Monthly Archives: April 2017

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Authors: Step Away from Images for Book Cover that You Are Emotionally Attached To …
Rarely is it the right choice.  Rarely. Your book cover is not you, your friends, or your family. Book covers are for your book buyers. What grabs them? Gets their attention? Shouts out: pick me up?
What authors should do instead: Work with a cover designer who isn’t attached to your image. Yes, he or she should get your voice, your concept …

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The Author Clock Ticking!

The Author Clock Ticking!

The clock is ticking fast now. In just a few days … as on this MONDAY, April 30th … it’s the last day to SAVE moneys to register for the 3—day that will be in Denver, Colorado June 22-24 this year.
How much money you ask? How about $150!

Your classmates will be coming from Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Georgia, Washington and of course Colorado.

Call me:  303-885-2207
Register HERE: http://thebookshepherd.com/judith-briles-book-publishing-unplugged-2016.html
Dates: June 22-24
Times: 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 …

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Meet ME in Denver this June! Price Increase May 1st

Meet ME in Denver this June! Price Increase May 1st

WOWSA!—here’s what will be all NEW modules at  

June 22-24, 2017 in Denver, Colorado … do not miss it. Because the workshops are “intense” … but guaranteed … fun and the food is great, I keep the over-all workshop small. Never more than 40 are allowed to attend. As of today, over half the seats are taken. It’s THREE days with me and so much more! As of April 25th, two-thirds of the spots …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 

DO NOT register for Extended Distribution on Amazon’s CreateSpace for Your Book
CreateSpace has an option in their distribution page that offers to make your book available to bookstores and libraries. REPEAT: DO NOT check the box to have your books sold into those markets.
WHY? The discount offered through Extended Distribution to bookstores is so low and non-returnable that stores won’t take it. Few know that CreateSpace uses IngramSpark to offer the books in this program to …

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The ISBN Dilemma … Should Authors Buy Their Own?

The ISBN Dilemma … Should Authors Buy Their Own?

WOWSA! Such a deal … buy your ISBN for only ten bucks … who wants to pay $125? The real questions are: are they legit ISBNs? Or, are they knockoffs? Or, are they a re-sale? And if they are a resale, are they being sold by an approved resale outlet? Are they legit … or are they fake? What’s an author to do?
 

All authors need to understand this: ISBNs are ONLY ISSUED by Bowker … …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 
You only have one tip for today … but it’s an important one … one that can make book designers and editors batty when it’s violated.

Apparently, many writers and authors didn’t get the memo about the one-space rule. It’s been the norm for decades. Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period. Yet, manuscript after manuscript that comes in has the …

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Don’t let your words die … today, they count more than ever!

Don’t let your words die … today, they count more than ever!

Two articles crossed my reading this past week—don’t you wonder how things all of a sudden land in your lap that trigger your blogs?—anyway, Easter is next week and Easter Island came into my thoughts.
An old article by Jared Diamond’s “Easter’s End” in Discover magazine revealed the transformation of a vibrant Easter Island into a no man’s land. With a focus on trees, islanders chopped down one-by-one until they were all gone. When they were …

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Are You Ready for the Bublish Express?

Are You Ready for the Bublish Express?

Last week was swamped for me. I had multiple books on my plate got a big one—The Thrill of the Ride— that I’ve been doing the rewrites for several months off my plate and to the layout designer; two Indexes completed and approved by the author for two different books—final cold eye edits went in yesterday; working intensely with one of my favorite clients on what I believe will be a ground-breaking book for EVERY …

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