A Letter from the Director of IngramSpark: 2017

As we come to the close of a very busy and productive year, I just wanted to personally thank you for helping us improve what we do at IngramSpark.

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Leveraging Book Reviews and Book Promotion Sites

Sometimes authors get tunnel vision. They (understandably) only concentrate on getting their book written. And while I’m not saying that’s unimportant, it’s a bit mad to write a book and expect everyone to immediately flock to it. You need to put in the groundwork to make your book a success. This is true especially if you’re planning to self-publish: since you’re responsible for your own book marketing, you want to ensure that your book reaches the right eyes on (and after) release day. To this end, a successful book launch is all about generating book sales and book reviews with different retailers over the first few weeks. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for you to achieve this.

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IngramSpark vs CreateSpace

This past year, I have traveled almost 70,000 miles all over the country talking to authors and publishers about getting their books published with IngramSpark. No matter the type of conference, the question I’m most often asked is “What’s the difference between IngramSpark vs CreateSpace?” Both IngramSpark and CreateSpace are DIY, print on demand, indie publishing platforms, so what makes them different?

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The Author's Role in a Successful Book Publicity Campaign

With any author’s book publicity campaign, there are a few baselines he or she can work from to catapult PR outreach for the book from blasé to butt-kicking. Hiring a top-notch literary publicity firm is only part of the publicity process; the author’s involvement is a crucial component to operating a smooth campaign that results in media attention for the book. Typically, the author who will have the most successful publicity campaign is one who is:

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How to Self-Publish Young Adult (YA) Fiction

Authors of adult fiction genres are targeting self-sustaining adults. Adults have credit cards, and can buy ebooks or physical copies online at their discretion. But what if you write YA for teenagers?

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Digital Book Marketing vs. Book Publicity

When it comes to book promotion, digital marketing and publicity are often mentioned in the same breath. It’s easy for them to be viewed as the same thing, especially since they both help promote your book and get it in front of readers. However, there are several key differences between digital book marketing vs. book publicity that you should keep in mind as you decide how to promote your book.

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6 Ways to Make Sure Your Social Media Is Holiday Ready

The holidays are here, but you’d hardly know it from the social media accounts of most authors. Instead of using this time of year as a way of generating more sales, some authors assume it’s business as usual. Sprucing up your social media with the holidays in mind can help make sure your books show up on readers' wish lists.

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What Your Book Cover Says About Your Book

I’ve recently gone through the book cover design process for my new novel, and it has made me more aware than ever of just how much information the cover has to communicate in a very short time. Although this is my second novel, it’s my first as an indie author, so it was the first chance I’d had to see the process the whole way through.

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How to Use Crowdfunding to Connect with Readers

Publishers have been raising funds from the reading community for centuries, dating back at least to the seventeenth century, when a subscription model was used to produce works of literature such as the first illustrated edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost. In the last decade, crowdfunding has gone digital, and become a major source of funding for creative projects. Even more than raising money, crowdfunding can be an incredible way to connect with a community that will love a book, even before that book is made.

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How to Find the Right Book Publicity for Your Book

Just like you can’t write a book for “everyone,” you can’t expect all media to be a fit for you and your book. Sure, a plug on Good Morning America or a review in the New York Times would be a major accomplishment for any author; however, if your readers aren’t watching that program or reading that newspaper, you’re not likely to see any spike in visibility that could lead to sales. So how do you know what book publicity is the right fit for you and your book?

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