Topic: Books

Should You Ship Your Books via Amazon?

Should You Ship Your Books via Amazon?

Since last year, I, along with others, have been scratching our heads on what to do about Amazon … the Advantage program has been on hold since last May — it was the single, easiest way to get the non-POD version of a book up on Amazon and start the marketing process. With the suspension of it, Amazon Seller was the portal for an author to become a “vendor” and have books available for shipping. …

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5 Ways Your bank Can Help You Sell More Books

5 Ways Your bank Can Help You Sell More Books

One of the best ways to sell books is to do a book signing or author event at your local library because libraries are publicity machines.

I was reminded of that recently when I visited the Grafton, Wisc., branch of U.S. Bank where I do my banking. While standing in the short line waiting for a teller, I saw a poster and bookmarks advertising a book signing for New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Berg. The …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas: Why Authors Should Register their Books with the USPTO Pronto

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas: Why Authors Should Register their Books with the USPTO Pronto

One of the beliefs that has floated for years was that an author should mail a copy of the manuscript to him or herself and that was all that was needed. It’s wrong … basically old school and Dinosaurian in thinking.

Here’s what today’s Copyright law covers:
The Author’s copyright becomes automatic as soon as a creative work is captured in a tangible form. In other words, think paper, a file on your computer, any recording device … and …

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Books … Morning, Afternoon and Evening Delight

Books … Morning, Afternoon and Evening Delight

OK … I confess … I’m a Book Addict. And I don’t plan on entering a 12-Step program to stop my beloved addiction and pleasure. The countless hours of pleasure that they have given me since I was a little kid can never be tallied. The goosing to my imagination gives me a Happy Dance. The creation of the AuthorU.org community with members all over the world is a wonder. And the reality that working …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas November 07

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas November 07

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Is Audio in the AIR for you and your book. If it isn’t, start re-noodling your thinking. Right now, audio books exceed one BILLION in sales .. that’s a lot of listening and re-listening. Think libraries; drive trips; anyone working out; taking a long walk; or even just a quiet afternoon in the garden. Your reach is unlimited–are you taking advantage of it.

1. Before you start down audio-land, it’s wise to consult with someone …

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Killer Tips for Book Designing

Killer Tips for Book Designing

When interviewing a prospective book designer, ask these key questions:

What is his or her experience in book production?

  This isn’t the time for your to work with a designer newbie—you want someone who has years of experience. Your designer to-be should have knowledge of book graphic design and software including PhotoShop, InDesign, QuarkXpress and Illustrator. Hands on experience in the publishing industry is a must have. Otherwise, pass.
  Getexamples of their work—if they are in the …

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Selling Your Books to Libraries

Selling Your Books to Libraries

Libraries … a great place to sell books to. Why?  They pay their accounts on time and don’t return books.
Librarians love books and create buzz in the library community.
Librarians make recommendations and know their customers.
 

 
What you need to know is that the great majority of libraries order books through key distribution centers—such as Baker & Taylor, Ingram and Quality Books. You need to have your books in at least one of the library approved …

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The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers is Coming!

The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers is Coming!

 Sometimes books take a long time to germinate, get written and finally published. AND, sometimes they roar out that the author is a tad stunned at the what can be accomplished in such a short period of time.
That’s exactly what happened to me last month … last month. Now, it wasn’t a brand, spanking new idea. I had written a few articles on it. I had done webinars on it. I had written a chapter …

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