Book Editing, Writing Style, and Writer Intuition

I recently performed an editorial review on a book that came to me through IngramSpark, and when the author, Dave, decided to move forward with editing services, I cherry-picked it. Our schedule was tight, and a week or so later, I recommended 2,523 total edits and offered 78 comments . . . only some of which he decided to accept.

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The Value of Book Reviews for Indie Authors

Editorial book reviews are consistently one of the most powerful tools available to traditional publishers for promoting their books, making them one of the most powerful tools available to indie authors for book marketing also. 

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How Readers Buy Books

With millions upon millions of books to choose from, how do readers decide which books to buy? Research reveals four ways that help most readers determine which book to choose, and ultimately what encourages readers to buy books.

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Planning Your Book Promotion Before You Publish

Technology now gives independently published books quality to equal that of major publishing houses, and there's no reason your book publicity can't be equal too. In fact, in the last 18 months, we've seen that independently published authors have more promotional options available to them than many who go the traditional route because they can react more quickly to changing market trends and make decisions to jump on timely promotions. Here are some things to consider before you publish your book:

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What It Takes to Be a Successful Self-Publisher

Self-aware authors know they’re taking on a challenge when they choose to publish their own work, a rewarding and exciting challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. If your goal is to sell as many copies of your book(s) as possible, it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the effort that entails. With the advancement of technology and opportunity, increase of indie publishing and small presses, and lessening of the bias against self-publishers, every author has a chance to succeed in the publishing space. Making your book available is a necessary step to achieving sales, but commitment and know-how on your part is essential to making it succeed.

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Different Types of Edits

What’s the big deal about editing? You add some periods, delete a few commas, run spellcheck and voila, you’ve just edited a book—well done! Nope. It takes years of dedication to the craft before editors develop the necessary skills to help authors say precisely what they want to say in the most effective, affecting way possible.

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Understanding IngramSpark Title Processing

There are many factors that go into making a printed product look ideal, and your files are important elements in the printing process. Ensuring that your files are print-ready is key. Knowing what IngramSpark's file specifications are and making sure your titles meet them will allow for a smooth review process and bring you one step closer to printing your book. Once you press submit on that file upload, you want to see your title approved, and so do we!

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The Power of Metadata to Drive Book Discovery and Sales

Are you using metadata correctly to market your book and boost your sales? Ingram’s Director of Metadata, Margaret Harrison, lays out the role of metadata in book discovery and sales and some best practices and actionable tips for getting your work into readers’ hands.

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6 Tips for Finding Your Book's Audience

When some authors begin the writing process, they do so with their target audience in mind and a marketing plan in place. This allows them to focus on creating and promoting the right content. Even before you begin writing, you should first be aware of what you are trying to accomplish by writing. You should also know what message you are trying to promote, who the message is for, and how the reader will benefit from reading your book. If your goal is to attract as many readers as possible in order to sell your book, here are six tips to help. 

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Reducing Bias Against Self-Published Authors

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has been championing independent publishers big and small, self and otherwise, since 1983. That’s over 30 years of advocating for indie voices in the traditional publishing industry. Over this time, we’ve seen a thing or two. 

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