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

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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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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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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Simple Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing – Joseph McLean | Guest Post

Ever since the first third-party publisher book was released, most authors didn’t have to worry about legal issues. The publisher was responsible for taking care of all copyright, and the editors would probably sniff out any legal issues before the book went into print. With the rising popularity of self-publishing in the 21st century, a

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Kicking Off My First Book with Kickstarter – Jonas Ressem | Guest Post

By the spring of 2019, I had received 17 rejections from the publishing industry. No literary agent wanted to consider my work, or me. I kept hearing, “It’s not the right fit.” Although this particular outcome wasn’t too surprising, as I’ve heard all about how tough the publishing industry can be, I nevertheless felt like

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How to Keep Your Legal Rights as a Self-Published Author – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

Under the copyright laws in the U.S. and any other country in the world, a writer has authorship rights to their original work. If someone wrote a book too similar to yours after you publish your work, you would be protected by copyright law. Published authors usually have legal representatives. The publisher takes care of

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Self-Publishing: Book Cover Design Mistakes to Watch Out For – Lauren Adley | Guest Post

There are quite a few things to do before you self-publish a book, and most writers know that this list includes steps like thoroughly checking the manuscript and writing an engaging book description. However, many of them forget an aspect that’s an equally essential part of the process: designing an attractive book cover to represent

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