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The Parts of a Book That You Didn't Know
What is a book? From front matter to back matter, here you'll find a listing and description of the parts of a printed book's content.
The Big 5 US Book Publishers
The Big Five book publishers are the major trade book publishing companies in the US - read who they are, here.
What You Should Know About Being A Published...
Facts about being a published author, what the average author can expect in terms of money, marketing and more when publishing his or her first book.
6 Crucial Questions on Book Rights and...
Book publishing is a business and, whether you're an author or a publisher, rights (such as film rights) and book royalties are considerations when you're determining the profitability of publishing a book. Following are some actual reader questions about self-publishing fees, book rights, and book royalties.
How to Write a Great Subtitle
A book's subtitle, like its title, is a marketing tool that complement the title with additional info to draw readers in. Read how to write a good one.
eBook Sellers — Where to Sell Your eBooks...
eBook sellers are the channels that bring your ebook to the reader. If you are self-publishing a book with the hopes of profiting, distribution through these digital retailers are critical to your book's success. Read about the major players and some speciality ebook sellers.
Want to Open a Bookstore? Know the Bookselling...
For many booklovers, opening a bookstore seems to be their dream career. Independent booksellers enjoy being a community hub, and take pride in the fact they're encouraging reading in both adults and children. Of course, the realities of starting a bookstore are complicated. If you’re considering buying or starting a bookstore, read some basics about bookselling.
Types of Book Publishers
There are many types of book publishers. Learn about trade publishers, academic publishers, self-publishing companies - and what's in-between.
The Book Production Process, From Copyediting...
Learn about the book production process, starting with copyediting through to printing and binding and/or coding for distribution as an e-book.
Do You Know Who's Publishing Your Book?
From editorial to marketing to contracts, read about the major departments in a publishing house.
4 Crucial Questions on Book Copyrights Answered
Book copyright issues are common topics in reader questions, especially with respect to dealing with self-publishing services or unpublished manuscripts. Here are some answers to reader's questions about copyright and other rights.
Tax Deduction Tips for Authors
When it's time to file your taxes as a book author, the more you know, the better. Sure — pens, computer printer ink and paper are deductible — but you might learn something new in these details and tips about book author tax deductions.
6 Steps to Getting a Literary Agent
How do you get a literary agent? Do your homework, be professional, say thanks - and make your book or proposal stand out.
6 Advance Book Marketing Steps for Publishing...
Advance book marketing is important to establish or build an audience that will come to the book during its launch, help create sales momentum.
Be Your Own Book Title Generator with These...
Need a book title generator? Read insights into how to write a book title and what makes a good book title that sticks in the minds of readers.
Editorial Assistant to Publisher - The...
Many people looking to find a job in book publishing set their sights on the editorial department. Learn about editorial jobs at a book publishing house.
How to Create A Book Marketing and Publicity...
Creating a book marketing and publicity plan will help spread the word about your finished book, whether you're DIY- or traditionally published.
How A Book Gets Edited - Submission Through...
How do you work with a book editor? Read about book editing, the first step in the process of going from manuscript to published book.
The New York Times Best Seller Lists - An...
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Taxes and the Book Author
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Movie- and TV Tie-Ins Boost Book Sales
The relationship of a movie or TV show to a book—or vice versa—creates a marketing synergy between the book and the film (or television series) to which it relates. In the best-case scenario, the film/show and the book each helps to expand the audience of the other. Read about movie and TV tie-ins.
Book Advances and Royalties
Book royalties and book advances are the means by which publishers pay authors for their work. Following is a brief overview of what the terms mean and how book royalties and advances work.
What Does A Book Agent Do To Get Your Book...
What does a book agent do to get your book published? Learn about the vital role literary agents play for authors in the book publishing process.
Hobbyist vs. Pro — Tax Guidelines for...
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Vanity Presses vs Self-Publishing Service...
