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Should Authors Pay for Reviews?

Should Authors Pay for Reviews?

This question plagues many authors, and those who ask often find that they’ve struck a nerve in the writing community. Paying for reviews used to be considered taboo, and in many circles, it still is. However, thanks to Kirkus, BookLife, and other services that...

Author Story: Samuel Halpern

Author Story: Samuel Halpern

In Wellsprings of Work, Samuel Halpern examines how people can find meaning and motivation in their careers. As he neared retirement, Halpern increasingly mentored younger colleagues, and in doing so, he couldn’t help but wonder...

How to Maximize Your Income as an Indie Author

How to Maximize Your Income as an Indie Author

Some authors aim to publish their work just to “get it out there,” and profit isn’t the goal of their endeavors. Other authors seek to make a business out of publishing their books. If one of your goals for your book is to use it to make money, then this post is for...

Is Self-Publishing Worth It, and How Long Does It Take?

Is Self-Publishing Worth It, and How Long Does It Take?

Many authors hesitate to fulfill their publishing dreams because of the expense of self-publishing. This year has especially taken a toll on people's bank accounts. You may be reconsidering your plans to publish your work this year due to financial problems. It's true...

Author Story: David Vela

Author Story: David Vela

With the goal of inspiring future generations of diverse conservation stewards, advocates, and workforces, David Vela penned his memoir, Hola Ranger, My Journey Through The National Parks. This work tells the story of a Latino growing up in the farmlands of Southeast...

Author Story: M.E. Schuman

Author Story: M.E. Schuman

Driven by the desire to share the truth—about the environment and her life, her trials and triumphs—M.E. Schuman wrote and published The Understory: A Female Environmentalist in the Land of the Midnight Sun. The memoir tells the story of a bright young woman...