Tagged: book publishing

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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5 Blunders Guaranteed to Crush Your Publishing Efforts … Part I

5 Blunders Guaranteed to Crush Your Publishing Efforts … Part I

Everywhere you turn, there is info via the Internet , on the bookshelf,  via videos,  and certainly from workshops. Info that tells you want to do with your publishing efforts; what not to do.
You would think that any beginning author would start with a quick search on the Internet to begin their quest–a quest that would identify common snafus  and traps that newbie authors fall into. It would certainly reveal a plethora of information—how to do it; …

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Authors: How to Get Your LCCN (Library of Congress Number)

Authors: How to Get Your LCCN (Library of Congress Number)

The wise author applies for the LCCN before the book is printed.
(Library of Congress Catalog Control Number)
                     
 
One question that most authors don’t know to ask is, “How do I get the LCCN?” What’s a LCCN? Good question—it’s the Library of Congress number that shows that you exist, and the one that any library that you are pitching your book to wants to know you …

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Author Uncertainty

Author Uncertainty

Another phone call. Another author who is frustrated confused and stressed out. Another author who step into publishing without wearing the “author beware” hat.

“I’ve been taken.” “My book looks awful.” “The publisher hasn’t delivered on anything it promised.” “There are too many hidden charges.” “I’m not getting paid.” “I thought this was a reputable publisher.” “I’ve been screwed …”
Look in the mirror. Did you really check out the company? …

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Book Publishing … 4 Factors to ID Your Path

Book Publishing … 4 Factors to ID Your Path

Which book path is for you–traditional … self … independent–which? Four words can get you focused: timing, control, quality and money. All are key factors when it comes to publishing.

Timing—if your manuscript is completed, you can have it edited, cover and interiors designed, printed and in your hands within four months or less. With traditional publishing, you can have your manuscript completed and it will most likely be in your hands in 18 months.

 
Control—if you …

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Book Publishing Today … Avoid Preying Publishing Predators

Book Publishing Today … Avoid Preying Publishing Predators

Reading … cooking and eating … movies … some of my favorite things. A day/evening of cooking with a good movie–either at home or on TV sometimes becomes the catalyst for writing ideas. I was ready to love, love, love the book that had them all, and I didn’t.

First of all, I have to tell you . . . I did not like Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat, Pray, Love. Oh, there’s no question that …

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Author Wise Tips

Author Wise Tips

Every book has a starting point for its journey. Along the way, the author sharpens their ideas and gathers the tools to be successful.

Start with:
#1 Be smart from the get-go! Savvy authors learn quickly that books are a business. Creating cobwebs in your garage or basement shouldn’t be an option. Knowing what your book cost (really cost, not an estimate—that means you crunch the numbers so you have a true unit/book cost); knowing who your …

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Virtual Book Blog Tours – Plan One for Your Book Success

Virtual Book Blog Tours – Plan One for Your Book Success

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 …

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The Amazing Power of Books in Your Presence

The Amazing Power of Books in Your Presence

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. …

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Authors Beware … What You See and Write In Word Is Not What You Get!

Authors Beware … What You See and Write In Word Is Not What You Get!

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 …

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