How to Write a Nonfiction Book: A Step-by-Step Guide for Authors

How to Write a Nonfiction Book: A Step-by-Step Guide for Authors

Most writers will tell you that writing nonfiction is easier than writing fiction. This is the good news. The less good news: that doesn’t mean it’s less work to write a nonfiction book. While fiction writers often use a basic outline and then go wherever the story and characters take them, nonfiction takes careful planning before you even start writing. To get you started, these steps explain the basic process of how to write a nonfiction book.

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Facebook Ads vs Boosted Posts: Explaining the Difference for Authors

Facebook Ads vs Boosted Posts: Explaining the Difference for Authors

Running Facebook ads can be a total came changer for your book career, but it can also be a big waste of time and money if you don’t know what you’re doing. Over the last few years, we’ve worked with a ton of authors and publishers, but one question we get almost daily is this: “Is running ads on Facebook the same thing as boosting a post?” I’d like to give a very Facebook answer and say, “it’s complicated.” (Read on, it’s really not that complicated.)

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Free Self-Publishing Courses

Free Self-Publishing Courses

You can write the absolute best book in the world, have top-of-the-line book distribution and quality, but another essential part to being a successful publisher is taking the time to invest in expanding your publishing knowledge and expertise, because, at the end of the day, your book’s success needs your input.

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How to Self-Publish a Coloring Book

How to Self-Publish a Coloring Book

Coloring books are a great way to relieve stress, have fun, and create a shared creative experience between the customer & artist. Behind the scenes of what goes into creating one is an art form itself, and we’re excited to share our experience. We hope to inspire future indie artists to bring their imagination to life and create that shared experience with others. Here’s our journey in creating Wandering: a coloring book of the unusual!

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Super Fans and Street Teams: Turning Readers into Your Biggest Book Promotors

Super Fans and Street Teams: Turning Readers into Your Biggest Book Promotors

Over the years, serious fans have taken a variety of different shapes and been called everything from “Super Fan” to “Street Team” to “Tribe.” And while each of these terms is a great descriptor, not all mega fans are created equally.

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How to Promote a Book on Facebook: Ads, Analytics, Groups, and More

How to Promote a Book on Facebook: Ads, Analytics, Groups, and More

You posted a photo of your dog on Facebook and all your friends liked it—building a Facebook page to promote your book to fans should be easy, right? Wrong! While your Facebook fan page may look the same and even function the same, the content and mission is completely different. You aren’t talking to your close friends and family, you are talking to over one billion potential viewers, because unlike your personal Facebook page, your fan page is public and a vehicle of your social media marketing. Here are some tips to point you in the right direction.

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What is a Cozy Mystery and Why is it So Popular?

What is a Cozy Mystery and Why is it So Popular?

Cozy mystery (or cosy mystery, in British English) is the gentlest subset of the broad genre of crime writing. As its name suggests, it’s a comfort read that leaves you satisfied and at one with the world, rather than scared to sleep alone with the lights out.

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10 Book Cover Design Trends of 2019

10 Book Cover Design Trends of 2019

Books are definitely judged by their covers. Those with more compelling and impactful covers, quite simply, have a better chance of being purchased and read. Book cover design trends are constantly evolving, and they tend to affect the industry as a whole—one day, you may walk into a bookstore or turn on your e-reader to discover that the overall look of book covers has changed. As we head toward the latter part of the year, let’s take a look at some of the biggest design trends of 2019.

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10 Things You Need Right Now to Plan for Holiday Book Sales

10 Things You Need Right Now to Plan for Holiday Book Sales

Have you started planning your holiday book sales yet? Cyber Monday and Black Friday are right around the corner in marketing minutes and those sales are secured by the planning that happens before the big shopping days, and all the effort in between. If you want to grab big holiday sales, you’d better start early, so let’s get up to speed by qualifying your book and brainstorming unique book marketing strategies!

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Brand New IngramSpark Website

Brand New IngramSpark Website

For the past few months, we've been hard at work laying out an new online experience for our website users. We've focused on making it easier to find the self-publishing resources you need, highlighting our IngramSpark authors and publishers, and helping you connect with your IngramSpark community. Now, it's the time for us to share it with the world. 

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Writing About Painful Experiences: Hurting, Healing, and Helping

Writing About Painful Experiences: Hurting, Healing, and Helping

Writing is a journey, and many people use writing to heal old wounds. It's important to work through the pain in order to create a helping version of your story to share with readers. Are you ready for that next step? Everyone can write about painful experiences by following these three steps.

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Understanding IngramSpark Title Processing and Availability

Understanding IngramSpark Title Processing and Availability

What happens when your book gets stuck in IngramSpark's title processing? And what if your title is showing up as "temporarily unavailable" or "out of stock" through online retailers? In this post, we'll review common file errors that delay your title processing and how to ensure that your title is available to booksellers worldwide.

