by Tammy Ditmore
That was the underlying message of speaker after speaker at the Independent Book Publishing Association’s Publishing University 2015. In large-group presentations, small-group breakout sessions, and one-on-one conversations, the stark realities of successful book publishing were revealed. Although topics varied widely—book sales analytics, printing options, copyright laws, marketing options, distribution contracts—the ultimate lesson remained the same: successful book publishing requires knowledge, planning, and hard work. Continue reading
I’m looking forward to soaking up some wisdom at the Independent Book Publishing Association’s Publishing University in Austin, Texas, this month. Attending this annual conference will give me a chance to learn from some of the most successful writers, publishers, marketers, and distributors in the world of independent publishing.
Because I’ve been awarded the SPAWN affiliate scholarship for the April 10–11 event, I feel I represent all SPAWN members this year. I’m looking forward to sharing all the tips, tricks, and information that I can gather at PubU, an annual meeting that focuses on issues important to indie publishers and self-publishing authors. Continue reading
by Helen Gallagher
Literary merit is a core requirement for any prize-winning book.
After succeeding as an author, book reviewer, and publishing consultant, I was pleased to be asked to participate as a judge in a book contest for the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA: www.cipacatalog.com).
If you are or have been given this honor, it is a big responsibility and a whole lot of fun. Each judge must critique the contest entries on a long list of factors, not limited to content, accuracy, editing, and design. Continue reading
By Patricia L. Fry
Self-publishing can be a daunting undertaking. It’s easy to be overwhelmed in the process of setting up a business, writing a book, producing the book and then there’s promotion.
Here’s a calendar to guide you in the steps necessary to publishing your book. Continue reading
The decision to self-publish a book is very exciting. It causes the creative juices to flow and the eyes to light up. But wait–before you begin the self-publishing process, know about the seven most common mistakes that self-publishers make, avoid them and fast-track yourself to success. Here they are: Continue reading