Topic: Authors

Traditional Publishing, Self or Independent Publishing: Which to Choose and Why…Advice from the Book Coach / Book Shepherd

Traditional Publishing, Self or Independent Publishing: Which to Choose and Why…Advice from the Book Coach / Book Shepherd

Ahhh, times have changed—which publishing road does an author take today? With the Internet and today’s technology, traditional publishers are being turned on their heads, self and independent publishers have morphed into new critters—ranging from “Wow—look at these books, they are amazing” to “Wow—these like they were done with Elmer’s Glue at the kitchen table.”
The publishing road answer: it depends. Authors are choosing to bypass the traditional method that had been so coveted by the …

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Author, Writing and Book Publishing Tips and Ahas for January 16, 2015

Author, Writing and Book Publishing Tips and Ahas for January 16, 2015

 

 
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The TechSlinger … not sure if you would call this a “tip” or but what the heck … if you have a lot of gadgets and want to be “different”… this could be for you! www.techslinger.com
 
 
 
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The Author’s Journey: Ban New Year’s Resolutions

The Author’s Journey: Ban New Year’s Resolutions

And …
Typically, most view January as the month of Resolutions. I suggest you don’t. Why?—simply this: most resolutions are trashed within a few weeks. In reality, over 70 percent are either stomped on, forgotten or deemed not worth the resolver’s while.

What are the top reasons resolutions that become out of sight … out of mind to an author?
1             Creating an All or Nothing Scenario Almost guaranteed to set any author up for …

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Don’t Confuse Independent Publishing with Self-Publishing

Don’t Confuse Independent Publishing with Self-Publishing

Indie, Independent and Small Press Publishing Are So, Soooooo Different from Self-Publishing, Vanity Presses and Pay-to-Publish “Publishing”

I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a zillion times: yes, dear author-to-be (and those already published), there is a difference between self-publishing, vanity presses, pay-to-publish, a small press, and independent publishing. Don’t mix them up. Don’t get confused.
Use Wikipedia as an initial guide:
“The terms “small press”, “indie publisher”, and “independent press” are often used interchangeably, with “independent press” defined …

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Author Key Question: Who’s in Your Mind When You Write?

Author Key Question: Who’s in Your Mind When You Write?

It was interesting to hear many authors stumble when asked three simple questions:

Who is your book for?
What’s your target market?
Can you summarize your book in less than 30 seconds?

 
And too many couldn’t respond with clarity, or quickly. Oh, they loved the idea and the art of writing. But, really, “You want me to tell you who is supposed to be reading, buying my book? Me?”
Why yes, that’s exactly what was being asked … and expected …

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Come to the Fall Authors Tea … Book Addicts Welcome!

Come to the Fall Authors Tea … Book Addicts Welcome!

It’s time for the Annual Fall Holiday Author Tea on Saturday, November 22! 
Celebrating Authors … Hearing them talk about their books … Shopping for gifts – books are ideal! 

Don’t worry … the Broncos aren’t playing!
When:  Saturday, November 22nd
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Food?  Absolutely … delicious goodies and tidbits plus tea and punch of course!
Cost:  FREE
Hosted by:  Author U members Judith Briles and Julie Griffin
Where: Julie & Bob Griffin’s home:  3929 S. Eagle St. Aurora, …

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The Author Glaze Factor

The Author Glaze Factor

The deer in the headlights look is common when authors hear the phrase “social media marketing.”  When the glaze factor settles in, the heels dig in and resistance oozes from every pore.

I know that resistance—I resisted it too. The last thing I needed on my plate was something that could literally suck hours of my time each day. That was then; this is now. One of the first things I need on my plate is …

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Why Publishing on Your Own Is a Very, Very Viable Option

Why Publishing on Your Own Is a Very, Very Viable Option

Once upon a time, in a land no so far away, there were two types of publishing: the coveted traditional route, where thousands of books were printed, media releases created and publisher reps marketed the books that only real authors wrote; and the disdained vanity press—here the giant spitting sound. Authors went the vanity press route only as a last resort. Under the vanity umbrella dwelled the small presses and self-publishing, costly ventures where mass …

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Get ready for the Author U Circles Member Only Coaching

Get ready for the Author U Circles Member Only Coaching

Author U Circles Are Here!***
We launched Author U Circles at our last live event in Colorado in October, and they were tremendously successful. As in we had to stop the chatter! Now we are bringing them online via your phone, anywhere you are as an Author U member benefit.  The Author U Circles are exclusively for paid up AuthorU.org members—no guests allowed. Not a member? … join here: AuthorU.org
 
What’s the value? … Priceless!
✓ How about not paying for …

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5 More Publishing Blunders to Avoid … Part II

5 More Publishing Blunders to Avoid … Part II

Publishing Blunders aren’t fun … as pointed out last week with the first 5 Publishing Blunders.
Last week, I identified the first 5 on my hit list of blunders: Not niching your market-get over that your book is for everyone–it’s not; not grasping that this thing called authoring and publishing is a business; using the wrong editors (sorry Mom); not creating a Author and Book GamePlan from the get-go;  and believing that your book will …

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