Audiobooks

There is some controversy over audiobooks.  Certainly, those who are visually impaired can benefit from audiobooks.  But what of the rest of us? A friend of mine actually became an…

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Publishing is a gamble

The sheer volume of titles on retailers' and publishers' sites, as well as in brick-and-mortar stores, is an indication of the difficulties inherent in trying to get books before readers. …

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More Editing

I freely admit that I could wish that I had more education and experience in life.  Both would make writing and editing easier.  Turns of phrase, vocabulary, and correct literary…

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What readers want

The advertising industry created the slogan "Give me something new!"  But is that truly what people want?  There is another maxim that crosses many industries:  "Give them what they expect."…

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The Stakes

In every story, there must be something at stake.  This is especially true for thrillers and suspense novels, but it actually applies to all in some way.  For example, in…

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Digital Art

Put simply, GIMP is a free design software similar to Photoshop.  (Whether they have the same features I could not tell you, never having used Photoshop.) I have begun to…

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Book Covers Part Two

As Derek Murphy of creativindie.com tells all independent authors (and I highly recommend his books, courses, and articles), covers serve but one purpose:  to draw the eye of the potential…

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Book Covers Part One

Independent publishers have a variety of options, whether publishing digital or print books. There are individual designers who specialize in cover design; their prices vary. There are companies that make…

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