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The Importance of Your Book Description New!

When you apply for a Readers’ Favorite review, you are given a unique chance to tell reviewers more than you can on Amazon, but your Book Description is equally vital. You are addressing avid readers actively looking for reading matter, but will they choose your...

8 Reasons to Enter Book Award Contests New!

You come across a book award contest. Your pulse quickens with a touch of excitement mixed with a hint of fear. You sit pondering whether or not you should enter. What will it really do for you? Every contest is different; therefore, it’s important to do...

3 Vital Steps to Selling Your Book New!

Writing a book and publishing it is quite satisfying, a personal achievement and a way of sharing your talent and knowledge with the world. The biggest problem is in getting people to buy your book and, while this can take time and a good deal...

An Informal Book Club Survey

With the dramatic changes occurring in the publishing industry, especially the explosion of self-publishing and hybrid publishing, I thought it would be interesting to survey members of a book club to understand their reading and meeting preferences. I had the opportunity to do this when...

What Can We Learn From Charles Dickens About Book Marketing?  - Part 2

Tease Your Work Think about anything that makes your work unique, what is likely to resonate with the reader and what you can tell them that will pique their interest without giving too much away. Take The Lego Movie from 2014; one of their trailers was...

What Can We Learn From Charles Dickens About Book Marketing?  - Part 1

In 1841, the works of Charles Dickens were so popular that fan obsession was almost responsible for causing a riot. The final installment of his novel, The Old Curiosity Shop, had just arrived in New York by ship and, as it docked, thousands of readers...

From Submission to Manuscript: How Your Book is Edited

What’s going on with your book, once it goes to the publisher? What happens when it gets to editing? Since that time, oh so long ago, that your book proposal was sold to a publisher and your contract was agreed and signed, there has been...

How to Tell a Good Contract From a Bad One

You’ve written your book and you want to get it published so you go and get yourself signed up for a publishing house. Great stuff; the reward for all your hard work, especially when that contract lands on your desk. But wait a minute; at...

From Author to Reader: How a Book Gets Published

Do you ever stop to think about the process involved in getting a book from the author to the reader? It’s quite surprising how many different stages there are; if you self-publish you will already know but if your book is with a publishing house...

Building Your LGBTQ Genre Marketing Platform

Simply put, a platform is a writer’s capacity to help promote and market his/her own work to potential readers. It’s a writer’s ability to attract a fan base of their own. It’s the writer’s ability to get the book’s message out to the world. Ideally a platform has...