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Nothing says holiday cheer like finding a big pile of brightly wrapped books under the tree on Christmas morning.  You’ve done your shopping, prepared for the Christmas party, and had the kids wake you up at 5am to see what Santa brought, and there they are.  Sure, they’re not going to cause the kind of excitement that involves screaming children and YouTube videos to immortalize the moment (al

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.

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