Some people are in love with the idea of writing and visualize a life of leisure, sitting around typing out a few dozen book manuscripts and raking in the greenbacks (you can laugh now). Others have one story they feel the need to share, but they have no plans to pursue writing, and therefore, lack the drive to do what it takes to get published. However, many sincerely want to write but find writing a full-length book a daunting task. Or sadly, they finish their manuscript but are stonewalled by the thought of finding a publisher or self-publishing and then (gulp!) book marketing.
Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing: Which Is Best for You? There are many choices these days for a Christian author seeking publication. Sometimes those publishing choices can be overwhelming. In 2009, when I began writing as a hobby, self-publishing was looked…
One of the most effective advertising strategies for authors is to target buyers who have already self-identified as avid readers and signed up for newsletters that promote books directly to them—in their preferred genre! How can it get any better than that? That’s exactly what services like BookBub, BargainBooksy, BookGorilla, BookCave, Faithful Christian Reads, Kindle Nation, and many more do. (Click here for an extensive listing of such services, including descriptions and ratings of potential effectiveness. There are 127 in total at Kindlepreneur.com.)
How many times have you picked up a book and immediately knew it was self-published? You may not be sure how you knew. It might have been the design. Maybe you spotted glaring errors. Or possibly there was just an unprofessional look to it. Don’t let that happen to your book. There is absolutely no reason indie authors and publishers shouldn’t produce books that look as sharp and professional as the books produced by major publishing houses. It just takes effort, attention to detail, and a commitment to avoid the errors self-publishers often make. Let’s look at the most common self-publishing mistakes and how to avoid them.
Softcover or hardcover, workbook or children’s book – the binding and finishing styles you choose for a book are essential. For many reasons, the same quality and attention to detail must go into the book’s physical design that went into good content development. Read on to discover the top 9 book cover design tips.
A question that I often receive as the founder of Spark Media, a company that helps Christian podcasters launch, grow, and maintain their shows is this: “Misty, I want to start a podcast, but where do I begin?” When CIPA director Susan Neal asked me to contribute to the blog, I immediately knew the advice I would give to Christian authors, small publishers, and others who may have an interest in hosting a podcast. Podcasts can be an excellent venue for book marketing. While the following advice may seem relatively straightforward to some, it has helped numerous members of my community to start successful shows.
Market through live streaming is one of the best ways to sell your book and connect with new readers who don’t know you. It is the closest to meeting someone face to face in a virtual world. A great goal would be to create an experience for your viewer that makes them feel as though they’ve come away with a gold nugget in their hand. Make it count for them, and they will want more.