A collaboration borne out of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Indie Author Fringe offers three individual days of 24-hour, non-stop advice and inspiration, organized around key self-publishing topics
There are several common misconceptions about the ins-and-outs of self-publishing. Authors often assume that taking on the responsibilities of publishing will be more trouble than it’s worth when the truth is often the opposite. Taking advantage of full-service printing services will ensure writers have control over their inventory and distribution. If you’re considering self-publishing, we’ve outlined three common myths and the truths behind them.
In the past, publishing books usually involved a traditional brick-and-mortar publishing house, an elite team of authors and publishers, and many high slush piles. Thankfully, that picture has evolved. There are now more independent publishers than ever, which gives more authors a chance to get their work known and potentially to realize their dreams of becoming bestselling authors. This is great news for both the author and the publisher, as it gives them opportunities to grow professionally and reach more people.
by Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) The Hot Sheet
In every profession, there are little details that reveal the time, attention, and care you’ve put into your work. For independent authors and small presses, paying attention to these details can make a favorable impression on potential customers, especially those inside the trade—booksellers, librarians, and others who are intimately familiar with publishing standards.
If you’re on track to creating a text-heavy e-book, you’ll need to know the basic programs, options, and helpful tools available to you.
By Ellie Maas Davis of Pressque
How do you find the one? The one editor, that is. Finding an editor that will bring out the best in your book can be a bit like finding that person that gives you butterflies. Dating and finding an editor can be daunting. The below should be considered in order to make finding “the right” editor a breeze.
by Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) The Hot Sheet
If I could turn back the clock and get into the room when Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass were putting together their ideas for Twitter, the first thing I'd say is, "Don't call it Twitter!" With more than 1 billion registered users and more than 300 million of those active, the tweeterie is a lot more serious a medium than its flighty name suggests—especially in our business.
Dr. Judith Briles is the author of 34 books. Her book, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms was the Book of the Year in Publishing/Writing in the IndieFab award at the American Library Association’s meeting in 2014. The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers was released last summer and her next book will be How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos. She’s the founder of AuthorU.org and is known as The Book Shepherd.
Creating an e-book isn’t as hard as it sounds. You don’t need to compose a query letter, secure a great agent, or cut through miles of a publisher’s red tape before the book is released to the world. You can create e-books from the comfort of your office – or couch – with the right tools, information, and help from the experts. Here’s how: