Self-Publishing News: 3.19.2019

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And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing!

“As dramatic technology shifts continue, book publishers,” writes Barbara Pellow of Printing Impressions, “authors and printers need to adapt to benefit from new opportunities.” Reporting from a a recent Book Business Webinar, Pellow describes her experiences interviewing three key players in the indie book world: David Walter, Executive Director of Client Development at the NDP Group, Inc., Brian O’Leary, Executive Director for the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), and Angela Bole, CEO for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). They discussed current trends in books emerging in 2019, as well as some constructive decisions booksellers, authors, and industry experts can all make in order to take advantage—and thrive in an ever-more-complicated market. What’s the bottom line? Writes Pellow, “The challenge for the industry is to capitalize on new business models and to re-engineer processes and workflows for a digital business, even while supporting their traditional print business”: a lesson we can all learn from.

We haven’t, overall, spent much time on the Columbus Dispatch website, but this week that all changed with the paper’s coverage of Delana Jensen Close’s forays into self-publishing. With a byline by Kevin Stankiewicz, the Dispatch unpacked Close’s story, beginning with two compelling opening lines:

In 1955, Delana Jensen Close began to write a book.

It’s finished now; it just took 63 years.

Close was 95 last year when she finished her first book, The Rock House, and her family set about publishing the 806-page tome through Amazon. The book, writes Stankiewicz, covers a lot of ground:

Set in the early 20th century, “The Rock House” follows the life of Abigail Langley, who is maligned in her tiny religious town after having a baby out of wedlock with the son of a wealthy, well-connected man. The son, Adam Townsend, heads east for medical school before Abigail can tell him she is pregnant.

The rest, as they say, is historical fiction of high caliber. And while the book itself sounds fascinating, we’re above all fascinated by the story of its 63-year development, as well as with the woman behind the book: 96-year-old Delana Jensen Close, an inspiration to us all.


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As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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In Your Corner: Spring into Self-Publishing (Part I)

2019 is now well underway, but not so far underway that it feels quite like spring––at least, not if you live in the same part of the world that I do.  The weather is grey and cold––and wet––and worst of all, there seems to be no end in sight (even though we know, in theory, that this happens every year).  At some point during the incrementally lengthening days, there comes a realization: your writing is suffering.  Whether it’s because of all the other things piling up, or because you’ve burned through your allotment of holiday candy, I thought I’d take a moment today to encourage you with a few simple––and practical!––ideas for kicking those pre-Spring blues.

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  1. Take care of your body.  Revisit your sleep schedule, your vitamins C and D intake, your water intake, and those other finicky cycles that we all tend to interrupt and sacrifice on the altar of our incredibly busy lives.  If you notice that one of these basic components of day-to-day health is off, don’t stress!  Take a moment to breathe, and take steps to correct them––sustainably, of course, and never ever punish yourself for struggling or lapsing.  Positive reinforcement only!
  2. Check in with friends and fellows.  We all need the boost that a good conversation can bring.  Google it: research shows that we need positive interactions with friends, family, and other community members to stay positive ourselves.  During this pre-Spring time, reach out and touch base with your friends and fellow writers.  You need them, and they need you too!
  3. Try something new, like signing up for a creative writing or introduction to publishing course through your local library, or join a local writer’s group.  Don’t think in terms of a long-term commitment just yet––just give it a taste, a quick try, and reassess after a month or so.  Is it helping?  If yes, keep going.  If not, let it go and try something else.
  4. Get outside.  We writers tend to stick to the hermitage for reasons of both preference and (mostly) practicality.  Writing is easiest inside, where there are plenty of wall sockets and comfortable seating nooks and wifi connections.  And before summer well and truly dries out the snowbanks, getting outside can be kind of … messy.  But here’s the thing: sunlight and fresh vistas can be some of the best curative tricks in the whole trade.  Take something portable––an iPad or regular plain old paper notebook––in case something sparks your imagination.  Get it down then and there!
  5. Plan something fun.  Whether it’s a big vacation or a weekly trip to a local coffee shop (or, let’s face it, the local bookstore!), build rewards into your upcoming schedule.  Giving yourself something to look forward to as you strive to write this spring will spur you on!

