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Indie- vs Self- Publishing

Posted by Blakely Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2013, In : Indie Publishing 
It's come to my attention that there's a debate raging between authors who call themselves "indie" and those who call themselves "self-published." I use the word raging loosely, because it's not exactly rocking the casbah. But apparently, it is a Thing.

The crux of the argument goes like this:

  • Self-publishing has a bad rep. People don't want to be associated with it, because it brings to mind vanity presses and books full of typos.
  • Indie publishing sounds cool and cutting edge, and makes people ...

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Writing is hard!

Posted by Blakely Lord on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, In : Writing Craft 
I really thought I'd have another book for sale by now. But for some reason getting that first draft written is a slow, painful process. I watch my friends do NaNoWriMo and I am so jealous I could spit.

But then I think Wait a second! I could do that, too, if I wanted to!

And then I'm just mad at myself.

So lately I have been thinking about what makes it so hard for me to write. And I have come to the realization that I spend a lot of time looking for perfection.

And then I found this.

I really li...
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Judging a Book by its Cover

Posted by Blakely Lord on Friday, May 20, 2011, In : Indie Publishing 
Illegal Magic has been selling pretty steadily on Amazon (I know! I'm shocked too!) But the more I read/think about the whole Indie Publishing thing, the more I realize that I really need a better e-cover for my e-book. The cover I made myself wasn't terrible. But it wasn't...good.

So, I hired my friend, Sara, to create a better cover. Sara is amazing - a graphic artist, writer, belly dancer. She's basically a super-cool Renaissance woman. When we talked about the cover, she asked me what I w...
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Indie Publishing

Posted by Blakely on Saturday, April 23, 2011, In : Indie Publishing 
Self-publishing used to be a paper-&-ink enterprise, and the up-front costs of creating a physical book were usually borne by the author. Plus, before the Interwebs matured self-published authors had a limited customer base.

The growing popularity of online book-selling made distribution easier, and opened the door to a "print on demand" business model that eliminated the risk of paying for copies that might not sell. But the game didn't really change until the arrival of e-readers. Not...
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Arlene Blakely I'm a noun, a teacher, a reader, a writer, and a baker. I used to be a lawyer, but it didn't take.