cinderella Story staring Hillary Duff you will remember this quote from the movie. It’s a great quote–and we’re going to use a variation of this for today’s … More Fear of Formatting
It probably seems like I spend a huge amount of time beating up on small publishers. And, I do, but only because I want authors to know the difference between a reputable small publisher and an inexperienced one that will drag your career into the abyss. Today, I’d like to focus on the benefits of … More In Defense of Indie Publishers
I don’t do a lot of shameless self-promotion on this blog, or at least I try to keep it to a minimum. But, I self-published a book a couple of days ago, so I feel like I should do a little bit of celebrating. The Fifth Circle is now available on Kindle and will soon … More I Published a Book
There are many advantages to self-publishing your book. As a self-published author, I’ve found the experience to be very rewarding. It’s a lot of work, but fortunately, there are numerous resources out there to help you. Unfortunately, you need to be careful when choosing people or companies to help you. Here are some of the … More The Costs of Self-Publishing