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Paths to Publishing: Thinking Ahead A primer on traditional and independent publishing options in 2021

by Ross Browne and John Robert Marlow

Publishing has changed a lot in the 40 years since The Editorial Department opened its doors—and not necessarily for the better, in the eyes of many. But it’s nonetheless an exciting time to be a writer, in large part because when it comes to getting published, you have more options than ever before.

While traditional publishing’s priorities often feel more corporate and profit-driven in this era, there are still plenty of fine literary agents […]

By |2021-05-11T16:53:43+00:00|General, Getting Published, JRM, Self Publishing, Traditional Publishing|Comments Off on Paths to Publishing: Thinking Ahead A primer on traditional and independent publishing options in 2021

A Writer’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Voice Actor for Your Audiobook Guest post by Stewart Storrar of voquent.com

Every author should consider turning their book into an audiobook.

Why? The audiobook market is growing fast, with many book lovers discovering that audiobooks are an easier way to read while on the move or performing other tasks.

Everyone is seeking to optimize their time. It is quickly becoming the norm to listen to audiobooks at the gym, during the office commute, or on a walk.

To tap into this market, you will first need to find the right narrator. Let’s look at where […]

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Biggest Stories in Independent Publishing

The past year has been exhilarating for writers, readers, and independent publishers. On a tidal wave of new e-reader technology and the increasing popularity of Kindles and iPads, the publishing industry—once a staid, tradition-bound sector—is now experiencing the kind of upheaval we’re used to hearing about in music, film, and quantum physics.

Here are some of the year’s biggest stories in independent publishing.

INDIE AUTHORS HIT IT BIG: AMANDA HOCKING MAKES MILLIONS BY SELF-PUBLISHING ON KINDLE

By |2021-05-12T16:40:08+00:00|Getting Published, Self Publishing, Trends|Comments Off on Biggest Stories in Independent Publishing

E-Book Formatting Considered Why quality code matters and automated e-book conversion tools may not be your best option

It wasn’t too long ago that the Kindle version of Neal Stephenson’s newest book Reamde had to be replaced. The reason? Customer complaints about errors in spelling, grammar, and formatting. After spending $16.99 to download an e-book, readers were justifiably miffed that it was riddled with mistakes. We imagine this resulted in large numbers of return requests (a customer can “return” a Kindle book, which means it’s deleted from the device’s archive). What we can’t […]

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