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Where to Get Self-Published Book Reviews

Getting book reviews is one of the harder parts of self-publishing – and truth be told getting a lot of book reviews by no means guarantees book sales (unless it’s an Oprah review, which isn’t going to happen). However, it can be gratifying, so long as the reviews are good, and instructive if they’re not.…

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Vanity Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Is there a difference between vanity publishing and self-publishing?  Yes and no.  Sometimes vanity publishing and self-publishing are interchangeable – especially when self-publishing is discussed with derision.  The concept of vanity publishing – that an author is so vain that he or she must release a book despite it not finding a publisher – should be discarded. …

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Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing

Most people think of self-publishing as a last resort. And truth be told: it is. It would be much easier to have a mainstream publisher cover all the costs of printing, distribution, and marketing of a book. However, there are cases where even having a mainstream publisher can be problematic – such as getting limited marketing help or never making any royalties.…

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The Fundamentals of Good Book Design

One of the major issues with self-publishing is the quality of the book design.  A great number of self-published books make it glaringly obvious that the book has been self-published.  This is significant because it can lead to a book being ignored by reviewers or prospective buyers. …

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Is a Literary Agent Necessary?

If you’ve already chosen to self-publish then, no, a literary agent is not necessary.  But a majority of those looking to self publish were either unable to find an agent or an agent was unable to sell a manuscript.  Given the short life-span of a manuscript in the slush piles of publishing houses, it is not all that surprising if a book is not able to find a publisher. …

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Self-Publishing Review Blogs

In the early days of blogging, self-publishing blogs were few and far between.  Now there’s a long list of self-publishing litblogs.  Some self-publishing bloggers come and go, like Poddy Mouth, the pioneer in self-publishing review blogs, but some are here for the long haul, such as Pod People, a blog that has seen other self-publishing reviewers come and go. …

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Writing Self-Published Press Releases


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If you’re self-releasing a book, a press release is a mandatory part of the process. Certain self-publishers, like Outskirts Press, include press releases as part of their more-advanced packages, but this does not always include the writing of the press release itself – just its distribution – so understanding the fundamentals of writing a book press release is important.…

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