CAMI HENSLEY: SET CLEAR BOOK MARKETING GOALS
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3M ago
Cami Hensley is the founder of RATB Book Tours and PR, one of the most respected agencies on the market. For the past thirteen years she helped authors connect with book bloggers to bring their books in front of the right audience. Read this interview and learn all you need to know about book blog tours.   SPM: What exactly is a book blog tour? Cami Hensley: A book blog tour is a way for authors to connect with readers virtually. We connect authors with bloggers and their following in order to promote the book. Book tours take place over a set period of time and typically feature a differ ..read more
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INGRAMSPARK INCREASED ITS MINIMUM WHOLESALE TO 40%
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4M ago
Certain booksellers and online retailers that purchase content through Ingram’s wholesale distribution network now require that books purchased within the United States have a 40% minimum wholesale discount.  What does this mean for you? IngramSpark won’t automatically adjust the discount therefore you need to do it yourself. If you want your existing books(s) to remain available in wholesale distribution, you will need to update your wholesale discount to comply with the minimum discount requirements above. If you do not update your wholesale discount by October 30, 2023, your book ..read more
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WHAT TO EXPECT (AND DO) NEXT TIME YOU PICK YOUR AMAZON BOOK CATEGORIES
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4M ago
If you’re like me, you would do a thorough research, pick the best ten performing categories for your book (or eBook), pick two from the KDP dashboard and email customer support with the other eight. But this is gone! Amazon changed things, again! Currently, authors can only select three categories from the KDP dashboard. It seems, easier, right? It actually is. However, according to Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur, things are actually more complicated than they seem. In a recent video dedicated to this topic, the self-publishing expert revealed some of the things you need to pay attention to ..read more
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7(+1) REASONS WHY AUTHORS ABSOLUTELY NEED TO HAVE ABRAND
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5M ago
One of the most frequent questions we get from writers aspiring to publish their first book or already in the process is, Do authors need a brand? The answer is a resounding YES. In fact, building a strong author brand is crucial for success in today’s competitive literary landscape. In this article, I’ll explain why branding is essential for authors and how it can make a significant difference in their writing careers. #1 An author brand provides differentiation in a crowded market. The publishing industry is incredibly competitive and it will continue to grow even more so. Millions of books ..read more
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STREETLIB PARTNERS WITH DREAMSCAPE MEDIA FOR GLOBAL AUDIO DISTRIBUTION FOR AUTHORS
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7M ago
The new partnership offers book publishers and authors access to an extensive network of 44 online audiobook platforms via StreetLib’s online publishing service, StreetLib.com, at competitive prices. Book publishers and authors will have the opportunity to expand their reach to a global audience of listeners by distributing their ebooks and audiobooks on various retail and streaming sites such as Audible, Spotify, Apple, Nextory, Storytel, Bookbeat, and numerous others. “We are dedicated to delivering unparalleled publishing services to our partners, and we are excited to embark on a collabora ..read more
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DRAFT2DIGITAL NOW DISTRIBUTES TO GARDNERS
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8M ago
The retail arm of Gardners has just been added to Draft2Digital’s global distribution reach.   Gardners is the UK’s leading wholesaler of books, they’ve been around for more than 30 years, and they’ve been a partner of Smashwords since 2015. Gardners serves some of the most notable retailers in the UK, including Waterstones—the UK-based retailer operating over 300 stores in the UK and nearby countries—and Hive.co.uk, an online community-facing website that is home to a network of hundreds of independent brick-and-mortar bookstores across the UK. Basically, Gardners reaches thousands ..read more
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THE INDIE AUTHOR PROJECT REGIONAL CONTESTS ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
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10M ago
This year’s Indie Author Project regional contests are being held in 15 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. Winners will be chosen in the adult fiction and young adult fiction categories in each region. These contests will accept submissions of adult and YA fiction, to be recognized as the top indie-published eBooks in their region. Out of all of this year’s winners identified by librarian judging committees, one Indie Author of the Year will be chosen by a team of industry professionals. These contests give librarians the opportunity to engage with a growing group of divers ..read more
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SELF-PUBLISHING MASTERY RECEIVES BEST OF SANTA ANA 2023 AWARD
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11M ago
Self-Publishing Mastery has been selected for two years in a row (2022 and 2023) for  the Best of Santa Ana Awards for Education Center thus qualifying for the 2023 Santa Ana Business Hall of Fame.  Each year, the Santa Ana Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Santa Ana area a great place to live, work and play ..read more
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5 KEY THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BOOKBUB AS A SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR
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1y ago
BookBub is a platform with a huge following that allows readers to discover new books through discounted deals and curated recommendations. It offers readers free and affordable ebooks, while also allowing authors to gain an audience by featuring their work. To clarify, BookBub isn’t a marketplace where any actual selling happens, it simply introduces you to books and deals that are available on a range of retailers, such as Apple Books, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles, etc.  For most authors, while writing a book is hard enough, finding readers is often the true challenge.&n ..read more
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ELAINE ASH: THE RULES HAVE CHANGED
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1y ago
If there is one book professional who can take a good story or an idea for a good story and turn it into a bestseller, this is Elaine Ash. Author of the Bestseller Metrics, Elaine is a sought-after ghostwriter and editor of award-winning, bestselling books as well as a speaker and educator.     SPM: You are an experienced book editor with an impressive success record.  Elaine Ash: Why, thank you. As an editor I’ve worked on the breakout books of many established authors. Susan Ouellette (espionage), Brandie June (YA), M. Todd Henderson (legal thriller), Mia Elkovsky Phoebus (mem ..read more
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