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What You Should Know About Being a Published...
Many people think being a published author means guaranteed money, book parties, and book tours -- these are common misconceptions about what the average author can expect from his or her publisher. If you aspire to having your name on a book jacket, read about what you won't necessarily be getting from the book publishing process, and avoid the disappointment of unrealistic expectations.
The Big Five Trade Book Publishers
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Borders’s Group History - The History of...
The Borders Group, Inc was a publicly held bookstore chain that operated Borders superstores and Waldenbooks Specialty Retail segment stores, including Waldenbooks, Borders Express and Borders airport stores. After three distinct bookstore chains were acquired, then spun off, by Kmart, the Borders Group grew to be the second-largest bricks-and-mortar bookstore chain in the United States before its liquidation in September 2011.
The Parts of Book — the Elements of Book...
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.
Book Copyright Protection
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issues are common topics in reader questions, especially with respect to dealing with self-publishing services or unpublished manuscripts.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.
How to Write A Subtitle
Subtitles make a non-fiction book title stronger. Read how they work.
Writing Good Book Titles - What Makes a Good...
Creating a catchy title for a book helps ensure it will stick in the minds of prospective readers. A good book title, like the book jacket, should be considered a marketing tool for the book.
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.
The Book Production Process
The book production process from the copyediting start through book design, composed pages and and to printing and binding and/or coding for distribution as an e-book.
Opening A Bookstore
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.
Book Rights and Book Royalties
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.
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.
Book editing — the steps of the book...
How do you work with a book editor? Read about book editing, the first step in getting a manuscript to become a published book.
Taxes and the Book Author
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How to Get a Literary Agent - Six Steps to...
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Major Departments In A Publishing House
Though each book publisher or publishing imprint is organized slightly differently, here are the most typical departments within the publisher, and the general duties of each.
Twitter Hashtags for Authors and Book Marketing...
Specific Twitter hashtags can connect you with like-minded authors and fans, and help you grow your list of followers. If you're a writer or publishing pro here are some hashtags that will help build community.
The Role of a Literary Agent in Getting Your...
The role of a literary agent - your need a literary agent for their book proposal or book manuscript?
The Book Publisher's Editorial Department
Most people first setting out to find jobs in publishing set their sights on the editorial department. If you’re looking for a job in book publishing, or if you’d just like to know more about book publishing roles, here are the most typical editorial jobs within a book publisher.
Hobbyist vs. Pro — Tax Guidelines for...
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The New York Times Best Seller List
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Editorial Costs for Authors
If you are self-publishing a book, you’ll want to ensure your book is well edited and typo-free— and for that you’ll need to hire some outside help. Here's a guide to the most commonly requested editorial freelance services and a rough estimate of what you can expect to pay for them.
Book Publishers - Different Types of Book...
From trade book publishers to academic publishers to professional publishers to self-publishing companies, different book markets have different types of publishers. If you're looking to publish a book or to get a job in publishing, you should know about the different types of book publishers.
Writing a Good Book Title, Step-by-Step
Step-by-Step - How to Write a Good Book Title - book title as sales tool
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.
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.
Gutenberg - Johann Gutenberg and the Invention...
Johann Gutenberg is nearly universally credited with being the inventor of the printing press, the father of the modern printed book, and a communications catalyst who opened up the world to the quick and efficient spread of knowledge and ideas.
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.
Amazon.com's CreateSpace
For a paperback book format combined with the advantages of Amazon.com distribution, CreateSpace is a popular self-publishing service choice.
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.
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.
Creating A Book Marketing and Publicity Campaign
A strategic and well-thought-out publicity and marketing campaign will help spread the word about your finished book, whether you're self- or traditionally published. And when you’re publishing your own book DIY, it’s critical to think about your book’s publicity and marketing.
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.
About Book Marketing
Trade book marketing helps get books in front of the consumer. Read about the functions of a publisher's book marketing department.
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.
Becoming A Ghostwriter 101
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New York City and Book Publishing
Home of the Big Six book publishers, NYC is also filled with bookstores; libraries; book fairs, conventions and literary awards; readings and signings by live authors, and the footsteps of authors long past. The Big Apple is a paradise for visiting book lovers; here's a sampling of what they will find.
