A letter of thanks from Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSpark, as she reflects on five fantastic years of IngramSpark's publishing service.
Being an author can be one of the most rewarding yet toughest jobs you’ll ever do. My friends and family always laugh when I tell them, “I’m going into the cave.” They know that means I’ll be writing, phone off, no contact with the outside world until I meet that day’s deadline, which is usually two-thousand words. On the other hand, a large part of an author’s life is putting yourself out there and interacting with the public.
You’ve done the hard work of writing your book. Now it’s time to find out what others think of it. In other words, it’s time to solicit book reviews. Not all book reviews are the same, and in the world of book reviews, there are two options: crowdsourced reviews or professional reviews. Here's the difference between the two.
During the initial conversation I have with a new author, I typically ask what she or he is writing next. I always want to know what’s coming down the line. In general, there are three responses:
With so many book marketing strategies available to promote your book, it's easy to get overwhelmed and have difficulty determining what to do and when to do it in order to give your book the best chance. In Part 1, of this series, I discussed what book marketing to work on while you're writing your book. This post goes into detail about what book marketing to consider once you've finished writing.
Many indie authors looking for marketing services do so too close to, or in some cases, after they self-publish their book. Marketing a book is a complex part of the overall publishing process and takes proper planning. This marketing timeline for indie authors is designed for the author who is just about to begin writing, however since all these strategies are important, you can begin to address each one no matter where you are in your publishing process.
Analogies between baseball and book publicity are fairly common. I use them often when speaking with authors, because baseball rules and strategy very succinctly help me get key points across.
It’s our birthday month and we’re celebrating in spectacular fashion! IngramSpark has been around for five incredible years and we wouldn’t be where we are without you, so we’re celebrating our author and publisher appreciation with an IngramSpark promo code for free title setup and much more!
The moment you’ve been waiting for! IngramSpark just got personal. Now you can personalize any book order for just $1 per book! Keep reading for details and ideas of how to use this awesome new feature to customize your book orders!
You’ve handled important pieces of your title setup process such as format, title, author, and book description, which we covered in Part 1 of this blog series, so now it’s time to move on to pricing, book distribution, and file upload. Pricing and book distribution methods are important pieces of your book’s metadata used to convey vital information about your book to customers, bookstores, libraries, and other retailers. And without files, there’s no book. Here’s what you need to know about each of these steps when setting up a title with IngramSpark.