Welcome to the new home of self-publishing excellence! For the first time
in the history of BookBaby, the entire publishing team is together,
working shoulder to shoulder in one happy and harmonious space.
It’s been a long journey for our self-publishing brand, starting with a
lone eBook specialist who launched the business in our Portland, Oregon
office. Growth multiplied when we added the printed book team in the
central corporate office just outside Philadelphia. Two years ago, we
consolidated our operations to the east coast, but our various book teams
were still scattered across our large manufacturing and office complex.
By the end of year, we realized that keeping up with the pace of growth
meant that a change in geography was needed. Remember this video from a couple of months ago?
Our facilities team worked hard through the holiday season on our new
digs, and we moved in this last week.
Now we’re enjoying the advantages of togetherness. I used to hike across
the plant to talk to my publishing specialists. Now I can just look up
from my desk and have a quiet chat. Our sales team can direct a question
to our operations team sitting across the aisle. Proximity is a good
But we’re not done with our growth spurt. Next week we’re taking delivery
of new printing and bindery equipment to handle our ever-growing volume
needs. By the end of summer, we will have increased our printing capacity
by another 60%! From there? Well, maybe we’ll need to add more desks,
people, offices and more.
No matter how much we grow, BookBaby authors can always depend on the
same hands-on, people-powered
they’ve grown to love over the past eight years. That’s a promise we’ll
Want to become a successful independent author? Then you
need the right tools. And they’re all inside the Complete Self-Publishing
Package–your toolbox to successfully release both printed books and
eBooks, locally and around the world. And when we say complete–we mean
it. It’s literally everything you need to launch your book.
(6x9, black interior, soft cover, 200 pages)
includes proof approval
eBook distribution for
the most popular eReaders
for your eBook and printed book
book design & formatting for both eBooks and Print books
printed book distribution with Print On Demand
sales with your own BookShop™
for eBook and printed books sales reporting.
Deliver your book the right way with the most comprehensive package in
We published a lot of articles this year,
providing independent authors with free tips on how to write, publish,
and market their books successfully. Below you’ll find a list—as selected
by you, the reader—of the year’s most consumed content on the BookBaby
Over the last 15 months, I’ve enjoyed penning these weekly messages to
the BookBaby community. I hoped to gain a few moments of your attention
each Saturday, put a face and voice to our corporate name, and to
highlight some writing or publishing topic. Most often I’d suggest a second
look at an article on our BookBaby blog.
On Monday, Jan. 8, our blog will be celebrating its seventh birthday!
Under the direction of my friend, Andre Calilhanna, the blog has become a
tremendous resource for writers around the globe. Andre and dozens of
contributors—including yours truly—have provided great articles, essays,
infographics, how-to’s, advice, ideas, tips… and controversy!
One of the posts that received the most comments—pro and con—was about
the very subjective topic of writing. Some folks enjoyed frequent
contributor Dawn Field’s prose. And others not so much. You can still
weigh in on the conversation right here.
One last thing we can all agree on: Everybody loves libraries! Atlas
Obscura put together a list of 13 unique libraries and their oldest
treasure. Discover them
I think I can speak for everyone at BookBaby with this declaration. The
very best part of our job has to do with the people with whom we work.
Each year we welcome thousands of new and returning authors to the
BookBaby community. Each has a unique and interesting story to share, and
we do our best to help them realize their publishing dreams.
As the year nears its end, I’d like to look back and recall some of the
most memorable authors and their books. We had a lot of noteworthy folks
in 2017, including:
Bull and her brother Robert, who was diagnosed with autism, created
a children’s book in which Robert’s creative illustrations accompany
Andrea’s funny phrases for each letter of the alphabet. They ran a
successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, self-published with
BookBaby, and Animal
Appetites is now on the market, with half of the
proceeds going to the Canucks Autism Network. You can read
their story here.
Scarpaci was so inspired by the Cubs capturing their first World
Series title in over a century, he wrote a book entitled Wrigley Sanders.
It’s a story about a young man born in the bleachers of Wrigley
Field who grows up to pitch for the Cubs in the World Series. It’s a
story about family, overcoming life’s challenges, and following your
dreams—no matter where they may take you. You can buy his
Victoria (Chantal Victoria Kyei, née Bright) is a first-generation
Liberian American. Due to the civil wars in Liberia, her family
sought refuge in the United States, where she grew up in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chantel wrote Janjay, the
story of a smart, curious, and energetic 8-year-old girl who
neglects her responsibility of collecting clean water for her family
one day to join a friend for an afternoon adventure. Through humor
and the use of local language, this story brings to light the global
issue of access to clean-water sanitation that resonates with
millions of girls around the world. You’ll find her
Geidel was a true hero—one of those incredibly brave 9/11 first
responders in the World Trade Towers and Air Force veteran. Before
Paul passed away a few months ago, he published Into Harms Way,
his memoir that recounts the harrowing rescues and heartbreaking
tragedies of 20 years with the New York City Fire Department and
reflects on his 43 combat missions in his Douglas B-26 Invader. Find his
These are just a handful of the authors who successfully
published through BookBaby in 2017.
