BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • How This Indie Author Created Her Kids Book Series

    Carole P. Roman is back to share details on how she created her successful kids book series. Book of the Week authors Carole and her son, Michael Phillip Cash, have built a successful family enterprise with their self-published books by following their instincts, leaving no stone unturned in their marketing efforts, and consistent, persistent cultivation... [Read More] The post How This Indie Auth...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • What If They Hate My Book? Coping with Negative Reviews

    Is fear of negative reviews holding you back? Everyone has doubts and trepidation before they publish their book and a big one is a fear of what happens next. When I was first published, some 17 years ago now, I recall having nightmares that people hated my book so much that they were chasing my down... [Read More] The post What If They Hate My Book? Coping with Negative Reviews appeared first on ...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • SELF-e: Indie Authors and Libraries Matchmaker

    —Guest Post by Emilie Hancock of BiblioLabs— So, you’re an indie author who has just published her first book. Congratulations! Now it’s time to build your fanbase—a task easier said than done. Thanks to advances in self-publishing software that simplify the process of creating a book, your opus is forced to compete with those from... [Read More] The post SELF-e: Indie Authors and Libraries Matchm...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • Book Printing: Quick Guide to the Top Three

    With all the talk about print on demand, digital printing and the future of the publishing industry, it’s easy to forget that we’ve got books to produce in the here and now. We need to know the best book printing method to create those books today, this week. Okay, we’re all busy, so I’ll make... [Read More] The post Book Printing: Quick Guide to the Top Three appeared first on BookWorks.

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  • New! BookWorks’ Discussion Group Forum & Writers Workshop

    We've been busy putting the finishing touches on the dynamic new BookWorks site, our most ambitious remodel to date. As promised, we'll be introducing you to the new features here and in upcoming posts. We invite you to try them out and let us know what you think. Since fostering a supportive community is part... [Read More] The post New! BookWorks’ Discussion Group Forum & Writers Workshop appear...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • Dear Editor: Is My Character Too Weak and Whiny?

    (Originally appeared in PW Select's BookLife.) Many of you may not be aware that BookWorks founder and CEO, Betty Kelly Sargent, is a veteran editor with over 30 years experience in traditional publishing. Drawing on her considerable expertise, she answers questions submitted by readers, in this case, criticism received about his main character. Dear Editor:... [Read More] The post Dear Editor: I...

  • Twitter 101 for Authors: Hashtags, Do’s & Don’ts

    We've covered Twitter before because it's a go-to social media network for many writers. Here we present Twitter 101 to help ensure you're on top of your Twitter game. No other platform compares to this microblogging site. You can connect to other authors who write in your genre and co-market your books together—or network with... [Read More] The post Twitter 101 for Authors: Hashtags, Do’s & Don’...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • How to Use Lyrics in Your Writing Without Risk

    Writers love to use lyrics to communicate setting and character. After all, a Sinatra ballad evokes a wartime romance while a Grateful Dead chorus transports readers to a smoky love-in. But using lyrics without permission is risky, not because they are special in the eyes of the law, but because they are owned by music... [Read More] The post How to Use Lyrics in Your Writing Without Risk appeared...

  • Build Your Book or Business with BookWorks’ Classifieds

    The BookWorks Classifieds are a space where you can reach thousands of BookWorks members with your product, service or message for a very affordable price -- far less than traditional display advertising, and targeted to the community that you support! The post Build Your Book or Business with BookWorks’ Classifieds appeared first on BookWorks.

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • Make the Most of Your Book Back Cover With These Tips

    You have heard over and over from experts and read online how important your front cover is.  It is true.  How your cover looks is even more important that what you write inside the book. Because if your cover is not terrific, then no one will ever know how brilliant your writing is. It is... [Read More] The post Make the Most of Your Book Back Cover With These Tips appeared first on BookWorks.

  • Are Indie Authors the New Self-Publishing Experts?

    In my role as Director at IngramSpark, I’m exposed to thousands of authors and publishers as they distribute their content through our global network. Their books travel from our printers, warehouses and data pathways to booksellers, libraries and ultimately to readers around the world. An upload of a digital book file into an Ingram system... [Read More] The post Are Indie Authors the New Self-Pu...

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  • 7 Book Marketing Trends Authors Should Expect in 2017

    The world of book marketing is moving and shaking, and as with all things, change is inevitable. Part of my job is to embrace change and ensure that we are on the front edge of book marketing trends so that we can be the most effective marketing team for our clients. And although change doesn’t... [Read More] The post 7 Book Marketing Trends Authors Should Expect in 2017 appeared first on BookWork...

