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Category Archives: Author Resources

InfoGraphic: Confused about eBook distribution? Here’s help.

When authors come to us for book marketing or book publicity for their Ebook, one of the first questions we ask them is about distribution. To help authors reach readers who can actually buy their book, we need to know where that book is available. Many self-published authors are lost when it comes to Ebook…
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Thinking about turning your blog into a book? Advice from the experts

This post by Paul Turnbull first appeared on the BookBaby Blog and is excerpted from “Create an eBook: The Complete Guide” on Blogging.com. Publishing a book takes effort, so before you start, do a reality check: Do you have what it takes to make your blog a book? Congratulations! Your blog’s been doing well for a while…
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What is a bestseller anymore? And does it do anything for sales?

There’s been a lot of talk this year about bestseller lists. From gaming the New York Times best-seller list to the same venerable institution cutting 10 categories from its lists and how Amazon ranks its bestsellers, it's a lot for an author to monitor and digest. But... what do bestseller lists even mean anymore? How…
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BookBaby Independent Authors Conference 2017

This weekend our own fair city of Philadelphia hosted the BookBaby Independent Authors Conference, the only conference that educates independent authors on how to cultivate a successful self-publishing career.  Around 400 authors and writers attended presentations from 22 successful self-published authors and industry leaders and over 20 constructive workshops and panels focused on publishing and marketing…
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How to write a great galley letter

by Mike Onorato, Executive Director of Publicity, originally posted on the IngramSpark blog Galleys (or ARCs) continue to be a vital step in the book marketing process, which can help garner reviews which make or break a book. As important as galleys are, the accompanying galley letter is equally important. Knowing how to construct a letter that helps…
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PODCAST: Angela Maria Spring talks pop up bookstores, stocking diverse writers, and advice for authors from her time as a manager at Politics & Prose

In this exciting episode we speak to Angela Marie Spring, founder and owner of Duende District, a mobile bookstore focused on reaching Hispanic, black, immigrant and other communities of color throughout D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area.  We talk about stocking diverse writers, how an author or brick and mortar bookstore could benefit from a pop up shop or…
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VIDEO: Author photos – do I need a headshot?

I'm a writer, why do I need a headshot!? We hear comments like this a lot. As photographer Dave Pidgeon will explain, an author photo can be a very important communication tool about your brand. Watch the video below to find out how an author photo can fit into your book marketing and book publicity…
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Insight into the author-editor relationship

By Jana Pleyto, Head of Acquisitions for Publishizer I love editors. I really do. In fact, not so long ago, I was in relationship with one (albeit a magazine editor) and the experience was simply magical. I’d like to look back at it through rose-tinted glasses, of the beautiful conversations about the latest news article he’s…
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VIDEO: Promoting your memoir

[embed]https://youtu.be/Knai7hG9j6I[/embed] Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir author Lisa Smith shares some of the unique challenges and rewards of marketing a memoir. We caught up with her at Hippocampus Magazine's Hippocamp17 creative nonfiction conference in Lancaster, PA, where she gave a reading and was part of the debut author panel.
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VIDEO: How to get your YA book featured on EpicReads

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdQ9xbSVifc[/embed] We caught up with Bess Braswell from HarperTeen about how authors can get their books on Harper's "publisher agnostic" YA book blog EpicReads! Getting reviews and features on sites like EpicReads can help make or break a book publicityEi campaign.
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