Publishing Process

Episode 57: How to Make a Children’s Book

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Writing a children’s book is not something to go into lightly. Sure, it may sound like less work because they’re typically fewer words, but there are things to think about you may not be prepared for. But if you have ever thought about it, it’s a great market to get into. About 40 million children’s books are sold online every year.

Eevi Jones has written more than a dozen children’s books of her own and uses her knowledge to teach others the skills needed to write, publish and market their own children’s books. The tips she shares in this episode will help you think about the different factors to consider when writing a children’s book, as well as get you started in the right direction.

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Episode 55: Book Price Hack that will Make You More Money

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If you’re using CreateSpace to create and market your book, you won’t want to miss this ingenious way you can price your book higher, sell it for a lower price, and still get the royalties that come from the higher price. While you may not necessarily use this tactic, I do encourage authors to test different prices for their books anyway to see what works best for them.

Former guest Derek Doepker stumbled upon this hack and talks with me today about how it works and how we can use it ethically. This is within CreateSpace’s terms of service, but when you use this hack, you want to make sure you’re adjusting the price so it make sense for the size of your book and still gives Amazon and Barnes & Noble a profit.

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Episode 54: Creatively Smart Ways to Come Up With Your Book Title

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                                           A book title isn’t just something that an author should come up with willy-nilly. To come up with an effective title that will help sell your book, research and testing is needed. As much as you may think the title will just come to you, I can tell you from experience with publishing companies…

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Episode 50: IngramSpark vs Lulu – What’s the best for Hardcover book creation?

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                                           Inspired by a guest post on Kindlepreneur, I invited two authors on today’s podcast to discuss creating hardcover versions of their books to sell on Amazon. The two platforms for doing so we’re looking at are Lulu and IngramSpark. Both have pros and cons we’ll discuss on the show, but depending on your niche,…

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Episode 45: Marketers & Coffee – Proofreading for Your Book

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Even the most nit-picky of writers needs someone to look over their work from time to time. Having a proofreader means there is an extra set of eyes and, in many cases, a fresh set of eyes that might catch things that, as the writer, you might not.

Caitlin Pyle is a proofreader for books and teaches others to become proofreaders. Not only has proofreading become her full-time job, but it has also helped her and her proofreading students make connections to other authors.

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Episode 44: Book Cover Font Secrets You Need to Know

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The font you use on your book cover plays a big part in the success of your book and how well your cover resonates with your target market. And one of the major elements to consider when designing your book cover is your font choice. It can be tempting to put a lot of emphasis on using a fancy font with lots of elements to make the title, subtitle and/or author name pop on a cover, but there’s a fine line between awesome and cheesy.

Derek Murphy, who helps writers with publishing and book marketing, is our guest on today’s episode to talk about what you should be thinking about when picking fonts and designing the title, subtitle and author name on your book cover.

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Episode 43: How to AB Test Your Book Title, Cover, and Description

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                                           Before releasing your book to Amazon, it’s important to test your book cover, title and description. Even if you think you have the best cover, tile or description, you may be surprised to find out that what you think is great may not work in the market or for potential readers who happen to…

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The DIY Guide To Turn Your Book Into An Audiobook

Audiobooks are big, and they’re only getting bigger. In 2016, the annual sales of audiobooks were 2.1 billion dollars, and sales increased to 2.6 billion dollars in 2017. (Source) With podcasting also on the rise, it looks like audio is where the market is flooding to right now for content consumption. At the same time,…

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Episode 38: New Book Market Playster and What Authors Need to Know

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Playster is a growing subscription-based service that allows you to download unlimited music, movies, books, audiobooks and games for a monthly fee. For customers, it’s a great deal and it means you don’t have to worry about credits or paying extra like with Audible for audiobooks. While it’s good for the consumer, it’s also great for authors, as well.

Our guest this week is Kevin Tumlinson from Draft2Digital who talks about the benefits of making books available on Playster, as well as assuaging any fears authors might have about not getting paid for their work.

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Episode 35: How to Sell More on Book Markets other than Amazon

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Amazon may seem like the be-all-end-all when it comes to book sales, but there are a number of other markets and new ones emerging that can benefit your book sales. Spreading your books to these markets can help you not only make money with your book, but also help increase reader familiarity with your name and books.

Today’s guest, Tracy Cooper-Posey, has had her books listed on a number of different sites, as well as her own website, and encourages authors to focus their marketing efforts on getting their books on as many platforms as they can. She talks about some of her favorite platforms and ways you can increase sales on them.

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