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Peter DeHaan

Discussing the art of writing and the business of publishing

What’s Next For the Publishing Industry?

The Publishing Industry Is Changing In round numbers, five hundred years ago the world witnessed the invention of the printing press, changing the way people communicated. This innovation (along with advances in shipbuilding) ushered in the modern era. There’s a definite connection between the printing press and modernity. Though the technology of printing has advanced … Continue reading What’s Next For the Publishing Industry?

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Four Ways to Stay Informed About Book Publishing

In the world of book publishing, if we blink, something’s apt to change. Every day there seems to be a new option, a different twist, or better pricing. The best solution for a particular situation soon yields to an even better answer—often within months or even weeks. Publishing books becomes an art of aiming at … Continue reading Four Ways to Stay Informed About Book Publishing

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Blogging Your Book: A Writing Q & A

Question: I’ve heard about writers “blogging their book” before publishing it, to draw attention to it. What are your thoughts? Answer: Yes, some people do blog their book (usually just part of the book, not the whole thing) before publishing it. I blogged parts of two books, and the posts serve to draw readers into … Continue reading Blogging Your Book: A Writing Q & A

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Three Possible Problems with Self-Published Books

Self-published Book Problems Self-published books carry a stigma of poor quality: weak writing, shoddy editing, second-rate production, and a product that often screams “amateur.” Unfortunately, this perception stems from the growing evidence provided by many self-published works. Though not all self-published books are substandard, too many are. Here are thee examples self-published book problems from … Continue reading Three Possible Problems with Self-Published Books

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Consider the Future of Book Publishing

What do the days ahead hold for those of us who publish books?  What is the future of book publishing? Given the rapid changes the industry is undergoing, we anticipate a different tomorrow, but just how much different will it be? Will today’s roles even exist in a decade or two? Predicting the future or … Continue reading Consider the Future of Book Publishing

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Is Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing?

I’m not sure who said it first, but I’m not the first to say that “traditional publishing is the new vanity publishing.” As writers struggle with the quandary over self-publishing or traditional publishing, many cling to traditional publishing as the preferred solution merely because they see it as validating their work. In their minds, finding … Continue reading Is Traditional Publishing is the New Vanity Publishing?

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The Future of Books: What are the Prospects for Book Publishing?

Now is a great time to publish a book and don’t let anyone tell you differently What is your perception of the future of books? Is interest increasing, maintaining, or shrinking? The media would have us believing the end is near, at least as far as the book business, especially print books, is concerned. Eighteen … Continue reading The Future of Books: What are the Prospects for Book Publishing?

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A Traditional Published Author Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

Just like their self-published counterparts, a traditional published author has much to do besides writing In the last post, I pointed out that self-published authors need to be entrepreneurs and listed what that entailed. The reality is that a traditional published author needs to adopt this same mindset, being entrepreneurial as well. A given requirement … Continue reading A Traditional Published Author Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

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Removing Ads from Websites: A Writing Q & A

Question: My website is through wordpress.com. WordPress puts ads on my website. Is there anything I can do about this? Answer: Though this is frustrating, it’s a reasonable tradeoff for a free website solution. While some readers will overlook the ads, others don’t. Another concern is ads for things that you might not like, appreciate, … Continue reading Removing Ads from Websites: A Writing Q & A

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Self-Published Authors Need to be Entrepreneurs

Being a self-published author requires a lot of hard work but offers great rewards In the rapidly changing world of book publishing, an emerging reality is that a self-published author needs to be ab entrepreneur. Writing a great book is not enough; penning compelling content is only the first step. Authors who desire to self-publish … Continue reading Self-Published Authors Need to be Entrepreneurs

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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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