There is still time to enter this year’s Readers’ Favorite International
Book Award Contest!
Readers’ Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest
site for authors on the web. Their annual International Book Award
Contest receives submissions from contestants that range from first-time
self-published authors to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance,
James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as
celebrity authors like Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.
If you place in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest,
you will become an “award-winning author” with an “award-winning book.”
You will also be able to add your Readers’ Favorite Award Seal to your
cover and all marketing materials, which will help you grab the attention
of book stores, publishers, libraries, and readers!
People who are sweating some fine details like to say they are “dotting
the i’s and crossing the t’s.” Of course, writers literally do that all
day long, but I’m more interested in the idiom: “To take care of every
detail, even minor ones; To be meticulous or thorough,” reads the
Today’s message is about being detail-oriented when it comes to
self-publishing. One of the most important—and misunderstood—detail concerns
the ISBN. Otherwise known as the International Standard Book Number, it’s
a small, yet important, issue for successful self-published authors.
I published a post on the BookBaby blog awhile back that attempts to
answer some of the most popular questions about that little 13-digit
number. You can read all about
And speaking of small details for books: Here’s a story about some
mysterious bookplates and their origin. As long as there have been books,
their owners have been finding ways to leave marks on them. Learn more here.
You can succeed
in today’s marketplace as an independent author. There’s data to back
that up, though that doesn’t mean a thing if your book has not been
professionally edited or designed to compete. Read
are reading a lot, print books are going strong, and six of the nine
top-grossing authors of 2017 are Americans. This infographic takes a
look at the reading habits of Americans in 2017. Read
manuscript returned from an editor’s desk carved in red ink, I learned
one huge lesson: a book simply won’t be publishable without
professional author services like editing and design. Read