The Importance of Owning Your Own ISBN When Self-Publishing 

A few years back, when Bowker released its annual self-publishing report and shared that as of August 6, 2014, there were 458,564 self-published titles in the United States, it had to remind its readers that this number represented only the number of ISBNs registered in its Books In Print database, not the total number of self-published titles.

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Are Book Awards Worthwhile for Indie Authors?

by Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman), The Hot Sheet
Whether you’re an unpublished or published writer, one area where everyone should exercise caution is when entering book contests and competitions. The rewards of winning them can be very low, and the cost to enter very high. Still, contests can play an important role in helping emerging writers get noticed and achieve recognition for work that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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How to Follow the Social Media Rule of Thirds

by Carla King (@CarlaKing), founder of Author Friendly
People seeking to connect with you will be quick to find your social media profiles and eagerly expect new content. This may create a dilemma, however: what should you post? How much content from your book should you share? How much related news? Is it okay to share purely personal updates? Can you share the same content across all of the different social media platforms? Here’s what you need to know about what to post and the social media rule of thirds. 

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DIY Tools and Services to Help You Edit Your Book

No manuscript should reach published form without first being edited by someone other than you. Many self-publishing authors are working with limited budgets, and many will choose to overlook the editing process, but they do so at their peril. Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that your writing is so 'spot on' that you don’t need to edit your book; everyone needs to be edited, and the author who believes he or she is the exception to this rule is usually the most in need. If you want your writing to be taken seriously, help ensure that by having it properly edited first.

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Social and Beta Publishing

A great way to build your audience before your book is published is to start sharing stories and drafts of your book ahead of time. It’s really never too early to start. One year, three years, five years…it simply doesn’t matter.

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When Fame Comes Knocking: Be Sure Your Author Website Has a Press Kit

by Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson), The Hot Sheet
While editing a story for Publishing Perspectives on the long-running popularity of dystopian fiction, I came across one of the best examples I’ve seen of an author’s press kit. It’s something every author should consider having ready and available.

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Author Events Summer 2016

We attend conferences for many reasons and recommend you do the same. Conferences are all about being part of the conversation and that means participating by speaking but also by listening to those in attendance. There’s always something to be gained by attending a conference you’re interested in and which promises to help sharpen your craft.

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The Right Time to Make Your E-Book Free

by Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman), The Hot Sheet
First-time and career authors alike will often ask if and when they should make their e-books available for free. “When’s the right time to do it?”

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How is a Print Book Made?

Congratulations on finishing your book! For most authors, particularly those new to the business, writing a manuscript is the most difficult and time-intensive part of the publishing process. By the time authors finish the manuscript itself, they may find the prospect of making an actual book overwhelming. Don’t dismay; we’ll go over the basics to help you answer: “How is a Print Book Made?”

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Social Media: Choose It and Use It, Self-Publishers!

by Carla King (@CarlaKing), founder of Author Friendly
Readers use social media to review, recommend, and talk about books. Beyond user posts and comments, prominent bloggers use social media to post and promote their reviews and recommendations, making it a rich source of discovery for your potential readers. Simply put, social media is a goldmine for authors.

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