Power Book Publicity Tips Newsletter March 2015

In this issue:

Must Haves for Every Author Website: Plus…7 Tips for Creating Author Website Content

by Sandra Poirier Smith, President of Smith Publicity

As book publicists, we see huge value in an author’s website/blog. It serves as central hub where media, reviewers, and fans go to learn more about an author, his or her book, expertise, events, social media presence, etc. and hopefully becomes a place where viewers will be inspired to return and build a long term relationship.

Here are some items we recommend authors include on their website.  Of course, each website should be customized to the book, topic, and author’s personality.

  • Make it easy for people to purchase the book. Display your book cover on the home page and offer retail links to make it easy for people to order through the store of their choice (Amazon, B&N, etc.). Ideally the book cover, with buying links, should be on every page, even if small. Offer all the versions of the book available—hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook etc…READ MORE

Understanding Fonts & Typography

by Joel Friedlander

Continuing the discussion from our February 2015 newsletter on the importance of the outward appearance of a book, here is a deeper look into fonts and typography. Great information whether you are self-publishing or discussing design elements  with your publisher.

The design of your book has a critical part to play in how readable it is. Whether you’re designing the book yourself, or hiring a professional book designer, it pays to understand the basic building blocks that books are made of. Type fonts and they way they are arranged on the page—typography.

After deciding on the size of your book, the next big design decision is picking a type font for the body of your book. Although many classic book typefacesREAD MORE

Should You Find a Publisher or an Agent?

by Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D.

Here at Smith Publicity, authors often ask us if they should consider a publisher or agent, and if so how to begin. This article from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) sheds some insights:

Should you pitch a project to publishers, agents, or both? While having an agent who is diligently pitching your book to major publishers is ideal, at other times, you are unlikely to get an agent (for example, if you have niche books), or even if you do, an agent can’t help very much.

Today, agents are super-selective in the projects they take on, since they are looking for the potential big book. So they are looking for writers who are already famous, have a large following in the social media…READ MORE

Smith Publicity will be speaking and/or exhibiting at the follow book industry trade shows shows this spring

We invite you to visit us or email us at info@SmithPublicity.com to set up a one-on-one meeting: 

  • IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) is holding its 27th annual Publishing University in Austin, TX, April 10-11, 2015
  • ASJA (American Society of Journalist and Authors) will host its 43rd Writers Conference in New York, NY, April 30-May 2, 2015
  • BEA (BookExpo America), America’s #1 book and author event is May 27-May 29, 2015 in New York City. Are you attending? Contact info@smithpublicity.com to schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation with a Smith Publicity representative at BookExpo America.


Congratulations to Smith Publicity’s 2015 Writer’s Scholarship winner!

We are pleased to announce our second scholarship winner: Reza Harris, a student at San Francisco State University. Harris was chosen from over 300 applicants. Harris said, “ I am very grateful to be selected as the winner. Applying for this scholarship was a challenge; I had to write the essay in the midst of all my studies for classes. There were times when I didn’t feel so confident about my chances against so many competing students, but my better judgment told me to stick it out and take the chance. I am thrilled to learn that chance paid off.”

Smith Publicity offers an annual one-time $1,000 scholarship to one high school or college/university student in the United States. The scholarship is awarded to the student who submits the best essay on persuasive writing. We chose this topic because it’s an important part of the services we provide for book marketing.

Please visit Smith Publicity for our next scholarship announcement.


Author Tips for Building and Engaging Your Social Community

Our friends at Greenleaf Book Group have put together an excellent presentation about how to grow your social media brand and engage with your audience. Check it out here:



Author Social Media Launch: Giving You the Tools to Engage Fans

Smith Publicity now offers an Author Social Media Launch service to help authors set the stage for success on the most popular social media platforms. Visit our website for more information: Author Social Media Launch service


Display Your Book at the 44th Annual London Book Fair, a New Title Showcase

Showcase your book at The London Book Fair April 14-16, 2015. Registration deadline: March 16, 2015. In 2014, more than 25,000 people from 114 countries from all areas of publishing (authors, book buyers, agents, publishers, editors, librarians, distributors and many more) attended the London Book Fair. The New Title Showcase remains a very accessible and valuable way to have your book prominently displayed through Combined Book Exhibit. For more information about having your book displayed through Smith Publicity’s partnership with Combined Book Exhibit at a reduced rate, visit https://www.smithpublicity.com/author-promotion-services/book-event-exposure/

To register, send an email to cbe@smithpublicity.com

Autographing Opportunities at Book Tradeshows!

Smith Publicity, through the Combined Book Exhibit, is offering the opportunity for authors to attend book tradeshows, interact with readers and autograph books. Plan your travel and autographing sessions. Visit Smith Publicity https://www.smithpublicity.com/author-promotion-services/book-event-exposure/ for more information