Writing Cookbooks
Whether you're writing a comprehensive book of instruction or a highly personal collection of recipes, if you intend to publish a cookbook, make sure you have the ingredients for recipe book success.
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.
Book Publicity and Marketing--Tap Into Your...
Book marketing campaigns certainly benefit from effective use of online social networks. In Part I of this Q & A with book publicity and marketing coach and consultant, Sandra Beckwith, she shares her thoughts about how authors can do a better of job of leveraging their online social networks to promote their books.
Self-Publishing Your Book: Reasons to...
Today, self-publishing — indie publishing or DIY publishing — a book has become a widely accessible option for many writers. Whether your self-publishing goals are personal or professional, whether your desire is to reach a large audience or just to make your Mom smile, it makes sense to take stock of your expectations before you self-publish. Then, when you hold your book in your hands, you'll be better able to gauge your success--on your own terms.
Major U. S. Bricks-and-Mortar Booksellers
Bricks-and-mortar bookstores had been the main centers of commerce for the bookselling industry and community hubs for book-buying public for centuries. As consumers shift away from print books, bricks-and-mortar bookstores remain important links in the book sales and book promotion chains.
Movie Tie-in
: “ Movie tie-in edition” -- or simply a “movie tie-in” -- as it relates to book publishing is a book
Book Proposals — About Book Proposals
A book proposal is the sales vehicle by which aspiring non-fiction authors and their agents sell book ideas to the people who are in a position to publish them. Editors and publishers are looking for every assurance that they will make a profit on the books they publish — a book proposal needs to convince them that they will. Read about the whys and wherefores of book proposals, and how to get started crafting your own.
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.
Getting A Job in Book Publishing
The book publishing industry has its own set of parameters for the wannabe employee. Here is some specific advice on how to prepare for a book publishing job interview.
The Codex - The Early Bound "Book"
The term codex (Latin for “block of wood”) refers to the early form of what we know as a book--that is, pages bound together. Papyrus codices supplanted scrolls as the reading devices of choice for the same qualities we value in books today.
9 Tips For Author Readings and Book Signings
Book readings and signings can be an important part of your book publicity campaign. They give readers a chance to see authors in person, they give authors an opportunity to meet their readers—and to to sell some books!
Romance Novels — About the Romance...
The romance novel market is arguably the largest in book publishing—it's a billion dollar a year industry that boasts a core audience of 29 million regular readers. Read why publishers are in love with romance.
Fifty Shades of Book Publishing Success
Fifty Shades of Grey is a sexually explicit novel with sadomasochistic themes that came from modest fan fiction beginnings to become a record-breaking book publishing phenomenon. Read about this spicy success story.
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.
World Book and Copyright Day—"The Day of...
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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.
Writing Children’s Books - An Introductio...
Children's book publishing generally operates very separately from adult publishing, even within the same publishing house. Books for kids are categorized by age range and are often illustrated. Due to these and other factors, there are unique considerations for those who want a career in the children's publishing industry--whether as an children's author or illustrator, or as a kid's editor, bookseller or librarian.
Promote Your Book with Twitter
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Good Book Titles - A Case Study for A Better...
A good title can be important to the success of a book. Here's a case study that explores the thinking behind how an accurate (but limited) title became one that broadened the market of a book.
6 Steps to Pre-Publication Book Marketing
If you’re in the process of writing a book, you should already be thinking about your book marketing and publicity—yes, well before it’s published. Here’s how to lay the advance groundwork for a successful book marketing and publicity effort.
Subsidiary Rights
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Trade Publishing
Trade publishing, the business of publishing books for general audiences.
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.
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.
eBooks - Books in Electronic Form
eBooks - Books in Electronic Form
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.
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.
Creating an Author Website
One of the basic but vital tools of book marketing is the author website. For the book writer, the author website functions as an accessible online location where anyone might find out more about you and your book. While there are many permutations of author and book websites, here are the basics of what an author website should accomplish and the types of information an effective author website should contain.
Blurb — An Overview of Blurb's Book...
While Blurb allows self-publishing in a variety of book formats, the service is a favorite of graphic artists, photographers and cookbook authors who whose work lends itself to a highly-designed, full-color book. Read about some of Blurb's self-publishing features.