It only seems right that we lay a solid foundation for the months of work to come.  Just remember: it’s okay to pick and choose what techniques work for you!

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You are not alone. ♣︎

Do you have ideas to share? Please don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comments section, and I’ll make sure to feature your thoughts and respond to them in my next post!

Elizabeth

ABOUT ELIZABETH JAVOR: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Elizabeth Javor works as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Outskirts Press. The Sales and Marketing departments are composed of knowledgeable publishing consultants, customer service reps and book marketing specialists; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Elizabeth Javor can put you on the right path.

 

Self-Publishing News: 3.12.2019

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And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing!

In news that will delight indie music lovers, SPIN contributor Maggie Serota is spreading the word about singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey ‘s latest venture: a poetry collection that the indie sensation is more or less giving away for (almost) free. Del Rey, whose online fans and followers are legion, is determined to boost the work of local indies by delivering boxes of her finished books personally. Writes Serota, “Del Rey fans who live outside of California can read Del Rey’s poetry for free on her Instagram page, but the hand-bound volume of her writing does seem like a nice collectors’ item.” We’ll be watching her progress closely to see how this musician, who has managed to build a platform in the most unlikeliest and yet most earnest and winsome of ways, lends the self-publishing and self-promotion process her personal touch.

In yet another stellar piece for Forbes, Adam Rowe writes to update the magazine’s loyal readers on what’s happening int he indie book scene … at least from the perspective of one person somewhat central to the movement: publishing startup Reedsy’s co-founder and CEO, Emmanuel Nataf. Rowe’s interview with Nataf is enlightening, with the Reedsy CEO unpacking three of what he considers to be the biggest trends to watch over the remainder of 2019: the rise of “escapist fiction” (in Nataf’s words; more colloquially these are referred to as works of speculative fiction, science fiction and fantasy, romance, and other popular or genre fictions); the continued ascent of young adult (or “YA”) fiction as a major force in the book market as the digital natives who make up a significant percentage of its readership settle into adulthood and a market force of their own; and the maturation of nonfiction and memoir as a category. We think these are some interesting premises, and are looking forward to seeing whether Nataf’s predictions come true.

Last but not least, another update from Forbes, this time from contributor Elaine Pofeldt, who lasers in on more big news from Reedsy—the launch of another platform for book recommendations and discovery, aptly titled “Reedsy Discovery.” As with Goodreads and Amazon recommendations, as well as paid services such as Book Riot’s “TBR” (standing for “Tailored Book Recommendations”), Reedsy Discovery is aimed at boosting the visibility of books that might otherwise slip under the raider, including (and perhaps even especially) indie and self-published titles. We’ll continue to track the progress of Reedsy’s new offering to see how it manages to compete in a crowded marketplace.


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As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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Self-Published Book Review: “Here Comes Ingo”

Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.
When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:

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Here Comes Ingo

by Odeta Kheka

ISBN: 9781977207180

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Synopsis*:

Here Comes Ingo, a Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient is a great example of the benefits of art in early childhood development. This unique picture book encourages children to switc hseats with the illustrator via painting, coloring and drawing directly ON the page in order to tap into their creativity and let th eimagination soar. As with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over. Ingo invites children to visit again and again in order to expand on Ingo’s dream world following into the tradition of classic books such as Good Night, Gorilla, The Adventures of Polo, Tuesday, Where’s Walrus, Sea of Dreams and The Red Book.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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The Mom’s Choice Award® Names Here Comes Ingo Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products

The Mom’s Choice Award® has named picture book Here Comes Ingo as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. “I am thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” says  Odeta Xheka, the creator of the book. “I know all the great things the MCA does to connect consumers, educators, and caregivers with the best products and services available for families”.

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval. “Our aim to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”

With the evaluation now complete, the testing samples of Here Comes Ingo will be donated to schools, libraries, hospitals and nonprofit organizations.

