Book Publishing and Home Building

Book Publishing and Home Building

Putting out a book is like building a house—you need to start with good plans, and it takes a lot of work. And if you approach self-publishing with the amount of rigor it takes to build a house by focusing on the blueprints, hiring the right contractors, having...

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A Facelift

A Facelift

How we went from all these words to what you see today (we asked a flash fictionist to do it). The old goodbookdevelopers.com was a handsome site (if I do say so myself)—but it was too dense. There were over 1200...

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Submittable On Promotion

Submittable On Promotion

Michael FitzGerald, one of the founders of Submittable (which you're probably familiar with, if you've ever submitted your work for consideration at a magazine or publishing company), recently pointed me to an article he wrote about the challenges of, and solutions...

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What the Font?

What the Font?

Did you ever see an awesome typeface and think, what is that, I want to use that? There's actually a great resource through MyFonts (which is like Amazon for fonts) called "What the Font." You just upload an image of the font and it analyzes its letterforms and gives...

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Pro Tip: Don’t Call an Agent

Pro Tip: Don’t Call an Agent

Normally I use this blog to share relevant advice on writing and publishing and marketing and book sales, and today's no different, just more fun: Don't be like oddball genius Mark Baumer and call an agent and say anything like he does in this video:...

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The Mystery of Book Sales, Explained

The Mystery of Book Sales, Explained

At Electric Literature, which is a fantastic blog about books and publishing, editor Lincoln Michel has put together a long piece about book sales, how they work and how they are tracked. It's not so much about how to sell books (though along the way some practical...

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