L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Here’s a list of everything you should ask about when negotiating a publishing contract. Brian A. Klems Q: I would like to know what an author is to do if a publisher were to offer up a book contract to him or her when there is no agent involved? What’s negotiable? What’s not?— C. L. …

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You’ve decided to submit your manuscript to an independent publisher. Now what? The staff of four indie presses answer WD’s questions about small publishers. Cassandra Lipp This issue of WD celebrates the work that independent publishers do to serve authors and better the literary landscape. But don’t just take our word for it; hear the …

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By Nancy L. Erickson The most important part of writing and publishing a book is always whatever you are working on at the moment. Here’s a guide to get you started. As a book coach, I’m often asked the blanket question: “How do I write a book and get it published?” The short answer? Make …

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By Sally Harris No-one told me writing should come with a health warning. Something like on cigarette packets would be great; a shocking or disturbing thing to dissuade the unwary from venturing too near pen, paper or laptop. When I signed up for a creative writing course several years ago, I assumed it would be …

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Harry Bingham The all you need to know guide Getting a book published, even your first book – that sounds like it should be pretty do-able, right? And so it is, but the publishing industry is (inevitably) pretty complex, and can generate massively different outcomes depending on the choices you are about to make. In …

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Karen DeGroot Carter Insights into popular genres, author marketing, audiobooks, and more For a look at current trends in book publishing, I immediately turn to industry insider Jane Friedman, author of The Business of Being an Author and the top resource on the web for developments in the world of traditional publishing. In her October …

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By: Orna Ross What is Self-Publishing 3.0? Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) founder Orna Ross explains the shift from the earliest iterations of self-publishing to today’s landscape with Self-Publishing 3.0. We are in the midst of a revolutionary shift in publishing—an era in which independent authors can work with greater agency than ever before. It …

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Amazon is replacing traditional publishers and agents as a publishing gatekeeper By Mark Coker Twelve years ago, on the eve of the modern-day indie author revolution, few writers aspired to self-publish. Self-publishing was seen as a fool’s errand. At the time, many writers embraced the false narrative that only publishers and literary agents possessed the …

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via Book Marketing Tools Being a successful author these days means knowing how to market and promote yourself and your book, and it doesn’t matter whether you are traditionally published or going the indie/self-publishing route. With their latest new adult novels, Sarah Alderson published with Pan Macmillan and Becky Wicks chose the indie route. What …

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By Valerie Peterson Facts and Figures to Know About the Young Adult Book Market The Young Adult (YA) fiction genre is a category aimed at teens, but many of the books have an adult following, as well. For authors wishing to publish a book in the YA arena, here are some facts and figures about …

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