How does a Christian book cover depict a dream…the desire, longing, hope for a child?
That was my artistic challenge after Lorilyn Roberts asked me to redesign the book cover for “Children of Dreams.” First published in 2009, it is the true story of how God restored and fulfilled Lorilyn’ s dream of having children even after her husband abandoned her for his pregnant girlfriend.
My first step was to think of the readers. What kind of image would they identify with?
I know …
There isn’t a writer out there who hasn’t hit a roadblock or pothole in creating a book. Sometimes it happens within a chapter … or a blog. Wanting to be a writer; transitioning to a better writer, and arriving to the status of a great writer doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process.
The process begins with reading. Devouring the words of others can guide and mentor both a writer-to-be and already established one. The process continues …
Woot … you’ve got your book—congrats for sure.
You are now a “published” author; some sales are coming in; you are promoting it in every channel you can think of, and then an online OMG moment hits. It may be a not-so “Yo-Ho-Ho” time for you and your book. You’ve done an online search and discovered that your book is being sold by someone(s)o you have never heard of—someone(s) you never engaged in selling your book. …
Our guest blog is by member Andi Phillips who first learned about Paper.li at Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged. It’s a terrific process of curating “like” expertise and producing a weekly or daily newspaper—takes about an hour … and once you are done … you-are-done! Become a subscriber of mine: http://paper.li/e-1437000336
Make your own paper … Judith
At #AuthorU, I recently learned about a new tool called Paper.li, which creates a web newspaper and e-mail newsletter with …
Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of press releases and pitches, here are my recommendations on when to use each one.
When to Use a Press Release
As the “announcement of record” that you post online, preferably in your online press room.
When you must reach consumers directly and not take the chance that the media will cover your story. Consumers can find your press releases when they search online.
As the starting point for journalists. Even if you’re pitching, …
You have an idea for a story that will generate free publicity for your company or nonprofit, a product or a service, or a book you’re launching.
Your first temptation is to write a press release. But you know press releases are often ineffective for getting a major story. Customized pitches to specific journalists and bloggers, however, often go unanswered.
So what do you do? Take your chance on a press releases or on a pitch?
The decision …
Oh-Oh … Avoid the Amazon Warning and Possible Slap Down for a Crappy Book
Amazon has been the self and indie publisher’s best friend. If you’ve got a book, Amazon will be a primary portal to sell it. Amazon also sells 70 percent of eBooks. Because of the ease of getting on Amazon, there are plenty of crappy books available. In January of 2016, Amazon announced that it will slap Warning labels on poorly edited books …
Book Shepherd Client Barbara Sternberg is Being Honored!
It trills … I mean THRILLS me … when one of my authors hits the HOME RUN. The latest is Barbara Sternberg with her wonderful book: Anne Evans-A Pioneer in Colorado’s Cultural History. First, Barbara wrote this as she kissed the big 90! Second, it’s won many book awards. Third, FINALLY, Anne Evans is being recognized throughout Colorado for the many achievements that her path generated – literally …
It’s the New Year … and there is no better time than to start a new, critical habit or fine-tune one that you are doing that is essential to author and book success: the ability to create awesome HEADLINES.
Yes, Headlines count … whether it’s the phrase that an On-Air personality uses or something in print … headlines count. The question is: are you using them? Your headline is the first thing anyone sees or hears.
Position Yourself as the Expert for Media
Happy Christmas to all! I love it when my colleagues share tidbits that can help authors to move forward in book and author success. The Publicity Hound, Joan Stewart reminds all of three essential things to do to “hook” the media.
1. Get on the phone early. Not only should you pitch your story, news via email to the newsroom or outlet … get on the phone. Talk to a …