Blog Posts - Self-publishing



New Year’s Resolutions from a Very Successful Author

This will be the 35th post I’ve done that relates in some way to Joe Konrath. He was very successful when he used a recognized publisher and he became even more successful when he went Indie. And, if I can offer an idea for a writer’s New...
by Notes from An Alien on Dec 19, 2016

The Largest Book Publishers ~ 2016

As far as publishing goes, regular readers of this blog know I lean toward Self-Publishing; but, I don’t completely abhor Traditional Publishing…  If you go to those last two links, you’ll find 151 posts at Self-Publishing and 41 p...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 29, 2016

“Looking for Truth in Time of Hype” ~ Are Writers Doomed?

Three things before I get fully underway with this post: This is a link to posts on this blog by or about Roz Morris… This is a link to posts on this blog by or about Mark Coker…  This is a link to posts on this blog by or about Porter A...
by Notes from An Alien on Jul 20, 2016

Diary of an Oxygen Thief: How a Self-Published Cult Novel Became a Mainstream Bestseller

Self-publishing success stories serve as lessons for us all. Even if you have taken the traditional route, they teach us what it takes to make a success of your novel.The case of Diary of an Oxygen Thief is highly reminiscent of The Cruelty, a YA nov...

How Can You Improve Your Writing?

This will be the 70th post I’ve done with the Tag, “Writing Advice”…  ( If you take that last link, you might see this post at the top of the list—just scroll down past it :-) Writing Advice a tricky topic… As se...
by Notes from An Alien on Jul 13, 2016

When Your Writing Sucks...Do this?

Bloggers, self publishers, DIY writers....we all have that moment oncein a while when we've reviewed our creative writings and thought"Oh my...oh my (wringing hands).....my writing really sucks".What you do at that moment is crucial.You have TWO CHOI...
by You Can Know Anything on Jul 1, 2016

Promoting Your Scifi or Fantasy Novel on Social Media

If you have published a science fiction or fantasy novel, you'll need to promote it on social media. I know the thought of engaging in yet more social media makes you cringe, but like it or not social media is here to stay. And you may, in fact, be p...

AirBnB and A Suitcase of Sardines

Tim Ferriss has catapulted himself into a "self help" or "success guru"by taking his personality type and standardizing it into a career path.He has outrageous curiosity and has allowed it to lead him to experiment with all kinds ofsuccess and perfor...
by You Can Know Anything on Jun 15, 2016

The Lure of the Dark Side

I have to confess that the easy self-publishing of ebooks is a real temptation sometimes. Perhaps it’s one of those inexplicable side-effects of earning a Ph.D., but sometimes you have the impression you have something to say and traditional publis...

Top 10 Sites for Indie Authors

Indie authors need all the help they can get. Self-publishing is taxing, time-consuming, and there is a steep learning curve. Fortunately, there are lots of people who are willing to help.If you are considering self-publishing, you will need an arsen...

A Few More Reasons to Consider #SelfPublishing

This will make the 148th post I’ve done about “Self-Publishing”. To see all the others, find the word in the Top Tags widget (down a bit in the left side-bar…)—you’ll see this post there, too, since I’ve tag...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 6, 2016

#AuthorEarnings ~ Are There Any?

Sure, folks with lots of money can buy their way into the BookWorld and sometimes make a killing. Then, there are the very few authors who happen to land a publishing deal and continue to make a decent amount of money. Still, most writers make very l...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 3, 2016

Author Interview ~ Alicia J. Britton

Today’s post makes 72 Author Interviews and 10 Wattpad Author Interviews on this blog. I’ve been waiting quite awhile for Alicia’s busy life to calm enough for this interview and I’m exceptionally eager to begin. One thing, th...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 1, 2016

“Nessuno nasce pulito”, raccolta poetica di Michele Nigro

“Nessuno nasce pulito” raccolta poetica di Michele Nigro Dopo un relativamente lungo, di sicuro interessante e proficuo periodo di selezione, di editing, di silenziosa ricerca interiore e di lenta e paziente costruzione delle varie componenti si...
by Iannozzi Giuseppe on May 29, 2016

#Authorship and #Publishing ~ “Tell Me I’m Pretty”

Should authors decide how their book should be promoted? Are the agents and editors of traditional publishing (and their industry cohorts) the only people on the planet who know what’s best for an author? To begin to answer those questions, I...
by Notes from An Alien on May 18, 2016

Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century

I don’t really “review” books here—I tend to mention them, make somewhat desultory comments that I hope characterize them (somewhat), then let you decide…  So, this book—Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Cen...
by Notes from An Alien on May 16, 2016

#AuthorBranding ~ Is It Worth Considering?

Since Author Branding is something people talk about when they’re also talking about making money, I’ll share a bit from something I wrote last year about writers making money: Many of you know I’m a maverick, in my writing and in the p...
by Notes from An Alien on May 13, 2016

The Power of Preorders

Mark Coker is the founder and CEO of Smashwords, and he knows his business. Last November he wrote an article for Publisher's Weekly explaining in detail how pre-orders can help increase sales for self-published authors.If you are self-publishing, pr...

What’s The Real Cost of #SelfPublishing?

More and more writers are looking at self-publishing as a viable alternative to the aging and unresponsive traditional path. And, if you really want to go deep into this new way of getting books to readers (and its many ways of being described) you c...
by Notes from An Alien on Apr 29, 2016

Are You Preparing for #Publishing or #SelfPublishing or #IndiePublishing?

Explanation of the title of this post:  #Publishing means Traditional Publishing. And, I do have a past post that discusses the similarities and differences between #SelfPublishing and #IndiePublishing… So… Let me share one official Huge...
by Notes from An Alien on Apr 20, 2016


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