Topic: Author Success

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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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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Author and Book Repurposing … Is It in Your Mix?

Author and Book Repurposing … Is It in Your Mix?

Last week, I was in Ajijic, Mexico speaking at the La Chapala Writer’s Conference over a four-day period plus travel days.  Forty-five writers and authors came together for an enthusiastic two intense days masterminded by Herbert Piekow. In addition, I had 23 one-on-one consults. Whew!

After being in Mexico—at least the touristy side—many times over the past two decades, Cancun and Cozumel became a big yawn for me. I’ve spent many days in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, …

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This Author’s Feet Were Made for Walking and Talking!

This Author’s Feet Were Made for Walking and Talking!

Have you ever thought about where you have been? And how you got there? And what your mode of travel was?
As I write this, I’m in beautiful Hawaii. Loving the sun; the gentle breeze that flows across the patio in the afternoon; being with four other girlfriends at our annual giggle and gather; and, of course, sipping my favorite peach ice tea. I’m working on three different manuscripts this week—sending one back to my client …

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Authors: Don’t Be a TV Snob!

Authors: Don’t Be a TV Snob!

Do YOU tell all that you don’t watch TV? How about boasting that you’re got rid of yours or that you wouldn’t waste your time by having one? In my Book Shepherd and Speaking Coach opinion, you are making a major boo-boo to you and your book’s success.

Since the eighties, I’ve been speaking globally and in all 50 states about my various expertises. Truckloads of books have been sold this way. I connected with …

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Hidden tools of Comedy

Hidden tools of Comedy

I love to laugh … do you?

Do you use humor … any type of humor in your writing? How about presentations you make about your book or expertise? Do you know there’s a difference between humor and comedy? How would you like to spend a day with one of Hollywood’s super secrets—the guy the comes in as the Comedy Doc to fix scenes, add lines, get a script or TV show back on track? That’s …

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