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The Importance of a Great Author Headshot

Posted by Sara Chambers on December 16, 2014 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

So . . . you wrote a book from the comfort of your fuzzy bunny slippers and your beautiful, well-lit room with a view. Now that it’s time to put your hard-earned words out into the world, it’s time to think of things like platform building and publicity. I’m sure that you’d much rather upload a photo of Kate Middleton and call it a day so you can catch up on the months of sleep you've missed out on without a thought to how you look. The truth, though, is that you need an author photo. Correction: you need a great author photo.

The quality of your author photo may seem insignificant, but I can assure you that the face you put on your work matters. Much like an incredible cover image can be the decision between someone picking up your book or not, your author photo also gives potential readers a visual to attach to your book. If your author photo looks blurry and unprofessional, they might assume that the work inside was also left unpolished.

If you’re not sure…

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[REALITY CHECK] The Trials and Tribulations of an Authorpreneur by Liz Gelb-O'Connor

Posted by Zetta Brown on December 16, 2014 at 7:30am 2 Comments

This is probably the best time in history to be a writer. There are so many options for writers seeking to publish their work. They can go the "traditional" route via an agent, the small press route where you submit (usually) directly to the editor or publisher, the self- publishing route where you do everything yourself (with little or no outside help), or there's the "hybrid" route that takes bits and pieces from all of the above.

But regardless of the route you take, if your aim is to publish or be published, you will have to concern yourself with the business of publishing.

While there is nothing wrong with getting your work published for your own sense of accomplishment, publishing is a business, and with it comes everything that being in business…

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What Are E-Books Worth?

Posted by Brooke Warner on December 15, 2014 at 10:30pm 10 Comments

For the past few months, our distributor (Ingram) has been encouraging She Writes Press to price our e-books above $9.99. Because we are distributed by Ingram, we will not be penalized by Amazon for pricing above this price point, and publishers experimenting with higher e-book prices are reporting that sales aren’t dropping when they’re publishing e-books at $12.99, or $14.99, or even at  $16.99 for a $16.99 paperback. Interesting.

 

At She Writes Press we’re going to start experimenting with higher price points for e-books this spring. Pricing your e-book at exactly what your print book is priced at is called “parity pricing,” and it’s something that gets bandied about a lot by bigger publishers. I’ve …

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Marketing tip: Choose your book's title wisely

Posted by Maria Murnane on December 15, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

When you're thinking about a potential title for your book, I strongly recommend that you do the following:

1) Check on Amazon to see if other books already have that title

I'm surprised by how often I come across an article or blog post that mentions someone's new book, and when I go to Amazon to look it up, I find multiple books with that exact same title. Not only does this confuse potential readers once they get to Amazon, it will also complicate basic Internet searches. You might think it won't be a problem because your name isn't the same as the other authors' names, but I think potential readers are more likely to remember the name of a book than the name of an author. (That's how my brain works.)

If there's…

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It Can Be Your Time To Shine!

Problems, “bumps” in the road, setbacks…whatever name you give them, they’re the “hiccups” of life

But are they really that bad? When they come to you, do you let wash over you like a giant wave and knock you down?

You know, though, if you think about it they just might be a God send. They could be…

When YOU'RE Writing Marketing Materials, Be Careful with YOUR Grammar

I recently received an email from a self-proclaimed "branding specialist" with the following subject line: Your invited: 7 Steps to More Dream Clients (workshop)

 

Needless to say, I did not open the email.

The workshop in question…

The Coconut Latitudes listed in "Best of 2014 expat books"

The international blog for expatriates, The Displaced Nation, has included my memoir in its list of the best expat books in 2014! I'm thrilled at the honor; also pleased to see that Rossandra White's memoir, "LoveYouBye" is also on the list. Way to go!

Five Things I Learned About Writing in 2014

1) Revision! Revision! (Sing to the tune of "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof.) In December of 2013, my dear friend and editor of many years Amy Fox gave me notes on a manuscript I thought only needed polishing. As it turns out, it needed to be cut by 25,000 words. I cried, I denied, and then, over the first two months of…

When Santa Goes to Church by Sonja Grimsley Fambro Book Feature

Title: When Santa Goes to Church
Author: Sonja Grimsley Fambro
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 82
Genre: Fiction…

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