Independent authors have two primary options for self-publishing: Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and IngramSpark. Each of these options has benefits and drawbacks.
In this post, we'll cover the basics of KDP and IngramSpark to help you make an informed decision about where to place your book.
One of our jobs here at Blue Pen is helping first-time authors understand the industry. If you're publishing a book for the first time, you don't know what you don't know. And that leaves you open to getting caught in a scam—or just going down the wrong path for your goals.
In this post, we'll go over some common terminology and the different types of folks offering self-publishing services. Hopefully this helps you feel more prepared and confident as you take on your self-publishing process.
Publishing your first book is exciting! But it also puts you in a precarious position. If this is your first time self-publishing, you may be vulnerable to scammers and predatory companies.
One of the reasons I expanded Blue Pen to offer self-pub services (cover design, interior layout, etc.) is because of these companies I saw taking advantage of first-time authors.
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At the time of this post’s writing, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every aspect of daily life, both personal and professional. People are scared, and many writers have put their dreams on the back burner.
Although I fully understand that this exceptional situation means that many simply do not have the time or energy to focus on their writing careers, many other would-be published authors are not submitting because it’s not “the right time.”
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Writers who aspire to traditional publication have multiple options, but the most time-tested—and the route that many writers take—is pursuing representation by a literary agent.
If you’ve chosen this path, you are likely familiar with much of the internet’s advice on writing query letters. As a professional editor who specializes in queries, and a represented author, I’m here to offer you a bit more advice. But instead of talking about what to include in your query letter, this post will cover five common issues in queries.
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Professional editing is crucial for self-publishing authors. But what type of editing do you need? How do you choose the perfect editor for your work? Let’s discuss the ins and outs of hiring a professional editor as an independent author.
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Anyone who has been involved in publishing during the last decade is aware that self-publishing has entirely changed the landscape of the industry. But for writers who are learning how to publish a book for the first time, the self-publishing process can be more than a little overwhelming. In this guide, we're going to break down the benefits of self-publishing and the simple steps you can take to achieve your publishing goals.
When we're discussing success on social media—specifically Twitter—the first question people ask is, "How many followers do you have?" And although having a ton of followers can make you feel successful and valued within your community, it is not an accurate measure of success on the platform. So what is?
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In the modern publishing industry, authors have more publication options than ever before. That can be amazing, as it allows authors to choose the option that best suits their goals for each specific project and for their career as a whole. But it can also make it difficult to determine the best route.
Let's break down how to publish a book using the major types of publication, with the pros and cons of each option.
I'm Victoria, the owner of Blue Pen, and this is that post. The how I got my agent post.
This is exciting to write, but also a little daunting—which I suppose is why I'm writing it about a year after I signed with my agent.
During the years I spent querying, these types of posts were so helpful and encouraging. She got an agent! I will too.
So here we go. I'm going to lay out the whole sordid tale, from start to finish. And it starts in a very scary place, my friends . . . high school.
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