Tag Archives: Publishing

The Martian v. The Martian

The Martian novel, written by Andy Weir, is a self-publishing success. In 2011, he self-published the book and it got enough attention to garner him a contract with Crown Books. In 2014, The Martian was re-released with the help of … Continue reading

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AWP 2014: Writing Unsympathetic Characters

Last week, I attended AWP in Seattle with other students in my program and fellow contributor, Tiffany Shelton. For those of you who haven’t heard of AWP, it’s a conference and bookfair held in a different city each year and … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing: No Degree Necessary

Self-publishing has taken off, that’s no secret. Bestsellers, from Fifty Shades of Grey to Wool, began as self-published books. Recently, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in the UK, even began its own masters program in self-publishing. A full-time student can complete the program in one year; when he or she graduates, they will have all the skills needed to edit, design, publish, and market their own book. At least, that’s the idea. Continue reading

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Should Writers Get Paid? A Conversation.

In a recent post, I asked whether or not paying to submit to writing contests is worth it for a writer. Money and writing often spark conversations about worth. The kind of value we as readers give the written word … Continue reading

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Are There Too Many Books Out There?

Writers, for me, are philosophers. And anthropologists. They search for meaning, and they observe and report. Writers are smart. They have to be in order to survive, in order to create something worth surviving. But quite frankly, there’s a lot … Continue reading

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Copyright 101 For Authors, or I Made A Thing!

So, I didn’t have time to work on what was supposed to be today’s post, because I was too busy making an infographic for my course this term on copyright. I blame my procrastination on an extreme case of “senioritis.” … Continue reading

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Paying For A Writing Contest: Is It Worth It?

To submit to today’s literary contests, writers can spend anywhere from $0 to $50. But generally, the average for entry fees is around $15. After spending countless hours tweaking every line and sentence of a poem or story, many writers … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Book Covers: Do They Matter?

While reading an article about self-publishing, I happened to stumble upon this fact about book covers: “75% of 300 booksellers reviewed (half from independent bookstores and half from chains) recognized the look and design of the book cover as the … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: How Tumblr Helped one Author Get Published

Last Friday, Publisher’s Weekly published an article called “What Tumblr Taught Me About Writing.” The article was written by Tim Manley, a writer who, after being accepted into two MFA programs in New York, decided not to enroll. Manley also … Continue reading

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Repost: A Post-Holiday Book Shopping List

The new year is around the corner, and the holidays are coming to an end. If you’re anything like me, I’ll bet you have a few gift cards to spend. My post-holiday shopping list consists mainly of books, as well … Continue reading

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