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Dear Authors: Please stop creating attention-seeking controversy on the internet.

February 26, 2014 | Susie | 16 Comments

The whole Lynn Shepherd debacle (sj pretty much sums up my feels about that here) is one incident in what is becoming a disturbing trend where some self-published or little-known authors go on the Huffington Post (or equivalent media) and write an “opinion piece” about […]

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Dear Authors: Not Every YA Heroine Needs a Boyfriend

February 17, 2014 | NeriS | 41 Comments

I like a good literary romance well enough.  Aw, who am I kidding, I’m the shippiest shipper in all of shipdom.*  I was on Team Ron/Hermione right from Sorcerer’s Stone (I swear I started this post before J. K.’s recent comments ^_^;; ).  Want to […]

Do blog tours and extended promotions actually turn followers off?

August 12, 2013 | Susie | 55 Comments

We’ve done a few events and blog tours here at IB in the past. Blog tours, if you’re not familiar with them, is the digital equivalent of hopping city-to-city to promote one’s book; instead of physically traveling, you’re being promoted/reviewed/guest posting on different blogs. The […]

[Reading Rage] Dear authors: If I want your newsletter, I can click “subscribe” myself.

July 31, 2013 | Susie | 76 Comments

I know that as a blogger who reviews stuff that people want to sell, I am going to get some solicitations. I know this. I’ve mostly come to peace with it. (Mostly.) I’ve even come to peace with the fact that not everyone is a […]

Getting a blogger to review the book you wrote, part deux.

June 2, 2013 | Susie | 48 Comments

This isn’t the first post I’ve written about how to get people to read your books, and it probably won’t be the last. The incident that inspired this post was an “event” on Goodreads that I was invited to, for someone’s book promotion. If you’re chuckling […]

Authors, are you doing the wrong thing when it comes to Twitter sales?

May 22, 2013 | Susie | 43 Comments

EDIT: As many people pointed out, this TOTALLY ALSO applies to Goodreads. See comments for details. About a week ago, I was live-tweeting my new cable internet installation. I know, it doesn’t sound like much to live-tweet, but the dude installing my cable was unusually […]

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Reading Rage: Don’t Make Me Get Out My Red Pen

December 13, 2012 | sj | 127 Comments

Dear Self-Published Authors, Can we chat for a sec?  Here, pull up a chair and let me get you some tea.  Tea is good for these types of discussions, right?  I think so. Listen.  I think we need to have this talk because, quite frankly, […]

So, you want to charge more than 99 cents for your ebooks? Here’s how!

November 5, 2012 | Susie | 31 Comments

So, I was reading this article that someone linked on Twitter about what the 99 cent eBook price-point “means” or whatever to the future of self-publishing. If you know me at all, you know that I was eye-rolling pretty hard over some of the stuff in the […]

Why Aspiring Authors Shouldn’t Major in English

October 29, 2012 | Tony | 46 Comments

Do you want to be a writer when you grow up?  I know I do.  When I was in high school trying to decide on a college and a major, English seemed like the perfect subject to study.  After all, English is the language I […]

Stephen King Week: The ballad of Richard Bachman, alter ego of Stephen King.

September 22, 2012 | Susie | 13 Comments

When a Washington DC bookstore employee blew the lid off of King’s secret pseudonym, Richard Bachman, I was still in diapers. As a result, I didn’t even find out about Richard Bachman until ’round about 1996, with the release of The Regulators, which was a mirrored/companion novel […]

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