About Here Comes Ingo:

Created by Odeta Xheka of Odeta Xheka Visuals, Here Comes Ingo is a great example of the benefits of art in early childhood development. This unique picture book invites children to switch seats with the illustrator via painting, coloring and drawing directly ON the page in order to tap into their creativity and let the imagination soar. An artist first and foremost, Odeta Xheka came up with the idea of this book after observing her children spend longer and longer stretches of time “painting on mommy’s art” using their crayons, color pencils, stickers and glitter to add their own ideas to the art prints in their room. Soon after, Here Comes Ingo a book that offers children an unparalleled sense of agency which in turn encourages exploration, self expression, logical thinking and creativity came to life.

Here Comes Ingo was released on January 13, 2019 and is available in hardcover and paperback formats. Readers can get their copy on Amazon, Barnes&Noble or on the publisher’s website.

About the Mom’s Choice Awards®:

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

– Courtesy of PR Underground

Other Reviews

Beautiful colors, great message of kindness and tolerance

– reviewed on Amazon by Bernard Topi

How to be curious and brave to the unknown ( in the most colorful way )

– reviewed on Amazon by Ejona Xheka

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Self-Publishing News: 2.26.2019

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And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing!

Forbes has well and truly been showing up for those amongst its readership who are self-publishing authors lately, and Amy Morin’s recent piece is yet another example of this excellent representation. Morin, whose website describes her as “a psychotherapist turned ‘accidental’ author,” knows the stakes when it comes to building a brand and crafting resources for others, including books. Morin has traditionally published three books domestically to date, but she understands the value to self-published works as well. In fact, her fifth “way” in this article is to publish a book in the manner most suited to your individual circumstance. Writes Morin:

While some people insist a self-published book is the way to go, others say traditional publishing is more profitable. But, publishing isn’t a one-size-fits-all. It depends on your topic.

If you have (a) small niche market, you may need to self-publish. Then, it’s up to you to decide whether to create a $50 manual or a $l.99 eBook.

She also advocates for traditional publication in other circumstances, but it’s heart-warming to see even this traditionally published author showing up for and advocating for self-publishing.

Good e-Reader is another news platform that has routinely showed up for self-publishing authors, and this week’s article by Mercy Pilkington demonstrates their continued support for authors seeking another way. Pilkington opens by describing just how far self-publishing has come, from origins shrouded in stigma and production difficulties to high-quality works offering diverse opportunities for diverse authors. Pilkington’s article is especially concerned with those authors who self-publish with the goal of having their self-published title or future works picked up for traditional publication. She touches on a recent blog post by powerhouse literary agent Anne Tibbets, who warns authors that already-self-published works are not the best candidates for making that transition, and offers this advice to authors wanting to make the leap from self-published to traditional publication:

Tibbets does offer some advice for seeking a traditional publishing deal, but there’s bad news: the advice itself isn’t new. “Write a whole new book that’s completely unrelated to anything you’ve self published, that’s unsold anywhere, unpublished anyplace (even online), and fits into the traditional publishing categories, sub-genres, and word count requirements, and query agents with that novel.”

We might put it another way: If you’ve successfully self-published a book already, the incentive to republish your book traditionally is marginal (you’re already making bank, and a traditional publisher will cut into your profits). Most people who are self-publishing these days are choosing to do so because self-publishing is the only or the best fit for their book anyway. There are plenty of reasons to self-publish, including the narrow selection parameters traditional publishers employ when picking manuscripts which exclude many high-quality works worth reading. And readers know this! One glance at the comments might well indicate that there’s still some negative opinions floating around in the ether, but a second glance will show that there are readers and commenters going to bat for self-publishing, as well:

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As in all things, don’t let the haters get you down! Listen to those who know the value to your dreams.


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As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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Self-Published Book Review: “Burial on Water Box Mountain”

Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.
When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review:

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Burial on Water Box Mountain

by Herman H. White

ISBN: 9781478710097

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Synopsis*:

Imagination…or Something Real? Fourteen-year-old Joseph has no idea that his life is about to change in ways he couldn’t have imagined. Things haven’t always been easy for him; his mother is a controlling tyrant, and he is having some similar experiences with a teacher at school. He’s learned to find an inner core of courage and resilience…and those qualities will be tested to the utmost when he embarks upon a wilderness adventure to prove that his beloved dog was killed by a creature that nobody else knows about. Joseph’s family accuses him of having a wild imagination, but Joseph knows the truth…the spirit of his dog returned to tell him about the creature, and Joseph is determined both to prove that it is real, and to avenge the death of his dog. Follow Joseph on his trek into the compelling wilderness of Water Box Mountain, as he moves from the nostalgic atmosphere of rural life into an adventure full of natural beauty, survival skills, and excitement. A superb read for young adult and adult readers, Burial on Water Box Mountain is a modern fable that the whole family can enjoy.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Amazing Story About Trusting in Oneself No Matter What!