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How to Outline a Novel: Outlining for All Tastes

How to Outline a Novel: Outlining for All Tastes

Every author has their own way to outline. Some want minimal detail, some want a lot. Some keep the same outline process for every book they write. Some change from book to book—a new method for a new writing experience. Is there anything they all have in common? Yes, they do.

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4 Pillars of Successful Book Marketing

4 Pillars of Successful Book Marketing

Many authors write a book based on a subject they like, or perhaps on a unique experience they have had. As a book marketing consultant, a question I frequently hear is, “My book is finished, now what do I do?” Successful book marketing lies in giving prospective readers what they want to read. Figuring that out depends on four pillars: target market, customer needs, integrated marketing, and profitability.

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How to Promote Your Book on YouTube

How to Promote Your Book on YouTube

We are now living in a golden age for indie content creators. Through Twitch, YouTube, Instagram, and publishing portals like IngramSpark, artists can connect directly with their fans and bypass traditional gatekeepers like agents— they can even make more money this way.

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Quoting Song Lyrics in a Book: 4 Factors to Help You Determine Fair Use

Quoting Song Lyrics in a Book: 4 Factors to Help You Determine Fair Use

At least once a week, I get an email that reads something like "I found the perfect image for my book on the internet. Can I use it, as long as I give credit to the photographer?" or "I have the best song to set a scene in my book. Can I quote the song lyrics?" In order to answer these questions, we have to understand "fair use." 

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Book Illustration Styles and Techniques

Book Illustration Styles and Techniques

A well-designed book isn't just a collection of text and images; it's a work of art. And illustrations aren't just pictures interspersed throughout text, but crucial elements of decoration and style that bind a book’s theme and purpose. In this article, we ask you to take a moment to immerse yourself in the wonderful world where the illustrative magic begins.

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Why CEOs Should Write a Book

Why CEOs Should Write a Book

Over the years, quite a few business owners, entrepreneurs, and CEOs have come to me asking for help writing a book. Sometimes it's a memoir, other times it can be prescriptive nonfiction, or even inspiration. You may be wondering why this would be a good use of your time—but trust me, there's huge potential to grow your business by writing a book. Here are several different reasons CEOs should write a book.

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How to Promote a Book on Social Media: 10 Tips for Indie Authors

How to Promote a Book on Social Media: 10 Tips for Indie Authors

Social media writer’s block. It’s a thing! You have no problem hammering away at an 80,000 word novel, but when it comes to a 280 character tweet? Forget about it! You end up posting about what you had for dinner or what you did during the day, and nobody seems to be listening... or following. If that sounds like you, then these 10 social media marketing tips are just what you need.

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IngramSpark Promo Code Available Now!

IngramSpark Promo Code Available Now!

The end of the year is a busy time for us, you, and mail carriers everywhere. Because of high seasonal demands, please place your United States orders by the following dates. And as an added bonus, we're offering 5% OFF orders printed in the United States for select orders! Read more below!

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Finding Your Tribe: How a Network of Influence Can Help You Promote Your Book

Finding Your Tribe: How a Network of Influence Can Help You Promote Your Book

Many of us authors get tired of hearing the word “platform.” Working to build an audience can feel like climbing an impossibly high mountain, where the peak looks farther and farther away as you go. The good news is that the potential audience for your book might be bigger than you realize.

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3 Creative Pitfalls to Avoid When You Advertise Books on Social Media

3 Creative Pitfalls to Avoid When You Advertise Books on Social Media

So you just tried advertising for the first time. You signed up for Facebook's ad tools. You made your first ad. You chose an audience, and you uploaded some pictures, and you wrote some great ad copy. Maybe you even tweaked a bunch of settings over time as you figured out what worked and what didn't. Heck, you probably even sold a couple more books than you usually do. So why didn't your ads work quite like you wanted?

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Book Marketing Strategies for First-Time Authors

Book Marketing Strategies for First-Time Authors

You may be ready to start building your marketing plan for your debut book—but where do you start? Some authors avoid planning in general because they don't know how to do it. There are two different ways for first-time authors to create their future marketing plans. One solution is discovery-driven planning in which much is still assumed, but the plan evolves over time through trial and error. A second technique views planning as narrative, conducted as you would when writing a novel.

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Writing 1000 Words a Day: Finding Better Ways to Measure Productivity & Finish Your Book

Writing 1000 Words a Day: Finding Better Ways to Measure Productivity & Finish Your Book

Do you lose heart when you see fellow indie authors crowing about 2000, 5000, or 10000 words a day, or launching a new book every quarter, every month, or even every week?

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Selling Your Memoir: Tips for Sharing Your Story with the World

Selling Your Memoir: Tips for Sharing Your Story with the World

Writing and marketing a memoir is so personal. Unlike a work of fiction or a business or self-help book, this is your life. While memoirs probably offer the most opportunities for marketing, knowing how to harness the specific power of your story and use it to make a difference is key.

