Is Fear Sabotaging Your Self-Published Book?

by Vinnie Kinsella Preparing to put your writing out for the world to judge can be scary. When you’re self-publishing, that fear can be intensified because every decision about the book is a reflection of your tastes. This fear can begin manifesting in your...

Always Be Prepared

by Ali Shaw, Executive Editor Sometimes, despite all the best planning, something goes sideways at a book event. And sometimes, that something is missing books. But that doesn’t have to mean an unsuccessful event! In truth, this hiccup probably happens more in the...

Conference Survival Tips

by Olivia M. Croom I love conferences. I have friends I only see at particular conferences, and every year I learn something new about book publishing after attending the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. #AWP19 in Portland, Oregon, will...

3 Tips for Book Publicity

by Susan DeFreitas, Collaborative Editor and Marketing Strategist The process of publishing independently is often the end of a long road for you as the author, one that may include years of writing, rewriting, revising, and polishing—not to mention the complex...

The Nitty-Gritty on Permissions

by Melissa Flamson, Owner of With Permission As a copyright permissions consultant, I am often asked what material requires permission. It is a complex issue, so I will share a few basic guidelines. The first step is to determine whether a work is currently protected...