BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Beta publishing and working with beta readers are fantastic ways to cultivate fans and market your book and you can start before it's even half finished. Beta publishing is pre-publishing or publishing “small,” before you go “big.” by distributing your final book to online retailers, bookstores, and libraries. Beta readers are people who love to... [Read More] The post Use Beta Readers to Perfect ...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • One of the fun things about being an indie author is that you get to play with and test book marketing opportunities. But one of these that you should definitely put some effort into is securing a BookBub feature. Why? Well, by simply offering a discount on your book, you’ll get in front of quite a few... [Read More] The post How to Get a BookBub Deal to Boost Your Book Sales appeared first on Boo...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Let these quotes for authors inspire you throughout 2018 as you write and publish your upcoming books. Quotes for Authors About Reading As Stephen King has said, if you want to write, you must read. Here’s another quote along that same line of thinking.   Quotes for Authors About Craft Do you want to improve your... [Read More] The post Quotes for Authors to Live and Write by in 2018 appeared firs...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Welcome to 2018!  As we venture into the new year, it's good to pause, reflect, regroup and, as we suggested in our year-end post, reboot. We thought it appropriate to devote our January Reading List to indie nonfiction books that can help get the year off to a great start by offering guidance, support, and... [Read More] The post January Reading List: New Year, New You appeared first on BookWorks...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Resolutions: Yay or Nay? This is typically the space for looks back at the year ending and prognostications for the year ahead. We will leave that to those with crystal balls. It is also the time when many make their New Year resolutions. We are neither for nor against resolutions. They are great motivators for some... [Read More] The post New Year Reboot: An Alternative to Resolutions appeared fi...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • There’s a ton of information out there for indie authors. However, there is also a lot of misinformation, too, as well as outright lies about book marketing. And indie authors are left in the cold to sort through the truths, semi-truths, and non-truths for themselves. Which means that you may end up figuring out the... [Read More] The post Common Book Marketing Traps to Avoid appeared first on Boo...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • —(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Let's see what our fearless leader and ace editor, Betty Kelly Sargent, has to say in response to a reader's question about prepositions... Dear Editor: Can I use a preposition at the end of a sentence? —Xavier K. Yes, you can—most of the time. A preposition shows the relationship of... [Read More] The post Dear Editor: What Are the Rules for Prepositio...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • When you are publishing a book, there inevitably comes the moment of truth. This is the moment that you’ve been anticipating, waiting for, excited about—when you finally receive your book proof. Go ahead, tear that package open. Until now, the book you’ve been creating has existed only in your document files, in the printouts you’ve... [Read More] The post How to Check Your Book Proof in 3 Steps a...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Having the right kind of website content to attract media coverage is something many authors miss the boat on. In this three-part series, I will help you fix that. Working in the media for more than 30 years, I’ve visited many author websites. Sometimes I was researching whether he or she is a good fit... [Read More] The post Media-Friendly Author Website Content – Part One appeared first on BookW...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Okay, so you’re a new writer and you realize you need to find yourself an editor to polish your work until it sparkles. There are all kinds of editors out there and you'll want to do some research to find some appropriate options for you and your book. Review this post from BW founder and... [Read More] The post Hiring and Working With Editors: Do’s & Don’ts appeared first on BookWorks.

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Winter is creeping in here in the northern hemisphere as we prepare to wrap up presents and wrap up the year. Shorter days and longer nights bring their own rewards with more time for cozying up in a favorite chair with a good book. Here are a few selections from the BW BookShop for your... [Read More] The post December Holiday Reading: ‘Tis the Season appeared first on BookWorks.

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Every year, I attend several conferences—and it’s a part of my job that I really love. Not only do I get a chance to reconnect with some of our clients who have become great friends, but I get to meet authors who are really movers and shakers in the industry. Especially when it comes to... [Read More] The post Grow Your Author Success in 10 Action Steps appeared first on BookWorks.

