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The Basics of Online Retailers for Self-Publishers
By Miral Sattar
Thinking about self-publishing and want to know about the biggest retailers for your digital and print books? Well, independent writers, we break it down for you in our easy-to-navigate guide below.

A few years ago writers had to use a distributor to get their books into all the major retailers. Now, most retailers allow authors to directly upload their books. This is great because you can also maximize on royalties this way.

When uploading an ebook or a book for print on demand, it’s a good idea to upload your book to the four retailers outlined below.
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What I Learned from Being ASJA President
By Minda Zetlin
It's hard for me to believe, but this is my last president's letter. On July 1, my second term as president is done, and Randy Dotinga, currently vice president, becomes president. To say these two years have gone by quickly would be an understatement. It seems like just moments ago I was pondering what to write about for my first president's letter, and trying to adjust to the idea that the buck stops here. Now I'll have to adjust to it stopping someplace else. It seems like a good time to ask myself what I've learned from my two years as ASJA president. Here are some of the answers.
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The Trials and Triumphs of Travel Writing
By Michael Luongo
Travel writing seems a dream job to many journalists. A life spent on remote, exotic beaches, or poolside at a celebrity-strewn resort, cocktail in hand as he or she watches the scene. That's how many imagine the job, and how we travel writers often project it, especially in this day of Facebook selfies, but the reality is far more complex. In this piece we’ll look at what some of America's top magazines, newspapers, and guidebook companies are looking for in writers. We'll also hear from writers making a living through travel and similar work as we learn the true nature of the job.
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Time Inc. Has a Big Problem — So Does Digital Journalism
The Atlantic
Time Inc., the mother of news magazines, was born in 1922. She survived wars and recessions, grew up to be fabulously rich by mid-century, married the media giant Warner Communications, entered the golden years as one of the largest media companies in the world, suffered a mid-life crisis at the hands of AOL and watched Warner Music Group and Time Warner Cable (both adopted offspring) graduate into independence. But today the circle of life closes its long arc, as Time Inc. is starting over again as a pure publishing company, anxiously asking the same question it successfully answered 90 years ago: Are magazines the future?
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Technology Allows More Writers to Self-Publish
Detroit Free Press
Cari Noga was tired of waiting for her work to become something tangible, something she could hold in her hands. Literary agents were interested in her book, and that gave her hope. But after two years of queries, not a single publishing house had committed to her work, the fictional story of a Michigan boy with autism who is forever changed when he witnesses the miracle on the Hudson from a sightseeing ferry. So last year, the Traverse City author self-published her first novel, "Sparrow Migrations," using Amazon.com's platform CreateSpace.
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Lather, rinse and repeat: Does 24/7 journalism create insecurity?
By Lauren Swan
Journalism has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, particularly in the U.S. The day's news was once summarized in newspapers and on TV evening news, but we now find ourselves surrounded by a constant, repeating news cycle, where stories are regurgitated on our TVs or computers every few hours. This reality gives Americans a way to remain in a constant state of awareness, but it also heightens the fear for singular events. This, in turn, makes danger appear to be everywhere, all the time. Is this kind of danger awareness necessary? Does it benefit the U.S. as a society?
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7 Tips from a Novelist
Writer's Digest
Craig Lancaster, author of "600 Hours of Edward," provides seven things about the writing and publishing process he learned along the way that he wishes he would have known from the beginning.
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The Secret of Successful Freelancing
Forbes
A boomer friend who recently got laid off just landed a terrific consulting gig, but is concerned that it will eat into the time he needs to spend looking for another full-time position. "Does it help or hurt to have a temporary job while looking for something permanent?" he asks. It's a question that concerns many folks in our generation who were accustomed to being part of an organization and have suddenly been thrust into self-employment.
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Self-Publish Like a Pro: Setting Goals for Your Book and Career
Publishers Weekly
It's a courageous thing, indeed, to complete a manuscript and make the decision to publish it independently. Authors don't necessarily enjoy spending time they could use writing developing marketing plans. However, it's critical for an indie author to have a clear idea of what she hopes to gain by self-publishing before releasing a book.
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Will Publishers Buy a 200,000-Word Novel?
Writer's Digest
What are the chances of selling a 200,000-word novel as a whole, and is it possible to break it apart and sell it as a two-book installment deal?
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