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Category Archives: Publishing

On Saturdays, Publishing delves into the more technical aspects of getting your manuscripts published and into the different sales outlets. Currently these are being written by Aaron Pogue.

Choosing Your Categories

Tweet We spent the week discussing the role categories play in your books’ success–from the initial story design through cover design and promotion. I’d like to wrap that up with a brief discussion of where the categories fit in your publishing plans. As Joshua pointed out on Thursday, the official category list provided by BISAC […]

Using a Style Guide

Tweet For many writers, the worst part of self-publishing is the technical aspect of (re)formatting their manuscripts. We all have slightly different habits (and slightly different inherited settings on our word processors), so it can be a challenge to “clean up” a document enough that an e-book retailer will even accept it (let alone make […]

Technical Tip: Filling Out a Product Page

Tweet Last week I talked about some of the different promotional material you’ll need to develop for your book. This week I wanted to continue my “Technical Tip” feature with a little explanation of how you’ll use that material. If you’ve already start self-publishing, you won’t find much new here. Mostly, this post is intended […]

The State of Modern Publishing (Part 2)

Tweet Last week I established the terms of our discourse and came out strongly in favor of indie publishing. But choosing indie publishing is only the first step in doing it, and the rest of the steps can be twisty and uneven. In the interest of saving you from some sprained ankles along the way […]

The State of Modern Publishing (Part 1)

Tweet My goal with this column is to share what I’ve learned about indie publishing and establish a place for us to discuss our experiences. To kick that process off, I thought it would be smart to provide a brief overview of my impression of the current state of indie publishing. That’s definitely a moving […]

Technical Tip: Tabs

Tweet For reasons that will soon become obvious, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately at Kindleboards. It’s a fantastic forum for indie writers (as long as you don’t let it use up your writing time). A lot of very friendly, very talented people hang out there, and they’re generous about answering new writers’ […]

Promotional Materials

Tweet I promised to talk about the new publishing marketplace here. I’ve said repeatedly that there has never been a better time to be a writer. But even as self-publishing opened the door for a lot of writers to make comfortable livings instead of papering their walls with rejection letters, one common refrain among writers […]

Welcome to the New “Unstressed Syllables”

Tweet It took a little longer than I’d expected, but I’m proud to share with you the all-new Unstressed Syllables. This site used to be a place for me to keep friends and family updated on my writing and other projects. About a year ago I moved all that stuff over to I also […]