The genre trap: classifying your book

From Rick: Recently I’ve had several questions regarding how to figure out how to classify a book genre-wise. Some of these questions have dealt with the differences between biographies and historical fiction as well as some interesting misconceptions when it

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A quiz on last post’s reading material

From Rick: I’m just coming off a busy, week-long vacation to the California National Parks (King’s Canyon, Sequoia, Yosemite, Death Valley) plus other places of interest along the way, so I’m going to keep this week’s post short. Besides, I’ll

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Why the offer of a publishing contract should scare you

From Rick: Those of you who have read previous blog posts here on publishing and publishers know that Scott and I are strong advocates of self-publishing, and by “self-publishing” we don’t mean paying someone to publish your book for you.

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Some secrets for marketing success

From Rick: Whenever I suggest self-publishing to authors, I frequently hear the same three objections. One: They can’t afford it. This one derives in part from the days when Vanity Presses represented the only viable route to self-publishing and from

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