It was interesting to hear many authors stumble when asked three simple questions:
Who is your book for … really for?
What’s your target market?
Can you summarize your book in less than 30 seconds? Better yet, how about 15 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, …
This past weekend, I was in Salt Lake City, where the annual Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Publishing University was held at the Marriott City Creek across from the huge Salt Palace Convention Center. Speaking at the conference on CREATE YOUR 30-SECOND PITCH was the lure that got me there PLUS catching up with publishing PALS, connecting with PUBLISHING PROVIDERS and providing over 20 MINI-CONSULTS with attendees … whew!
Without a “rush” on me to get …
How would you like to sell your book by the truckload? Not one a week … but multiples, cases … forcing a new printing? How cool would that be? From someone who has done it many times, the answer is, “Very cool indeed.” And you can too.
Are you an author who just wants to write? Do you think the world will come to you? Is that what’s holding back massive book sales that could be …
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 …
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 …
Are you a procrastinator? Are you looking for the perfect phrase, word, idea? Are you stuck? Wouldn’t getting unstuck and moving forward be a fantastic goal.
Make a decision to go forward or eliminate vs. the one that you have practiced—to do nothing.
Moving from wannabe author to the real thing is totally possible this coming year. Moving from wannabe speaker to the …
One of the most common questions that authors ask is about the Copyright page and “What should my copyright page look like?” Good question, here’s an answer:
The Copyright Page, which follows the title page of your manuscript, is a flexible document with respect to format, but several elements must be included. The most confusing two are the ISBN and LOCN. Detailed instructions for sending for them are included below:
-The copyright symbol,
-Followed by the …
The Buzz Arrives … Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Lands!
Amazon has a new offering … the dust hasn’t settled but the buzz is flowing. You have heard of Netflix. This is Bookflix.
If you at think about using this program, here’s a HUGE caution:
Indies would do well to avoid Kindle Unlimited for one simple reason: it requires KDP Select exclusivity. For me, doing an exclusive means that there has to be a tremendous bonus, usually financial with it. Smashwords’ CEO Mark Coker …
Do you want to be seriously successful as an author?
I mean, really successful?
And, have you decided what success looks like for you?
Is it Fame, Fortune, Sales … What?
Most authors want success; yet most limp along.
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Several times a month, I get calls or emails from aspiring or just-ready-to-give-birth authors. Or so they think. Maybe they are ready for the book birth—but too many times, it’s a false labor, or should be. This past month, after an SOS from a book designer I work with, I literally pulled two books out of the “line” where the authors had jumped the gun and submitted theirs too soon and directly to him, bypassing …