When it became easy to publish, people published crap. Buckets and boatloads of it. A gate was opened, which was previously closed to just anyone dreaming of becoming a published author. Whether because of budget or ignorance, people published within days of finishing writing and screamed from the rooftops, “Look at me, I’m published!” The… Continue reading Self-Publishing 101: First Impressions
So, you are a newbie author and you’re awaiting the release of your book in the next three or four months (heaven forbid, if it’s a longer wait!) After you have wrung your hands and vented to your significant other about why publishers can’t seem to get their act together, you come to a major… Continue reading “Keep Calm and Promote!” by Adite Banerjie
For many, publishing a book is already a complicated enough goal. At the same time, another goal to consider is to just break even on the real money you invested in the book. As I prepare to publish my book in April 2014, I am scratching my head at the different royalties offered by different… Continue reading Royalties – JF Garrard Breaks it Down
No longer is getting published dependent on a wish and a prayer. The traditional publishing houses and their gatekeepers don’t hold the only key anymore. Advancing technology has now made it possible for anyone with average computer skills to publish themselves.
A Self-Publishers Guide to Metadata In the most basic context, metadata means “data about data.” What about when we talk about self publishing—what is metadata? When was the last time you went to the library, pulled out one of the card catalog drawers and rifled through the 3×5 cards printed with the information of each, individual book… Continue reading Getting Your Book Noticed by Ethan Risso
Flash your Fiction is a new blog that is seeking submissions for already published books. The site accepts excepts of 500 words or less and a link to where your book can be purchased. All genres or fiction and non-fiction accepted. The central concept is to allow for readers to quickly browse the writing style… Continue reading “Flash Your Fiction: A New Promotional Site for Books” ~ by Paul Ruth
Look for the editor who encourages you to excellence. You’ve finished your book, but before you send it off to a publisher or self-publish, you want to be sure that it is professionally edited, so you go shopping. There are just as many book editors as there are writers and publishers, so what can help… Continue reading “Finding the Right Editor: Positive, Not Punitive” by Lori Stephens
It’s a well-worn phrase, so often heard that it is cliché: “You should write a book.” Have you? Is writing and publishing a book on your “Things to Do Before I Die” list? For some people, the first book–whether fiction or nonfiction–is a ghastly beast, a monster that rages to be born but gets stuck.… Continue reading “The First Book Is the Hardest” by Lori Stephens
So, what’s the big deal with article marketing? What is it all about in the first place? Well, it is the simple practice of creating written content and publishing such articles online on any of the hundreds, if not thousands, of article directories found on the Internet. Now directories that post article submissions can cater… Continue reading “What are the Top 10 Benefits of Article Marketing?” by Brian Blogs
Since I started text formatting services a few years ago, the question I get asked most is what is the difference between Smashwords and Amazon and do I really need to publish on both? Estimates vary from person to person but generally it’s safe to assume that, at the present time in the USA, Apple’s… Continue reading “The Differences between Amazon and Smashwords” – Roger Gerald Scott
When I started writing, some seven or eight years ago, I had no clue how to do it. I just wrote. There was a story in my head and it came out through my finger tips. But then I started learning there were rules. Basic rules about storytelling and characters. I read a couple books… Continue reading “Plotting Versus Pansing and What to do if You Ever Want to Sell on Proposal” by Stephanie Haefner
Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, the leading distributor of self-published eBooks serving Apple, B&N, Sony, Kobo, libraries and more, has published a new report that is a MUST READ for authors…all authors, even if you aren’t self publishing, this information is useful for your marketing strategies as well! Covering pricing, book length, title length,… Continue reading New Report from Mark Coker an Eye Opener for Book Sales Strategies!
So you’ve finished your book that has consumed the last couple of years of your life. From the hatching of the original idea in your brain to the countless drafts, constant rewrites, book cover designing and redesigning, editing followed by more rewriting. Now finally, one beautiful sunny morning, you smile as you look at your… Continue reading “Sometimes It Pays To Be A Realist!” – by Roger Gerald Scott
Not long ago, there were only two mainstream outlets for any writer, whether aspiring or already published: traditional and e-book publishing. The rules were set for both and we all knew where we stood…more or less. Every writer wants to see his name in print and share with others his achievement, and perhaps along the… Continue reading “Choosing a Publisher or Self-Publishing” by Stefan Vucak
I get asked a lot– how did you do it? How did you cross that bridge from simply dabbling in your writing to actually becoming published? Today, I’d thought I’d give some thoughts on some of those important beginning steps that I took and maybe you should take if you are serious about pursuing publication. 1. Finished… Continue reading “Baby Steps” – by Jordyn Redwood
We’ve all been there. That opus you’ve been slaving over for months, sometimes many, many months, is finally finished and it’s been edited to death. At least it should have been. With a satisfied smile and a deserved cup of coffee, or perhaps something stronger, you start sending out query emails to eBook publishers, and maybe to some traditional… Continue reading “How to Avoid the Rejection Blues” – by Stefan Vucak
WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH PAGE OF AHA! AS OF MARCH 11, 2013, THIS SITE IS OFFICIALLY LIVE AND WELCOMING ALL AUTHORS, CONTRIBUTORS AND PARTICIPANTS… We are so glad you stopped by and hope you enjoy your visit. Be sure to leave a comment so we know you were here and if you follow this… Continue reading WELCOME to AHA!