When someone asks you—anyone—what’s the Vision for your Book, and for you the Author, what do you say? Do you stammer and stutter? Do you feel like you project the “deer in the highlight” gaze? Or are you direct and succinct?
For the visionary founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, he’s been an entrepreneur from the get-go. Virgin was seeded when he was 20 years old—since then; he’s created an empire that includes eight separate billion-dollar companies …
Another phone call. Another author who is frustrated confused and stressed out. Another author who step into publishing without wearing the “author beware” hat.
“I’ve been taken.”
“My book looks awful.”
“The publisher hasn’t delivered on anything it promised.”
“There are too many hidden charges.”
“I’m not getting paid.”
“I thought this was a reputable publisher.”
“I’ve been screwed …”
Look in the mirror. Did you really check out the company? Did you go to Google and …
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Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on a variety for common hiccups that new authors get into. Judith Briles is going solo today the second part of Author and Publishing Timelines. What you need (should know) 12 months from publication of your book, then moving it up month by month. Last week, Judith and Jake Williams, illustrator, author, charicature creator dove into the creativity process —you don’t want …
… Speak About and Market It, Of Course!
When the book deliver euphoria wears off, every author has the gaze in the belly button moment … what do I do next?
Two quick responses:
1 Market, Market, Market. Eighty percent of your time will now be directed to this single word.
2 Speak, Speak, Speak. You will enjoy the reprints, not to mention the book sales.
I am a firm believer that speaking is one of …
Which book path is for you–traditional … self … independent–which? Four words can get you focused: timing, control, quality and money. All are key factors when it comes to publishing.
Timing—if your manuscript is completed, you can have it edited, cover and interiors designed, printed and in your hands within four months or less. With traditional publishing, you can have your manuscript completed and it will most likely be in your hands in 18 months.
Control—if you …
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Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on a variety for common hiccups that new authors get into. Judith Briles is going solo today in a two-parter … Author and Publishing Timelines. What you need (should know) 12 months from publication of your book, then moving it up month by month. Last week, Judith and Jake Williams, illustrator, author, charicature creator dove into the creativity process —you don’t want to …
Reading … cooking and eating … movies … some of my favorite things. A day/evening of cooking with a good movie–either at home or on TV sometimes becomes the catalyst for writing ideas. I was ready to love, love, love the book that had them all, and I didn’t.
First of all, I have to tell you . . . I did not like Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat, Pray, Love. Oh, there’s no question that …
Every book has a starting point for its journey. Along the way, the author sharpens their ideas and gathers the tools to be successful.
#1 Be smart from the get-go! Savvy authors learn quickly that books are a business. Creating cobwebs in your garage or basement shouldn’t be an option. Knowing what your book cost (really cost, not an estimate—that means you crunch the numbers so you have a true unit/book cost); knowing who your …
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Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on a variety for common hiccups that new authors get into. Her guest is Jake Williams, illustrator, author, charicature creator! It’s all about creativity today! Last week, Judith and Kari May deep-dove into how to work with libraries (Kari is the President of the Colorado Library Assocation—you don’t want to miss this one! It’s up on the In the Air section on the …
Which book awards do you enter? Do they matter?
Let’s start with the second question first. The answer: sometimes. Depending upon the tenacity of the author/publisher in getting the word out about the book and the award, you could be wasting your money. Awards can be used to market your book, but it doesn’t happen by itself. You will be the primary promoter. Always.
Some of the more established awards—USA Book News, ForeWord Indie/Fab, Ben Franklin, IPPY, …