I grew up on fiction books, I loved seeing the adventures and worlds in them unfold and still do. Seeing the main characters, kids my own age doing incredible things, overcoming inhuman forces whether through wit or pure chance. All of it intrigued me and pulled me in.
As a child and well through my teens, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and the Bartimaeus Trilogy dominated my imagination. I couldn’t get enough of them. When I entered …
Question: If you are an Author, are you happy with your book sales?
Question: Would you like to be an Author of a successful Book?
Question: Do you really know how Authors become rock stars who get minimal advances, if any, yet soar?
Question: Would you be thrilled with a few hundred copies of your book sold (average is less than 500) or would you like to sell thousands?
Answers: The answers are in front of you. Within the …
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 …
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 …
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 …
It’s always a challenge to know what categories to put your book in with Amazon. Initially, you get two slots. Within them, are sub-categories which enable you to drill down from the main category.
If you start showing sales, contact Amazon via either the “contact us” tab on your Amazon.com/Advantage page or Author Central and ask if you can add additional categories. Once something is submitted, the respond quickly.
Note: If you are planning an Amazon campaign, …
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 …
End of Summer and Fall kick off the Book Award submission season. Will the author be honored for his or her words and book? Or will the Book Boot be felt? The question every author needs to ask is, “Did I do the best job in writing, in presenting, in connecting with my crowd—the people who need, want my words?” In other words, “Did I rush to publish?”
Working with authors every day, there are routine hiccups that …
One of the most common questions the about to publish author asks is, “Where do I get my ISBN?” Excellent question—start here:
The International Standard Book Number is known to all in the book world as an ISBN. It costs $125 for one and $295 for a block of ten. It’s highly recommend that you purchase a block of 10 because the author usually has at least another book on the “back burner.” If you do a …
With the onslaught of the “e” world … and yes, it is an onslaught; the overwhelming amount of “e” pollution has turned many off. “You’re an author … what type of an author are you? A real author … or who that just jabbers and tosses out anything and everything, without really thinking about content, much less the audience that it is meant for or who it really is?
Can you be a real author and …