Article Category - "Writing"


Independent Articles
Alexa Schlosser, September/October 2021
The Self-Publishing Hustle »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — An interview with contemporary and fantasy author, writing coach, and YouTuber Hannah Lee Kidder. Hannah Lee Kidder is a contemporary and fantasy author, writing coach, and YouTuber. She’s published two short story collections, Little Birds and Starlight. Her hustle-minded approach to self-publishing …

Stephanie Carter, September/October 2021
Indie Excellence via Publishing Industry Standards »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 Stephanie Carter, Founder & Publisher, Teleion Books– “Unprofessional … amateur-level work … below standards.” These are harsh words that no one wants to hear directed toward the quality of their work, yet many independent publishers risk inviting similar labels by failing to produce books that meet basic industry standards. I am the …

Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2021
Killer Nashville Is Back »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2021 interview by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — A Q&A with indie publisher and writers’ conference founder Clay Stafford. After having to take a year off due to the global pandemic, Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford is looking forward to holding his 15th annual writers’ conference this August. IBPA Independent …

Richard-Anthony Lena, November/December 2020
Quick and Easy Strategies for Creating a Better Book »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 by Richard-Anthony Lena, President, Brattle Publishing Group — Product testing will help you learn what appeals to your readers so you can be more successful in the marketplace. Synopsis: Quick testing will improve your narrative, illustration, design, and your readers’ experiences. Testing can be ongoing so that you receive continual customer opinions …

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 …

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