My word for 2018 is perseverance—the ability to go on when things seem hopeless or when you don’t know how everything is going to turn out. As a writer and published author, I’ve learned that there are no guarantees in the business of writing, publishing and especially marketing. The odds are simply better in some situations than others. As writers and authors, it’s up to us to find out where the odds work best for us. And for that, we need perseverance. It takes perseverance to continue to forge ahead, day after day, week after week and month after month, toward our goals and ultimately—our dreams.
As you probably know, dreams are not obtained overnight, especially in the publishing world. Our dreams begin when we set literary goals and then put all our efforts into those goals—for a desired result. As writers, it’s nearly impossible to achieve any type…
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By Stephanie McGrath
Every book published through Kobo Writing Life undergoes our QA process and because no book is perfect, some will be rejected. When a title does not meet our standards for publication we will decline the title and inform the author the reason for rejection.
You will see rejected titles as “Declined” in your dashboard.
To see the reason for rejection, select the title (which will open the book in edit mode) and navigate to the “Publish your ebook” page. That is where you will see the specific reason the book was not accepted for publication.
If you see a rejection on one of your titles, don’t panic! It just means that something needs to be adjusted in order to pass our QA process.
Listed below are our most common reasons for rejection and steps you can take to successfully publish your title and avoid the delay.
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The Internet abounds with advice. Some of it is good and some of it is not.
When it comes to advice for independently published authors, often what you find on the Internet is contradictory. Some authors assert one thing, while others assert the opposite.
One area where advice given for independently published authors on the Internet contradicts itself is in the area of giving books away. Some advice givers say you should, others say you shouldn’t.
Advice is cheap. Anyone can give advice. The advice taker must discern whether or not the person has the knowledge or experience to give good advice.
Whether you, as an independent author, should or shouldn’t give books away for free is not the question to ask. Rather, you should ask: What is the industry standard?
1. Giving books for free in exchange for reviews is standard in the book publishing industry.
Providing a free…
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Every writer now days has to carefully decide between two roads, traditional publishing, or self-publishing. Both roads, with the proper amount of elbow grease, will technically get you where you really want to be, but both roads are far from equal.
I must confess that just like every other writer out there I started out wanting to go the traditional publishing route. Once I finished my work I even started querying publishers. That was a whole new level for me, it helped me to see what it was really like to compete for a coveted spot on some publishers roster. That was when I realized I wanted to take a crack at self-publishing. Here are my top five reasons for making that decision.
I wish you the best of luck, whichever route you decide to take!
1: Time: I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, ‘time is money’. So true…
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This post is causing quite a stir in the indie world.
Long ago, in another time, another place, I lamented the foolishness of writers who skipped jumping the required hoops that litter the path to traditional publishing and simply published themselves…