Many writers dream of the big day they are offered an advance from a publishing company for their book. But now that self-publishing is becoming more popular, authors are finding themselves questioning if they are better suited for going with a traditional publisher vs. going the self-publishing route.
Anna David has seen both worlds. Her first six books were traditionally published, but now she prefers to self-publish, and she also started a publishing company for others. She talks about the pros and cons of going with a traditional publisher.Read More
The four ways in which authors can leverage publishing companies, how companies structure their deals, and how you can set yourself up for a better position when pitching to them. I also talk about things to consider when working with publishing companies, both big and small, and what to expect.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More