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Happy Independents Day! Navigating Indy

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in 2017, articles, Other Articles | 0 comments

Welcome to my annual Happy Independents Day post! Today I’d like to discuss one of the first obstacles you will navigate as The Indy Author: the potentially keel-scraping shoals of describing your publishing approach. I recommend you do not describe your approach as “self-publishing.” It sounds amateurish—someone who gets drunk on a Friday night and...

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Getting Past the Fear of (First Draft) Commitment

Getting Past the Fear of (First Draft) Commitment

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in 2017, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

Bernard Malamud once commented, “The first draft of anything is suspect unless one is a genius.” I am suspect of the “genius” caveat, and am more in agreement with Ernest Hemingway that “the first draft of anything is rubbish” (although he expressed it more colorfully). However, the hesitance to commit words to paper, actual or virtual, because you know...

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Preparing for Author Blurb Requests

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in 2017, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

Have you ever been reading a book and thought, “I love this book—and other readers who love this book would love my books, too!” In the past, when I experienced this, I would make a mental note to remember the author as a candidate for providing an author blurb for one of my books. Later (sometimes much later), when I was finishing a book and was...

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Reading Your Work Aloud

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in 2016, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

I highly recommend investing the time to read your work aloud before you send it to your editor for the copy edit (your editor will thank you). What are the benefits? The slower pace that reading aloud forces enables you to catch content mistakes you might otherwise miss (for example, referring to “twenty-first century office buildings” in a flashback to...

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Audiobooks – Part 6 – Prep & Production

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

Once you’ve selected a narrator, here are some tips for preparing for the production process Ask the narrator to read the entire book before beginning recording. I don’t believe this is standard procedure, but it can’t hurt to ask—my narrator agreed to this, and said she found it helpful. Provide the narrator with a brief biography of each character...

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Audiobooks – Part 5 – Engaging a (Non-Author) Narrator

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in 2016, articles, Audiobook, Latest | 0 comments

Based on the considerations detailed in Part 4 of Audiobook Production for The Indy Author—“Who Will Narrate?”—I knew I wanted to engage a professional narrator (not narrate my audiobook myself). This post is a high level description of what came next in my work with ACX, and some tips I gleaned along the way. Post your book excerpt. Make sure you use a...

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