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An Indie-Author’s Guide to Organizing a Book for Publication

by Cathi Stevenson Whether you’re writing a novel or a nonfiction book, you’ll eventually need to organize the materials and format the interior for publication. This is something a professional book designer can do for you, but as the publisher, you should decide what sections you want to include. Some sections aren’t as important in today’s publishing world as they were even a decade ago, but for legal, administrative, and promotional purposes, many are still necessary, if not essential. With…

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Top 5 Reasons Indie Authors Need Goodreads

by Cathi Stevenson | BookCoverExpress.com With more than 65 million members, 2 billion books and 68 million reviews, Goodreads is a major platform indie authors don’t want to overlook. There are ample opportunities to share your book cover image and much more. If you haven’t already signed up with the Goodreads’ Author Program, you need to do that now. Why? Well, here’s 5 great reasons. Goodreads is free You can set up a free profile that includes your photo, bio,…

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Is the Nonfiction Book Cover Important?

Are nonfiction book covers as important to sales as fiction book covers? Yes. And possibly even more so for indie authors. Regardless of the book, a strong cover is going to work as good advertising. The book cover really is the handshake that greets the world. Current data specifically on book covers and sales is hard to come by, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests cover design has a great deal of influence on buyers. In the…

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Advice for Hiring a Book Cover Designer

Professional book cover design is essential because readers, retailers and reviewers glance at a book for only a few seconds before they make a choice. But, finding and hiring a cover designer can be tricky. You have to find someone who has the right talent and the right technical skills. Sending improperly formatted book covers to your printer can be time consuming and expensive. How to Find a Book Cover Designer When hiring a cover designer, the first thing you…

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Five Sites Indie Publishers Should Follow…But Probably Don’t

INGENTA  Based in the UK, this site offers NA-based indies a different perspective. I highly recommend the blog articles. PUBLISHERSLUNCH I was a paying member here for a while. It was worth it. Lots of insider information about who was getting deals in the traditional pub world, new technologies, and trends. The insights are often good predictors of what’s coming down the road for indie publishers. MEDIABISTRO It’s not just a fantastic site for media-related job listings. Mediabistro offers great…

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Why an Online Presence is Essential to Your Book Sales

“Social media is very important, as is author branding. More and more readers choose based not just on a book, but because they have gotten to know an author “personally”. — Gwen Gades, owner of Dragon Moon Press in Alberta, Canada Book sales are no easy thing to achieve in today’s market. Even the most riveting stories, polished by the best editors and proofreaders can fade into oblivion soon after they’re released. Reviews help, but it’s difficult to get enough…

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“Self-Published Authors Are Destroying Literature” and Other Opinions

Is self-publishing destroying literature? Hardly, but the debate about self-publishing (which I’m using as a blanket term to describe indie publishing, independent publishers, author / publishers, vanity publishing and subsidy publishing and any other name used to refer to someone who is publishing via non-traditional routes) has been blowing up online forms since the late 1990s, and real-life writers’ group discussions long before that. Although the reading public is beginning to accept self-published books (more so in some genres than…

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Editors Are Not As Evil As You Might Think. Honest!

Even industry icons such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe had an editor: His name was Maxwell Perkins. He’s credited with being a significant influence in the success of The Great Gatsby. “Thou shalt commit adultery.” That “commandment” was printed in a Bible in 1631. The publishers, Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, were heavily fined and lost their printing license as a result. Still referred to as the Wicked Bible, the few copies that are still in…

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Best Selling Author Pam Crooks Talks About Her Move From Traditional to Self-Publishing

” Have the best product you can make. Same goes with  traditional publishing. Learn, write, revise and then repeat. Make it your mantra.“ When did you publish your first book? Pam Crooks: My first book was released by Dorchester Publishing in 2001. That book was Wyoming Wildflower, which is still my mother’s favorite. How long did it take you to find a publisher who would work with you? Pam Crooks: Forever, it seems. But all told, it was nine years…

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