  • Screenplays to Novels: How I Went from Scripts to Books

    In our latest installment of "Notes From the Field", we asked Book of the Week author, Michael Phillip Cash, (whose books all begin as screenplays) to give us a glimpse into his writing process. Let's hear what he has to say... "How do you write your books?" "Do you just sit down and write?" "Why... [Read More] The post Screenplays to Novels: How I Went from Scripts to Books appeared first on Book...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • Best Writing Apps for Increasing Productivity

    By the time I get through all my emails, my social media posts, and my to-do lists, I have little energy for writing. Over time, I’ve found some great writing apps that help me manage time and tasks, keep and organize my ideas, and create harmony out of chaos. Here are the writing apps I... [Read More] The post Best Writing Apps for Increasing Productivity appeared first on BookWorks.

  • Twitter Headers for Authors: Do’s & Don’ts

    There is wasted space on the internet. Have you noticed it? I’m specifically talking about Twitter headers. How often have you visited an author’s Twitter profile only to discover that the header image is solid blue, or green, or a picture of an author’s dog? Twitter gives you ample space, 1500px in width X 500px... [Read More] The post Twitter Headers for Authors: Do’s & Don’ts appeared first on ...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • Creative Writing 101: Writers’ Workshops, Retreats & Residencies

    (Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly digital publication on Dec 19, 2016) Can Creative Writing be Taught? Opinions vary on whether one can learn to be a great writer. Take this statement from the website of the acclaimed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, for example: “Though we agree in part with the popular insistence that writing cannot be... [Read More] The post Creative Writing 101: Writers’ Worksh...

  • How to Sell More Books in 2017: 12 Top Tips

    As indie authors, we all want to sell more books. And with 2017 barreling its way through January, I want to share with you 10 ways that you can make the most of your book promotion efforts. As I’m sure you’ve learned a successful book marketing plan is made up of a range of actions... [Read More] The post How to Sell More Books in 2017: 12 Top Tips appeared first on BookWorks.

  • How to Sell Books Long Term: What Worked for Me

    As promised in her first post, we've invited  BookWorks' Book of the Week author Carole P. Roman back to share how she and her son, Michael Phillip Cash, sell books so successfully in their flourishing family publishing business. When it comes right down to it, we indie authors want to sell books. Sure, it's a... [Read More] The post How to Sell Books Long Term: What Worked for Me appeared first o...

  • 4 Book Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

    Looking at the actual files that are used to print books is often quite revealing. Book formatting mistakes abound, many of which can be avoided. I get sent a lot of files for various reasons. They might be the files from a self-publisher who thought they would design and lay out their book themselves. Faced with... [Read More] The post 4 Book Formatting Mistakes to Avoid appeared first on BookWor...

  • Is Academic Publishing the Next to Go Indie?

    Add academic publishing, at colleges and universities, to the growth areas in self-publishing. It’s been a gradual transition. As Inside Higher Education pointed out, academics “inhabit a parallel publishing ecosystem: a constellation of university presses and journals that publish slowly, offer few economic returns, and subject all work to painstaking peer review. Scholars and publishing... [Read...

  • 6 Basic Tech Skills Every Author Must Learn

    These six tech skills are as essential to today’s authors as hammers and saws are to carpenters. Please don’t waste your time and money learning these on a highly paid consultant’s dime when you could be working on a much higher level. Learn these tools now, before you hit that mad rush to publish. You’ll... [Read More] The post 6 Basic Tech Skills Every Author Must Learn appeared first on BookWor...

  • Using Pew Research Stats to Find Your Readers Online

    Earlier in my career, I mistakenly thought that it was important for authors to be everywhere online. I likened social media to zip codes. I would say, “Do you only want to sell in the 95405 zip code? Or would you rather sell your books in zip codes worldwide?” With glistening eyes, writers would shout,... [Read More] The post Using Pew Research Stats to Find Your Readers Online appeared first on ...

  • DRM (Digital Rights Management): What You Need to Know

    Guest Post by Xavier Davis Despite Digital Rights Management (DRM) being a widely used technology in the eBook industry, many authors lack a firm understanding of what DRM actually is. In this post, we will discuss what DRM is, who is currently using DRM technology and if it is the right choice for you. Like... [Read More] The post DRM (Digital Rights Management): What You Need to Know appeared fi...

