Sep 04, 2015
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Warren Adler: Why I Went Indie & Why the “Joys and Glory of Authordom Cannot Be Dismissed.”

The author of 27 novels trad pubbed novels–including “The War of the Roses”, shares his experiences and talks about why all careers in the arts are essentially bi-polar

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Covers  |  

5 Genre Novels Whose Authors Did the Cover Design Thing Very Right.

You can tell a book by its cover

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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Two authors talk about the differences between writing for tv vs publishing a book

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Changing Direction Mid-Stream

What happens when your own life stretches over the boundaries that others have drawn for you?

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Crowdsourcing Cover Design?

The entire publishing industry is in a state of ongoing change and every passing week brings a new trend and a new set of rules.

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How to Take Your Self Seriously as an Indie Author

As a self-published author, I got 99 problems. But a boss ain’t one of them.

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Why?

So why, after all of that, would I decide to indie publish a new series? Because the publisher, in the way that publishing sometimes goes, decided not to do any more books after Book 9 came out last fall.

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On Becoming Multimedia Emperors

If it had been the Sixties, we would have begun a commune. If it had been the nineties we would have started a dot-com. Because it’s the 2010s (the first two decades of a century are super annoying for nickname branding purposes), we obviously decided to start a multimedia empire.

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Yes, We Really Do Judge Books by Their Covers

According to Mark Coker, Smashwords’ founder, there’s a clear connection between great covers and great sales. “In addition to promising what a book will deliver, the [cover] image also promises (or fails to promise) that the author is a professional, and that the book will honor the reader’s time.”

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Presenting April’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

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Why it’s best if I let my wife handle my book jacket designs

It’s difficult to say when my book jacket hobby became a sickness, but it was likely about the time I started writing books simply for the sake of creating covers for them. That’s when I knew I needed help. Again, my wife to the rescue. A professional graphic designer as well as artist, she has wrested from me the tools of my day-glow debauchery.

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Patti Davis: “If you weren’t you I could sell this in a minute”

There is now a boundary line in my career, separating being conventionally published and self-published. And I’m very much at peace on this side of that boundary line.

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Presenting March’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

The After Life
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Presenting February’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

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Elisabeth Naughton: Romancing the Pages

My New York Times bestselling novel, WAIT FOR ME, was rejected by several agents (I never shopped it to a traditional publisher) because, as they put it, it straddled genres and was too “category”. I was told no one would want to read about a woman with amnesia. Readers have disagreed.

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Presenting January’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

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Presenting the Latest “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

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Feather the Clutch: My Journey to Becoming an Indie Author

Twenty-six years later, I think I finally know what “feather the clutch” means. Do that thing that I can’t really tell you in words how to do but when you’re doing it right you’ll feel it and that sickening grinding sound will stop and you’ll sail along in the direction you want to go.

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A Traditionally Pubbed Author Wades into the Waters of Self Publishing

Another reason for self publishing is the ability to exercise more control over my “intellectual property.” Yes, the middle man still exists (in my case, Amazon’s digital publishing arm), but outside of providing a “storefront,” the guy in the suit mostly sits back and collects his cut.

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Presenting November’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

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Presenting October’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

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Leaping Into the Abyss of Self-Publishing

He doesn’t have to wait thirty or so days, for a literary agent with an exclusivity agreement to finally say, “Yes, I see potential in your work and would like to see more,” or, as is more often the case, “While your story is very good, I am not the person to represent it.” This, by the way, could go on for a very long time.

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Presenting September’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Man oh man, when it all comes together it really works. Here the talented illustrator and designer Kyle T. Webster hits it out of the park by really capturing the fun and excitement and hypnotic attachment we have with our smartphones. Powerful graphics and a constant focus on the task of the book cover clearly set this one apart.

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Goodbye to Profit-Driven,Long-Suffering Sheepherders and Hello to Letting Readers Decide

Perhaps I am different from other Indie authors who find themselves pushed into the “indie way” because of a general lack of response from the profit-driven, long-suffering commercial publishing industry, which has been reduced to a passel of lost sheepherders trying to lead their readers without direction or vision.