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Writing Hooks for Your Books: How to Grab Readers' Attention in Seconds

Writing Hooks for Your Books: How to Grab Readers' Attention in Seconds

Being an indie author is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. But it’s far from an easy one. You have to wear dozens of hats: writer, publisher, and marketer to name a few. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and struggle to prioritise. After all, you can’t market books without… well, books. But you can’t write more books unless you’re earning enough to eat.

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Can You Effectively Promote a Book on Social Media...Without Spending Money?

Can You Effectively Promote a Book on Social Media...Without Spending Money?

“You have to be on social media. You simply HAVE to,” is something you’ve likely heard before. If you were to believe this advice, you’d be under the impression that a new author’s career is made or destroyed on the back of every tweet and ‘gram. That your social strategy forms the backbone of every book launch. Which is… less than true.

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Should I Self-Publish My Children’s Book?

Should I Self-Publish My Children’s Book?

To self-publish or not to self-publish? For many aspiring children’s book authors, that is the question. In fact, as a children’s book author myself, it’s one of the questions I receive most frequently. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to publishing, I believe that fully understanding your options can help you decide.

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How (and Why) to Hire a Ghostwriter

How (and Why) to Hire a Ghostwriter

When I tell people I'm a ghostwriter, I often hear "I've been working on a book forever." Maybe you have a great book premise, and you just need to get it written. People who hire ghostwriters have a desire to write a book, but there are two things standing in their way—time and experience writing.

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Podcasts: The Indie Author's Secret Weapon

Podcasts: The Indie Author's Secret Weapon

Let's face it - many indie authors (which I generally refer to as "independent publishers," albeit smaller ones) will dismiss podcasting out of hand.

Too hard. Too time consuming. Don't quite get it. Pass.

And that would be a bad idea.

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How to Write Dialogue: Tips to Captivate Readers

How to Write Dialogue: Tips to Captivate Readers

Why do we make such a fuss about dialogue? I’m going to give three reasons, and then share some ways dialogue can take your story to the next level.

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Comp Titles: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Comp Titles: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

As an author you’ve probably been told to look at competing titles through multiple stages of your journey from writing, to publishing, to book promotion. Competing book titles can be lucrative references for cover design, book length, choosing your categories and keywords, pricing your book, determining the best strategies for marketing to potential buyers in your genre or topic, and more!

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How to Create an Irresistible Lead Magnet to Market Your Book

How to Create an Irresistible Lead Magnet to Market Your Book

When you visit any indie author’s website, it’s not unusual to see that they’re giving away a book (or part of one) for free. It’s classic marketing: give your customers a taste and they’ll come back if they like it. But in the digital age, there’s more to it than just that.

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Tips for Author Interviews: Questions and Answers

Tips for Author Interviews: Questions and Answers

Two concepts determine your success in answering questions during a television or radio performance: preparation and flexibility. In most cases, you will not know the questions you will be asked during the interview. But if you understand your topic and know beforehand what you want to get across to the audience, you will be able to perform more successfully.

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We're on Instagram @IngramSparkBooks!

We're on Instagram @IngramSparkBooks!

Did you know we're on Instagram?! IngramSpark has joined the Instagram #writingcommunity, and we couldn't be more excited! With millions of writing-related hashtags, Instagram is the perfect place to connect with other self-published authors. Following along with each other on the self-publishing journey is not only inspiring, but can also help you learn new ways to market your book, reach more readers, or even improve your writing skills

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Top 10 Self-Publishing Blogs from the IngramSpark Blog

Top 10 Self-Publishing Blogs from the IngramSpark Blog

Just like that, we're almost halfway through 2019! As we look back on the year, we want to take a moment and celebrate some of the best and brightest ideas on the blog. The verdict is in—here are your top ten most viewed self-publishing blogs from IngramSpark in 2019! 

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8 Tips for Marketing Self-Help Books

8 Tips for Marketing Self-Help Books

The self-help and wellness industry is thriving. In the U.S. alone, the personal development industry takes in just under $10 billion annually. Books represent a substantial part of this market. So, while this means there is indeed great potential with such a robust market for self-help authors, it also means the competition is fierce. With self-help book marketing, you must make you and your book stand out from the crowd.

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6 Different Ways to Earn Author Income

6 Different Ways to Earn Author Income

Writing and publishing a book is a huge undertaking, and it's important for authors to understand how to make money while doing it! Some may think it's as simple as publishing a book, then sitting back and waiting for it to sell—but that's only scratching the surface.  It takes hard work and a little creativity to make a living as an author, but there’s more than one way to do it.  In this post, we talk about six different ways to earn author income.

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5 Tips for Editing a Manuscript Without an Editor

5 Tips for Editing a Manuscript Without an Editor

So you’ve completed a draft of your manuscript! Congratulations!

What’s next? 

