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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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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Audiobooks will Gain in Popularity

The Pew Research Center recently reported an increase in audiobook listeners in 2016, with 14% of survey respondents saying that they listened to books. Additionally, The Association of American Publishers reports that “readers” … meaning your book buyers … have put audio in the fastest growing format. This trend is driven by changes in how and where we listen to content. Pay attention to this.
Amazon had a HOT selling season last …

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Publishing Predators Are in the Swim: Authors Are the Bait … Don’t Get Lured … Don’t Get Hooked!

Publishing Predators Are in the Swim:  Authors Are the Bait … Don’t Get Lured … Don’t Get Hooked!

Several years ago, I wrote and published Sabotage: How to Deal with the Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace. It was all about the bad boys and girls who created what I referred to as the toxic workplace of bad behaviors—the problem, the cause, the effect and the solutions. Bad behavior that resulted in billions of dollars in reduced productivity, increased turnover, and patient safety. It was hugely successful …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 

I loved the workshop delivered by LinkedIn expert and author of LinkedIn 101 Ways to Rock Your Brand, Viveka von Rosen for the AuthorU.org community. Of course, it was ALL about LinkedIn … how to maximize what you are doing as an author, how to use it to expand your branding and expertise and, of course, your author success.
If you are like me, at least on one of the LinkedIn features, I just let LinkedIn do “it’s …

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