The Lure of Romance Writing (and Earnings) for the Literary Set

Madeline Iva is her pen name, and you won’t find a trace of her real-life identity anywhere. Iva is an emerging novelist who, as she puts it, writes “lady smut.” Her first novella was published last year by HarperImpulse, and it focused on sexsomnia, an actual condition in which people have sex in their sleep and wake up not remembering anything […]

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The Novella Economy: Making Novellas Profitable

In my previous post, I looked at how the novella was making a comeback among authors and how it can help self-publishers raise their profile by publishing shorter works more often. But can the novella be profitable for publishers as well as good for authors? In recent years, publishers have tended to shy away from collections of […]

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How To Sell Ebooks – The Hard Honest Truth

How to sell ebooks and more of them, is what every author asks. There is an answer. Unfortunately, though, the answer is probably not what true indie, self-published authors would like to hear, but it’s clear. Forget the rest and concentrate most of your book marketing efforts on Amazon Kindle. I have been self-publishing for […]

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10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author

I never imagined myself as a fiction author. In fact, I never imagined myself as a writer at all. The world’s Stephen Kings are few and far between, and even a high school dropout knows that most writers are starving artists. I didn’t consider myself an artist, nor was I willing to starve. And I’m […]

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Real Writers Get Bad Book Reviews. Here’s Why That’s OK.

Why do so many writers go ballistic when they get a bad review? Why do we RAGE at the single one-star review on Amazon and ignore the fifty good ones? Why do best sellers perceive a good, but unstarred review on Publishers Weekly as a wrenching rejection? Are we all weak-willed namby-pambies in need of a […]

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Buying houses in cash and selling millions: meet self-publishing’s ‘hidden’ authors

When Keith Houghton bought his four-bedroom detached house earlier this year, he did a rare thing for an author: he paid cash, with earnings from his books.   Keith who, you may ask? Houghton is one of a handful of so-called “hidden” bestsellers: his self-published crime thrillers are ebooks, sales of which are not monitored […]

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Publishers rejected me, but I went on to earn six-figures selling 1,000 books a day

Millions dream of quitting the grind and replacing their income through a rewarding, creative endeavor. And what could be simpler – and more glamorous – than writing a bestselling novel? After years of not knowing how the next month’s bill would be paid, thriller writer Mark Edwards is among a new and growing elite of […]

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Can You Really Make a Living as an Ebook Writer?

Ebooks have made self-publishing more accessible than ever. As recently as the 1990s, self-publishing meant paying to have thousands of physical books printed; a 1999 CNNMoney article pegged the cost at $12,000 to $30,000. Now that the majority of books sold are electronic, you can self-publish for much less — even for free. But does […]

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Should You Pay Writing Contest Entry Fees?

If you are considering entering a writing contest and wondering why it is charging an entry fee, consider the operating costs of the contest provider. I recently received this email from a reader of my newsletter: “I’ll sometimes find a contest that might work for me, but then the publication requests $10, $20, and sometimes […]

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