Category Archive for: ‘Book Tips’

Book Categories

To follow is a basic beginning for choosing the category for your book. The list begins with non-fiction or fiction, then main category, then sub-category. Your final category will look something like this:  Art/Techniques and can have additions to it such as: Art/Techniques/Brush There is also a website that might help Book Industry Study Group http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-0-136-bisac-subject-headings-list-major-subjects.php Nonfiction Antiques & Collectibles General ,  Americana , ...

Book Promotion: Be sure to get a final jpg image of your book cover for advertising and website display.

Be sure that once your book cover had been designed and ready for the printer, that you receive a jpg image of your finished cover… several in fact. One at 300dpi final book size, if your book is 5.5" x 8.5" then that is the size of this jpg. From this image all other images for use on your website or for advertising can be made. Each specific use will have a specific size and dpi requirement. Most images used on a website are 72dpi and can vary in size. Thumbnails are usually about 1-2...

Are You Worrying? Ask these questions…

Finding the knowledge that helps you cut the worry action... Are you planning to do something that causes you to worry about the negative? Then maybe it's time to do research before you put all your ducks in order. Put your worry action into the positive by making it move... Ask yourself these questions:" see if it's been done before who did it and how can you model what was done what else is there for you to learn to be more sure you can accomplish it can you make a decision based on...

Mailing Lists for Self Publishers PR and Reviews

Once your book design is done don't forget to market it.... Magazines, newsletters and newspapers with book review columns. Advertising space is expensive. Editorial space is free. Put together your own list of industry publications to send articles and press releases to and find out who to send review copies of your book. Review copies and news releases are your least expensive and most effective form of book promotion. Set up dealerships with associations. Mailing Lists for Book PR and...

Book Cover Design: How Long Does it Take…time?

Time encompasses all parts of our lives. Process depends on time. Time determines what our experience will be. I get asked a lot about time. Especially the time it will take to design the book cover. As you begin the journey of self publishing you enter a new world, one that is exciting and confusing at the same time. You are learning all the new words and meanings...then... it's time for the book cover design and there is more information this time specific to design, technology and process...

Are You Looking to Promote Your Book To Reading Groups?

Have you ever belonged to a Readers Group? They can be a great source of sales for your book. I've known many people who love their groups and the diversity of books they read and discuss. Some groups pick a book a week while other groups read a book a month...  They still need to find the books for the group to read and outline the interesting parts and things to consider . Guides seem to be the way to do it. And as Book Club Resources defines it on their guide page "Reading group guides,...

The British Library Presents a Rich History of Science Fiction…

  For those who love the fiction...book.. the Guardian UK put together a visual piece on the exhibition at the British Library spotlighting Science Fiction. By bringing a well rounded appreciation of all books into our lives we get to experience the fullness of the learning they have to give us, either directly or indirectly the affect is there. The ability to tell a story in fiction when read allows our thinking to extend out into the ability of presenting concepts in the non-fiction...

Barcodes being made without knowing price??

Book Design: Barcodes need a price! When you purchase your ISBNs you might be asked to also have barcodes made. This will cause the barcode to be made with a 90000 number in the place of your price and this might cause problems with distributors and retailers. Barcodes are easy to have made "as you need them" there are many online services. I recommend that you wait until you have a book/project to assign, one that you know the price for and then have the barcode made...

Book Titles – Where do they come from?

I get asked a lot about book titles, the "How do I develop one and know if it's a good one?" question. I've found when I'm asked to help with the title, I go through a series of questions with the author, digging deep into the why, how, what motivated them to write the book in the first place... then we dialogue and I usually am the 'devils advocate' coming up with as many arguments, ahem, questions, as possible so we flush out what the underlying concept is. the process I use can be different...

Information for getting Celebrity Testimonials

Get those "more-bang-for-your-buck' testimonials for your back cover...This online database contains contact information for celebrities managers, agents and more...for over 54,000 celebrities and public figures worldwide. http://www.contactanycelebrity.com

Email Marketing Tip regarding Subject line length. This Study Shows…

You might be thinking... I'll never be doing any email marketing... so what does it matter what I write. Oh, well, there is a science for everything and the people over at mailermailer did a test on email response and subject length. Here is a tip they placed and I copied from http://www.mailermailer.com... "Tip: There's a myth that you can't use the word "free" in an email subject line because you'll be filtered as spam. Don't believe it. Free is one of the top ten words in our word...

Book Fulfillment & Storage: Warehousing Space

Storage and Fulfillment for Your Books I receive many different emails concerning services and suppliers for self publishing authors and companies. I don't usually respond but this one is about a subject that has come up for several of my clients in the past so I figured it would be good information for all. I also know that in some areas, local charities, Salvation Army, and Goodwill, etc. also offer different services for product assembly and fulfillment...so check locally as well. Please...

Promotion: Taking Care of your Audience with Your Blogging.

How many of you have a blog… AND use it regularly? I know this might be an old question for a lot of you and I hope you have a blog going and keep it alive... but for those of you who don't know the value... A blog can be a win/win all around… for both you and your readers. Your blog is the friendly introduction your clients need. The information you share is their window into who you are, your values and your way of thinking. Your possible clients will be seeing you from your mind point...

Interesting "How To" Use Google… Tips that add ease to your life!

When writing your book there are times you need information that you can find on the internet. Google offers several other ways than the commonly known search to find information quickly. By Sharon Housley   NOTE: I received this as an email attachment and all it had was the credit for the author. If this needs any other acknowledgments please contact me about them. The architects of the most powerful search engine in the world have included some really handy algorithms in their service,...

BOOK DESIGN: Why Getting Ownership of Your Cover Design is Important.

Be sure to own your cover files and all art and creative rights... not just copyright.. but actual rights to the work done. Be sure the designer you use is working as work-for-hire...therefore you own the rights to the artwork created. Most designers assign the rights on final payment but some might keep the rights whether you’ve paid or not... be sure to get it straight in the beginning. ALSO, just as important is being sure you receive all the files that were used to create your cover, not...

Book Awards: IPPY Award Show Help Promote Your Book

Award Shows are an inportant part of promoting your book and get recognized. INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS - 67 Categories, 20 Regions, 12 Outstanding Books of the Year - Great Awards ceremony & publicity event during BookExpo America Enter now at: http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPAwards.php Calling all independent authors and publishers! The annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, conducted to honor the year's best independently published titles.The annual...
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