  • New Year, New BookWorks – What’s Coming in 2017

    As we get ready to welcome in 2017, we asked our founder, Betty Kelly Sargent, to wrap up the blog for 2016 by sharing what's coming next for BookWorks... First of all, I want to wish a Happy, Prosperous, Fun-Filled 2017 to all of you wonderful, loyal members of our BookWorks community. The past year... [Read More] The post New Year, New BookWorks – What’s Coming in 2017 appeared first on BookWork...

  • The Art of the Media Pitch for Indie Authors

    With the current trend of digitizing everything, I don’t receive nearly as many requests for media-only campaigns as I used to. This is actually a good thing—a really good thing. The best book marketing campaigns are a blend of a wide variety of efforts. Now, media can certainly be a significant piece of that, but... [Read More] The post The Art of the Media Pitch for Indie Authors appeared first ...

  • BookWorks Is All-New This January!

    To start the New Year with a bang, Bookworks will be launching an exciting new version of our website and community. Our goal is to continue to foster exchange, learning, and success among our author members. We share the excitement of seeing your books as they are added, meeting our Featured Authors, and watching the... [Read More] The post BookWorks Is All-New This January! appeared first on Boo...

  • Libraries and Bookstores Are Getting Into Indie Publishing

    Bookstores have always been a great resource for authors wanting to self-publish their work. But one of the trends that we’re starting to see at Ingram is one where bookstores are developing their own publishing programs. And not just bookstores, but public libraries as well. With the tools now available through a service like IngramSpark,... [Read More] The post Libraries and Bookstores Are Getti...

  • Book Promotion for Indie Authors: Working with Bookstores

    These days, the burden of book promotion rests squarely on the author, especially indie authors, but even traditionally published authors have to pull their weight to sell books. If a bookstore agrees to stock your book and put it on their shelves, what’s next?  How does a bookstore go about letting their customers know that... [Read More] The post Book Promotion for Indie Authors: Working with Bo...

  • Tech Tools to Help Produce & Sell Children’s Books

    Lisa needed some help figuring out how to layout and distribute the children's book she just finished. She had already paid an illustrator and in our conversation revealed that the book was 42 pages long, the text was embedded in the Photoshop files, and images were square. Warning bells were already ringing in my head, so I... [Read More] The post Tech Tools to Help Produce & Sell Children’s Book...

  • Litsy Social Smartphone App for Booklovers

    Do you know Litsy? For the millions of people who use their smartphones more than they do laptop or desktop computers, this smartphone-specific app about books is growing on the scene. It works on nearly all smartphones and was so easy to use that I started posting on it within five minutes of downloading and... [Read More] The post Litsy Social Smartphone App for Booklovers appeared first on Book...

  • Missing Contact Information Is Killing Your Book Sales

    Guest Post by Joan Stewart of PublicityHound.com Contact information is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about book sales. But what if someone needs 50 copies of your book but wants to call you to negotiate a bulk price? Will he find your phone number at your website within... [Read More] The post Missing Contact Information Is Killing Your Book Sales appeared first o...

  • Video Will Be Huge in 2017…Get Ready!

    Video is incredibly popular. Experts estimate that in 2017 and beyond, video will make up 69% of consumer internet traffic. Back in 2015, consumers spent an average of five-and-a-half hours a day watching video content. That number continues to rise. On Facebook alone, some 500 million users view 8 billion videos on a daily basis.... [Read More] The post Video Will Be Huge in 2017…Get Ready! appea...

  • Planning an Audiobook? Consider These 3 Things

    EBooks are everywhere these days. In fact, they’re so prevalent it’s often easy to forget the “other” way to read books—by listening to them. Audiobook lovers are passionate about their books. When you talk with them, you’ll probably hear that most can’t recall the last time they actually read a book word for word. In... [Read More] The post Planning an Audiobook? Consider These 3 Things appeared ...

  • Books-A-Million’s New Program Opens Shelf Space to Indies

    Winning space on a bookstore shelf is becoming ever more challenging. Fading are the days when you could simply drop off a copy with your local bookstore and get an order or at least placement on consignment. Some local bookstores still work that way. But in many places you may encounter stocking fees or other... [Read More] The post Books-A-Million’s New Program Opens Shelf Space to Indies appear...

  • Estate Planning Tips for Authors

    It's unlikely that you'll be thinking about estate planning as you launch your literary creations into the world.  But if your books are successful, your characters may live forever alongside Elizabeth Bennet, David Copperfield, and Frankenstein. The copyright in your books also lives on. Under current law, a copyright lasts for the creator’s lifetime plus... [Read More] The post Estate Planning T...

