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My book costs $2700 on Amazon!? What?!?!

My book costs $2700 on Amazon!? What?!?!

Since these database errors are so prominent on Amazon, you'll see all sorts of books by unknown (and known) authors, both active and out of print, priced at out-of-this-world prices. Here's why...…

A Painfully Obvious Example of How NOT to Promote a Book!

A Painfully Obvious Example of How NOT to Promote a Book!

It's never a good idea to keep writing more and more books for a series that isn't selling. You should take several months off from writing to promote the books you already have on the market. Here's why...…

“Should I pay for a print cover AND an ebook cover for my book?” NO!

“Should I pay for a print cover AND an ebook cover for my book?” NO!

If your publisher has already created a print cover for your book (paperback or hardcover), and if they are now trying to upsell you on ebook cover design, you're getting ripped off. Putting a cover on an ebook is as easy as copying and pasting the front cover only from the print cover file, saving it as a different file, and using that in the ebook, as well as on retailer websites, like Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and others.…

“Angela, what’s your opinion about publishers and authors hiring ‘sensitivity readers?'”

“Angela, what’s your opinion about publishers and authors hiring ‘sensitivity readers?'”

The practice of hiring "sensitivity readers" is absolutely RIDICULOUS! Books are supposed to challenge readers' thinking. They not only entertain readers, but also disturb, offend, spur people to action, expand our thinking, teach us about things, people, and societies that we would otherwise never be exposed to, and so much more! This is pre-publication censorship, plain and simple...…

When a Vanity Publisher…Pretends To Be Traditional

When a Vanity Publisher…Pretends To Be Traditional

I have been offered a contract by a regular publisher but, because I am not a known author, they want me to commit to purchasing copies up front for a total of $4200. I realize that they want to get all of their costs back up front but that seems kind of high to me. What do you think?…

“Are print book sales really making a comeback?” Yep!

“Are print book sales really making a comeback?” Yep!

"Physical book sales have rocketed by four million this year, fighting back against the digital revolution. Predictions, a few years ago, that the printed book would die appear to have been greatly exaggerated."…

DIY Publishing Services – Are Any of Them Really “Free?”

DIY Publishing Services – Are Any of Them Really “Free?”

I see your claim that it is less expensive to publish with BookLocker than with CreateSpace and I don't understand why you think so. All over the Internet, information about CreateSpace makes authors think their services are free. Their homepage even says "free." What gives?…

“Where can I find a list of writing contests?”

“Where can I find a list of writing contests?”

Could you suggest books, websites, etc. that have real poetry contests? Not the type that publish your poem and then want you to pay $100 for a copy. Also, where can I find lists of magazines that pay you for poems?…

“Can I Use Somebody Else’s Photo/Artwork if I Flip it Horizontally?”

“Can I Use Somebody Else’s Photo/Artwork if I Flip it Horizontally?”

I am still working to get my illustrations for my book. Can you advise on something I was told by my illustrator? She told me that most photos copied from the Internet can be flipped horizontally to alleviate concerns of copyright infringement. For example if a mountain appears on the left side of the photograph, flip the photo so the mountain is on the right side. I also wonder if applying artistic effects to a photo (pencil sketch, smooth pastel, etc.) would eliminate concern of issues. I was given five websites for Royalty Free photos and images that are free of charge. Do you have any recommendations for me?…