Before sending your manuscript out, you’ll want to edit it to correct your mistakes. While editing your own manuscript might seem daunting or hard to manage, it’s perfectly possible to edit all by yourself. In this article, we’ll share our five best tips for editing your manuscript… without an editor.

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Marketing Poetry: Tips from a Literary Publicist

Marketing Poetry: Tips from a Literary Publicist

While looking for something to get my mom for Mother’s Day this year, I decided to go out on a limb and buy her a copy of Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs. My mom is certainly a reader, but as far as I know, she’d never seriously considered reading poetry before. A few days after Mother’s Day she had already started the book. She called to thank me, explaining she can only read one or two poems at a time because they make her cry so much. “But,” she said, “I really love it.”

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How to Work With a Book Cover Designer

How to Work With a Book Cover Designer

The role of an author is to communicate stories, ideas, or facts to their readers in an engaging way. But sometimes, authors struggle to communicate their own intentions to those that are helping them publish a book. One area where this is most challenging is in working with a cover designer. Translating your ideas and mental images into a cover that attracts readers is already a challenging enterprise. And if your designer has trouble understanding what your book is like, who your audience is, or what you have in mind, you’re not likely to get the results you’re looking for—even from a top-notch cover designer.

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Diversity in Publishing: The Good, The Bad, and How You Can Help Make a Change

Diversity in Publishing: The Good, The Bad, and How You Can Help Make a Change

For the past few years, diversity in the publishing industry has been quite the hot topic and the inspiration for numerous initiatives and social media campaigns calling out for more representation in books. From #WeNeedDiverseBooks to the #OwnVoices movement, there is overwhelming agreement that we need greater representation and inclusion in the publishing industry.

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Writers' Conferences: 5 Strategies to Make the Most of Your Experience

Writers' Conferences: 5 Strategies to Make the Most of Your Experience

Attending a writers' conference can be a big choice for a new writer to make. There's an investment in time, money, and resources—but the benefits often far outweigh the costs. Everyone can make the most of each conference they attend by utilizing these 5 strategies.

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How to Sell Romance Novels: 5 Essential Strategies

How to Sell Romance Novels: 5 Essential Strategies

As a romance author, you’re given a wonderful opportunity to speak to readers on an intimate level. Every time they purchase one of your titles, they’re inviting you into their lives and admitting their (sometimes very secret) fantasies and desires! Take this role seriously and use these five essential strategies for selling romance novels and building your return fan base.

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The Equation for Book Marketing Success

The Equation for Book Marketing Success

When authors are told they must actively market their books, many say, “I don’t like to promote. I only want to write.” However, when a book is published the author becomes a salesperson running a business. It is an abrupt, and in many cases unwanted transition that is usually not handled well. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I created a formula to help people make the transition from author to marketer. It is not a scientific, qualitative equation, but a quantitative method that is adaptable to any author’s personality and genre.

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Marketing a Book Series: The Power of Read-Through

Marketing a Book Series: The Power of Read-Through

Here’s a big question: why do most successful self-publishing authors write series rather than standalone books? The answer is quite simple: once you manage to hook a reader into a series, they are likely to buy all the books in that series.

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How to Identify Sticky Sentences in Your Writing

How to Identify Sticky Sentences in Your Writing

"There are some really good reasons that many writers maybe might not want to have a few too many sticky sentences in their personal or professional writing." 

Are you ready to abandon this post? With an opening sentence like that, I wouldn't blame you. We call that a "sticky sentence." It’s grammatically correct, but it's clunky and hard to follow. It wobbles around before it gets to the point, and it includes irrelevant information that should be cut. In this post, we’ll explore how you can identify (and repair) sticky sentences in your writing.

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Haiku Contest Winner: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Haiku Contest Winner: Celebrating National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April and National Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, we ran a contest asking you for your best haiku—and the response was overwhelming. We laughed, we cried, and we counted lots of syllables. Join us in celebrating these authentic, talented poets who entered the contest, and learn more about how to self-publish poetry with IngramSpark today!

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Ebook Formatting: How to Create Standard and Full-Color Ebooks

Ebook Formatting: How to Create Standard and Full-Color Ebooks

Creating an ebook isn’t as hard as it sounds. You don’t need to compose a query letter, secure a literary agent, or cut through miles of a traditional publisher’s red tape before the book is released to the world. You can create an ebook from the comfort of your officeor couchwith the right tools, information, and help from the experts. Here’s are some ebook formatting tips:

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Indie Book Promotion: Short-Term vs Long-Term Book Marketing

Indie Book Promotion: Short-Term vs Long-Term Book Marketing

When you're self-publishing a book, you have ultimate control over your publishing decisions. You have control over the editorial, creative, and marketing process;  you also have control over your book promotion schedule. So, when do you start promoting your book? How can you start planning now for a successful book launch? We have answers to these questions and more in today's post.

