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Beta Readers: The Fresh Perspective You ...

Beta Readers: The Fresh Perspective You Need

As a writer, you look at your manuscript over and over; at a certain point you can no longer “see” it. Beta readers offer fresh eyes to spot what’s working—or not working—from the reader’s point of view. While beta readers is a catchall term for early readers, you may also run across the terms alpha […]

How to Sell Your Book on Consignment

How to Sell Your Book on Consignment

Many indie (self-published) authors focus on online sales, bypassing brick-and-mortar bookstores. It can be easier and cheaper to reach readers directly using social media, targeted ads, and emails than to make the marketing effort needed to get into bookstores. And, you can maintain higher margins with an online strategy. But it sure would be nice […]

Amazon Author Central: Grow Your Audienc...

Amazon Author Central: Grow Your Audience with This Free, Simple Tool

Amazon is the world’s largest e-commerce search engine. On it, you can find anything(!) and even test possible search terms for your book. But did you know Amazon also offers some of the benefits of social media? If you’re an author, Amazon Author Central is a free marketing tool you should take advantage of. What […]

Three Smart Strategies for Your Nonficti...

Three Smart Strategies for Your Nonfiction Book Series

Three Smart Strategies for Your Nonfiction Book Series Writing a book is like running a marathon. Some of us finish the first one and immediately want to run another to clock a better time. Then there are those of us who say, “Checked THAT off my bucket list—never again!” And then there are the folks […]

Book Endorsements: Who to Ask & How to D

Book Endorsements: Who to Ask & How to Do It

Good reviews are a form of social proof—they demonstrate that people like, appreciate, or respect your book and would encourage others to read it. In other words, they increase potential buyers’ comfort level with purchasing the book. Book endorsements are similar to reviews in that they offer social proof, but while reviews can come from […]

Pre-orders on KDP and IngramSpark

Pre-orders on KDP and IngramSpark

Original article February 24, 2022; last updated May 13, 2022. When planning your book launch, one consideration is whether to make your book available for pre-order, which simply means that readers can order your book prior to its publication date. In this article, we’ll discuss why you might want to do pre-orders (or not), and […]

New Author, 700-page Book: How to Set th...

New Author, 700-page Book: How to Set the Price

The logistics of self-publishing can be overwhelming at first, and I get questions regularly via email. Here’s a recent one about a challenging book price: My self-published print book is very big at 700+ pages. On KDP I was able to set my price at $20 and make a small royalty. On IngramSpark I have […]

Book ROI: It May Not Be What You Think

Book ROI: It May Not Be What You Think

Writing a book can feel like climbing a mountain—a big, steep, frustrating one sometimes. Once you reach the summit, it would be great to just sit back, see your book on the New York Times bestseller list, and watch the royalties flow in. But for many (maybe most) nonfiction authors, book sales are not where […]

Use Writing Constraints to Increase Your...

Use Writing Constraints to Increase Your Creativity

Powerhouse children’s author Beverly Cleary died last month at the astonishing age of 104, leaving a legacy of having written 50-plus books. Chances are you read some of her books as a child—Henry Huggins, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ramona and Beezus. Maybe your children learned to read with them; maybe you’ve heard the Ramona […]

How (Not) to Query a Literary Agent

How (Not) to Query a Literary Agent

Dear Karin, I’m an assistant to the author AUTHOR NAME, and we are seeking representation for his children’s picture book intended for middle grade audiences. BOOK TITLE is complete at 570 words and features a heartwarming tale of wisdom passed on from the older generation, and relatable and educational reasons as to why children need […]

Writing in Small Steps to Reach Big Mile...

Writing in Small Steps to Reach Big Milestones

As I started working on this article, I realized it would be my 100th blog post. I’ve been writing for my business blog for over four years, so 100 posts may not seem like a huge number to you. I know some people who blog weekly, producing 100 blog posts in two years; Seth Godin […]

How to Begin Writing a Nonfiction Book

How to Begin Writing a Nonfiction Book

On a recent call with my mastermind group, we were talking about the value of writing a book to support your business, and one member said, “Writing a book seems like a good idea, but I have absolutely no idea where to start!” I hear this a lot. How to begin writing a nonfiction book? […]