2017 Publishing Trends for Authors and the Industry

By Lauren Wise Midnight Publishing The publishing landscape is always evolving; and it’s not slow, like water carving out canyons. It peaks and dips, like shifting sand dunes—and the winds of change have been strong in the past 10 years on all angles. Even though there wasn’t a big book hit in 2016, the industry is

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Upcoming Training for Indie Publishers

These upcoming training opportunities will help you be an even more successful publisher. How to Write and Publish an Ebook In this on-demand course, Tara Gentile and Creative Live have created a simple, step-by-step formula that anyone can follow to write or publish an ebook. The 16 video lessons include how to outline and write your book

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Business Owners, Here’s How to Blog a Book in 2017

Have you been thinking about new ways to market your business in the new year? Turning your blog into a book should be among your new year’s resolutions. You can use the print version as a high-end calling card and the ebook download for lead capture. Plus, you’ll build authority that may help you leverage speaking engagements and other

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Build Your Book Publishing Budget

When you’re an indie author, you’re not just a writer. You’re also a publisher, and have to facilitate editing, ebook conversion, formatting, cover design, distribution, printing and marketing for your book. There’s no shortage of companies willing to do all this for you, but outsource everything, and it adds up fast. Think of how many $3.99 books

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What Writers Learned at Indie Author Day

On Indie Author Day, nearly 300 libraries across North America simulcast a panel of publishing experts who answered questions from authors about writing and self-publishing. The panel was moderated by Jon Fine, former director of author and publisher relations at Amazon, and included Robin Cutler, director of IngramSpark; Jim Blanton, library director at the Louisville

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Here’s What to Ask Your Book Editor (Before Signing a Contract)

Editing is possibly the most crucial–and costly–service you’ll need as an independent publisher. Here are some questions to ask when interviewing your book editor to be sure you find the right editor for your project and the best value for your investment.   Q1. What type of editor are you? Just because someone has the word

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Join Pressbooks for #SELFeCHAT About Indie Author Day

Follow along Thursday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. EST as SELF-e, Pressbooks and Indies Unlimited join forces for a twitter chat about indie publishing. Liz Mays of Pressbooks and K.S. Brooks of Indies Unlimited will discuss Indie Author Day, which is coming up Oct. 8, in a chat moderated by Porter Anderson. You can catch the

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New! 7-Day Email Course on Self-Publishing from Pressbooks

Are you wanting to publish your book independently but not sure how to get started? You’ll find all the help advice you need in our new email course on self-publishing. The seven-day email course covers: Independent Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing Terminology, Technology, & Formatting Your Manuscript Creating Your Book Covers for Ebook and Print Other Elements of Publishing:

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Join Your Local Library for Indie Author Day 2016

Libraries across North America will be hosting the first annual Indie Author Day Oct. 8. At 2 p.m. EST, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital broadcast featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. In addition, throughout the day, each participating library will offer events individualized to their local

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