Who will be the next new author in the BookBaby community? Maybe 2018
will be your year. When you’re ready to publish—or just to talk about
your publishing project—our Publishing Specialists are standing by to
lend a helping hand. You can call our Philadelphia-area based experts at 877-961-6878 from 9 am to 5 pm during
business days. We also offer live chat and email support.
From all of us at BookBaby, we wish you a Happy New Year.
PS — If you’d like to take the next step with your manuscript right now,
we’re offering a 15% discount on Line or Copy Editing. Use the code BBEDIT15 at checkout. Offer
is good through January 31, 2018.
Before we take down those holiday lights and decorations, it’s a good
time to look back and look forward. 2017 was another great year for
BookBaby and its growing community of authors.
last 12 months, our team has:
Marketing Services, a range of one-on-one consultations with book
industry experts that give authors valuable insights and actionable
techniques to sell their books.
BookShop™, our free, direct-to-reader storefronts, with new and
powerful tools including discount coupon functionality, a "look
inside" feature that allows potential readers to view a small
portion of your book, and the ability to add reader reviews to your
our inaugural Independent Authors Conference (IAC) in Philadelphia.
Over 400 authors, writers, speakers, and sponsors gathered to learn,
explore, discuss and share their journeys through self-publishing.
If you want to get a glimpse of the first IAC, here’s a link to my
opening keynote presentation!
Last year was a record year for BookBaby
by every measurement–from books delivered to customer satisfaction. We
believe 2018 is going to be even bigger and better.
adding more printing and bindery equipment in Spring 2018 to handle
the increased demand for premium printed books.
marketing service offers will be enhanced and expanded early in the
year, including an author-managed advertising opportunity on
of you have asked for help with writing your books. We’ll be adding
new products and services to help authors tell their stories.
construction is almost done on our new BookBaby offices. We’ll show
it off in videos and photos early next year.
I want to thank the entire BookBaby community, our
wonderful authors, and my tremendous staff that made 2017 such a
Steven Spatz President,
PS — On Saturday we’ll look back at some of the most interesting and
notable BookBaby authors and books of 2017.
Writing a book
is hard work—it’s easier to quit than finish. When you become
overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the task, you might be tempted to
give up. The key is to follow a proven, straightforward plan. Read
Each piece of
writing you complete pushes you along a path. Even the drafts you throw
away are stepping stones along your journey as a writer, and all
writing practice helps you become a better writer. Read
instructions on how to format your book using Microsoft Word on a Mac.
Interior templates are also available on the BookBaby website, where
you can download a template for your book’s specific measurements. Read
“I’ve seen far too many really good books hampered by
self-publishers’ lack of understanding about how print books should be
put together. That’s a shame, and it doesn’t have to be that way.” – Joel Friedlander
We agree with Joel—that’s why we’re giving away his free guide to help
you turn your eBook into a professionally printed book that grabs
readers’ eyes in bookstores and libraries.
to pick fonts for your book interiors and covers, including lots of
readers expect your books to be “industry-standard”
instructions to handle short-run offset book printers
to understanding the “language of printing”
the decision between Print-On-Demand and offset printing
to design details like running heads, text breaks, and indexes for
tips on preparing your Word files for book production
This is your last chance to get Joel’s
book for free. It’s perfect for those just starting out with printed
books and authors that want to take their eBooks to print. Download your
The holidays bring out the child in all of us. Who doesn’t remember that
special holiday gift that surprised you so? Or the favorite carols you
sang in school. Maybe it’s a family memory of being with your brothers,
sisters or cousins in a reunion gathering long ago.
For many BookBaby authors, children are special for a different reason.
They’re the target audience, and the holidays are one of the biggest buying
seasons for parents.
Children’s picture books might seem pretty simple to create. But making
them smart, engaging and fun is no easy task. The BookBaby blog asked
Jill Santopolo, Editorial Director at Philomel Books, an imprint of
Penguin Young Readers Group, to share some thoughts on how to conceive
and craft your first children’s picture book. Read all about
If you’re like me, you spent more than a few dollars this year at the
local bookstore on holiday gifts. The
Boston Globe recently published an interesting story about
how the neighborhood indie bookstore is surviving in the age of online
retailing. Have a look here.
“The best is
oftentimes the enemy of the good; and many a good book has remained
unwritten... because there floated before the mind’s eye the ideal of a
better or a best.” – R. C. Trench, 1861. Read
First of all—congratulations to our winners! Writing 50,000
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been quoting song lyrics in their books for eons, but if you plan to
quote lyrics written after 1923, be prepared to do some research—and
get out your checkbook—long before releasing your book. Read
You need to
create a brief and compelling author bio for use on your website, book
jacket, press releases, and more. We take a closer look at the key
elements of an interesting bio—and what should be omitted. Read