Beware the Experts

Experts. They're everywhere. Self-publishing experts, social media experts, writing experts... the list goes on and on. How can you tell if someone is an expert in their field? Anyone can claim to be an expert. Not everyone who claims to be an expert is an expert. They lack credentials, experience, and sometimes integrity. They sell … Continue reading Beware the Experts

5 Easy Steps to Successfully Write, Publish and Promote Your Book!

More fantastic advice from Susan’s blog. Read, read, read.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

OR … How I Nearly Became an Overnight Success After My Forty Year-Apprenticeship in the Book Business!

If you read my bio you’ll realize I have worked with books and authors in one way or another for most of my life. I have experience as a bookseller, a publishers’ sales rep, a promoter (a self-styled Author Impresario!), a speaker, a student of writing, editing and publishing, a published author, and a publisher of my own and other authors’ work. I’ve been writing this blog on-and-off for almost ten years, and have discussed the book business here, made friends with like-minded authors and readers, networked and reached many other people in the business, made many friends and connected with even more colleagues, have shared a great deal of information I discovered over the years on the topics of Publishing, Reading, and Writing (hence the name of this blog …), followed and…

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Throwback Thursday: Fear of Formatting

It's Throwback Thursday again, and today's recycled post goes back to May 2013. As I endeavor to format and publish a new book (wish me luck), I've been thinking about those self-publishing fears that prevent some of us authors from going it alone. Don't let your fear of formatting keep you from achieving your dreams. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Fear of Formatting

Self-pub authors beware! There are scammers afoot.

So many scams out there that target new authors. Be careful out there!

Maegan Provan, Author

On March 31st, 2013, I posted an entry entitled “Reviews, Truths and Extortion” talking about a first time author getting a message from a reader claiming that the book in question with practically unreadable due to typos and grammatical errors. The reader said that if the author would pay her, the reader would edit the book and rate the book 5 stars. At the time, that was something that was completely new to me. I had never heard anyone attempt to do something like that before. Of course, that same reader picked up my book and after my post, gave it a bad review. Now, I’m not saying that Celine is completely flawless, because I know it’s not. However, the timing of that review put a pin in my stance. I am hearing more and more about this as I grow and talk to more people within our…

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TBT: What Can Your Publisher Do For You?

It's Throwback Thursday once again and time for me to post a blast from the past. This week's TBT post harks back to July 2013. I'm not going to post the entire thing, but I am reposting most of it. Why? Because it's my blog and I can do whatever I want. Because this post … Continue reading TBT: What Can Your Publisher Do For You?