Nonfiction Book Publishing

Consider These 6 Options Before Publishing a Book by Alice Clarke

Consider These 6 Options Before Publishing a Book by Alice Clarke

Until a few years ago, before publishing a book it was important to get past the gatekeepers. These were the agents and the publishers who may or may not have looked at your manuscript and chapter samples before outright rejecting it. The writing arena has become crowded now more than ever. For instance, did you […]

The Hook, The Book & The Cook:  The 3 Parts of an Irresistible Query Letter by Michael Larsen

The Hook, The Book & The Cook: The 3 Parts of an Irresistible Query Letter by Michael Larsen

Agent Katharine Sands believes that the writing you do about your writing is as important as the writing itself. A query is a one-page, single-spaced letter with three or four indented paragraphs with a space between each of them. Without being self-serving, it explains why, what, and who: the hook, the book, and the cook: […]

Doing It for Love and a Living: How an Agent Can Help You by Michael Larsen

Doing It for Love and a Living: How an Agent Can Help You by Michael Larsen

An agent is A mediator between you and the marketplace A scout who knows what publishers are looking for An editor who can provide guidance that will make your work more salable A matchmaker who knows which editors and publishers to submit your book to, and just as important, which to avoid A negotiator who […]

The KDP Select Program

The KDP Select Program

For authors with ebooks published via the Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) program, there is an option to participate in the controversial KDP Select program. With this program, you can make your ebook (Kindle version) available in Amazon’s lending library where Amazon Prime members can borrow your ebook. In exchange, Amazon sends out checks each quarter […]

Choosing the Right Publishing Option for You and Your Book: 8 Ways to Get Published by Michael Larsen

Choosing the Right Publishing Option for You and Your Book: 8 Ways to Get Published by Michael Larsen

1. You can self-publish your book by –Doing it as an ebook, a hardcover, a mass market book or trade paperback –Using print-on demand (POD) at no cost or by paying for services –Using print-quantity-needed (PQN) for short runs, offset for longer runs –Publishing it for free online as blog posts, articles, or a manuscript, […]

26 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Be a Publisher or Self-Publisher by Michael Larsen

26 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Be a Publisher or Self-Publisher by Michael Larsen

Publishers have more options for publishing than ever: e-books, print-on-demand, offset printing, downloads, audiobooks, podcasts, blogs, websites, a series of articles or videos. Books can generate more profits than ever. People are buying content in more forms, formats, media, and countries than ever. Publishers can coordinate publication worldwide. They can plan the timing and marketing […]

2017 Publishing Survey Results

2017 Publishing Survey Results

Each year we conduct a survey of members and non-members to learn more about what topics are interesting to you, what benefits we should add, what’s working and what we need to improve. Most notably for this year, social media usage has declined, yet interest in learning about it has increased. Following are the results […]

Keynotes for Success: Insights and Advice About Writing, Publishing and Promotion by Michael Larsen

Keynotes for Success: Insights and Advice About Writing, Publishing and Promotion by Michael Larsen

Writing * Now is the best time to be a writer, but you have to know more and do more than ever. * Books are usually either prose-driven or promotion-driven, story-driven or idea-driven. Because the fate of story-driven books depends on whether readers tell other readers to read them, content is king for prose-driven books. […]

10 Secrets to Increase Your Productivity and Accomplish Your Goals

10 Secrets to Increase Your Productivity and Accomplish Your Goals

Each year I look forward to the process of planning my goals for the upcoming year, and I always aim high. There was one year where I set my goals lower so I wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t meet them all. Oh, how I regretted that decision! What I learned was that I’m highly […]