Welcome to The Novel Business!

This site is designed for the serious author or small publisher – someone interested in operating like a business, including earning a sustainable profit.

Can you find all this information online already? Sure you can. I’ve spent more than 15 years and thousands of dollars compiling all this information. What we accomplish here provides you with one place that either answers all your questions or points you in the right direction.

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The Author’s Guide to Blogging

I’m a novelist and when I was first advised to begin blogging, I drew a complete blank. Give me 400 blank pages and I can fill them up with characters, scenes, plots and subplots, but give me a blog and I had a challenge. I had two major issues: what to blog...

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When Did the Industry Turn Writers into Marketers?

I don’t know of any author who doesn’t long for the days when they could focus solely on their writing while publishers provided a marketing staff to promote their books. Unfortunately for both sides, it doesn’t appear that those days will return any time soon. So...

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The Novel As a Business

Last week we discussed the various types of authors. Unless you are writing solely for your own eyes or for a selected group of friends and family, once your writing is published, you become a business and your book becomes your product. If you’re short on time,...

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What Type of Author Are You?

Authors write for a variety of reasons and why you write greatly determines what you should do—if anything—for book sales. For example, some authors write simply for pleasure or to process their own thoughts. Writing can be cathartic, especially when writing one’s...

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Welcome to The Novel Business!

  Welcome to The Novel Business! For more than 15 years, I’ve been mentoring authors from those who are just starting out to those with published books and from traditionally published to self-published. By far, the largest challenge facing authors is how to...

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