Blog: Tips for the Self Publishing Author

Writing, editing, publishing, promoting and selling your books takes a lot of work. We here at Steuben Press want to help, and in this category we'll share our knowledge and stories with you!

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Debunking Writer's Block

Writers often complain about "writer's block," as if we writers have an inherent disability that prevents us from effectively completing our work. In no other field is there a specially designed label for failure.

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How to Navigate the Overcrowded World of Self-Publishing

If you want to self-publish a book, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of hucksters wanting to “help you.” They promise the impossible–that for a small upfront fee you will have Total and Complete Control, your book will enjoy worldwide distribution, and you will keep 100% of your royalties.

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Writing Warm-Ups

Runners jog before sprinting, yogis do downward dogs before inversions, lovers have foreplay before sex... why is it that writers believe they are the sole subset of humanity that can accomplish their main objectives without any warm-up excercises?

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How to Sell Your Books on Amazon

When you start writing your novel, self-help book, or e-book, you're probably not yet considering how to sell the finished piece. You are focused on the writing process and the deadlines that come with them. Having finally finished your masterpiece, you have arrived at the next phase of the process: selling the finished product.

But where do you start if you want to sell it online? When you are selling online you have to take matters into your own hands. Selling your book is entirely up to you, so you will have to work the system to get your book into the hands of your customers.

Luckily, if you sell through Amazon, this is very easy to accomplish.

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Writing In The 21st Century: Why Writing By Hand Is Still Beneficial

The irony of the fact I am typing this article on my laptop is not lost on me. With technology often comes improvements, but there is also always something lost it seems. Whenever we trade effort for convenience through the use of technology, the efficiency is gained at a cost. Digital photography has largely replaced film, but there’s just something about a black and white silver gelatin print that can’t be reproduced on the best of inkjet printers. The sound of a vinyl record may not be of the same fidelity as a CD, but it has a personality and a quality that the digital medium somehow does not capture.

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3 Free Photoshop Alternatives

Photoshop is a very powerful piece of software and is probably the most well-known photo editing and manipulation software on the market today. It’s incredibly versatile, is used all over the world and is considered by many to be the industry leader in all image software. However, it’s got one big drawback; it’s not free! 

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7 Ways For New Bloggers to Reach Their Audience and Build Readership

There are many good reasons to start a blog, especially as a writer. With a blog, it’s possible, over time, to connect with your audience and build your readership. This could lead to anything from having one of your posts picked up for publication to simply forming a supportive community around your writing. If you’re looking for a place to start, follow these seven tips:

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Need a Review? Kirkus gives every author a chance.

It can be hard for an unknown author who is trying to break into the industry to get a review. In fact, it can seem downright impossible. However, there is a service that can makes this possible for you: Kirkus Reviews.

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The Press Release: 5 Simple Steps to Promote Your Book

You might already have a promotional plan for your self-published book on paper. You have a strategy in play and that's fantastic! However, there may be one area that you are overlooking when it comes to getting your name out there, and that is the press release. 

A press release can be a pretty powerful marketing tool when done correctly. Here are five simple ways to write a press release that will get your book noticed and reach your target audience.

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Books

Whether you are an aspiring author or a seasoned self-publisher, you may not think that you have time to promote your book on social media. You might tell yourself, "I'm a writer! Not a promoter."

Truth is, it is not as hard as you think to market your book through Facebook. Here are a few tips to help you get started on promoting your work on Facebook. 

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