Nielsen’s BookScan monitors sales via retail outlets in print sales.
The Self-Help category (15%) led the pack in non-fiction followed by Religion/Bibles and Biography/Autobiography/Memoir both posting unit increases of 12%. Non-fiction also out-performed fiction. Graphic Novels (13%) led growth in Fiction categories—the only other category with growth in fiction was Western.
Past categories that have done fairly well in adult nonfiction, didn’t turn out to be a laughing matter. Humor had the largest decline, off 13%, followed …
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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 …
Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. With the millions (yes millions) of books in the “e” world popping annual, claiming the top spot(s) in categories can push book sales. Doing …
Most authors wait until the new year to think about goals for books and themselves.
Don’t. Get out your crystal ball, shake it up, and gaze into it. What worked this past year? What didn’t? If you have the magic wand, what would you like NEXT year to do for you … for your book? Whatever it is … you need a plan.
No author plans to fail; what they do is fail to plan.
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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 …
As an author, do you think of yourself as just the author? And wear only the author hat … most likely, you would rather be writing.
Or, do you think of yourself as an author … and a business owner—the business owner of all things authoring? Or, if appropriate, as the business owner of a small publishing company? Meaning that once your book is written, and in production, you put your author hat down and …
Endorsements … Should You or Shouldn’t You and How Do
You Get Them?
One of the most common questions authors ask is: should I get endorsements for my book? The answer is yes. The real question is: where should I put them?
Ahhh, that opens up another window. Maybe on the cover. Maybe on the back cover. Maybe on a flap or dust jacket if your book has that type of cover. Maybe in the opening pages …