ELAINE ASH: THE RULES HAVE CHANGED
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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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SELF-PUBLISHING MASTERY WINS BEST OF SANTA ANA 2022 AWARD
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3M ago
Self-Publishing Mastery has been selected for the 2022 Best of Santa Ana Award in the Education Center category by the Santa Ana Award Program. 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. “I’m stoked to be the winner in the Education Category since my ..read more
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5 WAYS TO GET MORE REVIEWS FOR YOUR BOOK
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8M ago
  Book reviews are incredibly important to the success of a book: not only do they show you how readers are receiving your book, they can also affect the public perception of your book, and how well it does commercially. If you do it right, you can find yourself in a virtuous cycle, where good reviews attract new readers who then leave more reviews.  But before you get there, you’ll still need to put in a fair bit of work to get some buzz going for your book. To help you out, here are five ways to get more reviews for your book.  1. List your book on NetGalley  NetGalley is ..read more
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5 TIPS FOR BEWITCHING THE CAMERA
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1y ago
  What do movie stars, TV hosts, celebrity authors, and TED speakers have in common? They have an uncanny ability to bewitch the camera and look good, almost larger than life. They effortlessly look natural and relaxed, but don’t let them fool you: skills and practice are their secret sauce. Three things recently exploded: video content, Zoom, and Elon Musk’s satellites (that’s too bad). While Mr. Musk’s misfortune doesn’t directly impact your writing career, the rest does. Authors with engaging TikTok accounts report a boost in sales while Zoom and other online conferencing platforms fac ..read more
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DRAFT2DIGITAL IS ACQUIRING SMASHWORDS
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1y ago
In an official statement, Draft2Digital and Smashwords now see an opportunity to combine their resources and build toward an even better future for indie authors everywhere. Most importantly, in terms of the service and resources authors expect from both companies, nothing really changes. Mark Coker is, undoubtedly, a visionary and has brought a major contribution to the development of the self-publishing industry. However, this acquisition was probably the fastest and less painful way to catch up with his competitors, Draft2Digital and PublishDrive. A 2021 report estimates online book service ..read more
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THE BOOKFEST RETURNS WITH THE INAUGURAL BOOKFEST AWARDS
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1y ago
The BookFest returns for a 5th biannual online bookish adventure April 2nd and 3rd with the inaugural BookFest Awards. The executive BookFest Awards judging committee includes: Elaine Ash, Celeste S. Duckworth, Flo Selfman and Elliott Wolf. The BookFest Awards honors outstanding books published within the last five years, extending it from three years. Due to lockdowns and social distancing, Desireé Duffy, founder of The BookFest, felt it was important to highlight books that may not have seen the recognition deserved. Duffy says, “The BookFest Awards honors outstanding literary achi ..read more
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EARLY BIRD PRICING EXTENDED FOR THE BOOKFEST® AWARDS
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1y ago
If you’re looking for the best indie book awards in 2022 and self-published a book during the past three years, consider the BookFest® Awards. The distinction honors authors who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction. Books are judged in categories based on genre, theme and aesthetics. Books released in the past three years are eligible. Entries will be vetted by an initial team, then the final places will be determined by an elite team of experts in the literary and entertainment world. Awards are given in book genres as well as other categories such as best cover art and best web ..read more
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APRIL COX MAKES IT SIMPLE TO SELF-PUBLISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS
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1y ago
If there is one person in this world who can really help you self-publish children’s books, this is April Cox. A children’s books author herself, she is also an author coach and founder of Self-Publishing Made Simple. Let’s welcome April as our new featured expert.   What do you love most about helping other authors self-publish their books? I really enjoy seeing people’s dreams come true. Many of them have manuscripts that have been sitting for years or even decades and they just were not sure how to get it published. I get to help bring that dream to life and watch while they click “Pub ..read more
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PITCH YOUR MANUSCRIPT AT THE BOOKFEST®
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1y ago
Authors interested in pitching their manuscript to literary agents and getting professional feedback on their writing can do it at The BookFest®, the Fall edition happening October 23-24. If you’re ready to pitch your fiction or non-fiction manuscript to agents and publishing decision-makers, then enter the Pitching Room at The BookFest Adventure. It is a database that matches authors with agents, like a dating app, but for manuscripts. For a small fee, you can create a profile, upload your pitch materials so agents and publishing decision-makers can check them out.For more details, click here ..read more
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DESIREÉ DUFFY: IT’S ALL ABOUT STORIES
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1y ago
The recipient of an Irwin Awarded for The Publicist of the Year, Desireé Duffy is one of those rare book publicists who deliver on their promises. It’s not just her expertise and strategic thinking; her ability to anticipate trends and innovate. Driven by a genuine desire to help authors, passionate and honest, she works with authors from around the world, not just the US. We talked to Desiree about her career, success stories, and the upcoming The BookFest®. You’re an author and also have an impressive professional background in marketing, media, and branding. How did transitio ..read more
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