Topic: Kick Butt Author Tips

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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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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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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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas: Author Alert Tip

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas: Author Alert Tip

Beware of ANY Literary Agent Who Charges You UPFRONT for ANY Service
A legit literary agent represents the author’s intellectual property (in most cases, a manuscript for a book to be published) to a legitimate publisher. When a sale occurs, the agent receives a commission—usually 15%. He or she handles the contract side; advance moneys (if there are any) are sent to the agent who in turns deposits the check and immediately sends the author 85%, …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 

Writing ahas … therefore TIPS!
Comedy writing tells the truth … about the writer and a situation …
When writing fiction, and your character is in an impossible situation … all can lead with is: what happens next. Don’t try to unravel what is happening, go with it.
Let our characters “talk to you” … trust them.

 

Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of AuthorU.org, a membership organization created for the serious author …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Day 4 … we are in San Juan Puerto … I’m ready to hit the streets this afternoon after our AM sessions that Joan Stewart, the Publicity Hound walks everyone through the creation of a press release and Kelly Johnson, the Author’s Virtual Assistant reveals in Tech Tools Demystified. Last night, we were all rock’in ‘n roll’in with Elvis impersonator—too much fun!

Joan’s aha tip … go to Amazon and look up the “log line” for …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

I started off the morning with how to write a One-Sheet for an Author, your Business or your Book that is SLICK, CLICK and TICKS … walking everyone through a process to create theirs, then revealed step-by-step what I went through as I created mine this past week. And then read my new Intro on it … the only paragraph about my work from me—the other three were testimonials of my work and why I …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

There are four huge reasons why you should consider, and main, publishing on your own: quality, control, timing, and money. And in no particular order—although, if you have a “hot” topic the time factor rears its head first.

1 Quality is, well, about quality. If a printed book—the cover presentation; back cover copy; the paper; the interior design—the whole visual aspect of the book. Then there’s the content. The story makes sense; you don’t need …

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