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 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 […]

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 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 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 […]

When Writing Is More Than Writing

When Writing Is More than Just Writing

Introduction Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch’s book, APE: How to Publish a Book, discusses the strategy of crowdsourcing editorial feedback. It is a variation of crowd funding, where an individual or organization tries to generate interest in their idea or project, to raise money to support the development of the project. They use various means to […]

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