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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
A special message from Joan Stewart, for next weekend …
If you want to sell books, you’ll sell far more if you’re not just an author.
You also need to be an expert, even if you’re writing fiction. But it can take years to gain expert status in your field, right?
Wrong. Publicity expert Joan Stewart, aka The Publicity Hound, will show you how to build your expertise fairly quickly during her daylong presentation at Author U’s Publicity BookCamp …