Breaking Down the Cost of Self-Publishing

Breaking Down the Cost of Self-Publishing

There are many ways to self-publish a book.

If you're simply looking to make your book available online for whomever would like to read it, it's entirely possible to self-publish without spending a dime. 

If, however, you're interested in self-publishing a book that can rival the quality of those produced by traditional publishing houses, a few expenses will indeed come into play.

Throughout our publishing series, we've taken a look at both traditional and self-publishing options as a means of launching our writing careers. With that in mind, let's break down the costs of self-publishing a professional quality novel today.

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How can we write effective prologues? (a #StorySocial chat recap)

How can we write effective prologues? (a #StorySocial chat recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to craft epic anti-heroes.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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How to Craft an Epic Anti-Hero (a #StorySocial recap)

How to Craft an Epic Anti-Hero (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to craft epic anti-heroes.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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An Introduction to Self-Publishing Fiction

An Introduction to Self-Publishing Fiction

Hey, writer! Have you considered self-publishing your work?

Welcome to the 4th installment in our publishing series! As I mentioned in our introductory article, there are many reasons why a writer may choose to publish. But if you’re hoping to build a career from your writing, you’ve come to the right place! 

When it comes to building a writing career, self-publishing is just as valid a publishing route as going the way of agents, book deals, and publishing houses. 

Despite the stigma, many authors have found success in building personal self-publishing empires, including fellow writing bloggers K.M. Weiland and Joanna Penn, as well as authors like Hugh Howey, H.M. Ward, Amanda Hocking, and James Redfield.

So how can writers use self-publishing to earn a full-time living? Let's break down an overview of this topic today!

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Tips For Conducting Epic Story Research (a #StorySocial recap)

Tips For Conducting Epic Story Research (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to stay inspired when writing gets tough so we don't lose the motivation to keep on writing.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Let's Talk About Problematic Literature (Youtube Video & Transcript)

Let's Talk About Problematic Literature (Youtube Video & Transcript)

Are you a fan of diverse stories?

As a reader, diverse literature matters to me. Not only because I enjoy reading it, but because I believe that all readers deserve to see themselves in the pages of a book.

Unfortunately, this isn't often the case for far too many people in this world. And even worse than the underrepresentation of many minority groups in our media is the rampant poor representation that only contributes to harmful stereotypes, erasure, and hate. 

Fortunately, authors and other industry professionals are making strides every single day to add quality diverse literature to the market. And as writers, we can help! But before we can do better, we first need to know where literature has gone wrong in the past.

That's why in today's new Youtube video, I'm sharing all about what problematic literature is, why we should be concerned, and how we can avoid writing it in the first place! Scroll down to check out both the video and the written transcript of our discussion.

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How to Stay Inspired When Writing Gets Tough (a #StorySocial recap)

How to Stay Inspired When Writing Gets Tough (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to stay inspired when writing gets tough so we don't lose the motivation to keep on writing.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Well-Storied Life (May 2017)

Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Well-Storied Life (May 2017)

How in the actual world is it already June?!

I feel like I'm going to wake up one morning and there'll be snow on the ground and Christmas music playing and oh my goodness I need to start buying presents now or everyone's going to hate me. *hyperventilates*

Okay, okay.

My year may be flying by, but at least it's been a rocking year thus far for stories. Reading them, writing them, helping you guys write your own. For the most part, I'm fairly pleased with how 2017 is shaping up. 

May turned out to be an especially awesome month. Let's recap some of the things that happened!

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The Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing

The Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing

Both traditional and self-publishing routes give authors the opportunity to share their stories with the world while building their writing careers. But which publishing path you pursue shouldn’t be decided on a whim.

There are disadvantages to working within the publishing industry just as there are for indie authors publishing online. Knowing the pros and cons of both publishing routes is the key to making the best choice for your writing career. 

Last week, in the second installment of our publishing series, we broke down the path debut authors are likely to experience should they choose to pursue traditional publishing.

If you’re brand new to publishing and are unsure of how traditional book deals work, I encourage you to check out that article first. Then, come back to today's post for an in-depth look at the pros and cons of working within the traditional publishing industry.

Sound good? Let's dive in!

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5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors Without Spending Money

5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors Without Spending Money


Authors thrive on their readers' support.

After all, without strong readerships and good sales, it's nearly impossible to maintain a writing career. As readers, our favorite authors' success is in OUR hands, which is exactly why it's so important that we support the authors we love.

The easiest way to support an author is, of course, to buy their books. But what if we don't have a lot of money to spend or if we prefer not to buy every book we read?

Fortunately, we can use more than just our cash to support our favorite authors. In today's video, I'm sharing 5 ways we can support authors without spending a dime. Check out the video below or over on Youtube!

You can also scroll down if you'd prefer to catch the transcript of today's video instead.

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