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5 Tips for Self-Publishing Efficiently




Self-publishing technology has come a long way since the early days of so-called "vanity press." No longer does an indie author need to order and warehouse mounds of book copies in order to sell. The changing publishing landscape means not only can you sell without massive and expensive storage, but you can do so in a variety of formats … and, yes, in a much shorter publishing timeframe than in the past.

So, with spring on the horizon, Outskirts Press offers five ways to be well on the way by summer’s end.

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Feel the Spirit Move You With These 6 Writing Tips For Your Next Christian or Spiritual Book!




Once upon a time, an American schoolgirl wrote to eminent Christian scholar C.S. Lewis. The year was 1959, and she wanted to know if he had any suggestions for her on the art of writing. He sent her a list of eight rules, including admonitions to turn off the radio and dial out the white noise of daily life, write with the ear and not the eye, write about the things which interest you, and know the meaning of every word you use. His most revealing point of advice, however, was to be clear, and to remember that readers can’t know your mind. "Don’t forget to tell them exactly what they need to know to understand you," he wrote. And if you're the author of a Christian or Spiritual book, this advice resonates with a special power. After all, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to misunderstanding our place in the world and in relationship to the divine.

How can you go about writing in a way that helps readers understand you? Here are six recommendations for getting started:

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