A Modicum of Sympathy for Vanity Publishers


Like so many other struggling independent authors, I’ve spent far more money than I care to admit on a vanity publisher. Or rather, a subsidy publisher, which is a more accurate term in this day…

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Create Space vs Ingram Spark


One of the many joys of independent publishing is having the freedom to make choices. The curse is having so many options, and having to make a decision between them. Right now I’m trying to…

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Random Thoughts on Publicity for Self Published Authors


  The biggest problem for self-published authors is getting people to hear about their books. In this world where over 10 million titles are published each year, we as authors have an increasingly difficult time…

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Formatting Books: Lessons Learned


My experience with formatting for CreateSpace, Smashwords, and Kindle Direct Publishing While it sounds like a simple matter, formatting books can become a bad dream. What turns the whole exercise into a nightmare is the…

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Video: Do Indie Authors have a Bad Reputation?


In the interests of supporting my fellow independent authors, I’ve been reading a lot of self-published novels. Some have been wonderful, others have been dreadful. Then there are those in the middle, that are great…

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Resources for Formatting Your Book


I’ve been working on formatting my second book for publication, and got completely stalled out. For the life of me I couldn’t make my headers and page numbers behave, no matter how many times I…

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