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August 27, 2017

Blog Series – Step #5

Editing, or as authors call it, “How the hell did I miss that?!”

Editing is not our favorite task. In fact, we’d probably be safe to say that few authors truly enjoy it.

We might even say that we’ve been putting off this blog about editing because we dislike it that much.

Why?

Think of it this way: You’ve had all this fun writing your novel, and by the time it’s done, you’re probably pretty proud of it! Tears were shed; perhaps some sweat, too. If you’re a real hardcore author, there may have even been some blood (but hopefully not – paper cuts are painful!).

Yet, no matter how much time and effort you’ve dedicated to your sci-fi series, mystery novel, or even a memoir, there are bound to be a few – in fact, probably more than a few – errors throughout.

It’s am...

May 25, 2017

Blog Series – Step #4

Book Reviews, Marketing, and an Interview with author and Night Owl reviewer T.C. Lo Tempio

So we said in our last blog, #3 in our series “A Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Your Book,” that we’d address the topic of editing. It turns out that’s not true. Why, you ask? Because writing about editing is almost as painful as the task itself! Honestly, we’ll touch on editing in our next blog, we promise! (Maybe.) In the meantime, we’ve decided to discuss something much cooler and more exciting.

In this blog, but we wanted to touch on marketing and reviews in an effort to share our experience further, and add our thoughts about getting you prepared early on. (And trust us, when it comes to marketing your book, it’s never too early to start.) Be mindful though,...

March 25, 2017

Blog Series – Step #3

How to Ace Your Acknowledgments, Back Matter & More

Happy Spring, readers! It’s been a long winter up here in the Northeast, with temperatures ranging all over the place lately. Just a few weeks ago we experienced a mid-February tease in which the temps climbed to the upper 60s, but then winter made a late reappearance and we were slammed with 22 inches of snow! Our fingers are finally defrosted enough to continue our blog series.

So here it is: the third step in our indie author self-publishing experience. During this installment of “A Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Your Book,” we’ll discuss how to write an acknowledgments page, along with how to write an author bio for a self-published novel. We’ll also explain how to write back matter for your novel....

January 18, 2017

Blog Series – Step #2: Cover Art

PLUS, an Exclusive Interview with Our Cover Artist!

Hi again, readers! 2017 is in full swing, and with the holiday fun (and craziness) behind us, we decided it was time to follow up with the next installment of our blog series, A Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Your Book. (You can also read the first step to self-publishing your book, if you missed it). So, here it is!

Topic #2 is all about finding the perfect cover art to represent your story. The phrase, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t always ring true for us. Don’t we all find ourselves becoming intrigued by a book’s cover art? In many cases, it’s the very thing that encourages us to pick it up and read the jacket, first few pages, and so forth. Just look at the cover work that...

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