  • 6 Tips to Speed Up Your Book Production

    Book production in traditional publishing can be a slow process. Sometimes authors are surprised to learn that it may take one and a half to two years before their book is published by a traditional publisher. You can certainly improve on that pace by self-publishing, and one of the compelling reasons that some people self-publish is... [Read More] The post 6 Tips to Speed Up Your Book Production ...

  • Book Sales Strategies & Tools for Indie Author Success

    The final stage of marketing for authors is book sales. It includes the 4 P’s: Product, Place, Pricing, and Promotion, a concept first expressed in 1960 by E J McCarthy. Today there are lots of great tech tools that can help. PRODUCT The rule of marketing is that a product—your book—must fulfill a want or... [Read More] The post Book Sales Strategies & Tools for Indie Author Success appeared first...

  • What’s Amazon Cooking Up Next for Indie Authors?

    Amazon.com is continuing to evolve. Some of the changes currently underway, like its big push into India and its new app for children's stories, may not affect you much as an indie writer and publisher. (Or, if you’re in a specific niche, maybe they will.) But if you are one of the many authors who... [Read More] The post What’s Amazon Cooking Up Next for Indie Authors? appeared first on BookWorks...

  • How To Double Your Yes’s From Book Bloggers

    You probably have found lots of discourse on the publishing industry that boils down to one thing—it’s hopping. We certainly talk about it a lot, what with more than 4,500 books published every day. That said, book bloggers are still reviewing and promoting books—and some books still generate a lot of buzz. If you haven’t... [Read More] The post How To Double Your Yes’s From Book Bloggers appeared...

  • Using Gucci and Other Trademarks in Your Writing

    Many writers use trademarks as a shorthand for revealing a character’s status, tastes, and vanities. In fact, this is one of the most common questions writers ask me; will using trademarks get me into legal hot water? Suppose your main character shoplifts Sephora cosmetics, slipping them surreptitiously into her Gucci handbag. Or maybe your young... [Read More] The post Using Gucci and Other Trade...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • A Passion For Indie Publishing

    As part of my job at IngramSpark, I attend many publishing, indie publishing, and author conferences each year. In fact, I was just at AuthorU Extravaganza in Denver and NINC (Novelists, Inc) in St. Pete Beach, FL. In a week or so, I’ll be boarding a flight for the long trip to the Frankfurt Bookfair,... [Read More] The post A Passion For Indie Publishing appeared first on BookWorks.

  • Countdown to Indie Author Day 2016, Oct 8

    Guest Post by Emilie Hancock of BiblioLabs We invited Emilie back for a quick rundown on the upcoming Indie Author Day 2016, an exciting event that BookWorks is co-sponsoring, among other notables in the self-publishing sphere. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, please check out her original informative post. The Ultimate... [Read More] The post Countdown to Indie Author Day 2016, ...

  • Reader Reviews: More Ways to Get Them

    Fact: Reviews are essential to your book’s success. Fact: Getting them is a challenge (as our members have often shared). We have tackled this topic before in a series that explored ways to obtain both reader reviews and professional reviews. (Catch up on Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3, if you missed them.) Professional... [Read More] The post Reader Reviews: More Ways to Get Them appeared first on Book...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • Own Your Author Business in 7 Steps

    Taking time to set up your author business before publishing your book can save you time, money, and a lot of frustration in the long run. Here are seven important steps to help you avoid mishaps. #1- Purchase Your Own Set of 10 or More ISBNs Buy your own ISBNs and apply them to your... [Read More] The post Own Your Author Business in 7 Steps appeared first on BookWorks.

  • Self-Publishing Success as a Family Affair

    We continue our “Notes from the Field” with a series of posts from BookWorks author Carole P. Roman, a prolific, successful writer, BookWorks Book of the Week and Featured Author, and head of her own self-publishing dynasty. Carole just launched a book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book, that draws... [Read More] The post Self-Publishing Success a...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association

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  • Author LLC: When Should Writers Incorporate?

    If you mention you are going to self-publish, your brother-in-law, neighbor, or some other busy-body is going to say you must incorporate or form a limited liability company (LLC) in order to protect your assets. Smile politely and ignore them. They are wrong, at least 95% of the time. Forming a corporation or LLC is... [Read More] The post Author LLC: When Should Writers Incorporate? appeared fir...

  • BookTube: the Network By and For Book Lovers

    If you haven’t ventured into the world of the BookTube, you should, because so many active book readers and buyers hang out there. Think of the BookTube community as a large online metro area, visited by millions of people, and dedicated to reading and writing books. Most of the BookTube community resides on YouTube, in... [Read More] The post BookTube: the Network By and For Book Lovers appeared ...

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