by Naomi Long Eagleson
Founder & Editorial Director, The Artful Editor
Before self-publishing exploded and transformed the book industry, most authors published their books by traditional means. You either got an agent who sold your book to a publisher, or you worked with a publisher directly. Once your book was in the publisher’s hands, they took care of the editing, which was mostly done behind closed doors. You didn’t have to worry about persnickety things like misplaced modifiers, Oxford commas, and bad breaks—and I don’t mean the dating kind.
Nowadays, the publishing process has become more transparent, and you have access to freelance editing services that can help give your book a fighting chance in the marketplace. So, let’s cover what these services are and determine which type of edit would most benefit your book. Continue reading
by Rhonda Rees
“Back before the Internet, we had a name for people who bought a single copy of our book and lent it to all their friends without charging; we called them librarians.” – Charles Stross, UK science fiction writer
Unfortunately, in 2017 this isn’t always the case. In today’s fast-paced world, with our instant communications, miracle devices, and user-friendly technologies, almost anything can be found with the simple press of a button or as fast as someone can “point and click.” This definitely has its advantages, and you may even say that in the past decade we’ve come a very long way, but there still can be a downside to all of this progress. Continue reading
by Libby J. Atwater
Publishing presents enough challenges to first-time authors, but even veterans like me can be surprised when a publisher announces he’s selling his company only a few days before the sale closes.
I’ve been writing, editing, and publishing others’ life stories as a ghost writer for nearly twenty years. When I began doing this work, the books I wrote were for private individuals and families who wanted to preserve their stories but did not want to sell them commercially. They requested small print runs of 10 or 25, but I could not find publishers who would print these.
After a few challenges, I decided to publish clients’ books under my company’s name, Choose Your Words. That meant I was responsible for everything involved with book production from interviewing, writing, editing, graphics, formatting, proofing, and printing to binding. Continue reading
When Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo wanted to publish the kind of children’s book they wished they had had when they were growing up, they turned to Kickstarter to fund Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a middle-grade exploration of historical female role models.
Favilli and Cavallo are founders of four-year-old Timbuktu Labs and creators of Timbuktu Magazine, the first iPad magazine for children. “Our entrepreneurial journey made us understand how important it is for girls to grow up surrounded by female role models,” Favilli and Cavallo wrote on Kickstarter. “It helps them become more confident and set bigger goals. We realized that 95% of the books and TV shows we grew up with lacked girls in prominent positions. We did some research and discovered that this didn’t change much over the past 20 years.” Continue reading
by Ivor Davis
You risk being swallowed up whole, maybe never to be seen again, if you venture to the annual Book Expo America without a serious game plan.
In May, I headed to Chicago’s McCormick Place to see what the publishing world had wrought—or was about to unleash on the (diminishing, perhaps) book-reading public. It was the first time in twelve years the book event had been held in the Midwest.
Although last year I’d traveled to New York’s Javits Center, even with a master plan, I found that in Chicago, I succumbed all too easily to the blandishments of the army of publishing booths that await the innocent book voyeur. Expo offers lots of free book signings, free bags and catalogues, and well-known scribes happily autographing their works; for example, Jamie Lee Curtis (This Is Me) and music man Kenny Loggins, who has turned his hit song “Footloose” (from the l984 movie) into a book with the same title. Both offerings were for kids, and celebrity signings add up to long lines. Continue reading
by Jay Hartman
Publishing is very much about lessons you learn as you go along. Sometimes you hit something out of the ballpark and sometimes it’s a swing and a miss.
As Untreed Reads celebrates its sixth anniversary, it’s interesting to look back on the various trends in publishing that we either jumped on before they were cool or those that we looked at in the rear-view mirror and said “well, we probably should have gotten started on that sooner.” Continue reading
by Patricia Fry
I get requests for interviews from newspaper reporters and radio show hosts to talk about my venture into fiction writing after writing nonfiction for so long. I know how important it is to give real sales figures, so I took time to go over all of my carefully compiled statements at Amazon. To date, I’ve sold over 40,000 Kindle copies of the Klepto Cat Mysteries and given away an additional 12,000 Kindle editions during the promotions Amazon offers authors. Continue reading