May 12, 2020

5 Simple Ways to Optimize the Impact of Book Reviews

By Paul Goat Allen

I’ve been a book reviewer for more than 25 years and I’ve reviewed countless titles across all genre categories—from apocalyptic fiction to zombie erotica. Although a sizable percentage of novels that I’ve reviewed have been flawed in some way—imperfect attempts to tell an entertaining and enlightening story—I do what I […]

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May 5, 2020

5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Fantasy Novel

By Paul Goat Allen

So, you’ve been contemplating writing a fantasy novel for a while—or maybe you’ve begun drafting it out or are already in revisions. Before you go any farther, I want you to seriously contemplate this question for a moment: “Why are you writing this particular story?” If you’re writing this novel […]

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April 28, 2020

Familiar but Unique: The First Rule of Selling Your Novel

By Paul Goat Allen

I’ve had enough conversations with publishers, agents, editors, and writers over the last few decades to know that for fiction releases—and genre fiction releases in particular—to have any chance at being commercially successful, those novels need to be familiar but unique.

Sounds like a contradiction, right? But it makes perfect […]

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February 8, 2020

Personality matters…and other tips from a successful indie author

By Paul Goat Allen

Scott A. Johnson has been publishing horror novels for 16 years—both as a traditionally published and self-published writer. His experience publishing and promoting more than a dozen novels during that time has given him a unique perspective when it comes to not only making it as a self-published author but […]

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October 9, 2018

6 reasons to join an independent publishing group

By Madeleine Dodge

Self-publishing your book can make you feel like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Lost and alone, you spend futile days on the Internet trying to find the best printers, editors and designers—and wondering if anyone is out there who can help. If you’ve resorted to naming your manuscript “Wilson,” it’s time […]

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July 23, 2018

10 tips for hosting a successful book launch

By Madeleine Dodge

 You’ve written your book and completed the hard work of producing it. Finally, it’s time to release it into the world. In other words, it’s time for a book launch.

 Hosting your book launch party is arguably the best part of publishing a book. You finally get to […]

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June 28, 2018

10 things I wish I had known before self-publishing a book

By Madeleine Dodge

When I was 14-years-old, I wrote a poem entitled, Does A Giraffe Ever Feel Small? It told the story of six animals and the characteristics that make them stand out from the rest. It had a cute rhyme scheme and a resounding message to love yourself for who you […]

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