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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
Your author questionnaire is an important part of your overall book marketing strategy. It's a document that describes essential information about your title, book cover, marketing plans, book description, comparative titles, and beyond. Author questionnaires help you define your book to retailers and focus your efforts on what's most important. Here's what you should include on your author questionnaire.
Often, new authors spend their time and energy on writing their book. All their efforts go into perfecting the manuscript. Many new authors don’t think about promoting or selling their book until after they've published it, but that's actually a step that needs to begin well before your book is available for purchase.
You’ve finally done it! You look at your completed manuscript that’s gone through what feels like a million rewrites and you’re ready to go to print. This is an incredible moment in any author’s career, so take a deep breath and reward yourself. However, you won’t have long to rest. As an indie author, you’re going to need to promote your book, and with approximately a million books published per year, this can be a very daunting task. There are people who specialize in book publicity that can help you along the way, but here are a few tips to help you start planning.
Four in ten people suffer some form of visual stress when they try to read print. They may hold the book at arm’s length, squint and look away from the page frequently; they may develop a headache; suffer nausea; or even have a migraine. And chances are that one of those four people will be dyslexic. Visual stress and dyslexia are ever-present issues for a lot of people, and are not usually addressed in book production, but as an indie author, I realized they can be.
Recently, the publishing world has been in a tizzy about the “fixing of the lists” by a now notorious first-time author, Lani Sarem. There is a wonderful summary of all that transpired by Vox writer Constance Grady if you’d like to read the storied background of how this scandal erupted (and you should). This self-published author temporarily tricked The New York Times into bestowing the much-coveted best-seller appellation upon her book (but they later removed Handbook for Mortals from the rankings).