The Importance of an Author Platform

If you want to publish a book, you had better arrive at the party with a strong author platform. While the arena of book marketing and publicity encompasses a host of different activities and possibilities, the top priority is leveraging an author’s platform. That’s how you raise awareness, build interest, and drive sales. Valerie Peterson’s […]

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

In our previous post, we discussed the first six months of the publishing schedule, including editing, design, marketing and publicity, and typesetting. In this second part, now that you, the author, have your typeset pages, you are ready to print and get into bookstores! Third Quarter: July through September Printing During July, we arrange for […]

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 […]

Publishers Weekly Feature Article Highlights Radius

Who knew business books were big business? Well, based on the sales data, just about everybody. Lots of people are buying them. A recent Publishers Weekly, article sheds light on this issue. Of particular note is the special section “Business Books as Calling Cards.” Author Sarah Robbins highlights Radius Book Group in that section. Radius uses a hybrid model of publishing. […]

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Author-Centered Publishing

Traditional publishing no longer holds a monopoly on the book industry. Self-publishing, author-centered publishing, and variations of them have laid claim to their own slices of the industry pie. Each has its place serving the needs of different authors, or even the same authors publishing different titles. Most people understand traditional publishing and self-publishing, which […]

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