As a college senior studying writing and publishing, I’ve spent much of the past four years weighing the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and self-publishing. Which is more cost-effective? How long does either process take? Which experience is more fulfilling as a first-time author? Sometimes, it seems like there are too many questions to count, […]Continue reading
Pen names, pseudonyms, noms de plume… Like most writers, I’ve considered using one for my work, hiding my identity and writing what I want. But I got to thinking recently and wondered: why wouldn’t authors who write famous pieces of literature not want the credit for the piece? Why would they use a pen name? Continue reading
You’ve all heard of the fairytale traditional publishing success story; author writes a book, author sends book to publishing company, publisher loves it, book gets published and becomes a national bestseller. Okay, so maybe it’s a little more complicated than that, but you get the idea. Continue reading
If you’re a self-published author, you understand the struggle of trying to get your book out into the world. Not only do indie authors pour countless hours of hard work into their writing, but they also face a boatload of marketing challenges, especially when it comes to finding a place to sell their creations.
Many authors turn to the Internet, using websites like Amazon and Blurb to garner sales. What’s more difficult, however, is getting their book featured in the window, or even on the shelves, of a brick-and-mortar bookstore. Big box stores carry hundreds of titles, many of which come from big name publishers and are written by extremely popular authors. With so much competition, traditional bookstores are a battlefield for self publishers.Continue reading