Book Publishing Annual Calendar
A month-by-month listing of some of the key annual conferences and events for publishers, booksellers, authors — and/or the reading public.
Platform (aka Media Platform)
Definition of media platform, as it pertains to author and book publicity.
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.
Lulu.com's Self-Publishing Services
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Getting Your Book Published
Getting Your Book Published - The step-by-step overview of the process of publishing a book
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.
Author media interview strategies and more
A media interview is a great opportunity to spread the word about your book to a wider audience. Here are strategies for successful media interviews.
BookExpo America (BEA) - Where and When Is...
Find the upcoming dates and locations for BookExpo America (BEA), the annual, publishing industry-only event.
Book Festivals - Literary Festivals Are Great...
Book festivals are community and consumer-oriented events that bring books and authors and the publishing world to the reading public. As they celebrate and showcase books, book festivals are are great opportunities for authors and publishers to bring new books to a variety of readers, to help grow writers’ fan bases, and to increase book promotion and sales.
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.
Book Marketing Strategy: Frontlist vs. Backlist
Frontlist books are the new titles in the marketplace; backlist books are the books that have been available for awhile. If you are marketing a book you need to understand the differences in frontlist vs. backlist book marketing strategy.
Book Publicity Basics from Your Publisher
One of the advantages of being published by a traditional publisher is that you’ll have the support of the publisher’s in-house publicity department. How much publicity support depends on many factors--but here are the basic elements of a book publicity campaign that an in-house publicity department will likely provide.
The Author Questionnaire — A Great Book...
An author questionnaire is a key “internal” book marketing and publicity tool, used to target audiences for the book based on the author's background as well as the book’s subject. The information on the author questionnaire is used to craft materials for the media, for booksellers, and in order to ascertain the level of book marketing and promotional resources that the author brings to the table.
Barnes & Noble's PubIt!: An Overview of B&N's...
An overview of the features of PubIt!, the Barnes & Noble ebook publishing service.
The Society of Children's Book Writers and...
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a non-profit professional organization for writers and illustrators in the fields of children’s and young adult literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Founded in 1971, SCBWI is a powerful advocate for its members, and acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge about the children’s book publishing world between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people.
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.
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.
What is a Book Contract?
What is a book contract? A book contract is the legally-binding agreement between an author and his or her book publisher that dictates assignment of rights, obligations and money. Learn more in this overview of the book contract.
The Rise of E-Books
Book publishing history was made when in Spring of 2010, with the release of the Apple iPad and the launch of its iBookstore and the sale of e-books outpaced hardcover book sales on the Amazon.com site. Since then, the e-book revolution has been accelerating at a rapid pace.
BookExpo America - A Book Publishing-Only...
BookExpo America--or, BEA as it is known by book publishing insiders--is a publishing industry-only event that enables publishers and authors to showcase their wares to booksellers and to buyers of foreign and domestic book rights.
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.
Getting Your Novel Published
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The Frankfurt Book Fair — The World's...
The Frankfurt Book Fair is acknowledged to be the world's largest book fair, attracting a global audience of book publishing industry professionals and a total of more than a quarter of a million visitors each October. Read about the Frankfurt Book Fair's illustrious 500-year-old history and its current day iteration, a cutting-edge annual book publishing industry event.
Book Marketing - What to Expect from Your...
If you're being published by a traditional publisher, your publisher's in-house marketing department will help the sales department get your book in front of booksellers. Here are the basic elements you can expect your book marketing department to provide.
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.
The Six Habits of Highly Successful Authors
Want to finish a book this year? Whether it’s the dawn of a New Year for you, or just the cusp of a personal commitment to become a published author, here are some practical habits — and examples from pros — that can help you go from staring down a blank page to literally or virtually “piling up” the manuscript pages.
Book Marketing Strategy: Putting the Campaign...
In part 3 of this interview with book marketing expert Adrienne Sparks, she shares specific advice and promotion tactics for authors, and tells us how she engaged online readers for the e-book re-release of bestselling thriller writer Keith Thomson's first book, Pirates of Pensacola.
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.
City Lights Bookstore: "Alternative Culture's...
City Lights Bookstore: 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 362-8193 www.citylights.com
Book Design — Creating a Selling Book...
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.
