by AC de Fombelle
Bowker | Thu Feb 1, 2018
Life is all about balance. The balance between your personal and professional commitments; between heart and mind; between activity and rest. A perfect life is one in perfect equilibrium. In self publishing, the tricky balance is between writing, editing and marketing. Three necessary activities for a successful publishing project.
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by Kelly Marone
Bowker | Tue Dec 22, 2015
Writers have an immortal feeling when their first books are published and the ambrosial effect would last forever. For any writer it seems that Nature has designed such glorious destiny for them and the moment is unforgettable. However, getting published is not simple and there are many conditions and procedures to cope with before your work can get into printing machines. Most amateur writers feel disappointed because their work is rejected, but one must be aware that in most cases of rejection the problem is not with the content but with the presentation. Let us learn the procedures through which a new book is dealt with in a stepwise manner so that one can understand how certain books go through while some do not.
Tools to reduce errors while writing
by Sharon C. Jenkins
Bowker | Tue Aug 18, 2015
We’ve all taken a personality test at some point in our life. Maybe you took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and discovered that you are Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging. Or perhaps you’ve taken the DiSC test and now you know that you lean more towards steadiness than dominance. Maybe you just saw a quiz on Facebook that tells you your personality based on your favorite song.
Whatever the test, more and more people are putting stock in what your personality is. So the question is, how can you use your personality to help you become an author?
by Rochelle D. Carter
Bowker | Tue Jun 30, 2015
There are many things that publishers wish authors knew before they signed their contract or even submitted their books. I know that I have had a few head-scratching interactions with potential authors, from being told "I don't read books" to "I didn't know I could talk about my book". Here are 7 Things Publishers Wished Authors Knew, and sometimes are a little perturbed at having to explain:
by Laura Dawson
Bowker | Thu May 8, 2014
In conjunction with Digital Conversion Labs, Bowker's SelfPublishedAuthor.com is presenting a webinar on the editorial process with expert independent editor Ann Moller. Join us on Thursday, May 15th from 1-2 Eastern as we discuss the different types of editing, the value that good editorial brings to your book, and tactics for accepting constructive criticism!
by Laura Dawson
Bowker | Mon Mar 31, 2014
by Chris Robley
Bowker | Thu Mar 20, 2014
Running your own informal writing workshop can be a difficult but rewarding experience. It ain’t easy to get a group of people together who are promising writers AND critical readers, who are honest but nurturing in their feedback, who are committed to meeting frequently, and who don’t smell like cheap wine all the time.
But think of the American expats meeting at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Think of the Inklings congregating in the corner of some Oxford Pub. You could be the founder of a similar literary club that makes history! And even if you don’t make history, you’ll be making each other better writers. And THAT would seem to be the true measure of its success.
5 tips to starting a successful writing group:
by Chris Robley
Bowker | Wed Mar 19, 2014
I’m flawed. You’re flawed. We’re all flawed.
You know the feeling; someone critiques your writing, and you flash them the evil eyes while thinking, “You complete moron! You’ve missed the point of my piece entirely, and of course you did– you’re an idiot and I hate everything you’ve written anyways, so what do you know?”
Hmmm. Maybe they have a point?”
The other day I posted a link to an article from the Poetry Foundation about the worth of MFA programs. While I’ve never been “officially” enrolled in any creative writing program, I did take three MFA workshop classes in poetry as a post baccalaureate at Portland’s lovely State University when my schedule (and $$!!!) allowed.
by Laura Dawson
Bowker | Fri Feb 28, 2014
Most of us, even English majors, make grammatical mistakes. The difference between a copy-edited book and one that has not been copy-edited is enormous. Copy-editing doesn’t change the substance of what you’re writing about. In fact, it enhances it – clarifying meaning, correcting distracting mistakes.
A good copy editor will adjust your punctuation and spelling, question whether or not you really want to use jargon, make sure you’re using the right terminology, and keep you from embarrassing errors of usage. He will keep your language consistent from page to page, and ensure that you capitalize names properly.
by Dan Dillon
Bowker | Thu Jan 16, 2014
People make a lot of books with Lulu. In fact, thousands upon thousands of titles are published to Lulu.com every week. While that’s a few too many books for us to read, we do know there are three things a writer needs to keep in mind to ensure their book is one readers will want to buy. If you’re among the writers preparing to publish a book this year, these three tips will be key factors in your success.
1. Know who your ideal reader is before you even start writing.