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Don't Make These Mistakes that First-Time Self-Published Authors Make
By Miral Sattar
I get a lot of authors coming to me for self-publishing advice and these are some of the most common mistakes I've seen.

1. Having vague goals
You need to define your goals. Are you looking to get more readers? Or looking to sell books? It’s easy to get more readers if you’re a first-time author, but it’s harder to sell books.

2. Not getting your work professionally edited
Once you’ve written your book, an editor is important. If your book needs a lot of work a developmental editor will evaluate and critique your manuscript, suggest and provide revisions, and shape it into a smooth, workable piece. Next you might want to get a copy editor to catch any typos.
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The DoJ Looks to Re-write the E-book Marketplace
Futurebook
The Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing case took an a curious turn when the Department of Justice sought to re-write the settlement agreements already ratified by the New York court by introducing harsher terms for the final defendant Apple that would impact everyone.
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In Defense of Organic Writing
GalleyCat
I always encourage writers to make sure they write something every day, says Jason Boog is the editor of GalleyCat and managing editor of AppNewser. But one writer on Reddit argued that this kind of sweeping writing advice can actually stifle creativity.
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The Washington Post to Be Sold to Jeff Bezos, the Founder of Amazon
The Washington Post
The Washington Post Co. agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading news organizations after four generations.
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The Art of the Overheard
The Writer
The art of the overheard is something I learned while studying fiction writing years ago with novelist and teacher Anne Bernays, said Alicia Anstead, Writer editor-in-chief. Each week, the writers in our group would collect overheards and report them during class meetings.
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How Do Literary Agents Fit Into The New Book Publishing Ecosystem?
Forbes
It's the year 2000 and you have a great book that you want published and sold in bookstores everywhere. It's a lifelong dream and, besides, this book is great and important and everyone should read it.
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E-book Best-Sellers Hovering Near $7
Digital Book World
The recent average price of a best-selling e-book on the DBW list is $7.22. Over the past weeks, there haven’t been any dramatic fluctuations in that average. The uneventful average might seem to reflect the mix of who is publishing (entrepreneurial authors, agents, and digital service providers) and how their various pricing strategies play out in the market place.
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Hoffman: Should a Self-Published Book Be Your Next Business Card?
The Star-Ledger
Book is the new business card. That's the gist of an idea gaining currency among business coaches, social media gurus and others concerned with the brand that is you.
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5 Bad Habits of Freelance Writers
The Huffington Post
Working under the stress of deadlines, from the comfort of your own home, as a struggling freelance writer might cause you to develop a lot of bad habits that are likely to hurt your freelance career. Here are five bad habits freelance writers often let themselves slip into.
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Travel Books Journey Into Digital Territory
Orlando Sentinel
The world of travel guidebooks keeps spinning, although it must weather changes in format and distribution in order to spread the word about vacation destinations. A trend toward electronic books and the demise of bookstores — including retail giant Borders — have been part of a sea change for travel books, said Julie Neal, who produces The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World with her husband, Mike, from their home in Celebration, Fla.
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