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Instagram for Authors: Post vs Stories, Live Video, IGTV, and More

Instagram for Authors: Post vs Stories, Live Video, IGTV, and More

It’s easy to tell a story with words—but pictures? What is a writer supposed to do with Instagram? Should it merely be a tool to post cats getting in the way of your writing by sitting on your keyboard? Perhaps. But if you want to use Instagram as a way of connecting with your readers, here are a few things to remember.

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Updating Pricing, Returns, and Discounts Weekly in IngramSpark

Updating Pricing, Returns, and Discounts Weekly in IngramSpark

Historically, you've been able to update pricing, returns, and discount information within your IngramSpark account and those changes have been made effective on a monthly basisAs of March 26, 2019, these price changes are now effective weekly. Learn more about how to update pricing in IngramSpark—and a few things to think about before you do.

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Book Distribution with IngramSpark

Book Distribution with IngramSpark

One of the major benefits of using IngramSpark to self-publish a book is the distribution that's made available to indie authors. When you self-publish with IngramSpark, you have access to one of the publishing industry’s largest global print and ebook distribution networks which makes opportunities to sell your books that much greater.

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7 Tips for a Successful Book Launch on Amazon

7 Tips for a Successful Book Launch on Amazon

Every author aspires to have a perfect book launch. However, the problem for most authors is that there’s always a lot going on around the time you launch your book. Maybe you’re planning a book launch party, some local signings, or even a big virtual event. But, there are a few key elements specifically related to your Amazon launch that shouldn’t be overlooked. With that in mind, let’s dig further into their ecosystem to better understand how to plan a successful book launch on Amazon.

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Go Publish Yourself Season 3: That's a Wrap!

Go Publish Yourself Season 3: That's a Wrap!

This week marks a wrap on Season 3 of our self-publishing podcast, Go Publish Yourself! Since launching in January 2018, we've made it our mission to bring you the best of the best in publishing industry tips, trends, and breaking news. We've been blown away by the support from the self-publishing community with over 100,000 listens in more than 70 countries. Today, we're highlighting some of our favorites from Season 3—listen, learn, and Go Publish Yourself today!

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Nonfiction Writing Tips: How to Tell a True Story in a Creative Way

Nonfiction Writing Tips: How to Tell a True Story in a Creative Way

Successful nonfiction writing calls for more than just conveying information to your reader. Not only do you need to know how to deliver that information, but your writing should also be clear and easy to read. And just because you’re writing nonfiction doesn’t mean you shouldn’t engage your reader with a gripping story and impactful language. These nonfiction writing tips will help you steer clear of some of the most common mistakes made by nonfiction authors, who may think that all they have to do is present the facts.

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How to Print a Book with IngramSpark

How to Print a Book with IngramSpark

In the age of digital media, everybody and their brother has the capability of reading books online and on digital devices. But what if you want your books to exist in the flesh (or, in the print)? If you’re one of the many authors who dreams of holding their book with their own two hands, we’ve got the information you need to succeed. You can create and print a book, then make it available through online retailers such as Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and Apple, as well as local brick-and-mortar bookstores and libraries, by following these general guidelines:

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Benefits of Self-Publishing in Today's Market

Benefits of Self-Publishing in Today's Market

Self-aware authors know they're taking on a challenge when they choose to self-publish a book, a rewarding and exciting challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. With advancements in technology and opportunity, and a lessening of the bias against self-publishing, every author now has a chance to succeed in the publishing space doing it on their own.

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Self-Publishing Services: The Best Tools to Publish a Book on a Budget

Self-Publishing Services: The Best Tools to Publish a Book on a Budget

Self-publishing is booming, and with this transition comes a plethora of organisations worldwide offering author services to writers. But what if your budget doesn't extend to a professional editor, typesetter, cover designer, and so forth? Does this mean your book will not meet industry standards, be of poor quality, or sadly never be published? Absolutely not.

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How to Write a Press Release

How to Write a Press Release

Book publicity is one of the least expensive and perhaps most productive of the promotional strategies used to generate exposure for books. And a press release is a commonly used tool to stimulate publicity. However, too many publishers' press releases go unheeded because of one major mistakethey write their press releases about their books.

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7 Ways to Write a Novel with Confidence

7 Ways to Write a Novel with Confidence

You've had an idea for a novel...but can you write it? You won't know until you try, and therein lies the problem. There's trying…and then there's trying with a good chance of succeeding. Here are some tactics that will make a difference when you sit down to write a novel.

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Fact-Checking Tips for Indie Authors

Fact-Checking Tips for Indie Authors

After a series of recent controversies over fact-checking in book publishing, the question of accuracy is facing more scrutiny than ever. Becoming known as the focus of a book fact-checking controversy is the wrong kind of publicity for any author—and newer authors looking to establish themselves have even more to prove. In self-publishing, the accountability for fact-checking falls squarely on the author (as with just about every other step of the publishing process), and often traditional publishing companies leave the author just as responsible for the accuracy of their work—including any legal consequences. Part of being an author is making sure your information is accurate, and this post will help you get started.

