I’m going to wrap mine up this weekend with a visit to BookBaby’s retail
destination: BookShop. The very best way to support
indie publishing is to buy books directly from independent authors, which
is why we give
BookBaby authors dedicated book-selling pages and support
them by paying the highest royalties in the industry.
How much more? For most authors, it takes four sales on the big online
retailers to equal the payout they receive for just one sale through
And while you can feel good supporting your favorite writer, BookShop is
also a great place to discover new and emerging authors.
Here are a few books I’m considering:
With Keto and low-carb lifestyles on the rise, your favorite foodie might
enjoy The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook by Jessica and Tristan
For younger readers, I recommend Felicia Jazmin’s You Are My Favorite Song, a collection of 24 original
full-color musical paintings with a loving message to remind young hearts
everywhere of their value and worth.
This Land Is…, by Dubie Toa-Kwapong, is the story of Amina, a
little girl who lives in Minneapolis and feels alone in a strange and new
country. It’s a lovely story that, in the words of the author, serves as
a "reminder that our differences are not points of division, but
rather seeds of togetherness."
Jeanne A. Carlson lived in Alaska for ten years with her husband, Colton.
Her book, And Then There Were Dogs, tells their story about moving
to this rugged land and describes the people who make Alaska one of the
most remarkable places in the world.
And for fiction fans, Running from Monday, by Lea Sims, is an
inspirational redemption story about a 34-year-old woman struggling to
find meaning and purpose after a broken childhood and a painful divorce.
To round out your shopping for the readers on your list, our friends at
Bookish.com have some more unique gift ideas.
We get dozens of calls every day at BookBaby from authors asking
questions about book marketing. I field these same questions when I go to
conferences and book fairs around the globe. Of course, I have a few
ideas of my own, but as this message goes out to so many authors—many of
whom are published—this presents an excellent opportunity to put
crowd-sourcing to work. Here’s my ask:
working in your book marketing? What have you done to sell books?
How did it work out? Did you spend much money? How much?
NOT working? Why do you think it didn’t work? What are you going to
do in the future?
Earlier this year I asked you to submit questions about self-publishing.
You responded—and then some. You blew up my inbox for over a week, and
I’m hoping for that kind of response again! Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll compile your responses for some future emails and blog posts. I
might even create a presentation for some of my talks around the country
Thanks in advance for helping me—and your fellow authors—with your
thoughts and ideas.
While you’re busy mapping out a response to my request, check out this
fantastic new book, The Writer’s Map, that contains dozens of the magical maps famous
writers have drawn or that have been made by others to illustrate the
places they’ve created. “All maps are products of human imagination,”
writes Huw Lewis-Jones, the book’s editor. “For some writers, making a
map is absolutely central to the craft of shaping and telling their
new readers for your book!
Introducing Facebook Ads for Authors
Here’s how it works:
Our new Facebook Ads for Authors service targets your potential readers
and directs them to purchase your book on your Amazon or BookShop sales page.
It’s easy and
$99/ad, your campaign development team researches, targets, and
creates your book’s ad.
your campaign with a $100/week minimum ad spend.
off your campaign at any time.
Let’s get your book some Face time!
Facebook Ads for Authors is an exclusive offer for book titles actively
enrolled in a BookBaby eBook
or Print On
program. Take a look at how easy it is to get started.
If a music
artist wants to record someone else’s song, there is a set fee for that
use, but rights and fees are entirely up to the publisher when it comes
to printing lyrics in books. If you don’t want to violate US Copyright
Code, read on. Read