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Publishing Service Index: October 2019 [with notes]

Publishing Service Index: October 2019 [with notes]

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for 2019. Our previous one was released last year in November 2018. So we have seen almost a full year past by. I am switching to releasing it just once a year.  The index takes a great deal of work, and while there are some moderate changes, even a

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What is Your Biggest Problem with Self-Publishing? – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

Everyone who’s getting into the self-publishing game is probably going to face a lot of problems. The self-publishing industry has become extremely competitive. As of 2017, the number of reported self-published titles went over 1 million. Now, as of 2019, the numbers may have doubled or tripled up. Nevertheless, one thing is certain: the self-publishing

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Reasons Why Many Self-Published Books Fail and How to Fix That – Gary Peterson | Guest Post

Many self-published books fail because authors tend to overlook the basic rules of publishing a new book. Authors who are fairly new to publishing get many things wrong, and the result is typically low sales. Publishing your book and selling it on Amazon should be the last step in the whole process, not the initial

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Do Traditional Publishers Hate Self-Published Authors? – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

As far as sticking points go in the literary world, publishing tops the list of controversies. Why? Well, to put it mildly, some authors simply want to be able to publish their works, or self-publish as it’s commonly called, while others hold the notion that literary works have to follow the ‘normal’ or traditional route

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Self-Publish or Not: Advice from a Traditional Publisher – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

Only a couple of decades ago, book publishing used to be a long and challenging process. But the situation has changed drastically thanks to the rise of digital technologies, so now almost anyone can choose to publish a book on his/her own. Self-publishing has become a major trend in the literary universe. The latest studies

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6 Reasons Why Your Book Isn’t Getting Published – Paige Wheeler | Guest Post

So, you’ve finished your manuscript. Congratulations! If you want to publish your book through the traditional channels, that means you’re going to need to start looking for an agent or submitting your book to publishers, (but if you want to get published by one of the five major publishers, you’ll need to get an agent).

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Unlock Your Creative Writing Potential – Piper McIntosh | Guest Post

Whatever your practice, creativity is essential in the writing and publishing profession. Aren’t we always searching for a new way to creatively tell a story? In a world where everyone has a platform and everyone is a storyteller, it is more important than ever to ensure you are able to articulate your craft in a

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The Decision to Become an Author – Anthony Sciarratta | Guest Post

Every person faces a time in their life when they decide whether or not to pursue their dream. The fear of failure can consume one’s soul, but the amount of pain felt after giving up on your dream would be greater. I made my decision in August of 2017, while vacationing in Mexico. It was

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7 Things Authors Should Not Do on Instagram – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

In case you didn’t know, Instagram has over1 billion active users. Half of them, 500 million people, are using the app every single day for various purposes. Many authors have already started leveraging Instagram to expand their brand’s awareness and enhance their book sales performance. The reason why that happens is that after Facebook and

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Writing and Reading for Pleasure (June 2019): Douglas Burcham

Douglas writes his first post for 2019 in his “Writing and Reading for Pleasure” series detailing how grieving for a sentimental attachment from childhood has kept him busy writing differently since February 2019. Sunday 1st June 2019 marks the same date nine years ago when I started writing. A few weeks ago I reviewed the

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