One of the most common questions the about to publish author asks is, “Where do I get my ISBN?”
Excellent question—start here:
The International Standard Book Number is known to all in the book world as an ISBN. It costs $125 for one and $250 for a block of ten. It’s highly recommend that you purchase a block of 10 because the author usually has at least another book on the “back burner.” And, it’s recommended that …
Don’t you love it when authors actually take their own advice? In a blog that was published some time ago, Author U had a special guest featured within our blog. Dana Lynn Smith put together a Virtual Blog Tour for her book, Virtual Book Tour Magic. Let’s revisit the key elements. Virtual Blog Tours are quite common now … don’t bypass it in your book marketing plans.
Here’s why this book makes marketing sense for today’s author:
The author has …
Snappy Sassy Salty …
Official Book Launch!
It’s summer … It’s hot …
Could you use a pick-me-up?
A bit of inspiration or silliness?
How about something to chew on or get you unstuck?
How about your friends who are writing or already published?
In Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, you will find all that and more. It’s …
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 …
What does author and book success have in common? Good question … the answer is: a goal with a plan to reach it.
When I completed Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, it was woven with quotations to kick-start and propel you forward. If you are going to succeed in this writing, authoring, publishing arena, you need to be kick-started and refueled to propel your forward.
Most of us have resolutions at this …
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. …
One reason I am asking if there is an author in you, is that I am finally embracing the author in me. I’ve also always been passionate about helping content creators create and market successfully. As such, I am excited to share a great gem I recently found with you.
Do you have an idea for a book?
Are you writing a book?
Are you getting ready to publish?
Or are you actively marketing your book?
If any of these …
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 …
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 …
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 …