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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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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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Tips for young authors and writers

If you're a young, aspiring author, you may find that there is a lot of headway to be made in order to hone in on your craft, and make a sustainable living from it. Successes can be few and far between when starting out, but don't dismay. Here are some tips to help keep you going.

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Great title/body copy font combinations that work

Many people may not think about how important formatting the interior of your book is, but small changes in readability can have a big effect for your audience. By choosing heading and body fonts that complement each other, you'll find that your readers will hang on to your words a little easier.

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Choosing the Right Image for your Book

When you are busy writing, editing, and crafting your book, the images you use may be an afterthought. Whether you are including them within the text of your book, or you need the image for the cover, it can be easy to find what you want online. However, it's important that you do this with caution so you don't get hit with fines or worse, have someone file a lawsuit against you. Here are a few ways to safely find images and—more importantly—how to make sure you are allowed to use them. 

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A Brave New World - Social Media Tips For Authors

Over the last five years, self-publishing has undergone a significant boom. It is now no longer necessary to hire a publicist, or even have the backing of an in-house marketing team, because the new trend is to go do it yourself. The number of social media channels grows every day, and so do the opportunities for self-promotion. 

The biggest hurdle is getting started. What is an author supposed to do first? Which of the social networks is the most effective? How do you learn to grab the attention of internet users who are being shouted at by hundreds and thousands of advertisements every day?

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