Articles by Michael Doane

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Michael Doane shares his self-publishing journey.

If you’re a writer, you’ve probably thrown around the pros and cons of self-publishing more than once or twice. Maybe you’ve even bought into the myths that traditional publishing naturally gets you more recognition, or that you’ll make more money with a real publisher. But all this is changing. It’s easier now than ever to find your specific audience and build a direct relationship with them.

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Have you ever discovered a box of amazing images?

When I was getting serious about writing a few years ago, I thought that if I kept at it, I’d eventually get “discovered.” A lot of authors think this starting out.

We picture ourselves toiling away at our art until suddenly a publisher appears from the shadows and sees the genius. “Ah ha! You’re what the world’s been waiting for!” And poof… we’re the next Steinbeck or Rowling or King.

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This issue isn't black and white: authors who speak at conference should be paid according to Phillip Pullman

When Phillip Pullman resigned his patronage of the Oxford Literary Festival, he took a stand for all authors. Think about it: authors are the bread and butter of lit conferences. The wait staff, the AV guys, everyone else gets paid. Why shouldn’t writers who are invited to share their expertise and provide valuable content to the organizers get paid too?

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Social Media Marketing 101: Find Your Voice, Be Authentic

“You’ve got to be on social media,” says every marketer ever.

At this point, that’s a given. Being on social media today might be more important than having your own website. Recently search engines like Google have been ranking content shared on social media sites higher than content posted on blogs and individual sites.

Search engines tend to favor sites with a lot of traffic and your personal blog can’t reach nearly as many people as Twitter or Facebook.

Take a look at these following examples:

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