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Publishing Stories: Author Peter C. Diamond on Hybrid Publishing, Part 2

What happens when you publish with a hybrid publisher? Peter C. Diamond, author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess, and Move Forward, returns to tell us about his experience with marketing and sales.   In this essay Peter raises some important questions that are especially relevant for indie publishers but true for all who enter into book publishing. What is your goal in producing a book? What is your commitment to marketing? What is your definition of success?   To have a rewarding publishing experience, it is helpful to have answers to these and many more questions before you begin.     Rewards and Challenges of a First-Time Author Part 2: Marketing and Sales by Peter Diamond   Marketing and selling my book was much harder and more time consuming than I imagined. While the...

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Is It Cyber Monday Again? Oh, Thank Goodness!

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Madame Bovary Is a Cautionary Tale

The first line on the back cover of this iconic novel by Gustave Flaubert reads, "The 1857 publication of Madame Bovary, with its vivid depictions of sex and adultery, incited a backlash of immorality charges." Always interested in banned books, I immediately knew I had to read it.   When I found a copy of Madame Bovary in a used-book store in Madison (they do exist!), I'd remembered hearing it was the scandalous tale of a cheating wife. For 1857 that seemed pretty progressive to me. And with the backlash of immorality charges, I assumed it was a glorification of adultery and immoral behavior.   Boy, was I wrong.   In fact, Emma Bovary is an entirely unlikable woman whose lying, cheating, and greed send her life spiraling into the ground. Quite simply, she marries a...

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