Author Archive for: ‘Karrie BCDR’

List of 50 Book awards

50 Book Awards Note: this list is old and some links might not work. ------------------------- Commonwealth Writers Book Award Entries only accepted from the Commonwealth regions of Africa, the Caribbean and Canada, Europe and South Asia and South East Asia and Pacific. http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/culturediversity/writersprize/2010prize/how-to-enter/ Entries are usually requested around November to December of each year. “The objectives of the prize are to...

Please Join my New Mailing List!

This maybe be duplicated. I want to be sure you get the message. --------------------------------- Thank you for being interested in my design services all these years, I know I have not posted for awhile, life happens and now I'm back at it so... I have been reorganizing my business and have changed my email provider.  Please sign up to my NEW mailing list service at one of the links...

How to add a website Bookmark icon to your iphone

 How to make a desktop icon bookmark for your website url for use on your iphone so when someone asks about your book you can take them directly to your author website page of choice. 1. login to your phone 2. find the Safari icon and open the program 3. type in your website url 4. at the bottom of the screen you'll see a rectangular icon page with arrow pointing out of the top... 5. tap the icon and when it opens successfully there will be a few options choose the one that works for...

Book Business and the Players…

Got turned on to an interesting article about the 4 largest players in the book business. Amazon on line; ReaderLink supplier to mass markets; Barnes&Noble brick-n-morter; Penguin Random House commercial trade. Take a quick look if you don't know much about the functions or back story... or just use it as an fyi. Click for the...

How do I treat the cover for a second edition?

Second Edition book changes or entirely new content? Some things to consider: is it really a second edition or are you just correcting errors? Adding new info and what percentage? second editions usually apply to timely content... like text books, directories etc. content with info that needs to be updated for specific uses yearly  will you need a new ISBN or can you use the same one will the book need some kind of identifier on cover that states it is new info, use year, or...

News: Great Southeast Book Festival 2016 — Call for Entries

I get a lot of notices for Book awards... here is one with a deadline of Feb. 14. Contact them at their url below.------Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on February 14, 2016 .--------------------THE 2016 GREAT SOUTHEAST BOOK FESTIVAL - CALL FOR ENTRIES NEW ORLEANS_The 2016 Great Southeast Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual competition honoring the best books of the late winter/spring. The Great Southeast Book Festival will...

NEWS: Los Angeles Book Festival 2016 Call for Entry

I get a lot of notices for Book awards... here is one with a deadline of Feb. 15. Contact them at their url below.DEADLINE for entry is February 15, 2016— LOS ANGELES BOOK FESTIVAL 2016 - CALL FOR ENTRIES — LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2016) _ The 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual celebration of books deserving more attention from the world publishing community. The Los Angeles Book Festival will consider entries in general non-fiction, fiction,...

Writing for Books: Back Cover and Advertisements

Learning to write engaging copy in a way that examples your quality and caring is as important as a good-hair-day. What you write about is to example how to perceive you and your content. Being sure you hit all their needs, write your copy to address answers to the most expected questions, and instill interest in your readers towards your teaching using the basics of the follow questions: 1. What's in it for me? First – readers want to know what they are learning when they read your...

Printed books are alive and doing well — Good Reader

Sounds a little scary. HOWEVER, printed books have gained!! The article presents some interesting stats... As a book designer that news makes me happy. The article states "... paperback sales have increased by 8.9% giving further credence that people are switching back to print in greater numbers than originally thought...." And that the brick and mortar might still be there for all to enjoy... might take awhile.... and they are doing better than online sales, and this on the heels of...

Association of American Publishers

The first sub-head is "Adult Books Experience Growth" ....  And then it goes into Trade info and stats for Educational Materials; Professional and Scholarly Publications. Might just seem like a bunch of numbers, but in the end, they are statistics and have meaning. About AAP The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the voice of the U.S. book and journal publishing industry.  AAP represents the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues...

Amazon had an Anniversary July 15th its been 20 years!!

I know... 20 years! Strange to think that in just that short amount of time all the changes that have happened. Good and Not so good on many levels. I know it changed the way I purchase, and do business. They hit many markets: bookselling, one-click-purchasing, amazon prime, kindle/ebook creation and sales, publishing with create space, drones and robots still in the works, trunk delivery, dash, and prime day this month. The article gives a short description of each as a reminder in...

The Power of Telling, not showing for book promotion

Tell the story. Each book has a special audience,  talk to them. Tell the details. Remember,  you wrote the book... go back and read it as thought for the first time and see what you find. Example in words the connection. Everyone has an emotion that gets touched that makes them pay attention. Don't loose sight of what your passion is. Share. Tell the tension in a way that the reader wants to know more. Promotion... create a series of ways to be heard. create a...

Publishing a book challenges your brian… Huffington Post

Elaine Ambrose —Author, syndicated blogger, featured humor speaker, publisher, and retreat organizer knows that laughter - with wine - is the best medicine. This was a delight to read this morning... so many articles are not written with a lightness and combines publishing a book, losing weight, and finding love all in one place...! Seems like this author has it down... And here is my shameless self promotion.... I really appreciated when she stated "hire a professional graphic...

Writing Copy for your Book Sales and Promotion

Some things to consider when writing copy for your book sales and promotion. Over the years there has been lots of discussion  on whether a short sales piece with lots of white space and less copy is better or whether long and detailed one that is crowed and lots of copy is the way to go.  I'm thinking to ask...  "What type of buyer are you targeting?" There are basically 2 kinds of buyers. 1. The Impulsive Buyer This is the kind of person with very short attention and time... with...

Tip: Blogging Happy…not just about the New Year!

Happy New Year! We hear that every year at this time... only 5 more days to go. Do you know what you'll be doing? Will you start that blog to promote your book, it's subject, your focus, your sharing with the world the who you are? Do you have a website... that has a blog? If not, why? This is one of the best tools for beginning your journey in promotion. Next is social media. No, it's not easy or quick or even fun at times. BUT remember you are on a mission to find a place for your voice, a...
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