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Judging a Book by Its Cover

That familiar saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” has had its day. Everyone judges books by their covers now, so it seems. According to Book Baby your book cover is the most important part of your book. That’s kinda a shock to those of us who spent years, years and years completing our first novels. You mean what’s …

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How Can We Overcome Stigma About Indie Books?

Once upon a time the only people who went it alone in publishing were those whose books would never get a publisher. Their books were of little interest to anyone except the author and their Great Aunt Mabel, proud parents and less proud teenage kids. The self-publishing author forked out hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds or dollars, handing it …

When Did “Daddy” Become a Dirty Word?

The darker side of e-book publishing The meaning of Daddy, you would think, is pretty clear. If you were to go onto any on-line bookstore, you might expect that a search in the books section for “daddy” would bring up titles such as I Love My Daddy by Sebastian Braun or Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz. Kiddies’ books.And yes, when …

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Editing a Self-Published Novel

photo: imagery majestic/freedigital photos  One advantage that authors who go to the traditional route have over those of us leap into the  independent unknown is  an editor. Without one of these, we have to either be extremely detached when doing our own revision, or find some other people to help us see the flaws in our work. Because, as one …