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David Gaughran

David Gaughran
People write for all sorts of reasons, but today we are going to talk about how to make money out of your stories. Whether you write short stories or novels, or anything in between, there are a number of different markets out there. If you are aiming to make a living from your stories, or at least supplement your income, you should be aware of all of them. Short Story Magazines You can sell a short story to magazines, both online and offline, and receive a fee in return. Duotrope is an excellent search engine for short story markets. Ralan is another, more geared towards science-fiction, horror, and fantasy. The Absolute Write forum is an excellent resource for short story writers and you can get the skinny on what editors are looking for, and they way they like submissions to appear. Generally magazines pay for “first rights”, meaning the story cannot have been published anywhere, even on your own website. Short Story Reprints On top of that, the editor T.D. Short Story Anthologies Related:  PublishingPublishing

9 Ways to Market Your Book With No Money Recently the good folks at BookBuzzr.com, a company with innovative book marketing programs, asked me to do an interview for them, and of course I agreed. This article is adapted and expanded from part of that interview. If you are an author with a minuscule marketing budget, how can you ensure that your book is noticed at the time of the book launch? This is a terrific question, and one that applies to many authors. With the tools so readily available, it’s tempting to simply push books out there, upload them to Kindle and wait for the orders to come in. But it rarely works out that way. Book Launches for Fun and Profit Book launch is an exciting, terrifying and exhausting time for self-publishers. Self-publishers are in a good position to market their books, regardless of the budget involved. As you consider your book launch, think about two things: Who are the people who will benefit most from your book? 9 Ways to Market Your Book For No Money This list could go on. Photo by Dan Moyle

s Tech Tips And Computer Help » Easily Create An eBook Cover in Photoshop » Print Posted By Ruxandra Micu On March 31, 2014 @ 3:21 PM In Photo Editing | No Comments Do you want to create an eBook? If the answer is yes, then you’re in the right place. In this easy Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create your own eBook cover, using basic Photoshop techniques. This tutorial is for beginners and it can be easily understood by anyone. I will show you three types of eBook covers: one with text and simple graphics, another based on the clipping mask technique, and the third one using a beautiful background photograph. At the end of each eBook cover design presented here, you’ll get a download link with the fully editable .PSD file. 1. The first thing you have to do when you start designing an eBook cover in Photoshop, is creating a new file. For this eBook cover, I’ll use a wallpaper image (image source: Guides are very important. Now, one of the most important parts of an ebook cover – text. 2. 3.

Top 5 Online Resources for Short Story Markets It is received wisdom that in order to get a book published you should start by placing short stories in literary magazines. Like most received wisdom, this is hogwash. It is easier to get a book published than it is to get a short story placed in any kind of reputable literary magazine. (That being said, there are literary magazines of ill repute, and your stories may wind up sliding down the slippery slope into a few of them.) Not only is it hard to break into the literary magazine scene, it takes forever. So, why bother? Here are the most extensive, and most useful, resources for finding the perfect home for your short story. Poets & Writers is always my first stop when I am looking for a short story market. These people were not overstating their mission when they called their site Every Writer’s Resource. Random House doesn’t do anything half way, and their list proves it. New Pages keeps a well-organized list with new and featured magazines at the top.

Freelance Designer’s Toolbox: 200+ Resources for Freelance Web Designers Get the FlatPix UI Kit for only $7 - Learn More or Buy Now There will always be new people getting into the process of learning web design. It is a convoluted topic at first, but if you stick with your studies it can be an extremely rewarding experience. The web design community is full of useful freebies and tutorials which you can find all through Google. I want to present a small collection of posts which are geared towards newcomers in web design. New Defaults in Web Design The online publication Smashing Magazine has been going on for years. Think about all the various elements from text sizes, form inputs, table designs, images, even basic layout creation. Dig through this article and be sure to skim other headlines on the site which have been published recently. Tutorials for Beginning Web Designers Along with Smashing Magazine there is another network of sites run by Envato called Tuts+. It may take a bit of time to go through all of the links. Hottest Design Trends for 2013 Closing

Welcome to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine! If you missed B. K. Stevens' Macavity- and Agatha-nominated story "Thea's First Husband" in the June 2012 issue, don't miss it here! MYSTERY PLACE BOOKS announces a new DIGITAL ANTHOLOGY:Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents: 13 Tales of New American Gothic. Get your copy today! Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine BLOG Join the conversation. . . at Trace Evidence, where Linda Landrigan and guests blog about mysteries, short stories, and the craft of writing. AHMM Podcasts We are now hosting the very best of crime fiction podcasts! INTERVIEW SERIES:Bestselling author Lawrence Block is no stranger to the pages of AHMM and EQMM. The digital version of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iPad, Magzter, Google Play and Kobo.

