Back Stories

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Cindy Caldwell on Starting over as a Single 50-something

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I am blessed beyond belief. Self-publishing didn’t just change my life, it saved it.
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Keira Monclair on How Self-Publishing Changed Her Life (Hint: It Involves Grandchildren!)

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A year after (self) pubbing her first novel she is a debt free, full-time author who helped her daughter pay for in-vitro, resulting in twin granddaughters.
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How Writing (and Self-Pubbing) Helped Clover Autrey Conquer Her Grief + Pay the Bills

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Emotionally unable to write, and burdened with unpaid medical bills, I pretty much figured that if I couldn’t make this writing thing work, I’d have to give it up.
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What, Me Query?

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When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Nope. Instead, snatch up the biggest juiciest lemon, and you hurl that mo-fo back as hard as you can.
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Warren Adler: Why I Went Indie & Why the "Joys and Glory of Authordom Cannot Be Dismissed."

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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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We're Not in Kansas Anymore

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Two authors talk about the differences between writing for tv vs publishing a book
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Changing Direction Mid-Stream

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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”

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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”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.
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Presenting February’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

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Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.
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Elisabeth Naughton: Romancing the Pages

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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”

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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”

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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

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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

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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”

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