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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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Podcast: Self Publishing Best Practices with Author Jim Breslin

We talk to Jim Breslin, author of Shoplandia and founder of the West Chester Story Slam, about the decision to self-publish, the best ways to get your book out there, and different ways of networking on and offline as an author. Jim also gets into Flash Fiction and some great places to submit these shorter…
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Smith Happenings: Indie Author Day and the Push to Publish Conference

The Smith Publicity team recently participated in two regional publishing industry events. Executive Director of Publicity Mike Onorato attended Montclair Public Library's celebration of Indie Author Day - a nationwide event sponsored by BiblioBoard designed to bring local indie writers together to meet and learn from each other. He spoke on the topic of book…
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Bookbaby shares how to make the most out of a professional book review

This post by Patricia Moosbrugger of BlueInk Review first appeared on the Bookbaby blog. Professional reviews from trusted sources command credibility from the outset and can be used in ways consumer reviews cannot. Here are eight ways to make the most of a professional book review. Let’s face it, all book reviews are not created equal. You…
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Friday Publishing News Roundup: Fiction vs. Nonfiction publicity, news from Frankfurt and Southern book fairs, and more…

A weekly roundup of what people are talking about in book marketing and book publicity.   We shared an infographic illustrating some of the differences between fiction and nonfiction book publicity. The repercussions of Harvey Weinstein's actions have affected more than just the movie industry. Hachette has shuttered Weinstein Books. [Publishers Weekly] I'm an author, why do I…
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Have You Checked Your Amazon Page Lately? Three Important Tips for Authors

Far too often, authors neglect one of the most important elements of book publishing and book marketing – their Amazon page. Since the majority of book sales come from Amazon, it is crucial that authors spend time making their book listing as robust, strategic and impactful as possible. Here are three quick tips: Author Bio…
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