Publishing

If you want to write a book, stop before you start

The calls start innocently enough. “I found you online while searching for an editor. I want to write a book.” Then I’m regaled for a couple of minutes—sometimes much longer than that—about the content of this ethereal, would-be, much-desired future book. But I don’t need to know all that much about the content of your …

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Why Stephanie Chandler wrote The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan

I first became aware of the impressive depth and breadth of work that Stephanie Chandler was doing when she was a fellow speaker for a major online event aimed at self-publishers.Interested by her talk, I visited her website and learned of an organization she’d founded: the Nonfiction Authors Association. I’d never heard of it before …

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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 Brutal Truth about Earning Out

“Seventy percent of authors don’t earn out.” That’s publishing guru Jane Friedman during her excellent and information-laden workshop, “How to Get Your Book Traditionally Published” at DFWCon 2017. What does earning out mean? When an author signs a book deal with a publisher, the publisher pays the author in the form of an advance on …

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