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SELF-PUBLISHING

How Much Should You Pay A Service Publisher for Distribution?

Online distribution across global retailers is not expensive. Yes, you heard us. You shouldn’t be paying an arm and a leg for this. Yet time and again, hybrid and vanity publishers are charging authors a hefty fee to get their title listed in stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

No, no, no. You shouldn’t be paying that much! And more to the point, you shouldn’t have to pay for so many copies of your own book.

Writing Advice

HOW TO CREATE GREAT CHARACTERS

People are extremely complex creatures, and the people in your stories need to be complex, too. So that means your characters can’t be cardboard cutout characters; they need to be as real and complex as living, breathing humans.

33 WAYS TO GET OVER WRITER’S BLOCK: #1

How does one get over writer’s block? For countless writers, it seems like a fight you can’t win. Like a boss at the end of the last level in a video game, writer’s block is cruelly overpowered and mildly amused by your attempts to kill it.

 Four Publishing Options: Which One To Choose?

PUBLISHING ADVICE 

So you’ve written your book or you’re almost there, but you’re not quite sure which publishing route to take … should you go traditional so you don’t have to make an initial investment? How much would you actually get from book sales? What about a hybrid publisher? They should be the best of both worlds, no?

Well, not really.

At Firewords, we believe that no matter which pathway or publisher you choose, getting published should always be beneficial to you, the author. Any investment you make should give you fair returns and if you feel like someone is taking you for a ride, it’s probably because they are.

We’ve summed up four major Publishing Pathways for you, how they work, and what you stand to gain from each route.

SELF-PUBLISHING

7 Reasons To Self-Publish

You’ve completed your manuscript. Congratulations!

What are your options? The option that most writers are familiar with is the traditional agent or publisher route. The second is self-publishing—also known as indie publishing—and the third is hybrid publishing, which is a special blend of the traditional publishing and self-publishing models. We think that self-publishing is an excellent choice for writers: this is why.

Writing Advice

5 WRITING TIPS TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY

These five writing hacks will save you time and money, as they’ll drastically reduce the amount and complexity of work needed to get your manuscript print-ready.

5 WAYS A PLOT PLAN SUPERCHARGES YOUR STORY

Whether you’re new to writing fiction or you’re a veteran wordslinger, you’ve heard about plot plans. Love ’em or loathe ’em, plot plans will supercharge your story.

SELF-PUBLISHING

33 | Why We Need More Stories

These days, my thoughts are constantly on how to release all the stories-in-waiting from the wood between the worlds. Not just my stories: everyone’s stories.

If you are a writer, retrieving stories from the wood between the worlds is a gift and a luxury. Having people read those stories is an even greater luxury. This should not be the case. Not in a time when crowdfunding, print-on-demand distribution and greater numbers of self-published authors are tearing down the barriers imposed by traditional publishing.

I feel very strongly about getting everyone’s stories to readers because I believe in narrative.

Narrative has great potential—and great power. To transform. To shine a light on the dark and terrible corners of ourselves, of the society we live in. Slipping into your favourite narrative at the end of a hard day is a lovely respite. Creating a narrative that people can use as a shelter from their daily lives is a great luxury. It is one of the most peculiar and beautiful gifts that you can offer to a complete stranger: a world they can lose themselves in, if only for a little while.

Self-Publishing

5 Reasons Why Your Book Needs A Great Cover

Wіth close to 200,000 nеw self-published titles еасh уеаr, bооkѕtоrеѕ рrоvіdе a wоndеrful ѕеlесtіоn іf уоu’rе a bооk buуеr … but іf уоu’rе...

How Much Should You Pay A Service Publisher for Distribution?

  Online distribution across global retailers is not expensive. Yes, you heard us. You shouldn’t be paying an arm and a leg for this....

Four Publishing Options and Which One You Should Choose

So you’ve written your book or you’re almost there, but you’re not quite sure which publishing route to take … should you go traditional...