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The Benefits of NetGalley for Independent Authors and Publishers

By Michela DellaMonica Team Manager, Smith Publicity NetGalley is a cost-effective way to reach a growing community of professional readers (media, reviewers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and educators) who can read, review and recommend titles. On average, over 80% of the monthly traffic is represented by repeat visitors who regularly visitNetGalley to see what titles are […]

Check out new book marketing and consulting services from our friends at Bookbaby

The publishing industry is changing at a breakneck pace, and it’s important to have a publishing partner that helps meet the shifting demands of John Q. Bookbuyer. Authors interested in hybrid publishing have been finding success with BookBaby for years, and Smith Publicity is pleased to have become part of many of these authors’ successful […]

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 […]

Publishing news link roundup

Graydon Carter to leave Vanity Fair, a new initiative for emerging author voices, and more… A weekly roundup of what people are talking about in book marketing and book publicity. We’re all very sad that Graydon Carter is ending his 25-year run as editor of Vanity Fair. His uncanny ability to suss out the most entertaining, sometimes scandalous […]

Booksellers, libraries and schools prepare for Children’s Book Week

by Andrea Kiliany Thatcher. Children’s Book Week will be held May 1 – 7, 2017 and booksellers, libraries and schools are getting ready with the help of the Children’s Book Council. It is a week for celebrating children’s literature and literacy initiatives.  The programming consists of incentives for stores, schools and libraries to raise money for […]

Bookstores see 2.5% increase in sales in 2016

by Andrea Kiliany Thatcher Despite what some saw as a worrisome holiday season, Publisher’s Weekly reports that “bookstore sales in 2016 rose 2.5% over 2015, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.” This news is particularly significant when you consider that the improvement came in a book environment that, with the […]

Friday Publishing News Link Roundup: Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference and more…

A weekly roundup of what people are talking about in book marketing and book publicity. The annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs kicked off on Thursday [Publisher’s Weekly] 12,000 writers gathered in the nation’s capital this week, and publishers and exhibitors are reporting slow but steady sales. LinkedIn Just Rolled Out A Redesign—Here’s […]

Thursdays with Dan: The Crash and Burn of Tate Publishing

By Dan Smith, Founder & CEO, Smith Publicity The recent news of Tate Publishing ceasing operations shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Various lawsuits, complaints and accusations about shoddy service appeared throughout 2016. Consider just a few that were widely reported on: Lightning Source, on-demand producer of print and digital media based in Tennessee, sued […]

Smith Publicity to award 3,000th client $5,000 in free publicity services!

Smith Publicity, the most prolific book marketing agency in the publishing industry, will soon promote its 3,000th author. To celebrate this milestone, the company is offering $5,000 in free publicity services to the lucky author who signs on for services, and brings the number to 3,000. “This is a huge accomplishment for Smith Publicity,” says […]