Getting into Bookstores

When you publish a book, you want to see it in bookstores. All the while you were writing, editing, designing, typesetting, producing, and printing the book, the anticipation of actually seeing and picking up a copy in a bookstore motivated you. Your book is your baby and as a proud parent, it would be disappointing […]

The God Factor in Publishing

Religious books are alive and well. In the United States, sales of religious nonfiction titles grew 5.8% in 2018, totaling almost 44 million units. And that is only retail sales reported through industry sources. With a background in religious publishing, I closely watch trends and developments in this space. An author asked me about the […]

The Five-and-a-Half Rules of Market Research

Before you can publish your book, you will need to figure out where it belongs in the book universe. Unless you are inventing an entirely new class of books, yours will fall within an existing category. Booksellers, marketing teams, publicists, and, most of all, customers, all want to know how your book compares to others […]

Why is Cover Design So Important?

Yes, Customers Judge A Book By Its Cover If you think customers don’t judge a book by its cover, think again. Just go to a bricks and mortar store and meander around watching people browse the bookshelves. These customers are judging the books they are seeing without reading a single word on the inside of […]

Do Authors Still Need Publishers?

The Question Countless publishers of different stripes around the world diligently strive to make it in this tough industry. The publishing landscape is ever-changing. Some stalwarts are closing their doors for good after a long run, while brash newcomers are just setting up shop. Mergers and acquisitions contract the market, while new technologies expand possibilities. […]

The Weight Behind ISBNs that Authors Should Know

An author called the other day to discuss a book project. She had done her homework and had a lot of great questions to ask. One question in particular was, “If I publish with Radius Book Group, who owns the ISBN?” “Before I answer that question,” I replied, “help me understand why you want to […]

3 Basic Ingredients to Publish Your Book

Most authors who choose to publish their book independently may be experts in their field but are not publishing experts. If they are passionate enough about their subject to want to publish a book, they have to figure out how to get their book to market. But that shouldn’t require them to learn everything there […]

Publishing Quality Quickly: Fast to Market Does Not Need to Sacrifice Quality

One reason authors choose a hybrid publisher is control, especially control over when they will be able to publish and start selling their book. Either from having experienced the publishing process with a traditional publisher, or from hearing horror stories from other authors, a lot of authors find it incomprehensible that it can take twelve […]

Why Does It Take So Long? (Part 1 of 2)

Authors Need to Plan from Beginning to End In last week’s post we discussed the sales cycle of your book from end to beginning. This week we take a step back and put the sales cycle in the context of the entire publishing process. You are investigating publishers who might publish your book, or help […]

Publishing in Reverse: Understanding the Sales Process of Publishing from Z-A

Sales Is a Process “Hey, Mark,” Bill cheerily told me in one of our first phone calls, “I just wanted to make sure to remind you that sales materials are due in two weeks. We need to get them in the hands of the sales team far enough before next season’s pre-sales meeting, so they have […]

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