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In the world of self-publishing, you the author wear many hats:  publisher, cover artist, formatter, marketer, and so on. And most of those roles are taken on after you've finished your book! For some of them, it’s obvious that you should consult or hire a professional. A bad cover for example, can turn off a reader before she even decides to purchase your book.

In this day and age, everyone and their Aunt Betty has a website.  Yet, I often encounter authors who instead list their Goodreads blogs as their online home. “I don’t need it,” they say. “Readers will find me on Amazon and Goodreads, so what’s the point of wasting sanity on another online resource I’ll forget to use?” My response?

There’s nothing like holding your blood, sweat and tears in your hands in the form of a printed book. There it is, a physical manifestation of countless hours of work, rejection, fears, praises and doubts. Some authors don’t think it is worth it. Some authors won’t write a book without putting it into print.

How many times have you watched a friend’s elation when they finished their book, got an agent, signed a contract, or just self-published?  I’m guessing it’s quite a few. I know for me it’s in the hundreds, if not thousands.

The WORST Opening Sentences!

Did you know that there is actually a world-wide contest for the worst writing in literature?  Every year the Bulwer-Lytton Prize  (named after novelist/playwright  Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s famous “it was a dark and stormy night...” ) is awarded by the English Department at San Jose University.  People are encouraged to submit an opening sentence for the “worst of all possible novels.”