How to Add a Simple Table of Contents in Kindle Books

I’m going to be honest and admit that I don’t have a table of contents in my books, or at least I haven’t manually put one in. But, a fellow author got a notice from Amazon that some of you may have gotten: Your book doesn’t have a Table of Contents. A table of contents…

Conferences, Are They Worth It?

The short answer is “yes,” but the real question is why are they? Even after attending several of these, you wonder if you will learn anything new. But as usual, your doubts are put to rest after a conference speaker or two has presented. Perhaps you are interested in taking the traditional route. Conferences allow…

Self-Publishing Isn’t The Easy Way Out

Nothing about writing and publishing is easy, if your aim is to be professional.  The key here is professional.  There are no shortcuts if you want to be taken seriously.  Traditional publishing isn’t the easy way out.  There’s the vetting process, the editing, and the marketing.  There might not be a vetting process for self-publishing,…

My Thoughts on Self-Publishing, Traditional Publishing, and Pricing

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since I came back from the writer’s conference a couple weeks ago, and I’ve also listened to a couple of CDs from the workshops that I was unable to attend.  Below are my thoughts.  They do not reflect the thoughts of the other contributing authors on this blog….

Guest Post: When is Self-Publishing Right for you? by Angelita Williams

More books are now self-published than are published the old-fashioned way. However, most of these fall into the “long tail” category, and the marketing muscle of the traditional houses is still the best guarantee of a top seller. Traditional publishing still may be a realistic or desirable option for your books, or it may not….

Why you might not be succeeding at Self-Publishing?

I’m sitting at my desk this morning with my cup of coffee, my emails open, and an urge to slap someone I don’t know upside the head. Why? Because there is this erroneous myth floating around the Internet that self-publishing is the easy way out and it’s easier to succeed at self-publishing your books then…

Author Joleene Naylor’s Writing/Publishing Process

Everyone writes a book differently and each author swears by their own methods.  As far as I see it, the only wrong way is the way that doesn’t work for you. That said, I’m going to share my bizarre way of novel creation. Rough (bad) draft. Ideally, I like to do this in a month without an outline. I have…

Q&A: Sale of Foreign Rights and Self-Publishing?

I received a question in my inbox the other day for which I know not the answer  to and was unable to find the answer, so I thought I would ask you guys if you knew. “My question pertains to the sale of foreign rights and self publishing. I’ve sold rights to a foreign publisher,…

Guest Post: 3 Self-Published Masterpieces by Amelia Wood

The breakout success this year of E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey may have blown away all kinds of misconceptions about the commercial viability of self-published books (or smut, or fan fiction for that matter), but one thing it won’t do is remove the most basic prejudice against self-publishing: that a book must have been…