The Big Difference Between Traditional Publishing and Vanity Publishing

The Big Difference Between Traditional Publishing and Vanity Publishing

The Big Difference Between Traditional Publishing and Vanity Publishing Do you have a polished novel manuscript ready for publication? Have you begun your search for a publisher? Are you considering paying for publication services? Does the short publication process intrigue you? Before you sign a contract for your new novel manuscript, there are some things you should know. Traditional publishing comes with some stiff competition. It can take years to find the right agent for your novel, and then it can take even more time getting your book sold to a publisher. After that, it takes even more time for your work to see the light of day in bookstores. And this is all provided you do, in fact, find an agent who is willing to take on your project and your agent finds a publisher willing to buy it. With the long wait times and the uncertainty of the publishing industry, it’s no wonder writers are eager to explore other options. One of those...
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For Writers: How to Use Newsletters to Build Relationships With Readers

For Writers: How to Use Newsletters to Build Relationships With Readers

For Writers: How to Use Newsletters to Build Relationships With Readers Are you a writer looking to build your author platform? Ready to grow a fan base and start connecting with your readers? As you know, if you're a novelist marketing your books, you're in business to sell a product and your goal is to gain loyal readers and prospective readers. A newsletter is a great way to help you achieve this goal. What is a newsletter? A newsletter is an effective way to validate your existence as an author and to build reader and prospective reader confidence in your writing skills and stories. It's like an official stamp that says, "Hey, I'm still here plugging away at writing great stories for you to read." Regular newsletters help you develop relationships with readers and prospective fans and it's a way to get you in front of them on a regular basis. The saying goes, "out of sight, out of mind." And it's true. If it's been a month or longer since...
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Is Social Media Getting In the Way of Your Writing Goals?

Is Social Media Getting In the Way of Your Writing Goals?

Is Social Media Getting In the Way of Your Writing Goals? While we all know that procrastination is a common roadblock to our writing goals, most of us handle procrastination on a reactive basis. When we catch ourselves procrastinating and we tell ourselves to stop, we’re reacting to correct a bad action or behavior. As a result, we then chide ourselves for not taking advantage of our time to write. Maybe we start feeling guilty or disappointed in ourselves and our lack of progress. Handling procrastination on a proactive basis, however, gives us a clear guide on preventing procrastination. In addition, it helps us avoid the emotional drain as a result of not meeting our writing goals. So, what does handling procrastination "proactively" mean? There are a number of ways to be proactive so we can get our writing work done. Here is one question to ask yourself: Am I Spending Too Much Time on Social Media? Are you spending too much time on social media? Are you chatting with...
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