Article Category - "Writing"


Independent Articles
Cory Schulman, July/August 2018
The Advantages of Independent Publishers Using Focus Groups »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2018 by Cory Schulman, Owner, BestSellerPublications.com — Helpful tips for independent publishers about how to obtain focus groups and why they are so important A focus group can help authors understand how their manuscript is perceived from a reader’s perspective. Members of a focus group read manuscripts and provide objective feedback on the …

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, March/April 2018
Editorial Solutions to Public Relations Problems »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2018 by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins, Founder, August Rose Press — Public relations are just that: how you deal with the public at large with respect to your work. In indie publishing, we’ve been able to take control of our own narratives and release books into the world that may otherwise have not seen …

Roy M. Carlisle, January/February 2018
17th Edition of the CMOS Reaffirms its Relevance »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 by Roy M. Carlisle, Acquisitions Director, Independent Institute — No one should underestimate the powers of discernment belonging to Russel David Harper, the more-than-capable “principal reviser” of the new 17th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Writing in his preface, he says, after alluding to major shifts happening in the modern …

Alexa Schlosser, December 2017
Wattpad: Redefining Storytelling »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Wattpad is a community-driven publishing platform that’s turning itself into a full-fledged entertainment company. The Motorola Razr was the coolest phone to have in 2006. That same year, Toronto-based Wattpad launched its reading app on the Razr. Today, Wattpad is still a mobile-first …

Deb Vanesse, December 2017
Freelance Editors: Find and Cultivate Top-Notch Talent »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Publishers must understand the nuances of editing, search for the right talent, and foster good relationships to reap the benefits of a perfect editorial fit. Within the past decade, market changes have created a healthy supply of freelance editorial talent. But in the wide-open …

Belinda Pollard, December 2017
Why Are Book Editors So Expensive? »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Belinda Pollard, Publishing Consultant — An editor and author break down the two main reasons why the cost of editing services is so high. I’m going to let you in on a secret. Book editors are expensive. And, yes, I am one of them, but I’m also a writer. Every time …

Scott Berkun, December 2017
Don’t Be Precious (with Your Ideas) »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Scott Berkun, Author/Speaker — Three magic words for people who create things are: Don’t be precious. Being precious means you’re behaving as if the idea you’re working on is the most important thing in the history of the universe. It means you’ve lost perspective and can’t see the work objectively anymore. …

Sandra Wendel, December 2017
Editing: An Example of Doing Whatever It Takes »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Sandra Wendel, Author and Editor — When prospective authors ask me what it will take to edit their manuscripts, I think back to one particular story, and I say: “Whatever it takes to get your story out of your head and into print.” Sometimes it takes a lot more than commas …

Ron Mumford, December 2017
Notes to Self: There Is Hope for Selling Books »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2017 by Ron W. Mumford, Author/Publisher — An independent author traces his 20-year path through the industry, noting lessons along the way. During the 1990s, I wrote my first novel: 800 pages double spaced, 200,000 words. I was so proud of myself. The work was sure to win the Pulitzer Prize! Sound familiar? After my …

Matt Knight, November 2017
Life Story Rights: Clearance and Acquisition for Literary Works »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by Matt Knight, Author, THE GENE POOL — Truth is stranger than fiction. It is an old adage that, for writers, equals entertainment. Maybe the story is uplifting or heroic, sad or horrific. Maybe the story is a retelling of noteworthy events, a glimpse into the private lives of public figures, or …

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