While vanity presses have long been around, today's print-on-demand and ebook technologies, internet sales channels, and social media marketing make it possible for many more authors to successfully self-publish their own books.
An Overview of Major Bricks-and-Mortar Bookstores
Bricks-and-mortar bookstores are important to publishers as accounts that can promote books and effectively put books into the consumers' hands.
Johann Gutenberg and Invention of the Printing...
Gutenberg is credited with being the inventor of the printing press, and the father of the modern printed book, and a world communications catalyst.
Book Title Generator - How to Write A Book...
Be your own book title generator - How to Write a Good Book Title - step-by-step
Sales Tax Facts for Book Authors
Sales tax is a fact of retail life and authors who sell their own books directly to readers may be obligated to collect and remit sales taxes to their state tax authority. Read what you need to know about sales tax.
Freelance Editorial Costs for Authors
To put your best pages forward — to engage an agent, secure a book contract, or ensure your self-published book is readable — consider editorial help.
How Much Money Does An Author Make?
How much money does an author make? How much money does a self-published author make? Get some insights here.
About Book Marketing - An Overview
Trade book marketing helps get books in front of the consumer. Read about the functions of a publisher's book marketing department.
Amazon.com's Kindle Direct Publishing
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) offers an e-book self-publishing service with the distribution capability of the online retail giant, Amazon.com.
How To Publish A Children's Book - An Intro to...
Wondering how to publish a children's book? Publishing books for kids has a very different set of rules than writing for adults - learn them here.
How To Write A Book Proposal - Getting Started
A book proposal is the sales vehicle used by non-fiction authors and their agents sell books. Learn about book proposals and how to get started.
Trade Publishing
Trade publishing, the business of publishing books for general audiences.
How to Get Your Book Published
Getting Your Book Published - The step-by-step overview of the process of publishing a book
About Ghostwriting and Hiring a Ghostwriter
Ghostwriting is the practice of writing books (and other content) for and in the name of someone else. In this article, professionals from Gotham Ghostwriters explain the ghostwriting process and what to look for when shopping for a ghostwriter for your project.
Becoming A Ghostwriter 101
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Twitter Hashtags for Authors and Book Marketing...
If you're a writer or publishing pro here are some Twitter hashtags that will help you connect with like-minded authors and build community.
A Visitor's List of Manhattan - New York City -...
A list of popular Manhattan, NYC bookstores for book-loving visitors and New York City natives alike.
The Rise of E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey
E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey is a sexually explicit novel with sadomasochistic themes that became a record-breaking book publishing phenomenon.
How to Market A Book - Frontlist vs. Backlist...
New titles are promoted differently from those that have been on the market for awhile. Learn about frontlist vs. backlist book marketing strategies.
Borders Group History - The Creation Of A...
The Borders Group Inc was the second-largest US bricks-and-mortar chain before its liquidation in 2011. Part 1 - early years, the first superstore.
How to Get Published by a Major Publisher
Being published by one of the Big Five publishing houses has advantages. Here's what you'll need to catch the attention of an editor at a major publisher.
Should You Self-Publish Your Book? Questions to...
Thinking about self-publishing your book? Start by reviewing your expectations and read this to determine your chances of successfully self-publishing.
Key Annual Book Publishing Events, Month-by-Month
A month-by-month listing of some of the key annual conferences and events for publishers, booksellers, authors and/or the reading public.
How to Use Social Networks to Promote Your Book
How to use social networks to promote your book - a Q&A with book promotional consultant Sandra Beckwith
A Book by Its Cover — About Book Jackets
In spite of the adage, most readers do indeed judge a book at least in part by its cover. That's why major book publishers have whole departments and many, many meetings dedicated to their creation. Read about how books jackets are developed in a publishing house.
Kobo Writing Life - Ebook Self-Publishing...
If you are self-publishing an ebook, there are a number of reasons why you might consider publishing and selling your work through Kobo Writing Life. Read more about the self-publishing features of Kobo.
Subsidiary rights in a book contract - defined...
