Nonfiction Book Publishing

Should You Self-Publish or Get a Book Deal: Pros and Cons of Publishing

Should You Self-Publish or Get a Book Deal: Pros and Cons of Publishing

As someone who has been both traditionally published and self-published, I have a unique understanding of the benefits and downsides of each. And because we are so often asked which avenue an author should choose, following are some important considerations. Please keep in mind that the goals and agenda of each author is unique and […]

How to Land a Traditional Book Deal Part 1: Write a Query Letter

How to Land a Traditional Book Deal Part 1: Write a Query Letter

If your goal is to land a traditional publishing contract, there are standard industry procedures to follow to make this happen. Here’s how: Write a query letter Contact agents and editors Send a book proposal as requested Sign a big fat contract and live happily ever after (Okay, maybe not realistic, but you’ve got to […]

What to Include in the Author Bio for Your Book

What to Include in the Author Bio for Your Book

When writing a book, there are two potential places to include your author bio: the back cover of the book and the last page(s) of the book. Some authors choose one or the other, though I recommend taking advantage of both. The back cover bio is a chance to impress a potential reader, while the […]

Should I Seek Bookstore Distribution for My Book?

Should I Seek Bookstore Distribution for My Book?

Most self-published authors want to know how to get bookstores to carry their books. The most common way to do this is to work with a book distributor. These companies employ sales people who go out and convince bookstore buyers to try out new books. Distributors can have a specialty focus area, such as children’s […]

What Happens When You Release Your First Book: The Unexpected Vulnerability New Authors Face

What Happens When You Release Your First Book: The Unexpected Vulnerability New Authors Face

Over the years I’ve noticed a trend with new authors. Some get a little anxious when the publishing process is nearing completion. Emotions run high and there’s a level of anxiety that follows over the anticipation of finally seeing your work in print. This is totally normal and expected because when you publish a book, […]

Lee Foster Highlights Recent Publishing Developments in Annual Revision of His Book on Self-Publishing – Guest Post by Lee Foster

Lee Foster Highlights Recent Publishing Developments in Annual Revision of His Book on Self-Publishing – Guest Post by Lee Foster

My annual revision of my book on self-publishing highlights major developments in this past year. Immerse yourself in my report on these observations to catch up on the publishing scene. The book is An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option. It is available in all the viable print book/ebook […]

Escaping the Nonfiction Author’s Time Trap – Guest Post by Anne Janzer

Escaping the Nonfiction Author’s Time Trap – Guest Post by Anne Janzer

Every successful nonfiction author must answer one critical question: “How do you find the time to write a book?” Time is precious for all authors. Nonfiction authors often face a conundrum: the same work that develops their expertise steals time from writing. Many people write from a position of authority earned while conducting their careers […]

Self-Published versus Independently Published – Guest Post by Emilio Corsetti

Self-Published versus Independently Published – Guest Post by Emilio Corsetti

As an author/publisher, I am often branded as a self-publisher. I am on a mission to change that mindset. I consider the books that I write and publish as independently published. What’s the difference, you ask? A self-published book is one with a target market of say twenty to fifty family members and friends. Selling […]

Beta Readers to Review Your Manuscript – Guest Post by David Colin Carr

Beta readers for your manuscript serve the same function they do in software development: giving you feedback on what works and what doesn’t, so that you can release a product that serves your market. As with software, you are offering them free use. In return you are saving some of the cost of a professional […]

The Realities of Publishing – Guest Post by Literary Agent Michael Larsen

The Realities of Publishing – Guest Post by Literary Agent Michael Larsen

* Now is the best time to be a writer, but to succeed, writers have to know and do more. * Content is king. * Creating, sharing, and selling content is the holy trinity of success. * You have to reinvent yourself as a content creator, a content marketer, and a contentpreneur. * Reading, writing, […]