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How to Become a Professional Writer

How to Become a Professional Writer

What does it mean to be a professional? According to one dictionary, a professional is “a person engaged or qualified in a profession.” If you have published a book, then you are a “professional” writer.  When you conduct yourself as a professional, doors of opportunity open for you to promote your book’s subject and increase your book’s sales. Read these six tips for building your professional image and boosting your confidence for success. 

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How to Market Self-Published Books in the Digital World

How to Market Self-Published Books in the Digital World

Marketing plays a huge role in any book’s success, but this is especially true for self-published books. Before you publish a book (or before you even start writing it!), it’s important to think about who you’ll be selling your book to—and how. Digital marketing is constantly changing, and it can be tough for authors to keep up with the top trends. We've rounded up the top digital marketing strategies to help both new and savvy indie authors understand how to market self-published books.

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The Complete Guide to Creating an Author Website

The Complete Guide to Creating an Author Website

Authors and small publishers must have their own mobile-friendly, professional looking website—it is, by far, the most important element of a book marketing strategy. I've developed over 150 author and publisher websites in the last 20 years, and although a lot has changed when it comes to developing websites, some things remain fundamental. This blog is the complete guide to creating an author website—from domain names and costs all the way down to specific content categories. Read more and learn how to create a professional author website today.

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Speaking Engagements for Authors: Tips & Tricks

Speaking Engagements for Authors: Tips & Tricks

I’ve been speaking professionally for over twenty years and know first-hand the impact it can have on book sales. No matter how digitized a culture we become, there is no substitute for actual human contact—the sacred connection between an author and their audience. As an author, how can you harness that power of speaking engagements? Here are some tips to use speaking engagements to help you build your author platform and sell more books.

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Why Should I Discount My Book?

Why Should I Discount My Book?

After you've spent the time and money to editdesign, and market your book, the thought of selling it at a discounted price may seem counterintuitive. However, offering a discount is an excellent way to expand your reach in the book distribution channels. Discounting your book can help get it picked up by retailers. Here's how.

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IngramSpark Website Updates

IngramSpark Website Updates

2019 is the year of exciting improvements to the IngramSpark website! We have a lot of things in store to help you get the information you need faster and more successfully manage your books' upload, distribution, and beyond. Read on to learn what's newly available today and what's still to come!

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Don't Limit Your Book Distribution: KDP Select and ACX

Don't Limit Your Book Distribution: KDP Select and ACX

More and more, Amazon and Amazon companies are encouraging or requiring authors and publishers to use them exclusively. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) offers free ISBNs, KDP Select allows for extra marketing options, and ACX will allow budget-restricted publishers/authors a chance to get an audiobook created and produced for free in exchange for 50% of the profits. All of these options give authors opportunities that they would otherwise have to work harder for, but in exchange, they require that you agree to work with them exclusively. Let’s take a look at them one by one:

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How to Get Book Reviews to Market Your Self-Published Book

How to Get Book Reviews to Market Your Self-Published Book

Getting your book reviewed is a crucial step in your book marketing strategy. Positive reviews tell readers that your book is worthy of their time, entice your potential audience with plot descriptions, and give you instant credibility. But there’s more to the book review process than simply sending your book off to a reader and waiting for the result. First, you need to ensure that your book is ready for to be reviewed. Second, it’s important to choose the type of review that will best help you achieve your goals. And finally, you need to learn how to use your reviews to your advantage to sell more books

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Tips on How to Target Your Book's Audience

Tips on How to Target Your Book's Audience

You could sell more of your books if you'd answer two questions honestly. First, how often do people think about your book? Second, how often do people think about their own problems? You will probably agree that people think more about how they can solve their own problems, learn something, improve themselves, or be entertained than they do about your book. However, if you can show them how reading your book helps them achieve these things, you are likely to increase your book sales and revenue, so let's cover how to target your book's audience.

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How I Got My Indie Book on Barnes & Noble Shelves

How I Got My Indie Book on Barnes & Noble Shelves

Becoming an award-winning independently published author took a lot more work than I had ever imagined. I'm no marketing mastermind . . . or at least I wasn't when I started this whole self-publishing adventure. Some of it was pure luck in the beginning, but now I know the ropes. And I hope my advice helps you on your journey to doing the same!

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What Authors Can Learn from the Bestselling Books of 2018

What Authors Can Learn from the Bestselling Books of 2018

There’s a lot we can learn by taking a look at the year’s bestselling books—both from the books that appear on the list, and from the books that don’t. Publisher’s Weekly shared a list of 2018 bestselling print books in this article, published on January 4th. This list of bestselling books is a great resource for self-published authors to analyze upcoming trends in the publishing industry. In this post, we take a look at 2018's trending book topics and break down some key points you can take away to enhance your writing career.

