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Our blog is written for authors by authors. Get professional writing tips while learning the ins and outs of self-publishing, how to distribute your book to places like Amazon and Apple iBooks, and how to market and promote your book yourself. This is practical advice on becoming a better writer - or better yet - a published one!
2024-02-20 21:06
By BookBaby author Lisa Taylor Estimated reading time: 9 minutes The sense of completion, wonder, and elation when you finish the first draft of your story is often followed by a deep se… Read More
2024-02-16 17:12
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Goodreads is arguably the most important social media site for independent authors. The platform facilitates author-re… Read More
2024-02-15 17:04
By BookBaby author Janna Lopez Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Have you ever read a book or watched a television show and you just knew a main character was going to do something detri… Read More
2024-02-08 17:10
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 6 minutes A character arc refers to the transformation of a character — aka character development — throughout a st… Read More
2024-01-23 21:19
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. If you are seeking to go the traditional publishing rout… Read More
2024-01-09 18:28
By BookBaby author Lee Purcell Estimated reading time: 8 minutes How do you find your voice as a writer? This question is right up there with perennial questions like, “What should… Read More
2024-01-04 21:59
By BookBaby author Andre Calilhanna I always feel the need to preface these retrospectives with a note reminding you that this is not intended to be a comprehensive list or an attempt to hig… Read More
2023-12-26 16:46
By BookBaby author Brian Jud Estimated reading time: 4 minutes As you reflect on your book writing, book publishing, and book promotion efforts this year, there are some things you proba… Read More
2023-12-15 19:01
By BookBaby author Lee Purcell Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The idea, drawn from Greek mythology, is that all creative inspiration springs from muses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnem… Read More
2023-12-14 16:09
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 9 minutes If you want to write a novel but are daunted by the process, you are not alone. After all, a lot of elements go into… Read More
2023-12-05 17:23
By BookBaby author Lee Purcell Estimated reading time: 9 minutes In “Expanding Boundaries: Pioneers of Travel Writing,” I took a brief look at the history and some of the pio… Read More
2023-11-30 19:36
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 9 minutes It used to be a struggle for authors to publish books — especially if you were unable or unwilling to land a pu… Read More
2023-11-22 17:21
By BookBaby author Lauren Davish Estimated reading time: 5 minutes If you’re already a published author or plan to be one day, understanding the differences between a novel vs. a b… Read More
2023-11-15 21:37
By BookBaby author BookBaby Estimated reading time: 13 minutes How to navigate the Amazon jungle and make the most of your self-published book listing. On April 3, 1995, Amazon.com sold… Read More
2023-11-06 21:07
By BookBaby author Lauren Davish Estimated reading time: 8 minutes You’ve written a children’s book and now you’re ready to publish it and put it out into the world. Wi… Read More
2023-11-02 12:28
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Many authors consider trying their hand at writing children’s books — especially authors who are parents… Read More
2023-10-18 16:47
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 7 minutes It’s probably not a surprise to you that Amazon is the world’s biggest bookstore, but do you know just ho… Read More
2023-10-13 16:16
By BookBaby author Andre Calilhanna Estimated reading time: 9 minutes The importance of an online author platform for any published writer should be self-evident. And while “author… Read More
2023-10-11 17:18
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Children’s books are beloved and inspirational, which makes them a compelling option for writers. They also repr… Read More
2023-09-26 18:31
By BookBaby author Janna Lopez Estimated reading time: 8 minutes As a writer, when you’re stuck, do you play tricks on your mind to get yourself writing? Do they work, or do you re… Read More
2023-09-20 18:59
By BookBaby author Joe Yamulla Estimated reading time: 7 minutes The holidays will be here before you know it, and now is the time for independent authors to start planning and preparing… Read More
2023-09-15 15:09
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 9 minutes There are plenty of things teenagers can’t do — buy alcohol, vote, rent a car — but one thing teens… Read More
2023-09-12 15:40
By BookBaby author Lee Purcell Estimated reading time: 9 minutes Bringing a novel to a satisfactory conclusion is one of the trickiest aspects of writing. If you’ve persuaded a rea… Read More
2023-09-07 14:07
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Book royalties can be confusing — especially for new authors — but it’s an important aspect of the p… Read More
2023-09-05 10:18
By BookBaby author Brian Jud Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Many independent authors I speak with admit frustration with their inability to generate significant book sales. Generating… Read More
2023-08-31 10:10