This book I really enjoyed as it was such an exciting read, I could not put this book down from start to finish! The main character, Joseph is telling the story of his determination to find a creature (ape) that killed his dog. No one believes Joseph, but this does not stop him from believing in himself and his gut feelings and searching for this creature. .
This book is about a journey of a teenager who wants to discover truths in life and face his fears and learn. For me, I became so wrapped up in the story because the author made Joseph come alive!

What I love about this book is the moral/lesson: To believe in oneself and be determined to go forward no matter what. This is a fun read and an inspiring read.

This is a must read for all ages, for me, I loved the ending.

Highly recommend this book!

– Reviewed by Amazon Hall-of-Fame Reviewer Daisy S.

Other Reviews

As an adult, I enjoyed it, too!

– reviewed on Amazon by Norlinda Ann Conroe

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– reviewed on Amazon by Anthony

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Self-Publishing News: 2.19.2019

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And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing!

It has been a long time since we’ve written about the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) on this blog, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not still out there and making a big difference. And they’re still newsworthy! Last Fall, the iconic New York bookstore Shakespeare & Co. closed its doors on its original historic location and reopened them elsewhere in New York, with the added bonus of an Espresso Book Machine! For those not already read into the EBM and what it can do, Mackenzie Dawson breaks it down this way for readers of the New York Post: ‘If a title is not available on the shelves, the patented 3D printer Espresso Book Machine can print one “in the time it takes to brew an espresso.”‘ She quotes bookstore CEO Dane Neller, who went on to add:

“I felt that the future of bookstores was smaller stores, community-based and experiential. This technology is like bringing the warehouse into the store, allowing us to offer customers the selection of Amazon.”

And there, we very much agree. The EBM isn’t limited to Amazon selections, however; EBMs also allow customers to bring their own media for printing in a variety forms, including UB. For more on how the EBM works, check out their online brochure.

Romance is big business, as Kim Komando would be (and is) the first to tell you. On Valentine’s Day last week, Komando write that “More than half of the top 20 books on Amazon’s romance best-seller list are titles from its book-publishing arm or are from self-published authors.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Komando’s words of wisdom; she also notes that while “Romance is serious business” indeed, “Some authors make six figures a month selling love stories. And to keep their books at the top of the charts, authors are known to spend upwards of $50,000 a month in advertising.” So even though “Love doesn’t always make sense,” as Komando would put it, “for eBook authors, it can make dollars.” And it costs dollars, too. Keep an eye on Komando’s website for more developments on this front; she knows the industry.

One of this last week’s more interesting developments comes from an unexpected corner of the internet: Psychology Today, not exactly our usual go-to spot for news on publishing. But this week? This week they’re in our corner, and they’ve got our back. PT contributor Marty Nemko, PhD, unfolds his own self-publishing story:

I’ve written 11 books, most published by Wiley, Random House’s Ten Speed Press, etc. Yet perhaps surprisingly, I feel best about the few I self-published using Amazon’s CreateSpace and its Kindle Direct. And here’s the punchline: That’s true even though those self-published books have sold far worse than my commercially published ones.

Especially today, when most publishers will look only at agented submissions—and it’s hard to get a respected agent—I believe it’s usually wise to write for self-publication, even if you’ve previously written books that have sold well. Indeed, I made that choice with four of my five most recent books.

So why is he such an advocate for self-publishing?

It comes down to the process, writes Nemko, and he gets into the fascinating psychology of why, exactly, self-publishing might be of benefit to everyone. We cannot recommend this article enough!


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As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry.This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog each month to find out the hottest news. If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

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