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Five Top Academic Publishers
The top five academic publishers who publish for scholarly and academic audiences.
How to Write a Cookbook — Ingredients for...
Writing a cookbook means having the ingredients for recipe success.
Read for Success: A Literary Agent's Advice to...
Writing a children books is the dream of many aspiring authors. Here, a top kid's book agent shares her best advice for writers.
Promote Your Book with Twitter
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CreateSpace Overview: About Amazon's Paperback...
For a paperback book format combined with the advantages of Amazon.com distribution, CreateSpace is a popular self-publishing service choice.
Tips for How To Get An Entry Level Book...
The book biz has its own set of parameters for wannabe employees. Here's advice on how to prepare for your entry level book publishing job interview.
An Overview of Textbook Publishing
Textbooks are books that accompany a specific class or subject at the school or university level, and suggest a curriculum for the particular subject.
New York City — The Epicenter of...
New York City is the epicenter of the U.S. book publishing industry and a cultural hub for writers, readers, booksellers, and publishing pros.
Book Publicity Basics from Your Publisher
Effective book publicity is vital to a robust book launch. Here are the basic elements that an in-house publicity department will likely provide.
Barnes & Noble As Book Publisher
Barnes & Noble has a long history as a book publisher as well as a bookseller. From bargain books to e-books, read about B&N as a book publisher.
Book Marketing Basics - Strategy and Tactics
Book marketing gets books in front of readers. Learn some of the strategic thinking and pro tactics that go into book successful marketing campaigns.
Creating an Author Website
Your author website is a vital book marketing tool, where readers, periodical editors and publicists find out more about you and your work.
9 Tips For Author Readings and Book Signings
Author appearances are an important part of a book marketing campaign. Here are some tips on how to have successful author readings and book signings.
For Authors - Social Media As Tupperware Party....
Social media is arguably the most important book marketing vehicle today. For authors on social media, here are the basics of how to behave.
Ebook beginnings
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Resources and information for independent...
For those who are considering opening an indie bookstore or for anyone (authors, new publishing pros) curious about what makes the independents tick (and thrive), here's some information about and resources for independent bookstores.
Self-Publishing Children's Ebooks
Have you thought about self-publishing your own children's book or ebook? If so, you might learn from the experiences of authors who decided to forego contacting any agents or publishers and instead launch their books themselves.
Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor is a leading wholesale distributor of books, videos, and music products. In business since 1828, the company is especially known for being a wholesaler to libraries and other institutions as well as to retail booksellers. Read the history of Baker & Taylor and physical and digital book and entertainment distribution services the company provides today.
Smashwords: An Overview of Smashwords...
Smashwords is an e-book publishing and distribution platform that offers multi-format e-books without the digital rights management strings — and with a higher percentage of profits — than many other self-publishing services. If you're thinking about publishing your own e-book, read more about how Smashwords differs from other e-book self-publishing platforms.
What is a Book Contract? An Overview of a...
A book contract is the legally-binding agreement between an author and the book publisher that dictates assignment of rights, obligations and money.
The Bare Bones of Book Marketing
Book marketing basics — the baseline tools to make books visible to booksellers, wholesalers and libraries.
An Overview of BookBaby's Self-Publishing...
The popular BookBaby provides ebook distribution, quality printing, and some marketing resources. Read about some of BookBaby's self-publishing service features.
Leverage Online and Offline Social Networks to...
Promote your book by leveraging both online and offline social networks. Read tips on how to effectively tap into your networks to get the word out about your book.
How Does Content Marketing Work for Authors?
Content marketing is a promotional tactic. Employed strategically and deployed correctly by authors, content marketing can build audiences for books.
Size Matters - About Author Platforms
A platform gives an author some type of public forum from which to address — and promote books to — a established potential readership.
Author Questionnaire Template - Part 1 - Book...
Filling out an author questionnaire is a key first step in book promotion and sales. In Part 1 of this author questionnaire template, you'll be guided through some critical philosophy about how to think about your biographical information for this marketing, publicity and sales tool.