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Understanding Book Returns with IngramSpark

Understanding Book Returns with IngramSpark

If you’re new to the publishing world, book returns may be a bit of an elusive concept. While print on demand services and digital innovations have helped the book business better predict book demand, returns are still an inevitable part of the bookselling process if you’ve chosen to make your book returnable with IngramSpark. We’re here to help you better understand why book returns occur, and help prepare you on how to handle book returns with IngramSpark.

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Authors Guild Author Salary Survey: What Do the Results Mean for Self-Published Authors?

Authors Guild Author Salary Survey: What Do the Results Mean for Self-Published Authors?

Earlier this month, The Authors Guild shared the results from their 2018 Authors' Income Survey, leading to buzz around dwindling author salaries. With over 5,000 writers participating in the survey, including some IngramSpark authors, we saw the largest U.S. survey of published authors to date, and the findings have created conversation amongst the book publishing industry. The good news? Self-published author incomes are on the rise! Here are some of our key takeaways from the survey, as well as some tips to help you maximize your self-publishing author salary today.

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6 Tips for Writing Children’s Books

6 Tips for Writing Children’s Books

It’s common to think how easy it must be to write children’s books, dreaming of a shiny pile of colourful book covers, hoping that your children’s book is the one that parents roll their eyes at because their children ask for it again and again and again! Well, the bad news is that it is NOT that easy. Here are six tips to help you navigate the world of writing children’s books:

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15 Tips for Getting Book Publicity

15 Tips for Getting Book Publicity

Book publicity can be defined in one sentence: it is using the media as a conduit to spread word of an author and book to general and/or target audiences. It really is, in its simplest form, a “you scratch their back, they scratch yours” scenario. You, the author, offer great material or ideas for a story, article, broadcast interview, podcast, etc., and the host or editor “plugs” your book. Here are 15 important tips to consider when you’re trying to get media attention and coverage to promote your book.

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4 Reasons People Buy Books

4 Reasons People Buy Books

Over 850 million books are purchased in the United States each year. According to Nielson, a global information, data, and measurement company, 47% of the American population purchases books. If you do the math, 151 million people bought these books. This means, on average, these book buyers purchase five to six books a year. Why do people buy books? There are four main reasons people buy any product, books included, and understanding why will help you build your author platform.

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Self-Publishing Trends 2018-2019

Self-Publishing Trends 2018-2019

The beginning of any year presents a unique opportunity to combine reflection with forward thinking, and 2019 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 2018 and prepare accordingly for 2019. So, what’s ahead for the self-publishing world in 2019? Here are my insights into trending book publishing topics for the New Year:

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Publishing Terms Every Self-Publisher Should Know

Publishing Terms Every Self-Publisher Should Know

If you intend to make a business out of self-publishing a book, be sure you understand the key elements to the book publishing process. Once you have an understanding of these basic publishing terms, you’ll be more prepared to succeed in this business we call the book business.

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New Year, New Book: 18 Resolutions for Writers and Aspiring Authors

New Year, New Book: 18 Resolutions for Writers and Aspiring Authors

As the holiday season winds down, there’s a new sense of excitement in the air. This is the year that you’re going to publish a book. You’ve thought about it for months, maybe even created goals around writing, networking, and creating a fan-base; but you still haven’t published a book. We get it – life happens, and maybe writing isn’t your full-time job (yet). Now is the time to take a leap and go for it. For all of you aspiring authors ready to take the plunge, we’ve put together a list of New Year’s Resolutions for writers that will make your dream to publish a book in 2019 a reality.

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Facts About Book Metadata and Why It's Critical to Your Publishing Success

Facts About Book Metadata and Why It's Critical to Your Publishing Success

A crucial element of your book marketing and sales strategy needs to be making your book easy to categorize and discover. You achieve this with good book metadata. Successful self-publishers know how to incorporate as much quality metadata as possible into their publishing strategy, and while you don't have to include all of the following elements, consider incorporating those that are applicable to your book and your potential audience. Following are the metadata components that impact book sales most.

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What to Include in Your Book Marketing Strategy

What to Include in Your Book Marketing Strategy

When you decide to self-publish a book, you are signing up for all the duties a traditional publisher would typically take on. That means you not only have to write a great book but you also take on the job of marketing it. Where do you begin? You construct a book marketing strategy and forge ahead step by step! Here are a few key elements for a good book marketing strategy.

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IngramSpark Ebook Conversion

IngramSpark Ebook Conversion

Considering converting your print book into an ebook? Offering your book in multiple formats is one of the easiest ways to reach more readers. While some readers prefer to read in the print format, there are some who prefer to read ebooks only. Not offering your book in ebook format, is a guarantee your content will never reach them, so why limit your book's distribution?

