Introducing a People’s Guide to Publishing Vlogcast!


Microcosm continues teaching publishing lessons with a People’s Guide to Publishing vlogcast. by Joe Biel [Psst—Go check out our interview with him in episode 15!] Four years ago I sat in my office with a star intern, Sidnee Grubb. She had utterly exceeded every expectation and task that I set at her feet. She asked … Read more

Birthing Your Own Literary Magazine


by Amylia Ryan How to bring a literary magazine into the world (and keep it alive for a while). Astral Waters Review just published its second issue, wrapping up its first year in the digital lit mag world. As the founding editor and editor-in-chief of this fledgling publication, I’ve learned a lot about what goes … Read more

Pre-Order Campaigns and Why You Need One

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First thing’s first. Amazon is the absolute worst, and in no way do I appreciate or condone the way they run their monopoly. Nor do I appreciate the way they’ve replaced so many of Seattle’s treasured landmarks—among my favorites was a bar/venue/laundromat called Sit & Spin, where I wiled away many a collegiate afternoon drinking … Read more

So You Want to Be an Indie Author

Contributed by Brianne Marie Robinson What does it take to become an indie author? The answer to that question depends many different things, to be completely honest. You need to go into independent publishing with the right mindset. There are three options for how to approach it: Writing for the art of it without caring … Read more

How And Why to Solicit Book Endorsements


Like it or not, getting book endorsements is vital to your marketing efforts. There are lots of factors that contribute to the decision to buy or a book or not—the cover, the reviews, the price—but something that’s just as important as any of those are endorsements. Also known as blurbs, these are declarations of praise … Read more

How Not to Market Your Book—Wisdom from 15 Years of Book Marketing and Publicity

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If you want to sell a million copies, it pays to know how not to market your book. So you’ve written a book. Congrats! The easy part is over! Now it’s time to take your baby into the marketplace and sell, sell, sell! Most authors are less than enthused about this part, usually because they … Read more

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