What do editors usually know about publishing that writers do not know? Market Your Book like Amanda Hocking: 7 Tactics to 'Overnight' Success | Market Your Book made a stir earlier this year when the press noticed that she had made nearly a million dollars in a year selling self-published ebooks. She later signed a multimillion-dollar contract with St. Martin’s Press for her wildly popular young adult romances. Her bio has been covered in the publishing world, but as far as I can tell, no one has actually listed out some of the top book marketing tactics she did well, and so that’s what I want to do for you. 1. Write Good Stories This should be obvious, but it may not be. 2. No, she didn’t just say to herself, “Vampires and trolls are hot now. 3. When someone finishes one of Amanda Hocking’s books, there’s another one in the same world or another world by the same author. 4. With an ebook, all of your production costs happen before the book is published: editing, cover and book design, formatting for ereaders. Amanda Hocking prices the first book in her series at $.99, and the next books at $2.99. 5. 6. 7. What Works for You?

Welcome to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine! Our final issue of 2014 deals with families and relationships, and of course crime, mayhem, and suspense. The tension first peaks in Joyce Carol Oates’s “Equatorial,” about a husband and wife who travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, the wife feeling more endangered every moment as she pieces together bits of the past and perceives the perils of the rugged terrain. The conflicts of home are brought across international borders in Christine Poulson’s white-knuckle adventure “Roller-Coaster Ride” as well, set in Denmark, where an English mother with two-small kids suspects she’s being followed by her ex-husband. And in Hilary Davidson’s “My Sweet Angel of Death,” a grieving mother tries to find solace on a South American ranch, only to find that a serial abductor and killer may be on the lose. Parental relationships also feature in Allan J. Romantic relationships of various sorts provide the pivot for the remaining stories in the issue.

Self-Publishing Resources | Elisa Nuckle In March 2011, I finally decided to self publish (some) of my future novels. Eager and laughably ignorant, I journeyed through the great internet to research and snoop around for information to aid me down this rather daunting road. These are the resources I came up with, my gems. Links with an asterisk (*) are the ones I highly recommend. If there are any broken links, please comment or email me at elisamwriter (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll fix or remove them. If you have any suggestions, anyone or anything you feel is a great and valuable resource to add to the lists, comment or email me the link and I’ll consider putting them up. Ebook Ebook Conversion Services Directory: Literally a list of the businesses that provide ebook conversions. *Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing: Again, a great author resource. *Barnes and Noble’s PubIt! *Smashwords: distributes ebooks for authors and small presses and publishers. Blog Like this: Like Loading...

Free Novel Writing Help and Advice Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know Note to readers: I originally published the article back in 2008 and have updated it a few times, most recently on June 13, 2012. This article primarily addresses self-publishing a print book, though many of the tips apply to e-books as well. For specific information about publishing an e-book, see my companion article, "How to self-publish an ebook." I know, I know. A few years ago I wrote a book. Its short history is this: I worked on it for several years, acquired a high-powered agent, had some brushes with major publishers, then, crickets. I could have tried to go for a small publisher, but I was told mine was "a bigger book" with more commercial aspirations and prestigious small publishers were interested in more literary tomes. Against the advice of my agent, I began perusing the big self-publishing companies' Web sites and evaluating what they had to offer. 1. Self-publishing a print book is easy. 2. All that said, you can, of course, do both print and digital easily enough. 3. 4.

Facebook Status Ideas: How They Help You as a Writer Some may say it sounds ridiculous to say that Facebook status ideas can spark true writing revelations. After all, Facebook statuses are mere musings. They don't necessarily hold any literal truths or gritty details that will pull readers into the fold and make them desirous of more of what you have to say. Click for Free Writer's Block Help E-Zine and Free E-Book The thing is, though, that Facebook status ideas can prompt figurative truths as well. Facebook status ideas do not just have to be statements. Using a Facebook status idea such as this to help increase your writing skills calls for you being careful, however. You must walk a fine line with your writing in cases like this. Taking word meaning from context is also a cool way to think of writing ideas based on various Facebook statuses. With the ability to see all the mutual friends you share with others, you can open yourself up to a whole slew of writing possibilities.

How to self-publish an ebook A while back I wrote a column titled "Self-publishing: 25 things you need to know," which was mostly about how to create and sell your own paper book. After folks asked me to do something similar for e-books, I created this article, which has now been updated a few times. I begin with one caveat: The whole e-book market is rapidly evolving, and a lot of self-publishing companies are offering e-book deals bundled into their print book publishing packages, which makes them harder to break out and evaluate. It's all quite complicated, and in an effort to sort through the confusion, I've decided to offer a few basic tips and present what I think are some of the best options out there for creating an e-book quickly and easily. Tips: It's gotta be good: The same rule applies to self-published e-books as it does to print books. E-book publishing options: Amazon offers a 70 percent royalty rate for authors, but some rules apply (see the complete list of terms). "Smashwords is great," she said.

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