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How to Spot a Vanity Publisher

There are many publishers that cater for different writers. For example, Wild Rose Press and Decadent Publishing are dedicated to publishing various forms of romance, perhaps even a bit of erotic romance every now and then. Big traditional publishers such as Harper Collins and Penguin Random House...

Publishing Choices: Amazon KDP Select vs. Smashwords

Self-publishing is an excellent way to get your book in front of readers, especially when you don’t want to go through the tedious process of getting an agent, or the even more burdensome prospect of getting your manuscript approved by a publisher. The fact that...

Things To Know About Being a Published Author

Congratulations! Your book has been published. So what happens now? What should you expect? There are a certain amount of thrills to having your book published; you get your name on a book, your work is available to all and sundry to read and, perhaps the...

Tips for Submitting to Online Journals

Online literary journals are often considered one of the staples of the literary world. They help connect writers to different opportunities that allow them to expose their work, as well as meet other writers that they can build a support group from. They can learn...

Follow Up Queries To A Publisher

So you have had a positive response from an agent or publisher requesting your manuscript. You wait patiently each day, but receive no news from them. So what can you do? Too frequently, writers never follow up with the publishers because they do not know if...

5 Steps to Self-Publishing Success

"Lady in the Water," have you seen it? It was that movie about a mermaid that lived in Paul Giamatti's pool. It was written, directed and even co-starred M. Night Shyamalan. Night based the movie on a fairytale he made up for his kids. He...

Top 5 Indie Horror Publishers

Horror has a special place in my heart. Ever since the advent of my obsession with vampires and werewolves, I couldn’t help but explore the realms of the horror genre. From the deep, psychological horrors of the nightmares an artist sees, to the mesmerizing, yet...

Top 5 Indie Romance Publishers

Romance is a a particularly popular genre, especially in indie publishing. It’s a timeless genre that has garnered an international audience. From the confines of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to the cheesy, yet endearing pages of The Royal Teashop series by Ginny Clyde, it’s these...

A Way Around No Unsolicited Script Submissions

When a publisher or agent submission guidelines say ‘no unsolicited material,’ does that include query letters? Yes, it does include query letters. These companies' official policy is that they do not want to see any unsolicited story ideas, not even a query letter. There are some companies...

How To Build A Valuable Database Of Contacts

Hopefully, by now you have composed a great logline for your book and created a professional query letter pitching your book, built a database of agents, managers, and producers, and started to send your query letter to those contacts. Hopefully, you've also started to get some requests for...