Hard-Boiled to Cozy - the Major Mystery...
There is a wide range of sub-genres and other categorizing features in the mystery genre. Here are some of the major types of mystery novels.
The world's second oldest profession? It's not...
About being a librarian - for those who love books and gathering information, here are facts about being a librarian.
How to Write Cookbook Recipe Headnotes
How to write cookbook recipe headnotes to give the reader a more engaging and informative experience and help ensure cooking success.
What You Need for An Effective Book Proposal
A book proposal is the sales tool with which you pitch your book. From cover letter to sample chapter, here's what your book proposal requires.
Book Festivals Are Great for Writers and Readers
Book fairs and festivals bring books and authors and the publishing world to the reading public to celebrate and showcase books and authors.
Social Media Strategies for Authors - Beyond...
Authors can make their social media more efficient and effective by strategically leveraging these tactics, tools, and time spent.
Inspiration and Instruction — Great Books...
How to write and how to be a writer — instruction on the writing craft and inspiration on how to navigate the life of a writer.
Book Contract - Outlined
What terms are included in a book publishing contract? The standard book contract encompasses a lengthy number of clauses covering important manuscript, legal and financial points in a book's life cycle and an author's livelihood. Learn about the typical clauses of a book contract.
Self-Publishing - Considerations for Choosing A...
Which publishing service should you choose to help you self-publish your book? It depends on whether you want to create a print book or an ebook, whether you want to potentially see your hardcover on a store shelf or allow your family and friends print-on-demand. Read about some of the factors you should consider when you compare publishing services.
From Author to Reader: An Overview of the Book...
Wondering how a publisher gets a book from writer to reader? Here's an overview of the publishing process from editorial to bookseller.
How to Get A Literary Agent
Tips from a top literary agent on... how to get a literary agent.
Book Authors and Money - A Round Up of Articles
Book authors and money - from royalties to taxes to ancillary efforts to boost the bottom line.
8 Tips to Help You Get Your Novel Published
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The Man Booker Prize Winners - 1968 to Present
The Man Booker Prize winners get bragging rights to one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world—not to mention a whopping cash award and big bump in book sales. Read more about the Man Booker Prize and check out the list of winners since the award's 1968 inception.
Self-Publishing Services — An Overview
Each of the most self-publishing services has their own pros and cons, and advantages and disadvantages, as well as their own proprietary features. Here's a handy overview of the most popular self-publishing services, along with handy links, so you can learn more.
Book Marketing Strategy: How to Promote an...
Marketing a backlist book—one that's been out in the marketplace awhile—often takes a little more strategy and creativity than than promoting a brand new title. Whether you want to give new sales life to a book that's been around, or to one that's being re-released in digital, read what an award-winning book marketing expert has to say about backlist book marketing strategy.
Self-publishing Ebooks - Important Considerations
From formatting to pricing to metadata, there are many technical considerations for self-publishing an ebook. Self-published children's ebook series creators Nicole and Damir Fonovich share with us their most important self-publishing take-aways.
Selling A Book's Film and TV Rights - What...
How a book's film and TV rights to books get sold: film and TV agents like Curtis Brown's Holly Frederick sell dramatic rights to producers.
Five Steps to Building An Author Platform
How do you build an author platform? Here are five mostly free steps to effectively building your own author platform.
Publishers as Booksellers and Vice Versa #TBT
Historically, trade publishers published books and booksellers sold them. But the roles of publishers and booksellers have become more fluid.
Hiring a Freelance Book Publicist - Advice from...
What to look for when hiring a freelance PR pro and how to make the most out of a tight publicity budget.
About the Society of Children's Book Writers...
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a non-profit professional organization for children's writers and illustrators.
NOOK Press
NOOK Press is an ebook self-publishing platform from the Barnes & Noble NOOK Media subsidiary. NOOK Press boasts a number of important features as well as the distribution power of a bookselling force. If you're considering self-publishing your ebook, read about NOOK Press.
