Gail Gaymer MartinGood morning from Gail Gaymer Martin

The world of publishing has changed rapidly in the past two years–even the past year. Digital has opened doors for authors out-of-print novels and for unpublished writers to make their books available as ebooks.  But one thing we know about all books is if they are not well written, if they do not hook the reader and hold them captive, the reader will not return for another try with this author.

Authors who have not honed their craft and who've written a novel that only their friends and family love have not truly tested the water.  Readers are a critical bunch–me included–who tear books apart that do not know what makes a great read. Many readers let the authors know their failures through letters and email, and spread the word when a bad book is out there.

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This follow-up article is a continuation of James Watkins article on Self-Publishing And Piranhas . He is graciously allowed me to share this information with you. Feel free to visit Jim’s web pages filled with wise thoughts about writing, publishing, and marketing at:

This discussion covered warnings for writers considering self-publishing on the many scams and poor choices that are beckoning to eager writers. The next point talks about the number of copies that must be ordered and finallly, the question regarding your niche market. I hope you find this article helpful.   

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GailGaymerMartinWelcome to the CAN Blog on this wintering morning in Michigan. Hi from Gail Gaymer Martin @

This excellent article by James N. Watkins appeared a while ago in his newsletter. I asked him if I could share it with you, and he had no problem with that. I’m glad because every writer who considers self-publishing needs to be aware of the scams and poor choices they can make. Since this is a long article I will beginning and continue with a link so you can read it all. The next article will continue with Jim’s thoughts on the Realities of “Marketing.” Feel free to visit Jim’s site at to gain more of his wisdom, and I thank him again for allowing me to share this with you.

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