Posts in Publishing
How To Format a Book When Self-Publishing

There’s more to self-publishing than throwing your book up on Amazon and calling it a day. 

To become a successful independent author, you must treat your writing as a business. Your books are your products, and to sell well, they must rival books produced by traditional publishers. To do this, you must give ample thought to every element of your books’ production, from editing and proofreading to cover design, back cover copy, formatting, and more.

Does that sound overwhelming? You’re not wrong. Indeed, there are a plethora of book production tools, services, and resources available to writers who choose to self-publish. But not all of these options are created equal. Some are more trustworthy than others, while some are simply better suited to certain books or writers.

How do you decide which options are best for you? Rather than fall victim to analysis-paralysis, let’s break down the most popular ways that self-published authors produce their books, beginning with five common interior formatting options…

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Five Tips for Landing Your First Short Story Publication

One thing I love about being an online creator is connecting with fellow writers producing incredible work.

One such writer is Mandy Wallace, a blogger and writing mentor whose resources at Write or Die never fail to leave me feeling encouraged and inspired. Earlier this week, Mandy published Landing Your First Publication, a short story writing prompt and publication strategy guide for writers who refuse to rely on luck.

When Mandy offered to send me an advanced reader copy of the book to review, I jumped at the opportunity — and I’m so glad I did. Landing Your First Publication is a beautiful and insightful resource for any writer looking to stop wishing and start making their publication dreams come true.

Today, I’d love to share five key submission tips I gleaned from this incredible resource:

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Seven Tips for Submitting Your Fiction For Publication

Over the past two years, I’ve been working towards turning my obsession with writing into a serious business.

During that time, I’ve developed several strategies and techniques that may benefit other writers, particularly new or emerging writers who haven’t yet developed writing systems of their own. Are you eager to get serious about your writing business as well? You can use the following strategies together or separately to increase both your confidence and word count:

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Seven Submission Tips From a Literary Agent’s Slush Pile

I’m an aspiring author. That means that every day I write, edit, query, and write some more. It means I attend conferences, network, and sit in crowded rooms “speed dating” with agents, hoping that one will choose to represent my work.

I’m also a Literary Agent Intern. That means that I watch as other people are chosen for representation while I keep querying each and every day. It means that I slog through hundreds of emails a month from the slush pile, hoping I can make another author’s dreams come true. It also means that I see the realities behind publication — that it takes work, grit, and a willingness to accept a few honest truths.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned while playing on both sides of the publishing fence:

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Can You Really Make a Living Writing Fiction?

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of research on how one can make a living with their writing.

It’s my aim in 2019 to publish my first non-fiction book, Build Your Best Writing Life, which is the first step in transforming my creative business model from a focus on digital information products to one that’s built on publishing. Needless to say, I’ve been learning a lot as I’ve researched, and though I’m currently focused on non-fiction publishing, most of what I’ve learned applies to fiction writers as well.

If, like me, you’ve often wondered if you can truly make a living with your writing, then buckle in, my friend. Today, I’m breaking down a few common myths about what a writing career looks like, sharing whether (and how!) it’s possible to make a living publishing fiction, and doling out the questions you should ask to determine if pursuing a career in writing is right for you. Shall we dive in?

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An Epic Guide to Self-Publishing Resources

Are you ready to prepare your book for publishing?

Congratulations! Self-publishing a book is a thrilling process, but it's often an overwhelming one as well. Fortunately, finding the right publishing team to help you bring your book to life can make all the difference.

Below, I've put together an epic list of trusted and experienced companies and freelancers offering project management, editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and other helpful services. Dive right on in and find your perfect team!

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The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing Your Fiction

As with much of anything, there are both advantages and disadvantages to self-publishing your fiction.

A few weeks back, we covered the pros and cons of pursuing a traditional book deal as a means of publishing your fiction and building a career in writing. Today, we’re flipping the tables and discussing the very same for self-publishing!

Do you think self-publishing might be the right choice for your fiction?

If you haven’t already, I recommend first checking out the other self-publishing articles in our publishing series before getting started with today's breakdown. You can find these articles here and here.

All caught up? Fantastic. Let’s jump straight into the pros & cons of self-publishing today!

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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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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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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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Traditional Publishing: How Fiction Writers Nab Book Deals & Get Published

Are you interested in traditional publishing?

Welcome to the second article in our publishing series here at Well-Storied. Today, we’re exploring the most common way authors get published: traditional book deals.

Originally, I’d intended this post to include a breakdown of how traditional publishing works, as well as its pros and cons. But when outlining, I quickly realized just how much info I needed to convey, so we're breaking things up. 

Expect to see a second article on the pros and cons of traditional publishing soon! 

There are, of course, many ways in which an author can go about gaining an agent and landing a book deal with a traditional publishing house. Ask a slew of published authors about their experiences in the industry, and you'll get a slew of different answers.

But for simplicity's sake, today I’m going to break down the typical journey a debut author is likely to experience when publishing their book traditionally.

Your own experiences may vary, but if you’re brand new to traditional publishing, this article should give you a strong idea of how traditional publishing works. Sound good?

Without any further ado, let’s dive in!

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Publishing Your Fiction: Things to Know Before Getting Started

Recently, a shift has taken place in my writing life.

In my first five years of writing, I focused on learning the craft and improving my skills. During these years, I almost never felt that I'd written something worthy of publishing. My work simply wasn't up to par.

But now, that's beginning to change.

I'm finally coming to a place where I'm happy with my storytelling and prose. There's always more to learn and more room to grow, of course, but now I'm beginning to turn my eye toward publishing in earnest.

To prepare, I've been reading and researching everything I need to know about the publishing process, and I'm finally ready to share what I've learned with you in a new series on publishing. Hurray!

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How to Title Your Novel

Choosing the perfect title for a story is tough. There's no real process to it, no formula. Or is there?

Despite being one of my most requested articles, I delayed writing this piece on titling because I never quite knew what tips to offer. The whole process seemed so subjective! But the other week I had a revelation; there's far more of a science to choosing the perfect book title than I'd suspected.

After studying book titles pretty intensively these past few weeks, I realized that whether a book is plot- or character-driven often has a big impact on how it's titled. Sounds strange, right? But the data doesn't lie, writer. So if you're struggling to choose the perfect title for your latest story, buckle in. You're going to love today's breakdown.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Authors (with guest writer Maria Ribas)

Hello, writers! Kristen here. Today, I'm excited to welcome my first guest writer of 2016 to the Well-Storied blog. Maria Ribas is a writer and literary agent and the blogger behind Cooks & Books, where she shares fantastic advice for fiction and non-fiction writers alike.

Today, Maria is here to talk to with us all about a few healthy habits highly successful authors practice that make literary agents want to jump for joy. If you're looking to build a successful career in publishing, these are the tips for you! Now without any further ado, I'll hand the reins over to Maria...

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