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 7 minutes As much as authors love to write, building worlds and populating them with three-dimensional characters who are compe… Read More
2023-08-30 12:18
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Thanks to the rise of print-on-demand services, many authors have started offering custom book and author merchandise… Read More
2023-08-25 08:34
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 6 minutes A book tour may sound like some fanciful dream for an indie author, the kind of thing that’s only available to… Read More
2023-08-17 16:20
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Whether you’re a seasoned author or a first-time writer, understanding the various stages of the publishing proc… Read More
2023-08-17 13:01
By BookBaby author Jim Foley Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Yearbooks are cherished keepsakes that encapsulate precious memories, friendships, and accomplishments. While print quality… Read More
2023-08-17 09:10
By BookBaby author Jim Foley Estimated reading time: 4 minutes A yearbook is more than just a photo book; it is a cherished keepsake that preserves the essence of a special time in peopl… Read More
2023-08-16 10:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Conflict is a fundamental ingredient that drives narratives forward and keeps readers engaged. Without it, your story… Read More
2023-08-15 10:00
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Without conflict, stories would be dull. Happy people being nice to each other might make for a pleasant reality, but… Read More
2023-08-09 14:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Are you an aspiring author seeking to get your book published? The journey from idea to publication can be both exciti… Read More
2023-08-09 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Graphic novels are more popular now than ever. With the success of blockbuster movies based on comic book superheroes… Read More
2023-08-07 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 4 minutes An imprint is a specific brand or trade name under which books are published. Imprints serve as subsidiaries or divisi… Read More
2023-07-29 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Finding a reputable book publisher is crucial for authors and writers who want to bring their work to the market. Unfo… Read More
2023-07-27 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Quality writing and a great story are imperative for success, but marketing plays a vital role in the fortunes of a bo… Read More
2023-07-25 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 6 minutes While you may feel confident handling the writing, book formatting is a process that might fall outside your comfort z… Read More
2023-07-24 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Thanks to its wide reach and potential for engagement, social media offers obvious benefits and opportunities for book… Read More
2023-07-20 14:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Book clubs are as popular as ever — for readers and authors alike. Readers enjoy them because they offer a socia… Read More
2023-07-20 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes The publishing landscape has undergone a significant transformation with the rise of self-publishing. Still, many aspi… Read More
2023-07-19 16:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Book promotion is a crucial aspect of an author’s journey, especially self-published authors. Although one of th… Read More
2023-07-19 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Got an idea for a nonfiction book? Great. Now what? Well, if you want to have your book published, you’ll need t… Read More
2023-07-18 16:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Writing a book is an incredible accomplishment, but determining the right price for your book can be confusing. Settin… Read More
2023-07-13 14:00
By BookBaby author Joe Yamulla Estimated reading time: 6 minutes There are plenty of misconceptions in the publishing industry. For example, many people still believe that the only way t… Read More
2023-07-13 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes In the competitive world of book publishing, it’s crucial to ensure that your eBook stands out and reaches its i… Read More
2023-07-12 12:11
By BookBaby author Jasmine Gayle Estimated reading time: 4 minutes In today’s book marketplace, promoting and selling eBooks online requires a strategic approach. With the growing… Read More
2023-07-11 14:00
By BookBaby author Joe Yamulla Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Recently I was stuck in traffic returning home from a weekend at the beach. To most, this would be the ultimate nuisance… Read More
2023-07-10 14:00
By BookBaby author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Writing a book is hard work, and typically, authors get a little help along the way. A book dedication is a message f… Read More
2023-07-06 12:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Are you an aspiring poet with a collection of verses ready to be shared with the world? Publishing a poetry book allow… Read More
2023-06-29 19:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Are you ready to share your insights and help others by publishing a self-help book? It’s a noble pursuit, and p… Read More
2023-06-28 10:00
By BookBaby author Philip Kinsher If you’re an author looking to convert your printed books into eBooks, you may be wondering whether you need a separate ISBN for your digital editions… Read More

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