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • You've published your book, offered it for presale, celebrated your launch with champagne, and sold copies to almost everyone you know. You’re even blogging regularly. It’s about this time when many new authors begin to wonder, “What can I do next to reach even more readers?” Pitching the media, contacting book clubs, and reading at... [Read More] The post Twitter Lists & Other Social Media Tips f...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • —(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— In her latest column, veteran editor and BookWorks founder, Betty Kelly Sargent, tackles another reader question, this time on the use of adverbs in writing. Dear Editor: What's your opinion on adverbs? —Adelaide K. “The adverb is not your friend," says Stephen King in On Writing. In fact, he says,... [Read More] The post Dear Editor: What’s the Rule of...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • As the sun sets on Pronoun we can continue to enjoy its benefits while evaluating the alternatives. Since their inception as Vook, through their evolution as Pronoun, and their acquisition by Macmillan, all parties have upheld the highest standards for independent publishing with tools, services, royalties, and data that has up-leveled the industry as a... [Read More] The post As the sun sets on P...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Today we are going to look at the surprising facts behind younger readers and the book publishing industry. According to some recent studies, millennials are more likely than any other age group to visit libraries. I’m not talking about university or college libraries—I’m talking about public libraries for the purpose of borrowing reading materials. And... [Read More] The post Millennials’ Reading...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • —Guest post by Karen S. Conlin— When we stumbled upon Grammargeddon.com we had to check it out. There we discovered two passionate (and opinionated) editors, Karen Conlin and Ray Vallese, who are devoting their lives to making the world a better place for indie authors. We found Karen's frank and candid style refreshing and she clearly knows... [Read More] The post How Well Do You Understand Regis...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Here we grow again! We recently invited Chris Well, of Build Your Brand Academy, to contribute a guest post for us. His "Media Attention: 9 Ways Any Author Can Get It", proved a hit. While working with Chris on that, we were so impressed with his depth of knowledge we decided to recruit him to... [Read More] The post Introducing BookWorks’ New Media Expert appeared first on BookWorks.

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Plan a Multi-Tiered Book Promotion Price promotions are one of the most useful strategies independent authors have for finding new readers and shifting units. However, temporarily reducing your book to 99 cents (or free) won’t matter unless the right readers know about your book promotion. That’s where online book promotion services step into the picture.... [Read More] The post Book Promotion Tip...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Do you really know the audience for your genre? If you’ve ever questioned whether what you’re doing is working, then the answer might be "maybe not". It’s worth spending the time to become a fan of your genre and get to know what your audience is really looking for. Although this may not seem like... [Read More] The post Know Your Genre, Know Your Reader, Be a Fan appeared first on BookWorks.

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • November ushers in the wind-down of the year as Nature retreats into restorative somnolence. We too take time out to celebrate the harvest by gathering with friends and families in gratitude and cozy conviviality. Grab a title from our November Reading List, curl up in your favorite chair and savor the quiet of the season... [Read More] The post November Reading List: Attitude of Gratitude appeare...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • —(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly)— Veteran editor and BookWorks founder and CEO, Betty Kelly Sargent, is back with the answer to another reader question, sent in from a newbie author seeking writing advice... Dear Editor: I’m just getting started with my writing career. Any suggestions? —Alex Good Writing Can Be Learned Most writers are made,... [Read More] The post Dear Editor: Any Writ...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • Many people are confused about what they should say in their social media posts. Figuring out successful social media content strategies can be challenging and there is no one-size-fits-all. Authors often ask me, “If I can’t always post about my own books, what am I supposed to say?”  You may remember the 80/20 rule: 80... [Read More] The post Social Media Content Tips for Authors – What to Post a...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • A recent social engagement brought to mind the importance of a professional book layout. My wife Jill and I went to a wedding at a very prestigious “club” here in San Francisco. My wife looked gorgeous as always, and I wore a light gray English wool suit that seemed suitably low-key. When we walked in... [Read More] The post Book Layout Errors That Can Mark You as “Amateur” appeared first on BookW...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • The second annual Indie Author Day was a knockout! Were you one of the many authors who participated? If so, please share your experience in the comments. To find out more about how the day went, we invited Hunter Gardner of BiblioLabs/SELF-e back to share a quick Indie Author Day recap with us. On October... [Read More] The post Indie Author Day Recap: It Was a Hit! Here’s a Peek appeared first o...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • In her last post, Carla King advised writers how to avoid paying sales tax twice on their own books. The key is to obtain a resale certificate, sometimes called a reseller’s permit. Once you provide proof of your resale certificate to CreateSpace, IngramSpark, or another POD provider, you won’t have to pay sales tax on... [Read More] The post Sales Tax Basics for Indie Authors appeared first on Bo...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • The number one way to impress librarians is reviews from established book review sites and periodicals. When we start working with new authors, they are (rightfully) focused on getting Amazon reviews. While that is a necessary and valid endeavor, don’t forget the OTHER kind of reviews necessary for the success of your book. According to... [Read More] The post Book Review Sites To Help You Get Int...

BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
BookWorks: The Self-Publishers Association
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  • It’s a fact of life. As you read this sentence, I have already begun to lose you and your attention. Maybe you’re thinking about dinner. Or your dog. Or what your kids are doing way too quietly in the other room. Now, let me try and get you back. On average, we have an 8-second... [Read More] The post An Elevator Pitch for the 8-Second Attention Span appeared first on BookWorks.

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