R. J. Julia Independent 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.
BookExpo America - Who Attends Bookseller Expo...
BookExpo America--or, BEA as it is known by book publishing insiders--is an international publishing industry-only event, open to publishers, booksellers, authors, media and more.
Twitter for Authors
Twitter helps authors build community and an audience for their books. Twitter conventions that make this easier are retweets, mentions and hashtags. Learn author-specific tricks for using these tools to grow your Twitterverse.
Book Publicity and Marketing--Leverage All...
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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.
Author Questionnaire Template - part 2 - Author...
An author questionnaire is one of a book publisher's “internal” book marketing and publicity tools, filled out by an author then used to disseminate key book, biographical and platform information to the various publishing departments. In this Part 2 of the Author Questionnaire, any author or prospective author will be able to assess the strength of his or her various media platforms.
Novel Writing vs. Screenwriting
Shelly Gitlow's Dispatches from Paradise began life as a screenplay. Gitlow gives insights into writing a novel and getting a screenplay produced.
Book Festival Programming — How Authors...
Book festivals and book fairs can be great way for authors to promote their books — but how are they chosen? Read the behind-the-scenes programming strategy for the Miami Book Fair International from Author Liaison Paola Fernandez-Rana and learn about how authors and books are chosen to be featured at the prestigious — and beloved — community literary event.
From Traditional Publisher to Indie Author
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 self-publishing route — and is now making a living off her books. Read about her path to Indie Author success.
Getting Feedback on Your Novel
First drafts of anything—novel, screenplay, children’s book—are rarely ready for the prime-time of literary agents’ or editors’ in-boxes. For that reason, it’s advisable to get feedback on your novel, to vet it and revise it before you send it out into the world for reading by a potential literary agent or editor.
About the IACP Cookbook Awards
The International Association of Culinary Professionals honor excellence in cookbook publishing with the annual IACP Cookbook Awards. Read about the history of the awards and their submission and judging process.
RWA Conference — Romance Writers of...
The annual Romance Writers of America® (RWA) annual conference is an opportunity for current and aspiring romance writers to enhance romance writing, book marketing and other applicable skills, as well as network with their fellow romance writers.
New York City Bookstores - Manhattan Bookstores
While books can be found in retail establishments of all kinds—museum shops to fashion boutiques—for hard-core booklovers, there's nothing like browsing in a bookstore.For book-loving visitors and New York City natives alike, here's a select list of Manhattan bookstores.
Librarians — About the Librarian Profession
For those who love books and gathering information, being a librarian might be a dream job. If you’re considering being a librarian, here are some facts about the profession.
Mo Willems and the Artistic Process:
In Part 2 of this Q&A, best-selling and award-winning children's book writer and illustrator Mo Willems reveals how he develops his characters, explains why sometimes he chooses to work with other illustrators and more. Read his expert thoughts about the process of developing an illustrated children's book.
ALA - The American Library Association: The...
The American Library Association (ALA) was founded in 1876 in Philadelphia. Today the organization promotes library service and librarianship, as it provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
Textbooks: An Overview of Textbook Publishing
Textbooks are print books or ebooks that accompany a specific class or subject at the school or university level, and suggest a curriculum--that is, a course of learning--for that particular subject. The textbook market generally differentiates between school textbooks (meant for elementary schools or high schools), and higher education textbooks (meant for colleges or other post-secondary schools).
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.
Children's Book Awards and Grants from the SCBWI
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators bestows a number of children's book awards and grants each year to writers and illustrators, both published and unpublished. Read about the awards grants from the SCBWI and their accompanying prizes.
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.
Self-Publishing Success Stories—E. Lynn...
At times in their respective careers, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens were self-published. But what’s the difference between being a successful self-published author and someone with a pile of books in their attic? Read about these New York Times bestselling authors' secrets to success.
The Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master...
The Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award honors important contributions to the mystery genre. Read about the award and see the list of past and present MWA Grand Masters.
New Author FAQs: Book Publicity
Many new authors ask questions about how their books get in front of the media. Here are some answers.
Online Book Trailer Basics
Online book trailers can be effective tools for book promotion. With more and more video production tools becoming accessible and easy to use, you might think about using an online book trailer to promote your book. Here’s how to get started producing your book trailer.
