Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
It is critical that an author have a well-established platform. But it is not imperative that it be a large platform. In today’s “new-media” world, it is not necessarily about the numbers anymore. It is now about “engagement” with the readers. Whether it is for a large niche audience, or a micro-niche audience, it does not matter. Is the author seen as the “go-to person” to that audience? Is the author making an emotional connection with them? Is the…Continue
Added by Joseph C. Kunz, Jr. on August 14, 2015 at 12:04am — No Comments
Added by D. M. Kirtaime on June 20, 2015 at 10:33pm — No Comments
As I prep and get ready mentally for my book launch in November. I am humbled at all of the support I have received from colleagues, friends, family and general consumers. When you decide to launch a book that tells your true life twists and turns, you have to be ready and receptive for the feed back, good or bad. My book focus is about my personal story of overcoming broken homes, abusive bosses, injurious relationships and financial hardship to build my own successful staffing business and…Continue
Added by Theresa Murphy on January 29, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments
If you have any hopes of making money with your self-published book, you will need to become familiar with online marketing. But, if you self-published your book just for the sake of seeing your name in print, that is fine too. But if you want to share your book with…Continue
Finally, your book is approaching the finish line. And now you may be agonizing over the book’s final title, the cover design, the acknowledgement’s page, and the dedication. And everyone has an opinion about all of that – except for the dreaded dedication. But don’t worry. With a little bit of planning, the dedication can be one of the easiest things to create. So don’t let yourself get stressed over your next dedication. Follow this helpful guide to…
Added by Joseph C. Kunz, Jr. on April 21, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments
A sell sheet (sometimes called a “one-sheet” or a “tip-sheet”) is a one-sheet flyer that promotes a book and its author. It is generally single-sided, but can also be double sided. The major point of a sell sheet is to convey your book’s benefits in a short and concise…Continue
Added by Joseph C. Kunz, Jr. on March 19, 2014 at 12:35am — No Comments
Boy, I'll tell ya. We have a thread entitled The Next Big Thing over at the AbsoluteWriter forum and it's a interesting foray into the crystal ball skill of predicting what the reading world will latch onto in 2014. We've run the gamut of everything to horror to New Adult. It is/was like predicting the genre of J.K. Rowling new book that came out a while ago. Everybody was taking a stab at and, of course, it ended up being a mystery. …
Added by Chris Stevenson on March 5, 2014 at 8:58pm — No Comments
It’s a term I first heard last year: “crowd-funding”. What’s that? I hear many of you ask. Well have a quick look over www.kickstarter.com and you’ll soon learn that it is a way to fund creative projects / entrepreneurial ideas through small donations from “the crowd” as opposed to the traditional way of large venture capital, expensive loans or self-funding. Of course lots and lots of small affordable donations can add up to…Continue
Added by P W Chattey on November 8, 2013 at 4:21pm — No Comments
"Attitude is Everything" by Jeff Keller has helped me to hone in on positive thought and motivational techniques related to my career and interpersonal relationships. Now, before reacting to any situation, I consciously choose a positive response -- what a difference it makes! I am more confident when dealing with a negative situation by…Continue
Added by VICTORIA AMARDA TURA on July 7, 2013 at 8:31pm — No Comments
TALES FROM THE SAND HILLS
A humorous collection of stories about life growing up in
As an author and self-publisher it is absolutely essential that you have a presence on Amazon. And luckily for us, Amazon provides many powerful ways to connect with potential readers and buyers. Even if you use a regular book-publishing company to publish your book, you will still need to have a presence on Amazon. Especially if you expect to sell any books. Amazon is the largest book retailer in the world. Amazon has more market presence, and more marketing…Continue
If you have any hope of having your book achieve financial and critical success, you must understand how your readers (your customers), view your book (your product) when they first see it (online or on a shelf). Once you fully understand how your readers will perceive your book when they first see it, you can adjust your book accordingly.
In order to accomplish this, you must separate yourself from your personal feelings about your book, and think like the objective buyer…Continue
Added by Joseph C. Kunz, Jr. on May 21, 2013 at 5:13pm — No Comments
Okay, maybe not me (that sounds needy), but I do have something for you to listen to. http://empyricaltales.blogspot.com/2013/02/listen-to-me.html
Added by Mark Miller on February 26, 2013 at 11:54pm — No Comments
The official word from my publisher, Helping Hands Press: http://empyricaltales.blogspot.com/2013/02/contest-time.html
Added by Mark Miller on February 3, 2013 at 4:01pm — No Comments
Hey everyone, I am just wondering, is it normal to have a book publisher charge you for the full price before they begin to print your books. We had some books done and they said we had to completely pay up front. Of course, we now know this was a very bad idea for us. Lots of problems!!!! But, I was just wondering if anyone out there has had to do this? Is this normal? Is this standard policy in the self published book industry?
Thanks for your comments
I had my first book signing at Barnes & Noble November 10th. It was an extremely exciting day for me. Unfortunately, my baby sister was away in Sacramento, Ca, so she was unable to attend. My older sister was originally supposed to come in from Dallas, Tx, but something came up. She couldn't make it either.
I had my ex husband's support, but he was taking care of our kids, so he didn't attend.
I posted it all over every social media site to which I have a login. Many of…Continue
When he got to the store, Derrick took his time walking the sales floor, doing his best to remain unnoticed. He wanted to see how the associates behaved in the absence of the store manager.
The first group of associates he saw were less than impressive.
Florence and Tiffany were cashiers, standing at their registers texting on their cell phones, instead of focusing on the customers waiting to make a purchase.
There was a company SOP, forbidding the use of personal cell…Continue
Added by David Lucero on December 5, 2012 at 11:46pm — No Comments
Now this is a way to start your day!
I'm helping a couple who say they've been shopping for a new range. After visiting three competitors they were still on the fence over which brand to purchase.
"The reviews I've read online are very negative about many brands I thought would be good for our kitchen remodel," the husband said.
I explained how I didn't take to heart online reviews because I'm familiar with the fact that competitors will create phony reviews to trash the…Continue
Added by David Lucero on December 1, 2012 at 10:57pm — No Comments
Retired NYPD Cop Delivers a Thrilling, Moving Police Drama in New Book The Daddy Rock
New York, NY, November 5, 2012 – Decent Hill is proud to present retired NYPD cop Michael J. Kannengieser, New York native and author of the new police thriller The Daddy Rock ($19.95 Paperback 978-1-936085-63-7; $9.95 eBook 978-1-936085-64-4). The Daddy Rock is a fast-paced…Continue
Added by Michael J. Kannengieser on November 25, 2012 at 9:33pm — No Comments
As a self-publisher you must understand how a potential customer will determine if your book is worth buying. Let's assume the buyer has already found your book on Amazon because they were looking for information about a subject that your book covers. They are getting ready to buy a book that they believe will help them learn something new and is worth their time and money. What must your book do to convince this person to ignore the other books and buy your book? I have outlined some…Continue
Added by Joseph C. Kunz, Jr. on November 16, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments