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Best Practices for Indie Publishing Part 1

publishing your manuscript

It’s hard enough to keep yourself on track to write and complete a book (though it’s a lot easier thanks to TheRightMargin). Once you have the manuscript finished, the question becomes “What do I do with it?” or “Is publishing my work the next step?”. In this two part guest-post, we’ll answer that and give you some best practice methods for launching your indie author career on the right foot.

Where do you start?

There are a lot of directions you can roam once your manuscript is complete, and one of the most popular is indie publishing. Going indie offers some advantages over traditional publishing in terms of keeping the rights to your work, and even making higher royalties per sale. But along with those perks comes the overhead of publishing—all the steps that would typically be handled by a publisher are now your responsibility.

That may sound a bit scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at a few best practices for indie publishing and see exactly what you may be in for.

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New Year’s Writing Resolutions for 2017

new year's writing resolutions

New Year’s writing resolutions can feel like furry, hyperactive beasts. They aren’t easy to identify and they always seem to scurry away rather quickly into the busy fog of the emerging year. 

So instead of making one or two big new year’s writing resolutions this year – and in the spirit of TheRightMargin’s philosophy of breaking down large goals into achievable milestones and tasks – I’ve decided to start the new year with a writing goal… just for January. 

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Improve your writing via a retrospective

Have you ever caught yourself thinking you could be a better writer? Having a healthy amount of humility in one’s own work is of course, normal. Doing a simple retrospective, or ‘retro’ for short, on your writing projects can help you save time, money and ultimately a lot of self-doubt through your writing career.

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Tips on Writing the Middle of a Novel

writing the middle of a novel

Ah, the dreaded middle of your novel – always a challenge during any novel-writing endeavor. But when its slowing effects impact your prized daily word count during the concentrated NaNoWriMo period, the results can be discouraging – even devastating. As your excitement, tempo, and flow wane, you may find yourself stuck in the difficult work of writing the middle of a novel without knowing how to go about it.

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How to Begin a Story: Writing Your Character’s Journey to Page One

begin a story

A great many writers – aspiring and established – face the dreaded question:

How and where do I begin my story? 

It turns out this is less of a question about timing and location, than it is a moment in your primary character’s life where the journey to answer a question begins.

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