Just Getting Started with my own Publishing Company "Sleepytown Press."

Hello! I am in the process of getting everything set up with Lightning Source and starting my own Publishing Company. I am going to republish my book “Sleepy Town,” as it was meant to be published. I am also in the process of accepting submissions from authors who might be interested in what I have […]

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Book Trailers: 11 steps to make your own

Book trailers are videos posted online and distributed via video networking sites like YouTube. These can be big budget blockbuster movie clips, or budget MovieMaker slides to music. You can make it an advert or a social media fun clip that people want to watch. It can be a human interest story made more like […]

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BookCamp Toronto: June 6, 2009

Announcing BookCamp Toronto, Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the MaRS Center, 101 College Street. BookCampToronto is a free unconference (definition at wikipedia) about: The future of books, writing, publishing, and the book business in the digital age. For more information, and to register, suggest sessions, please visit the wiki. BookCamp Toronto is inspired by BookCamp […]

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Erotic Fiction Contest:: This is for all the marbles, go vote!

Okay, not all the marbles, but this is for the finals. We are now in the week of semi-finals. There are 13 stories going into the print anthology, mine is one of them, YAY! So now it’s the semi-finals. Please vote for my story, “A Safer Life” Here: Vote For A SAFER LIFE HERE At […]

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Skating the Promo-Annoyance Meter for Indie Authors

All authors have to market themselves. There are possibly a few newbie authors out there who have just signed their first big NY contract, who for some reason aren’t aware of how much they’ll have to market. But indies know going in. They say "Knowing is half the battle" but man, that other half…

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Traditional Reviews vs. New Media

We have just self-published a very comprehensive guide to the extreme sport of cave diving. www.CaveDivingBook.com A 320 page collection of articles from the sport’s top practitioners, it is selling well. In the first month it has been on the market, dozens of positive comments and reviews have been posted to scuba diving forums and […]

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Cover Design: A Tutorial + A Few Recommendations

One of the most important things your book has is its cover. The simple notion of "don’t judge a book by its cover" is simply preposterous, especially in an age where attention is fleeting and the most important thing you can do when marketing a product is to get someone to notice what you’re selling […]

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The Hero's Journey

Publetariat Editor’s Note: Chris Vogler, author of the fantastic The Writer’s Journey, Mythic Structure For Writers, now runs Storytech, a literary consulting firm. In this excerpt, reprinted from his site, he provides an outline and overview of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, a theory and model of storytelling Campbell wrote about in his classic book, The […]

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Inside Scoop on ABNA '07-08 From A Judge

I knew it! I knew it! Reality Publishing, a confessional from a 2007-08 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award judge.

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Free Guide to Cover Design On My Site

You can get a free, PDF copy of my IndieAuthor Guide to Designing Your Own Book Covers With The Free, Downloadable CreateSpace™ Template on my site—no registration required, no strings attached. And you can use the CreateSpace™ template to create your cover regardless of where or how you eventually publish. Enjoy! http://www.aprillhamilton.com/iaguides.html#IAGFree

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Free Guide to Editing On My Site

You can get a free, PDF copy of my IndieAuthor Guide to Editing on my site—no registration required, no strings attached. Enjoy! http://www.aprillhamilton.com/iaguides.html#IAGFree

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Signs of Acceptance Among Agents

Excerpted from “It’s The End Of Publishing As We Know It: Do You Feel Fine?” by Nathan Bransford, a literary agent with the San Francisco office of Curtis Brown, Ltd.: Well, in my opinion there are two meta forces at work in book publishing at the moment. With the closing of bookstores, fewer titles being […]

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The Double-Edged Sword of Self-Publishing

By Kat Meyer Originally published on The Bookish Dilettante Being the bookish dilettante that I am, I tend to wear many hats. There are ones—like this blog, that are frilly and fun and not very practical, and then there are the ones that pay the bills. Those hats are not necessarily flattering, but they do […]

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Which Are More Legible: Serif or Sans Serif Typefaces?

From Alex Poole’s Literature Review About this work Back in 1998 when Times New Roman was still widely used on the web, my then boss made sure we always designed our medical web sites with Arial, as she hated the look of serif fonts on the web. Was it the case that sans serif fonts […]

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Why I Decided To Form An Indie Press

I self-published my first novel, RealmShift, at the start of 2006 through Lulu.com. It was an interesting exercise. I learned a great deal about producing a quality book and I learned a lot about the nature of Recommended Retail Price, bookstore discounts, international postage and shipping costs and the stigma that stops people taking self-published […]

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