BY Martin Cavannagh “All you need to be a writer is a pen and paper,” is something you might say if you’re one of those smug savants who can just sit down and write an entire novel longhand. But for the rest of us? Well, we can take all the help...
As audiobook trend grows, so do advances for writers of popular series. Here's how agent Laurie McLean's helped one author get top dollar.
Is the rise of podcasts a threat to authors? Ian Small, head of Audiobooks.com, offers honest answers to this ominous question and more.
Setting up a sales page in an online bookstore is as simple as filling in forms. However, many of the questions require research. Use this handy checklist to gather the information in advance.
Anyone producing a digital book or setting up an ISBN may come across the acronym BISAC. If you’re wondering what a BISAC code actually is, author Sharon Anderson offers some answers.
Audiobook expert Michele Cobb offers a guide to making your audiobook dream a reality. Follow these 15 tips to make the experience smooth and produce quality results.
Do you frequently send links of your book’s Amazon sales page to people? You may be directing a book blogger to check out your title. You may be updating your bio for an event or an application. You may be responding to a request from a conference organizer or a writing...
Are you an author who wants to copyright your work? How do you go about registering the copyright? It needn’t be complicated! This infographic from Reedsy clarifies the process for securing your copyright.
Most successful people credit reading, in some capacity, as a factor in their success. Certainly, the 18 extraordinary people we profile in the infographic below have publicly expressed how beneficial reading has been for them.
Many authors have tried Facebook ads without seeing a positive return on their investment. Dana Kaye's clients consistently achieve high conversion rates. How? Facebook Pixels. If you don't know about them, you should. Here's why.
A new digital book publisher launches in September: KaZoom Kids Storybooks. What began as a vision of making multicultural, interactive storybooks turned into a roller-coaster ride of disappointments and opportunities for founder Donna Beasley. Here's the true story of what it's like to run startup.
Getting reviewed by a book blogger can increase awareness of your book. But how do you get bloggers to read your book? Target only the ones interested in books like yours. Emmanuel Nataf shows you how to find them.
Books are designed to be read—but can your books be read by everyone? New accessibility (A11Y) EPUB3 standards open the door to many underserved populations. Kevin Callahan offers 9 reasons why conforming to A11Y standards is the right thing to do.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) makes your web site easy for readers to find. Digital marketing expert Perry Moore offers four basic tactics any author can use to drastically improve the visibility and searchability of their website—so their book sales can rise.
Are you stumped by the challenge of summarizing your several-hundred-page novel into a few paragraphs? Writing the description on the back of your book is no easy task. Try this fill-in-the-blank format to get you in the book-blurb-writing frame of mind.
You can visit a new country in person or you can travel there in a book. Our latest infographic shows the most iconic books set in 150 countries around the world. How many of these books have taken you to faraway places?
Book box subscription services satisfy boutique-minded audiences. Author Jesikah Sundin explains how to reach readers in search of independently created, physical items. It may be the Digital Age, but brown paper packages tied up in string are still many people’s favorite thing.
When customers are fascinated by a book cover, they click to buy. A cover must be appealing both physically and digitally. Perry Moore defines the reasons a book cover sells—does your cover fit the bill?
What happens in an indie author's mind when book sales suddenly, inexplicably evaporate? Here's how one writer copes with the crazy fluctuations of online sales.
Marketing is a challenge for all publishers, including publishers of business content. My bet is the challenges experienced by these specialty publishers and their authors fall in line with those reported in Kelsye Nelson’s 2016 Book Marketing Survey. Among others, Nelson found the following to be the most common book marketing...
How much work really goes into publishing your own book? Many authors plunge into self-publishing without really knowing what they're getting into. This 8-stage workflow covers the main steps in creating a digital book.
Your finished book contains hundreds of data elements that are hidden from view of the final customer—it's the metadata that computers use to identify your book. All authors should make informed choices about their metadata before and after publication. Phuong Mai explains metadata best practices.
Have you been disappointed by a bookstore event? You're not alone. Still, don't dismiss bookstore visits. Publicist Dana Kaye offers three big reasons to get out there and meet your fans in person.
Great book covers sell books. Professional cover designers are trained in the craft of typography, photo editing, and design—but they’re not expected to know anything about your book or your visual preferences. Luckily, a document called a Creative Brief exists to help you convey your intentions to your graphic designer. Here’s...
I’ve put words on the page since I can remember. Not great words at first, mind you, but words, nevertheless. You could say I’ve been in the relentless pursuit of telling story in a meaningful, engaging, awesome way before I knew how to spell. I am, as it turns out, a...
The public library might not be top of mind when broadening your digital publishing reach, but it should be, according to literary agent Gordon Warnock. His report from the ALA Annual Conference shatters stereotypes about libraries and shows you how this public resource can help your writing career.
For the first time in the industry, library patrons can access audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks all in one easy-to-use mobile app.
Where are ebook sales headed? Which countries spend most hours reading? Which populations are considered the most “literate”? Our infographic tells all.
New legal mandates require most published material to be accessible for those with disabilities. Books without accessibility features will be at a competitive and legal disadvantage. Retrofitting content is tough—so start now. Here's what you need to know.
BookBub's editorial team turns down 85 to 90% of authors who apply for their marketing programs. If you're one of the rejects, don't fret. Instead, look in the mirror and ask yourself why. Here are two powerful turn-it-around tactics to change a BookBub pass into a chance to grow your...
You're done with your manuscript, but you’re not finished yet! Writing is not the same as publishing. Author Sharon Anderson shares her insights on how to shift from writer to publisher. ...
From sites that inspire to tools for creating your final ebook design, Sophie Knowles offers a list of the tools and resources every author needs.
During the “I’m a Librarian – Ask Me Anything” panel at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, librarians and literacy advocates discussed kids’ preference for physical books, and the role of ebooks as supplementary reading material. The talk was moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, president of The Book Report...