Self-Publishing Success Story: E-Book Author...
Self-published writer Amanda Hocking made millions of dollars in her first year as a DIY author of young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. How did Hocking find self-publishing success? By having a large body of work to draw upon, by knowing her audience... and by having some market savvy.
Barnes & Noble's PubIt!: An Overview of B&N's...
An overview of the features of PubIt!, the Barnes & Noble ebook publishing service.
How to Write A Better Book Title — A Book...
Becoming a better book title name generator — a case study on how to write a better book title.
Book Design -- Creating a Book Package that...
Book design is important in order to appeal to potential readers and maximize sales. Here are some factors to consider in book design and packaging.
The Frankfurt Book Fair - The World's Biggest,...
The Frankfurt Book Fair has a 500-year-old history and is today the world's largest book fair, attracting a global audience of book industry pros.
Social Media Checklist for Authors
Social media is an integral part of any author’s publicity and marketing campaign. Here, book public relations expert Laura Rossi Totten shares her firm’s Social Media Checklist, a great tool for anyone who is developing their own social media campaign.
BLAD - Book Layout and Design
Definition of BLAD, a book sales tool
About Amazon.com - Bookselling Beginnings of...
Online retail giant was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 as a brilliant idea — make millions of books browse-able and easily available to consumers. Since then, even as Amazon.com has expanded its product line way beyond books, the company has been on the forefront of bookselling and book publishing technologies and developments.
The Mysterious Bookshop - An Award-Winning NYC...
For over 30 years, the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and its proprietor, Otto Penzler, have been venerated and award-winning mystery book institutions.
Congrats 2015 Audie Award Winners and Finalists...
2015 Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association - complete list of winners and finalists - 1.
Independent Bookstore — Definition
Independent Bookstore (or indie bookstore or independent bookseller) - definition.
Congrats to the 2015 MWA Edgar Award Winners!
The 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominees and winners from the Mystery Writers of America MWA honor the best in mystery and crime writing.
Book Sales Departments
Publishing sales departments can be broken into three general areas: trade sales (including international), special sales and other non-bookstore markets, and subsidiary rights sales. Each has its own markets, its own distinct customer bases.
Publishing With Lulu.com - Overview of Lulu's...
Lulu.com provides a wide variety of book format choices for writers who self-publish. Here's an overview of Lulu.com's offerings for the indie author.
Traditional Publishing vs. Indie - The...
Donna Fasano's books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Originally published by a traditional publisher, Fasano decided to become an Indie Author — and is now making a living off her books. Read her candid thoughts about money and self-publishing.
Readers and Publishers Are Passionate About...
The romance fiction industry is worth over a billion dollars a year and represents 13% of adult fiction books sold. Read why publishers love romance.
How to Be A Writer - An Interview with Author...
How to be a writer — Gina Barreca elaborates on the pleasures, practicalities and privileges of being an author and reveals what the profession is really like.
Tips and Advice for Designing A Book Jacket
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Handy List of 2015 Regional Indie Bookseller...
2015 Regional Independent Bookseller Fall Trade Shows - dates and locations.
Len Riggio, Founder of Barnes & Noble
Leonard Riggio is the founder of the Barnes & Noble, Inc. Riggio’s roots in bookselling date back to his job as a bookstore clerk in college, just before he opened his first bookstore in 1965. Read about his history with books and how he's been on the forefront of bookselling innovation — and revolution — ever since.
What Social Media Platforms Should Authors Use?
Social media is a major component to an author's marketing efforts. Here are the major social media platforms and their advantages to authors.
How to Launch A Book
How to Launch A Book: A successful book launch sends a new book into the hands of book buyers.
2013 Mystery Writers of America Edgar®...
2013 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards - the complete list of nominees and winners, including Grand Masters, Raven Awards, Mary Higgins Clark Award, and other MWA annual awards.
