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Peter DeHaan

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The Key Consideration in Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

In the past few weeks I covered the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing (sometimes called indie publishing). I strove to be fair in comments and balanced in my coverage. Here are the four posts: Five Reasons a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish Five Downsides … Continue reading The Key Consideration in Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

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Six Downsides of Self-Publishing

In my post “Five Reasons a Writer Should Self-Publish,” I listed several advantages of self-publishing. Although compelling, there are also downsides. Let’s also look at the downsides of self-publishing. Consider These Six Downsides of Self-Publishing: 1) Quality is Often Lacking Traditional publishers put their books through several rounds of editing to produce the best possible … Continue reading Six Downsides of Self-Publishing

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Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing

In my post “5 Reasons Why a Writer Should Go With a Traditional Publisher,” I gave five advantages of traditional publishing. Although these reasons are compelling, there are also some downsides of traditional publishing. Consider These Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing: 1) It Takes Longer Unless a book is “fast-tracked” it will typically take eighteen … Continue reading Five Downsides of Traditional Publishing

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How to Find a Critique Group: A Writing Q & A

Question: What do I do if there are no critique groups where I live? Answer: I hear this question a lot. First, know that there may be some, but you just haven’t found them yet. Keep looking. Try bookstores, schools, libraries, and coffee shops—any place were writers hang out. Also, ask every writer you meet … Continue reading How to Find a Critique Group: A Writing Q & A

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Five Types of Writers

Five Types of Writers Discover What Type of Writer You Are and Then Embrace It There are different types of writers. They have different motivations, are at different places in their writing journey, and have different goals. Here’s how the different types of writers breaks down: 1. The Aspiring Writer I’ve heard many people refer … Continue reading Five Types of Writers

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Discover Five Reasons why Self-Publish is ideal

We looked at why a writer might want to pursue a traditional publishing deal. Here are five reasons why self-publishing is ideal for some authors. 1) Have Greater Control Self-publishing is ideal for authors who more say over their work and the finished product. This can be good, or it can work against them, but … Continue reading Discover Five Reasons why Self-Publish is ideal

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Five Reasons a Writer Should Pursue a Traditional Publishing Deal

The Benefits of Going with a Traditional Publisher In “Why Self-publishing vs Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Matter” I pointed out that both options have the potential to satisfy the core needs of a writer seeking publication. Writers must carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before pursuing either one. Future posts will consider some … Continue reading Five Reasons a Writer Should Pursue a Traditional Publishing Deal

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Is Blogging a Form of Self-Publishing?

I once read that blogging is a form of self-publishing. The author’s opinion gave me pause. It seemed a simplistic claim. I felt it in some way diminished the noble art of publishing. Anyone can blog, and it seems most everyone does, but not most everyone self-publishes a book, even though the tools are there … Continue reading Is Blogging a Form of Self-Publishing?

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Should You Use an Outline to Write? A Writing Q & A

Question: I understand some people write using an outline, while others discover what comes next as they write. Which is better? Answer: The short answer is to use whatever works best for you. When writing a short story, article, or blog post, I often start with a title, opening line, or concept. Then I start … Continue reading Should You Use an Outline to Write? A Writing Q & A

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Why We Must Understand the Continuum of Book Publishing

Book publishing options are no longer a black and white decision but an array of grays In past posts, I discussed the benefits of traditional publishing and the benefits of self-publishing, as well as the downsides of traditional publishing and the downsides of self-publishing. Now we’ll discuss book publishing options. Book publishing, however, does not … Continue reading Why We Must Understand the Continuum of Book Publishing

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3 Perspectives on Print Versus Digital Publishing

The form that a published book takes doesn’t matter as much as many people think Publishers, authors, and readers each approach the print versus digital debate from different perspectives. Among these three points of view exist an array of opinions. Consider: Publisher Perspective Publishers are in business to make money. Never forget that. They aren’t … Continue reading 3 Perspectives on Print Versus Digital Publishing

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Don’t Debate Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

There are 4 reasons why self-publishing versus traditional publishing doesn’t matter Authors often wonder if they should bypass finding a traditional publisher and just self-publish their books. It’s a weighty question with a plethora of answers. Each option possesses a list of book publishing pros and cons, warranting careful consideration, but today I’ll share four … Continue reading Don’t Debate Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

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How Can Publishers Become Developers?

Is it enough for authors to embrace a publishing mindset or must they go further? I once read, “publishers are becoming developers.” This sounds profound, but what does it mean? A publisher is someone who prepares and issues information or material. A developer is someone who creates, who builds, who advances. How can publishers become … Continue reading How Can Publishers Become Developers?

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9 Keys to Self-Publishing Success

It’s never been easier to publish a book, but that doesn’t mean we should I once read a self-published book, a novella. I read it for several reasons: it was recommended (which turned out to be a bad reason), it would be a quick read, I’d never read a novella, and it was free (I … Continue reading 9 Keys to Self-Publishing Success

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Grammar Checking Programs: A Writing Q & A

Question: I’m looking for a grammar-checking program. Is there one you can recommend? Answer: I seek the same thing! I once signed up for a trial of grammarly.com. It’s a most impressive grammar checker. The problem was that it was too sophisticated for me. It flagged many things to check, but I lacked the needed … Continue reading Grammar Checking Programs: A Writing Q & A

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What is the Future of Book Publishing?

Will book publishing follow the path of the music and movie industries? When people look at the future of book publishing they often draw parallels to music and video. In many ways this is instructive, but not in all cases. What does the future hold for digital books? Digital Music and Video Look at the … Continue reading What is the Future of Book Publishing?

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3 Types of Self-Publishing

Explore the 3 Types of Self-Publishing: Print, E-books, & Audio Self-publishing, once vilified as an exercise in vanity, is now accepted as a viable option by most everyone—except perhaps those who earn a living in traditional publishing. Consider the three self-publishing options. Three Self-Publishing Options There are three segments to self-publishing: e-publishing (for Kindle and … Continue reading 3 Types of Self-Publishing

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Blogging is a Basic Form of Self-Publishing

A Blog connects writers directly to readers with no middlemen, delays, or layers of isolation. At one time, not too long ago, most everyone decried self-publishing as second-rate, used only by the marginal scribe and unpublishable writer. This is no longer the case. After all, blogging is publishing. Self-Publishing Now most everyone (except perhaps traditional … Continue reading Blogging is a Basic Form of Self-Publishing

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Why I’m Bullish about Printed Books

The future for print books is strong and ripe with opportunity Michael Weinstein, in his “Publishing Panorama” blog at BookBusinessMag.com, posted this headline: “Report from the Publishing Business Conference: This Just In: Sky Not Falling!” This was four years ago. I think his conclusions about printed books are even more true today. Citing many credible … Continue reading Why I’m Bullish about Printed Books

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Self-Publishing Versus Pursuing a Traditional Book Deal: A Writing Q & A

Question: With so many self-publishing options out there, why should I bother to pursue a traditional publisher for my book? Answer: I love this question! Here’s my short response: Traditional publishing requires less of the author, will likely result in more book sales, and carries the prestige of a publisher selecting your book for publication. … Continue reading Self-Publishing Versus Pursuing a Traditional Book Deal: A Writing Q & A

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