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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5 Fatal Self-Publishing Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Novel

Getting a book deal is not easy, and if you manage to get one, it usually comes with strategic and creative restrictions and a royalty contract that may or may not satisfy you.

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Your Book Is Written — Now What?

After months or maybe even years of work, your book is finally finished. You’re feeling great and can’t wait for the world to read your masterpiece. But how is anyone out there going to know about your book?

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How to Reduce Plagiarism in the Era of Self-Publishing

In the world of self publishing where anyone can upload a document to Amazon and call it a book, many authors are having their stories stolen.

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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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After a disappointing proof of my labor-intensive and much loved manuscript from another printer, I decided to try Steuben Press. Based on recommendations from many of my publishing team who are all members of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), I submitted my book to Adam and his staff.

Their proof was perfect! The illustrations were crisp, the print clear, and the construction high quality. But the cover! Absolutely beautiful and softly glossed, Steuben's production added depth to the colors and popped the fine design by my cover artist. My book shimmers on the shelf!

Now I sell only Steuben's copies by hand and feel confident that my readers are receiving the best product reflecting my years of effort and passion for my subject.

– Sunny Weber, Denver, CO