Audiobooks 101 - Audiobooks and the Audiobook...
Audiobooks are a $1 billion industry and has experienced explosive growth. Read an overview of audiobooks and the marketplace.
Organize to Write A Community Recipe Book
Whether featuring potluck supper recipes or ethnic specialties, community cookbooks have long been popular. Here's how to write a group recipe book.
What It Takes to Be A Book Editor
All about the job and the career of a book editor. Learn about editorial and other skills required and the career path of an acquisitions editor.
The Advantages of Being Published by A Big Five...
Being published by a Big Five or other major book publishing house generally has a high bar to entry, but there is much value in the relationship.
RWA Conference - Networking and Skill Building...
The Romance Writers of America® (RWA) annual conference is an opportunity for romance writers of all levels to network and build skills.
The Authors Guild — Advocacy and Benefits...
The Authors Guild is the nation's oldest and largest professional society of published book authors. The organization provides advocacy for authors on issues such as copyright, taxation, and freedom of expression; and provides its members with access to legal contract review, health insurance, and other career-enhancing benefits.
Where Books Are Sold...
Booksellers come in many types — bricks-and-mortar, on-line, bookstores, specialty store — even subscription. An overview of the types of booksellers.
About the Early Bound Book
A codex is a term for pages bound together, the early physical form of what we now call a book.
Tips for Producing An Effective Online Book...
How to produce an online book trailer - tips for producing an effective trailer for your book.
All About ISBNs
All about ISBNs - including their usages and obtaining an ISBN for a self-published book.
Digital First Romance Publishers
Digital-first Romance imprints of major publishers offer advantages to both the publisher and the author who aspires to publish in the genre.
Tips for Indie Author Marketing and Distribution
Donna Fasano's books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Originally published by a traditional publisher, Fasano decided to go the Indie Author route — and is now making a living off her books. Read her tips for distribution and marketing.
E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey from Book to...
E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey sexually explicit trilogy goes from record-breaking book publishing phenomenon to much-anticipated film.
Different types of jobs in and around book...
Whatever book-related career you envision, here's what you should know about getting a book publishing job.
Congrats to 2015 Audie Award Winners and...
More 2015 Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association - complete list of winners and finalists (part 2)
How to Write A Cookbook Proposal - Tips for...
Cookbook proposals have more requirements than other book proposals. Learn the ingredients for a successful cookbook proposal.
Tips For A Great Author Photo
Authors photos are critically important to book marketing and publicity. Here are pro tips on how to take a great author photo.
The history of the library - libraries of the...
The history of the library starts here - read about libraries of the Ancient World.
How to Get (or Get More) Ghostwriting Business
If you're thinking of becoming a ghostwriter, or have done some ghostwriting and want to do more, here's good advice on where to find ghostwriting work.
Coming up with a good book title
How to write a good book title - an overview of articles about writing book titles and subtitles.
Excellent Indie - R. J. Julia Booksellers
As one of the largest independent booksellers in the Northeast — and one of the most admired in the country — R. J. Julia is a community hub and a place where the staff is passionate about reading and about placing the right book in the hands of a reader.
The Pulitzer Prize for Letters
The Pulitzer Prize for Letters is a coveted honor among authors. In addition to prestige, the Pulitzer Prize brings with it recognition in the book marketplace and, as a general rule, increased sales.
About Book Publicity and Marketing
A book's publicity and marketing campaigns are the business levers that can make a New York Times bestseller. Whether you're a DIY author or your book is being published by a traditional publisher, you should understand the dynamic elements of a book publicity and marketing effort.
Books-A-Million Bookseller Chain - BAM! is the...
Bookstore chain Books-A-Million was founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama. Since then BAM, as it's frequently referred to in the trade, has grown to become a premier book retailing chain, one of the largest book retailers in the nation.
What's in a query letter to a literary agent?
Author Query Letters — what to include in your query letter to a literary agent.

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