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The Publetariat Shop Is Now Open

See the new "Shop" link in the left-hand navigation bar?  That’s a link to the new Publetariat Cafepress shop, where your purchases accomplish two things: first, they enable you to be "out and proud" of your indie status, and second, they help us to cover the costs of hosting and running Publetariat.

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Site Enhancement – Rich Text Editor Toolbars!

 We’ve added a rich text editor toolbar to Publetariat!

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Small Press Marketing Tips

This post, by Jim Cox, Editor In Chief of the Midwest Book Review, originally appeared on that site. Note that these tips are also applicable to individual authors. What follows are a wealth of specific hands-on suggestions from a host of small press publishers on promoting and marketing small press titles which I gleaned from […]

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self publishing

how does a self publishing company do the marketing for a book? especially to an audience in several foreign countries?

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<p>I just returned late Thursday night from the O'Reilly Media <a target="_blank" href="http://www.toccon.com/toc2009">Tools of Change conference</a> in New York City. This was my third year at the conference. The first year I attended as a reporter for <a target="_blank" href="http://venturebeat.com/2007/06/22/publishers-move-to-split-ebooks-into-pieces/">VentureBeat</a>, and then these past two times as a speaker. For the benefit of those of you who didn't attend, I'll share some of my personal highlights, in no particular order:</p>

Notes from the TOC conference

I just returned late Thursday night from the O’Reilly Media Tools of Change conference in New York City. This was my third year at the conference. The first year I attended as a reporter for VentureBeat, and then these past two times as a speaker. For the benefit of those of you who didn’t attend, […]

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Citizen Reviewer

At the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference, the buzzword of the event was community. In the hearts and minds of today’s reader, the opinions of fellow readers far outweigh those of professional critics, whose views can be seen as too ‘ivory tower’ or worse, too heavily influenced by the stature of the author or publisher. […]

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Blogs: 10 reasons authors should have one

Blogs are a few years old in the tech industries, but now they are a must-have for authors who want to get the word out. If you don’t have a blog yet, here’s why you need to get blogging!

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Record your book: 3 ways to speak your book instead of write it

There are a number of ways you can now have a book without writing it. Some people think best out loud, so talk your book and then edit afterwards. Here are some options:

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Historical Fiction: Do Your Research

Editor’s note: when writing historical fiction, research is crucial. In this essay, author Heidi M. Thomas shares just some of the research she did to bring her novel, Cowgirl Dreams, to life.

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An Interesting Viewpoint on Indies

I’d like to share this from Independent Publisher Online Magazine: [http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1276] The Good, The Bad & The Simply Ridiculous Why Independent Publishers Can Rule the World by Nina L. Diamond For the last two decades, we’ve all seen that neither the major publishing houses’ crazy business model nor the variety of business models used by […]

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Winner at Last!

I’ve just won first prize in the H E Bates shorts story competition!! Although I‘ve been short listed a few times in various comps and even came second a few times, this is the first time I have ever won a short story contest, so I’m pretty much over the moon about it. The details […]

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Beware of Email Overload

With most of us suffering from email overload these days, it’s important to think carefully about the frequency and format of your broadcast emails.

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Beware of Email Overload

With most of us suffering from email overload these days, it’s important to think carefully about the frequency and format of your broadcast emails. Online marketing experts advise communicating with your list frequently, so people don’t forget you. On the other hand, sending too much email is the quickest way to motivate people to click […]

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In This New Murky World, What Makes an Author?

Here at Publetariat, April Hamilton talked about the Tools of Change conference, and mentioned in passing about the blurring lines for what makes a legitimate author. Over on his blog, Nathan Bransford is asking the same question. Publishing has always been extremely difficult. Writers have clawed and fought their way into traditional publishing contracts.

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What's that thing about the enemy of my enemy?

Novella: Greta is a werecat whose tribe plans to sacrifice her during the next full moon. Her only hope for survival is Dayne, a sorcerer who once massacred most of the tribe. What’s that thing they say about the enemy of your enemy? KEPT is available as a free PDF here: http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/kept/ Or for your […]

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