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Why Digital?

Paper is one of the oldest industries still going, and for good reason. There’s nothing like the feel of old book paper, or the appearance of documents that have survived the test of time. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most inefficient, outdated, and wasteful industries. Paper waste makes a few hundred million tons of […]

Writing Realities

  So, you’ve written a book. Good for you! A book is most often one of the easiest things to start, and most difficult to finish. A good deal of people like to talk about writing, but only a fraction actually do it. This is a brief guide that will hopefully assist you on your […]

The “No” List- Resources for Writers at Black House Books

You should never, at any point, at any time, fall victim to con artists. Unfortunately, professional writing is rife with them. Here is a growing list of many common warnings for writers. Professional agents, publishers, and editors do not solicit. You will not be the next James Patterson, Stephen King, or Diana Palmer. Those authors […]

The Publishing Process

  The process of publication often seems mysterious. How does it work? Generally speaking, here is the order of how the modern publishing process moves.     The author creates an introductory inquiry letter, called a “query.” This is usually after they finish the manuscript. In some non-fiction, you go through this process with only […]


Authors need to promote their books. Whether your publisher is Random House, or just Black House, you’re going to have to market and advertise. Big publishers reserve their marketing prowess for authors who commonly make 6- or 7-figure profits. You should promote, to a point. It’s imperative to recognize that you are a writer, not […]


We do not offer advances. Advances are not “free.” They are not “pay.” They aren’t “gifts.” Payday loan companies do the same thing, just with higher interest rates. When an author receives an advance, he or she will not see a single royalty payment until the publisher has recouped the advance. Your advance is based […]

Should I Self-Publish?

Well, should you? This is one of the most common questions writers are faced with today, and for good reason. There has never been an easier time to find readers, to sell your books, or to just spread the word about your book. Many writers are doing it on their own and developing steady secondary […]