More By: Judith Briles

Authors: Should You Sell Your Next Book to a Publisher?

Authors: Should You Sell Your Next Book to a Publisher?

Authors: Should You Sell Your Next Book to a Publisher?
Recently, I responded to a query from an author who wanted to transition from self-publishing to traditional publishing. She had successfully sold 60,000 books on her own. The first words out of my mouth were, “Why would you want to do that?”
And then …

The Amazing Power of Books in Your Presence

The Amazing Power of Books in Your Presence

When Amazon’s eBook sales, a la Kindle, exceeded its print book sales that we authors and publishers love so well, the “book sky is falling” dooms-dayers and sayers came out of the woodwork.

~ Books have power! ~
The University of Tennessee has been exploring students’ test scores for the past three years. Research led by Richard Allington has found that students who brought “real” books home had significantly higher reading scores than those who didn’t. …

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Celebrating the Author and Book Publishing World?

Celebrating the Author and Book Publishing World?

What is independence in publishing? Good question to think about on this 4th of July. As the Author and Publishing Worlds Turn, the words “self” and “independent” have almost become interchangeable. There is a difference, agreed, a fine line at times.

A self-published book can mean almost anything … from what gets spilled out of the fingers and mind of the author to the presentation from the local printing shop and sometimes looking like it was put …

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Authors Beware … What You See and Write In Word Is Not What You Get!

Authors Beware … What You See and Write In Word Is Not What You Get!

After spending several hours with an author who was incredibly frustrated (and most likely PO’d at me for being the messenger) that what she had so carefully structured in her 8 x 11 print out version was most likely NOT going to be the same presentation in the interior design of the finished book.

Here’s the heads up: what you put down, page-by-page in your Word document/pdf may have little to do with what it looks like …

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Meet Publishing’s T-Rex …Publishing Predators Put You and Your Book at Risk

Meet Publishing’s T-Rex …Publishing Predators Put You and Your Book at Risk

What a tangled web they weave … the Publishing Predators are breeding, casting out their nets for naive authors-to-be, those who are looking for a book publishing bargain and don’t realize that they will end up in a boiler plate up sales operation; promising bestseller status and so much more.
It’s author beware, author beware, author beware.
Over the past three years, I’ve worked with several private clients and fielded numerous phone calls/emails from authors who …

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Book Publishing Today … Are You the Sardine in the Sea?

Book Publishing Today … Are You the Sardine in the Sea?

Are You the Sardine in the Sea?
Yep, there are millions of books out there … is yours contributing to book pollution … or do you have a unique voice, something new to bring to the party, a twist to something old … in other words, can you break from the pack? Or, will you continue to be a sardine in the vast sea? Learn the art of the niche and your start will shine!

 
 
And the …

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Intentional Book Selling in 3 Steps

Intentional Book Selling in 3 Steps

For authors to be successful, the magic dust of book selling and marketing need to be in play. Do you know the  three steps that will set you up for your book sales?
  It’s All About Intentions …

  Step 1 … The Pitch and Platform When someone asks what your book is about … what do you say as you Pitch them your work and words? Do you stumble a bit? Do you start and …

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Please, Please … Ban Book Pollution

Please, Please … Ban Book Pollution

Several times a month, I get calls or emails from aspiring or just-ready-to-give-birth authors. Or so they think. Maybe they are ready for the book birth—but too many times, it’s a false labor, or should be. This past month, after an SOS from a book designer I work with, I literally pulled two books out of the “line” where the authors had jumped the gun and submitted theirs too soon and directly to him, bypassing …

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Cliques Aren’t Us … Author U Expands Its Community

Cliques Aren’t Us … Author U Expands Its Community

 There are a variety of definitions of “community” including:
A group of people with common interests,
likeness, shared ideas and activities.

Author U fills them all—we are authors; we are alike (and yet very different in our topics, methodologies and strategies); we share ideas and activities.   
The author’s voice—your voice—is amazing … reaching every corner of every community. To expand our community, Author U has surfaced on LinkedIn this past week. The community has expanded broadly …

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Why Should You Publish via Printing … Let Me Count the Ways!

Why Should You Publish via Printing … Let Me Count the Ways!

With the onslaught of the “e” world … and yes, it is an onslaught; the overwhelming amount of “e” pollution has turned many off. “You’re an author … what type of an author are you? A real author … or who that just jabbers and tosses out anything and everything, without really thinking about content, much less the audience that it is meant for or who it really is?

Can you be a real author and …

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