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The Savvy Self-Publisher: Clayton Smith's Apocalypticon

by Debra W. Englander

The Practical Writer

July/August 2015

<p>Clayton Smith has self-published several books, including his latest novel, <i>Apocalypticon</i>, and used his experiences to cofound Dapper Press, a company that provides essential services like editing, design, and promotion to self-published authors. Editor Kim Bookless and publicist Lissy Peace weigh in on Smith’s process, and such self-publishing necessities.</p>

Blurb Anxiety: The Sometimes Painful Process of Asking for Prepublication Praise

by Shelly Oria

The Practical Writer

May/June 2015

<p>Having to approach other authors, some with weighty reputations, and ask for the time-consuming favor of writing a blurb can be an unexpected source of anxiety. A debut author shares her experience with part of the publishing process that many writers don’t talk about.</p>


The Practical Writer

November/December 2014

Through blogging, social media, newsletters, and book giveaways, a novelist teams up with the founder of WeGrowMedia to market her book—and show how making a personal connection with readers can go a long way towards making a book a best-seller.

Posted 11.25.14

Melissa Faliveno, associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, talks with the editors of five independent presses about the kind of work they look to publish, the relationships they cultivate with their authors, and the balance between publishing traditional work and developing new and innovative ideas for both print and digital literature. Panelists include Abigail Beckel of Rose Metal Press, Robert Giron of Gival Press, Andy Hunter of Black Balloon Publishing, Kimberly Steele of Augury Books, and Kathleen Wheaton of Washington Writers' Publishing House.


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