Tag Archives: self-publishing

Buying self-pubbers

There are those who, for one reason or another, will not buy indie/self-pubbed books. I suppose it has something to do with the idea that the quality must be lower, or that the writing hasn’t been properly vetted, or that it somehow “doesn’t count”. All of those reasons, and reasons like them, are based on […]

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9 Tips to Help Ensure E-Book Success

This week is our second installment from James A. Rose on self-publishing and marketing tips. Be sure to check out his post last week too in case you missed it. Thanks James! We’ll be back to our usual stuff next week with a look at author intentions. Indie e-book publishing has exploded in recent years […]

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8 Tips to Boost your Self-Published Book

This week and next week James A. Rose has very kindly offered to do some guest posts for us about writing and the self-publishing process, specifically as regards marketing. Thanks again James for some wonderful nuts and bolts stuff! As if the undertaking of the monumental task of writing a book was not enough; marketing […]

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Roots: The rise of the magazine

In my last post I wrote about the centuries long tradition of self-pubbing that we stand in and the spirit that underlies it. In writing that piece I started to think about the advent of the so-called gatekeepers, those agents and owners and editors who decide what is likely to make them money and by […]

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Roots: The spirit of self-pubbing

This spring I got a new position and accordingly my family moved to the south of the country but Tokyo still is, and will likely remain, very dear to my heart. The city really is something. And so this past weekend I was quite pleased to be there again for a conference. On my way […]

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Hardware and software

One of the many beauties of self-pubbing is the full control over nearly every aspect of the project that you retain. Want to put a picture of your pet dog on the cover? Go ahead! Think that a nice chapter-long section of stream-of-consciousness rambling from your protagonist is called for? Put it in! Decide that […]

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Ebooks: Bastard children of the digital age

An Austrian friend of mine who is a decades long resident of Brazil once remarked to me that ebooks are a joke and that he doesn’t know any Europeans or Brazilians who own any or would even want one. Given their popularity in the Anglophone world that’s an interesting perspective. I’ve written on ebooks here […]

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On quality

The quest for knowledge is an endless one and there are always other avenues to pursue. So it is that I have lately found myself winding down alleyways and side streets, coming upon writers and thinkers that stand far outside the academic world and its frequently prepackaged answers but that still have much to say […]

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Sales, charts, and egos

As any writer who is not already famous can tell you – and I mean anyone, trad-pub or self-pub makes little difference here – marketing your book is probably the toughest nut to crack. If you’re going trad-pub you have to pre-market it to agents and/or the in-house gatekeepers before standing on street corners and […]

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Your book in the world

“A book may be written and remain unchanged; but with the world, and all potential readers, changing around it, can the book remain the same?” The above is taken from the delightfully well-written and very interesting PhD dissertation called “The Ways Hypothesis: An alternative approach to Society” by Athanasios A. Kastritis (DPhil in Social and […]

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