Should I Self-Publish or Get an Agent?

Should I Self-Publish? In 2013, I self-published The Gospel According to Breaking Bad. At the time, I was thoroughly onboard with self-publishing as the only “smart” way to publish. The inevitable publishing path of the future seemed the wisest choice. Why would I want to give away so much control of my final product, along with …

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"Audio is a popular shelf." — Jim Seybert, nonfiction audiobook narrator

Jim Seybert is a nonfiction audiobook narrator. We were recently connected through a mutual friend in the publishing profession. After reviewing his site, I realized I’d seen his hilarious narration-blunder video before, which is embedded toward the end of this post. I reached out to Jim for this quick interview and was rewarded with more than …

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The Problem with Memoir

In “Why Your Memoir Won’t Sell,” Jane Friedman offers seven reasons why a memoir won’t move copies. To paraphrase: It’s the first “legit” writing you’ve ever attempted. It’s an act of catharsis (a. k. a. emotional vomit). It’s a glorified diary. It’s a chronological autobiography. It’s a series of unrelated anecdotes from your life. It’s …

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