Over the past 15 years, the book industry has changed significantly with the introduction of digital printing and print on demand (POD). With change or advancements in any industry comes doubt, confusion, and misinformation. While the book industry has embraced digital printing, there are still common misconceptions about POD.
Editing is one of those skillsets that many people claim to do well but which few actually do. And while it’s probably the most important service an author can solicit (second only to book cover design), it’s often undervalued. Furthermore, most authors have no idea how to assess an editor’s work, and the result can be catastrophic, ranging from an editor who introduces new errors to an editor who changes the intention of your writing.
Facebook remains one of the best all-purpose tools that authors and publishers have at their disposal. Just to rattle off a few obvious uses: you can find communities of like-minded authors to provide critical support, you can use it to set up a fan page, and even organize live events through it. Perhaps most critically, you can make use of Facebook advertising to target prospective readers based on interests, location, and any other demographic category you can think of. In this post, however, we will quickly look at how Facebook can help you perfect your book cover design in a data-driven fashion.
So what's the deal with metadata? The answer for indie authors, self-publishers, and those who publish other people's books is that metadata is how readers find your book. It can't be read if it can't be found, right? Book metadata is all the searchable information, including title, genre, author, and more, that readers use to find your book and make their next book purchase. Whether looking for a book in the library, a local bookstore, or online, readers depend on good book metadata to find their next read.
We’ve launched a new self-publishing podcast called Go Publish Yourself! We couldn’t be more excited to get to connect with you in this way and are thrilled to add a podcast to the free resources we offer to indie authors all over the world.
Social networking is powerful. One-third of the world uses social networks regularly. Studies show that 81% of shoppers use the Internet to help them make purchasing decisions. While physical book clubs and reading groups still exist, online communities for book lovers make it easy for readers to share the books they are reading and their thoughts about them with a much wider audience. Social networking sites for books allow readers to connect with other readers around books.
Some of the best books in the world are there, pretty much fully formed, inside the author’s head. And there they stay, keeping you up at night while you think of more fabulous ways to explain your concept, rewriting it all inside your head. At some point though, you realise that it’s been rather a long time, and nothing has actually come out. There are so many ideas, but you don’t know where to start with writing it all down.
The end of any year presents a unique opportunity to combine reflection with forward thinking, and 2018 is no exception. Whether you're beginning a new novel, writing a book marketing plan for an existing book, or working on any aspect of your self-publishing journey, now is the time to examine the self-publishing landscape at the conclusion of 2017 and prepare accordingly for 2018. Here's what we saw and predict!
I frequently hear after National Novel Writing Month, “I loved writing in November during NaNoWriMo, but I have trouble writing the rest of the year.” It’s challenging to muster such energy each day. Items on your to-do list clamor for attention. No one assigns us to be creative, but to be human is to be a creator, so you should make sure creativity is at the top of your to-do list. If you’ve resolved to finally write that book that’s calling out to you, here are some writing tips to bolster your creative resolve throughout the year.
The beginning of the year is here and with it comes the drive to make positive changes in our lives. New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be a bit vague or lofty, but this list of specific action items offers simple ways for you to achieve more with your writing, planning, and overall approach to self-publishing a book in 2018. Check out our 15 New Year’s Resolutions for writers.