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How to Self-Publish a Book: An Introduction to Self-Publishing

How to Self-Publish a Book: An Introduction to Self-Publishing

If you’ve been considering how to publish a book by becoming an indie publisher, here's a brief overview of core publishing topics, from crafting your creation to bursting onto markets across the globe, and why they're so important to achieving publishing success. 

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Benefits of Selling a Book at Local Events

Benefits of Selling a Book at Local Events

Selling books at local events such as craft fairs, gift shows, and holiday celebrations can help you make some money as it provides additional benefits. Here are several reasons, short and sweet, you might want to sell your book at these events.

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The Ultimate Book Marketing Timeline for Indie Authors

The Ultimate Book Marketing Timeline for Indie Authors

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 to give your book the best chance. Marketing a book is a complex part of the overall publishing process and takes proper planning. This book 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.

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Connecting with Readers via Social Media

Connecting with Readers via Social Media

Social media marketing is important for almost every industry. Consumers use it to make purchasing decisions and see what non-marketers are saying about a person, brand, or idea. Authors and publishers use social media marketing to direct consumer awareness in the online community.

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Book Cover Design Basics

Book Cover Design Basics

The purpose of book cover design is to draw the attention of your potential readers away from all those other tomes and novellas and sell them on the idea that your page-turner is the next book they need on their nightstand. But what makes a book cover jump off the shelves? Let’s take a look at the anatomy of a book cover and how you can create a cohesive look that appeals to your readers.

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Go Publish Yourself: An IngramSpark Self-Publishing Podcast

Go Publish Yourself: An IngramSpark Self-Publishing Podcast

We launched our self-publishing podcast, Go Publish Yourself, in January 2018 and have since completed Season 1, Season 2, and an Author Spotlight series for a total of 30 episodes. We’ve been blown away by your warm reception of gaining self-publishing tips in this way. With over 70,000 listens in more than 70 countries, the people have spoken, and we look forward to producing even more episodes!

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How to Set Up a Title with IngramSpark

How to Set Up a Title with IngramSpark

Your IngramSpark account setup is complete – now what? The first step in moving forward is uploading a book into your account, so here’s how you would go about doing that!

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Book Publicity Essentials: Author Website Tips

Book Publicity Essentials: Author Website Tips

A great book publicity campaign can be derailed by a poor author website. A quality website is essential in our increasingly digitally-based world, and is a powerful book marketing tool to introduce audiences to you and your book.

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How to Find and Attract Readers: Steps to Success

How to Find and Attract Readers: Steps to Success

When a reader is standing in the aisles of the local bookstore or library or browsing around their favorite online bookseller, they will quite often start by looking at their favorite categories. If they’re in the bookstore, their eyes will start scanning for their favorite authors. Online shoppers quite often type in the name of their favorite authors or favorite books to find out what else is available.

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Using Social Proof to Sell More Books

Using Social Proof to Sell More Books

We are social creatures. As humans, we are influenced by others. The choices others make influence our own decisions, and it's no different when it comes to book sales either.

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How to Beat Writer's Block

How to Beat Writer's Block

I don’t believe in the notion of writer’s block. I think it’s too easy to end up building a twisted shrine to it—to proclaim the affliction, then festoon one’s writing life with it, saying, “I’m blocked,” over and over again, as if abdicating responsibility for creating the blockage and waiting for magical bolts of inspiration to come down from the sky and unstopper it all (which only happens in the movies, right?).

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Tips for Adding Radio to Your Book Marketing

Tips for Adding Radio to Your Book Marketing

Performances on radio talk or news shows can be a great way to supplement your book promotion activities. With radio as part of your communication plan, you can reach hundreds, thousands, or millions of people at little or no cost. You can even sell some books, if you do it right.

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Why I Left Traditional Publishing in Favor of Self-Publishing

Why I Left Traditional Publishing in Favor of Self-Publishing

Back in 2005, I wrote my first book manuscript for a business startup guide, and I attended a writer’s conference where I had the opportunity to pitch agents. Many requested proposals, and in the months that followed, my mailbox filled with rejection letters. Eventually, one of the agents took the time to call me and he said, “I like what you’re doing, but nobody knows who you are. You need to build an author platform. You need to be out speaking to thousands of people each year.”

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Self-Publishing for Children: A Creative Outlet for All Ages

Self-Publishing for Children: A Creative Outlet for All Ages

I remember the first time I "published" a book. My grandparents owned a bookstore, and I would spend most of my adolescence in the back office helping to price books, doing my homework, or goofing off. While bored one day, I came up with an idea to make money the same way my grandparents didselling books.

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Creating Social Media Videos for Authors

Creating Social Media Videos for Authors

This an article on why you, the author, need to think about creating video content. Regardless of how introverted you are, regardless of how many crappy book trailers you’ve seen (don't do those), video is here to stay, and the sooner you incorporate it into your social media marketing, the better. 

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