The Morgan Library and Museum
The Morgan Library and Museum is a National Historic Landmark that houses an astonishing collection showcasing the history of the written word from ancient time until the 20th Century. Like the New York Public Library, it is one of the treasures of the U.S. literary capital of New York City.
4 Book Publishing Realities — Great...
Bonnie Daneker, CEO of Write Advisors, gives an in-depth picture of the resources necessary to more effectively write and publish a book and make the dream of book authorship come true.
Creating A "Hook" for Your Book
How to create a succinct and compelling marketing message for your book
How to Make Booksellers Love You
Whether you're an indie author or under contract with a traditional publisher, bookstores have the potential to be your partners in sales—IF you follow these DOs and DON'Ts of good author-bookseller relations.
About Julia Child, Iconic Cookbook Author and...
Julia Child was an iconic cookbook author, credited with bringing French cooking to American “servantless” households in the early 1960s. She has been hailed as the first true television food personality, whose “how-to” shows and cookbooks brought a passion for cooking and food into millions of American homes and paved the way for the generations of TV chefs afterwards. Read about Julia Child, her early life and her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
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.
Writing Advice from the Pros
Here's some writing advice from successful pros like Erma Bombeck, Annie Lamott, Steven Pressfield and more.
The London Book Fair
The London Book Fair is an international trade show focused around the business-to-business dealings of the publishing industry, and is one of the key international business expos for books.
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.
Book Proposals — Elements of an Effective...
A book proposal is a sales document, the tool with which you pitch your book to an agent and, eventually, and editor. If you’re ready to get started, here are the elements of the book proposal and what should go into each.
Promoting an Author Team Blog
Promoting the Author Team Blog - Engaging readers and spreading the word about books.
Barnes & Noble As Book Publisher — The...
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, “The World’s Largest Bookstore,” also has a long history as a book publisher, and has published its own product since early its history as a chain store. From bargain books to e-books, read about the book publishing side of B&N.
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.
Types of Bookstores and Other Retail Booksellers
There are many types of booksellers and each has its own parameters of the types of books it carries, because it knows what its regular customers will buy. Following is a list of the types of retailers who sell books, and some of the parameters they use to judge whether or not they will carry a particular book for sale.
Reinvigorate Your Writing Life
Here are three “writing life” suggestions to reinvigorate your commitment and jumpstart the forward motion in your career — whatever stage it's in.
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.
Green Apple Books - "Labryinthine" Bookstore a...
About Green Apple Books independent bookseller in San Francisco and 2014 Publishers Weekly PW Bookstore of the Year.
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.
About the James Beard Foundation Book Awards
The James Beard Foundation Book Awards are among the highest honors for cookbook authors as well as for all food and beverage professionals working in North America. Read about the history, qualifications and voting for the awards.
About Writing a College Textbook Proposal
Writing a college textbook proposal is a vital step in getting a textbook published. The prospective author uses the proposal to sell the idea of the book to a college textbook editor or academic publisher. Read about writing a college textbook proposal.
Booking Authors for Thacker Mountain Radio...
Are you an author wondering how to get booked on radio? Of course, it varies from program to program. For Thacker Mountain Radio producer Lyn Roberts, much depends on how you can perform. Here, she shares what she looks for in authors for the popular live show broadcast out of Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi.
BLAD - Book Layout and Design
Definition of BLAD, a book sales tool
Resolve to Publish Well - A Round-up of...
Whatever your resolutions are pertaining to book publishing — whether it’s more effective writing and authorship or getting a job working with books — within the virtual pages of About Book Publishing, there’s a wealth of advice to help get you started and keep you moving toward your goals.
Independent Bookstore
Definition of Independent Bookstore
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America...
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is a non-profit professional organization for authors who write in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and related sub-genres. SFWA advocates on behalf of its member authors in matters of the business of writing, and also offers support for their science fiction and fantasy writing craft.
2014 IACP Cookbook Award Winners
2014 IACP Cookbook Award Winners
2013 Regional Independent Bookseller Fall Trade...
A round-up of the 2013 Regional Independent Bookseller Fall Trade Shows and some of their highlight events and authors, along with links for more information about the individual shows
Book Proposal
Definition of Book Proposal. Publishing.

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