Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Another selection of informative articles from some of the best blogs on self-publishing and writing. When you’re done reading these articles, don’t forget you can always read past articles from The Book Designer archives, accessible here and sorted by topic.
Chris Syme on Smart Marketing for Authors
Why The Best Book Marketing Cannot Sell A Poor Book
“You put your heart and soul into every book you write. The last thing you want is someone telling you that your book isn’t very good. It’s heartbreaking. But the truth is, there are many poorly written books out there and they are harder to sell than a space heater in July. So get ready for some truth telling.”
Randi Minetor on Build Book Buzz
Amazon sales rank: What the heck does it mean?
“If you’re like most authors, you may find yourself checking the book’s page daily—or several times a day—to see if the number has changed, and to speculate on what it means.”
Michael Larsen on Nonfiction Author Association
Presenting You and Your Idea in Less Than a Minute: The Parts of a Perfect Pitch by Michael Larsen
“A pitch is an oral query letter. Pitching a book takes less than thirty seconds.Presenting You and Your Idea in Less Than a Minute The goal: generate maximum excitement in as few words as possible. Without being self-serving, you must capture the essence of your book, why it will appeal to book buyers, and what’s most impressive about your platform, promotion plan, and credentials.”
Melinda Clayton on Indies Unlimited
How to Set Up an eBook Ad with Amazon Marketing Services
“A few months ago, KDP opened up Amazon Marketing Services to all eBooks, not just the ones in Kindle Unlimited. Setting up an ad is a relatively simple process, although it can look intimidating in the beginning.”
Tim Grahl on Book Launch
Traditional Vs Self Publishing: The Last Decision Guide You’ll Need
“So in this world of opportunity, when it comes down to deciding between self-publishing your book and traditionally publishing your book, how do you make the decision? What are the pros and cons? What are you gaining and losing with each option?”
Self-Publishing News You Can Use
By Amy Collins
American Library Association Annual Show is filling up in Chicago for June 22 – 27, 2017
Hotels are booking up in Chicago for the Annual ALA Convention. Reports have over 8,100 registrants compared to this time last year for Orlando and just over 6,700. The majority of the conference will take place in McCormick Place West but there are also some sessions at various hotels, depending on the unit sponsoring them. On-line registration with discounted rates closes June 13. After that, rates are at full price and only available at the show. Students receive a $100 discount off the registration fees if they register online in advance. McCormick Place will only allow hotel room reservations for those registered for the show, so get your registration in and book those rooms.
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