Polish Before You Publish – Editing

Welcome back! Last week I gave a brief overview of the three things every self published author needs to do before they hit the publish button. Today I’m going to talk a little more about editing, and why it’s one of the most important steps to take before you publish. Read more

Polish Before You Publish

The time has finally come. You’ve just typed “The End”, and now your great masterpiece of a novel is finished. Time to upload that sucker onto Amazon and hit the publish button. You’re on your way to becoming a literary legend!

Whoa there, Next Greatest Living Author Ever. Get your cursor off that publish button. I hate to tell you this, but you’re not even close to being finished. There are three more steps that you absolutely must take before you hit the publish button. These steps are crucial to insuring that your book is a quality product that readers are going to want to buy. Not taking these steps is the equivalent of giving birth, then leaving that newborn on your front steps and shouting “All right, go out there and make your parents proud!”. You wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing to a baby; why would you do that to your book? Your book that you slaved over, that you poured your heart into for days, weeks, maybe even years. Your words deserve so much more than that, so take the time to polish before you publish. Read more

The Story Between the Stories #006 – Hey, what’s the deal with book festivals?

I’ve always loved books, as far back as I can remember. But book festivals? I never even knew there was such a thing. Then I became an author, and still didn’t know about them. Finally, I decided to actually get serious about my writing and my books; that’s when I found out about book festivals. A part of me likes to think that I would have loved attending them, had I known about them earlier; but most of me knows that the introverted guy that actually runs my social life would have balked at going, and would have probably read a book instead. Knowing what I know now, I can say I would have gotten hooked if I’d tried it. I’m definitely hooked now that I know a little more about them, from the other side of the table.

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Jay on the other side of the table. Taken at the Sudden Insight Publishing booth at the 2016 LA Times Festival of Books.

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Indie Book Review – The Wizard Killer by Adam Dreece

It’s time for another indie book review!. Read on and find out what Jay thought of The Wizard Killer, the latest book from Adam Dreece.

The Wizard Killer grabs you right away, and drags you from one scene to the next with wonderful ferocity. Adam Dreece had stepped smoothly from one style to another with this book, while continuing to build the layers of his ravaged steampunk world. This first-person moment-to-moment tale puts the reader right in the driver’s seat immediately; there is no time to pause, or go back, or set it down. The story is busy rushing forward, and one can’t help but rush forward right along with it.

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Indie Book Review – The Tethering by Megan O’Russell

It’s time for another indie book review!. Read on and find out what Jay thought of The Tethering by Megan O’Russell.

Megan O’Russell’s The Tethering is an introduction to a tale that promises to be more compelling and interesting as it unfolds, while standing on its own as an exciting and magical tale in modern day.

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The Story Between The Stories #005 – Our First Big Book Event

If you have only just discovered Sudden Insight Publishing, we have some exciting news! If you follow us on social media, or on our website, thank you for that…and sorry for all the book festival talk. It’s just that we’re really quite excited, and we can’t help but let it show. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is one of the largest book showcase and sales events in the world, and Dawn and I are going!

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The Story Between the Stories #004 – Sudden Insight Publishing’s 2016 Anthology

Dawn came up with a great idea last year. She suggested that we put together an anthology, solicit all the authors we could reach out to for submissions, and donate all of the profits to the SPCA. Our newest family member was a gift from their compassionate no-kill program. The love of our adorable little forever puppy prompted us to try to give back. The ebook version of Paws for a Tale is now available, and the print version is in its final stages of approval.

We learned a lot from Paws for a Tale. It was a wonderful experience overall, but there were definitely some unforeseen hurdles. Luckily, we specialize in learning here at Sudden Insight Publishing; we know that’s the best way to turn any problem into growth. So we learned; and in learning, we realized that we were really enjoying this whole ‘putting together an anthology’ process. Before the first was even close to done, we were already talking about how we could make putting the next one together a more user-friendly system for both us (referred to henceforth as ‘the publisher’) and the talent (referred to henceforth as ‘the contributor’ or ‘the contributors’). Read more

The Story Behind The Stories #003 – Reviews

I have written books and product reviews in my head as far back as I can remember. Now that the books are finally getting out there, it only stands to reason that the reviews should follow. It has only been in the last couple years that I have realized how important reviews are, and how much they can mean to an artist or creator. I always thought that any comments I left would disappear into a black hole where no one would read them, and the creator would never know of them. I had no idea that a customer review can make an artist’s day, or encourage others to follow their work; and honestly, I thought customer reviews and testimonials were always fake. Read more

Indie Author Spotlight – Marnie Cate’s new book, Exigency (Protectors of the Elemental Magic Book 2)

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Author: Marnie Cate
Title: Exigency
Series: The Protectors of the Elemental Magic Series
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance Read more

Indie Book Review – Along Came a Wolf by Adam Dreece

It’s time for another indie book review!. Read on and find out what Jay thought of Along Came a Wolf by Adam Dreece.

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