The Contest Fix: How Writing Contests Can Help Your Career

Coffee. Cigarettes. Liquor. Let’s be honest: All writers have their addictions. Mine is submitting to writing contests. (Please don’t tell my mother!) Some writers turn up their noses at writing competitions and insist they are scams, but I don’t subscribe to this cynical theory. Other writers assert that one should never enter a contest...

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring

Audiobooks are today’s fastest growing digital book format … but have you ever wondered why? As an indie author or digital publisher, if you haven’t already created and distributed an audiobook version of your titles, now’s the time. As an author and a reader, I’ve never outgrown the desire to have stories read to...

How I Gained 3,000 Twitter Followers: 8 Easy Lessons

When my debut novel, Mistress Suffragette, was about to be published, I realized that I wanted to have a Twitter presence. But I wasn’t certain how to go about achieving that. I wanted to tie my messages into my novel, but not reveal so very much about it that no one would buy it. I...

Brand You: How to Find Your Author Brand

I come to novel writing by way of advertising, and I tend to view the task of marketing one’s books through an advertising lens. It took me a long time to get an agent for my newly published book, Mistress Suffragette (Penmore Press, 2017), so I was able to devote plenty of attention to...

Confessions of a Lifelong Audiobook Addict

The news that children’s audiobook sales have gone up while ebook sales have declined doesn’t surprise me. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with ebooks. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved being read to. A Stack of Picture Books and a Record Player Like many other kids, I lay in...

Hybrid Authors: Spotting One in the Wild

When I co-founded the Fuse Literary agency in March 2013, my partner Gordon and I were clear on one thing: We wanted to create the model for the literary agency of the future, one where digital storytelling was a foundation pillar. To us, storytelling should be the central part of any author’s career, but...

4 “Wow” Experiences at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Ciao bella! I’ve recently returned from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, and “WOW” is the best expression of this book lover’s experience. I am happily at home in any library or bookstore, so imagine my sheer joy at seeing children’s books from 1,200 exhibitors and 75 countries. I explored the fair...

Some More Tips to Make Your Ebook Look Great

20 Pro Tips to Prepare Your Ebook for Conversion

If you’ve read many books by DIY authors—and chances are you have—you might have stumbled across the occasional one full of formatting errors. It doesn’t give the best impression, does it? These mistakes detract from the flow of the book and are a certain route to one-star reviews. So how can you make sure...

Datalogics Partners with Maryland Division of Library Development and Services to Implement SimplyE Solution in Maryland Libraries

[Press Release] Datalogics Partners with Maryland Division of Library Development and Services to Implement SimplyE Solution in Maryland Libraries Chicago, Ill., April 17, 2017 – Datalogics, the premier source for PDF and eBook technologies, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Maryland Division of Library Development and Services to implement the SimplyE solution in Maryland...

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The world of digital publishing is constantly growing and changing. New technologies, new markets, and new techniques for maximizing sales appear every week. Digital Book World keeps you up to date on all you need to know. At DBW, we are growing and changing, too. We want to make DBW even more relevant to...

Who’s Using the Keywords in Metadata?

Generate More Book Sales With a Keyword-Powered Blurb

The description of your book in an online store is a vital element of your digital book’s sales strategy. The description (commonly called a blurb) acts like a shop clerk in a digital bookstore. You want that clerk’s pitch to be as convincing as possible. The blurb, however, plays a second and perhaps even...

Is URMS a New Model of Flexibility in Digital Books User Rights?

Written by Nancy Panos, Director of Product Management, Datalogics At Digital Book World in January, I attended several very interesting sessions on industry data analytics including what people are reading, how they are reading, ideal demographics for library lenders, interesting facts about the rise in audiobooks, and eBook pricing and its impact on growth....

Trending Up: What’s Fueling and Feeding the Audiobook Boom?

The digital audiobook industry is trending up. The recent launch of RBmedia, a digital audio company that brings together the management of several technologies that specialize in spoken-word audio, casts a spotlight on this growth. In recent years, spoken-word media has increased in both sales and the number of titles being published. The latest...

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Designing Your Career in Publishing

Authors and publishers have been working in an environment of constant change for the last several years. New tools and technologies keep popping up. New sales options and strategies arise. Data has become important even to those without backgrounds in statistics. There’s always something new to learn, and many people have found themselves taking...

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5 Ways to Redesign Your Career in Publishing

Authors and publishers have been working in an environment of constant change for the last several years. New tools and technologies keep popping up. New sales options and strategies arise. Data has become important even to those without backgrounds in statistics. There’s always something new to learn, and many people have found themselves taking on...

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How Agent Life Is Changing in 2017

A panel of literary agents met at Digital Book World 2017 for a lively discussion about the issues and concerns surrounding agents today. The panel had expertise in a range of genres and target audiences, and included Ginger Clark, Brian DeFiore, Regina Brooks, Laura Nolan and Christy Fletcher. John Mutter moderated. Here is a snapshot of...

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6 Insights into the Changing Role of Agents in 2017

A panel of literary agents met at Digital Book World 2017 for a lively discussion about the issues and concerns surrounding agents today. The panel had expertise in a range of genres and target audiences, and included Ginger Clark, Brian DeFiore, Regina Brooks, Laura Nolan and Christy Fletcher. John Mutter moderated. Here is a snapshot of...

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Here Are 10 Best Practices for Using Bookseller Data

Books with the power to move readers are the result of artistry, craft and intellectual pursuits. Because it is a fundamentally creative industry, publishing has sometimes valued expertise, ingenuity and inspiration over data. Today, though, the publishing industry is awash with data. Data can offer valuable insights to help publishers connect authors with readers—and...

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Progressive Publishing: Content on Demand

Before the digital age, information consumption via mobile devices was considered an optional trend among print content creators and publishers. Now it is practically a professional imperative. In fact, recent studies show that several major traditional print publications regained significant growth by introducing mobile content to their digitally focused audiences. Today’s professional—and her office...

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An Inside Look at a Micro-Publisher

You’ve probably heard of indie publishers, but have you heard of micro-publishers? Author Shirin Bridges, owner of Goosebottom Books, calls her company a micro-publisher: a professional publishing organization that brings together a flexible workforce to produce a small number of highly targeted books. Because of the nature of micro-publishers as small, custom organizations, no...

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The Impact of Pricing on Book Buying Behavior

A panel of publishing price strategists converged at Digital Book World 2017 to discuss how pricing affects consumer behavior. Peter Hildick-Smith, CEO of Codex Group, offered some insights that can be gleaned by acknowledging that for consumers, reading a book doesn’t always equate to buying a book, as consumers have a range of opportunities...

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Micro-Publishing: An Inside Look at Goosebottom Books

You’ve probably heard of indie publishers, but have you heard of micro-publishers? Author Shirin Bridges, owner of Goosebottom Books, calls her company a micro-publisher: a professional publishing organization that brings together a flexible workforce to produce a small number of highly targeted books. Because of the nature of micro-publishers as small, custom organizations, no...

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7 Top Book Marketing Tips

Digital Book World held their annual conference on publishing and digital content strategies this week in New York City. For the first time, they hosted an entire track on book marketing, so we gathered many exciting takeaways we wanted to share with our readers. From building an author’s platform to improving a marketing campaign’s...