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Benefits of being a hybrid author: When to self-publish and when to go the traditional route? Part Two: Self-Publishing

Hello again. In my article yesterday, I wrote about being a hybrid author (one who publishes both traditionally and independently) and how my first two books are traditionally published in India as I’m an expat living in America. I’m back today to share my journey into self-publishing, and as I did with traditional publishing, to offer some tips for making your self-publishing experience go smoothly. With my third novel, I changed genres, venturing into the […]

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Benefits of being a hybrid author: When to self-publish and when to go the traditional route? Part One: Traditional Publishing

Never keep all your eggs in one basket. The adage has become more of a philosophy I’ve adopted to navigate various aspects of my life, including my publishing career. So, what or who is a hybrid author? A writer who avails herself of all the publishing opportunities available to her, such as traditional, self and paid publishing, in various combinations, is a hybrid author. She is not turned off by the ever-shifting landscape of the […]

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Writing Quickly Without Sacrificing Quality

Here’s some tough love: There are two types of writers in this world: Those who write, and those who think/talk about the things they’re going to write. Some day. At some point. Believe me, I know of what I speak because I was the latter writer. Oh the short stories I was going to craft, the novels I was going to start, so on and so forth. Buuuuuut…I needed to get the idea straight in […]

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A New You—In Name Alone? When to Adopt a Pen Name

For the first ten years and twenty-plus novels of my career, I wrote exclusively under my real name. But this summer, The Dress in the Window will come out under the pseudonym Sofia Grant. The decision to use a pen name was not undertaken lightly, but after extensive discussion with my agent and editor, who ultimately felt that my new novel might reach the greatest number of readers if it was launched as a ‘debut.’ […]

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Guest Post: The Pitch Wars Prize by Kristen Lepionka

I used to think online writing contests were for lucky people. You know the type I mean—some folks are just lucky, always winning free vacations, Goodreads giveaways, or hitting it big on a slot machine. Me? Not so much. I didn’t even win a free water bottle with my employer’s name printed on it, that time they gave away 6 of them at a meeting that only had 8 attendees. No big deal. I didn’t […]

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