Self-Pub 101: Handmade Tales Panel at ACPL

Stephanie A. Cain and Jennifer Foehner Wells at ACPL panel

The Allen County Public Library Author Fair Committee sent out links to panel videos last week, and since my fellow panelists Jennifer Foehner Wells and Kayleen Reusser had such great advice during their presentations, I want to share the whole video with you. We each talked for about ten minutes, and …




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My No-Pants Plan for Self-Publishing

Stephanie A. Cain stands at her table at the Allen County Public Library 2016 Author Fair

This is the text of a presentation on self-publishing that I gave at the Allen County Public Library’s Author Fair yesterday. I’m posting this, complete with links, in the hopes it will be useful to writers who are beginning to research their publishing journey. Lots of you probably know that …




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Self-Pub 101: Four Twitter Rules for Authors

Twitter author

Today I’m going to write about a pet peeve of mine: Twitter’s Direct Message feature. Specifically, how authors use Twitter’s Direct Message feature. This week, I had several people follow me on Twitter. (I’m here: @stephanie_cain) Generally speaking, I take a look at someone’s profile and their most recent tweets before …




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Self-Pub 101: E-book Pricing for Libraries

Dear Self-Published Authors, do yourself a favor. Stop charging libraries so much for your e-books. Robin Bradford is someone I follow on Twitter, and she frequently Tweets her collection development work as a librarian in Washington state. Since I have Librarian IV certification in Indiana (I actually have 3/4 of …




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ACPL Author Fair Picture

Fantasy author Stephanie A. Cain at her booth at the 2015 Allen County Public Library Author Fair

I had a great time at the Allen County Public Library Author Fair! I talked to a lot of great people, including authors all along the spectrum, from those just starting out on their first story to those who have published several books. It was so much fun, and it’s …




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Book Review: Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide

Red and white book cover of The Self Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide

I had the opportunity this week to review the Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide (Amazon affiliate link) by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent. First off, I’ll say that I was given a free digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. But I’ll follow that up by saying that I …




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What to Get a Self-Published Author for Christmas

A pile of brightly-wrapped Christmas presents

Are you shopping for a self-published author? Are you tired of giving them notebooks and pens for Christmas? (Hint: You shouldn’t be.) Do you want something more meaningful or significant than yet another book on how to market your novel? Then you’re at the right blog! I have a list …




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Book Review: Book Marketing Is Dead

Cover of book titled Book Marketing Is Dead by Derek Murphy

How do you market a self-published book into a best-seller? Start with the absolute best book you can produce. This isn’t really a new idea–marketing experts have long been touting the importance of having a good cover design, professional editing, and excellent back copy–but it doesn’t end there. Author Derek …




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Self-Pub 101: Interview with Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Sorry it’s been a while since I posted! The museum where I work has its most important annual fundraiser in late August, and I got sick two days before the fundraiser and spent the next two weeks recovering. Summer colds are the worst, especially if you get completely soaked and walk …




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