Average cost of indie publishing a book

by Gina Burgess DID YOU KNOW?!? The average cost of developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, cover design and typesetting for an 80,000-word book is as follows: Romance $4,079 Thriller, Mystery, and Crime $4,159 Science Fiction $4,399 Fantasy $4,319 Young Adult $4,359 Historical Fiction $4,399 Literary Fiction $4,519 Memoir $4,598 Business, Self-Help & Health $5,239 That’s
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Reaping and Sowing

by Sarah Tun We reap what we sow. Isn’t that right? Here at Authors Community it is easy to reap first from the great blog posts, and newsletters, and even from eBookChristian.com. Those are all free right into our inbox. Jesus said some seeds yielded one hundred fold, sixty fold, and thirty fold. That’s a
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Fiction is Fiction, Right?

by Gina Burgess Well apparently it isn’t. In a newspaper story, echoed by a Vanity Fair story, a few years ago, Katheryn Stockett was under fire for her character Aibilene in her blockbuster book The Help. It is a story about the relationships between the white families and their black maids back in the 1960s. It
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Naked Dialogue

by Randy Ingermanson   “What’s naked dialogue?” “It’s dialogue without any action, description, interior monologue, or interior emotion.” “Can you do that?” “In short stretches.” “Why would you do that? It sounds stupid.” “If the main conflict is in the dialogue, then adding anything else takes the edge off the conflict.” “I don’t believe that
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A Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion

[Editor’s note: This is hard to read. It is also graphic. To fully realize what Jesus endured, read on.] A Physician Analyzes the Crucifixion (Originally published in Arizona Medicine, March 1965, Arizona Medical Association. A medical explanation of what Jesus endured on the day He died.) By Dr. C. Truman Davis Dr. C. Truman Davis
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16 Essentials to Build an Effective and Helpful Network

by Gina Burgess Good networks are actually good relationships that help build your business. Too often people look at Facebook buddies and blogging buddies as acquaintances, not as relationships. In reality, these people may forge relationnships closer with you than your child’s teacher or the person sitting next to you at a meeting. Birds share
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be encouraged – we’re here to help

We wanted to show you, in as simple a way as possible, why we are so passionate about helping authors get their books ready for publishing and get authors ready to launch their brand new book (or to relaunch an already published book). In this video, you’ll get a peek at our reasoning and thought
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Here’s Your New Baby – A Marketing Analogy

Your book is your baby that you’ve nurtured for numerous months to present to the world. Too often authors make a marketing mistake: No preparation. What about the coaching classes? What about painting and prepping the nursery (audience)? What about all the new clothes (editing and book cover)? Watch this short video to get an
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Even the flu can be a blessing

by Teresa Martin [Editor’s note: Here’s a pick-me-up for this flu season, even though it happened at Christmas!] Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love doing my Christmas shopping; writing Christmas cards, getting out the special china and crystal, and polishing all my tarnished silver-plated serving pieces. But last year, the week before Christmas, I
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Decision

by Cecelia Lester (1st place in fiction under 500 words) He found himself walking along the beach. He mulled over the difficult news. Before he realized it, he discovered he was on the point, that spot where his life could have ended. He sat on the bench, letting his mind reflect on earlier times. His
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