Monday, 24 December 2018

BookBaby newsletters

Here are the latest BookBaby newsletters for my followers to peruse:






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Six myths (and a few facts) about traditional publishing




Here are a few prevalent fallacies, as well as new truths, that all authors ought to recognize when it comes to traditional publishing. Read more.



Truth and narrative: The two timelines of your story




The truth and narrative of your story—also known as fabula and syuzhet—amplify each other to produce a satisfying read. Read more.



10 Tips for creating your first children’s picture book




A children’s picture book may seem simple, but creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun—rather than clich├ęd, saccharine, and didactic? Read more.









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The Weekend Edition

How’s your holiday shopping going,

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 BookShop.

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 Haggard.

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.

All the best,

Steven Spatz

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Are you a writer, or someone who dreams of being a writer?




Being a writer, rather than someone who dreams of being a writer, is a challenge. Insecurity can be the twin of creativity—give yourself permission to just get started. Read more.



Writing lessons from TV, Part I: Rick and Morty




Here’s the first post in a series that will focus on writing lessons authors can glean from some of the great shows airing in this golden age of TV. Read more.



What’s the best time to publish your book?




Here’s a little-known fact for aspiring self-published authors: The holiday season might not be the best time to publish for new, self-published authors. Read more.









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The Weekend Edition

I could use some help this morning,

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:
  • What’s working in your book marketing? What have you done to sell books? How did it work out? Did you spend much money? How much?

  • What’s 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 steven@bookbaby.com.

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 in 2019.

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 tale.”

All the best,

Steven Spatz

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New!
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Here’s how it works:
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Facebook Ads for Authors is an exclusive offer for book titles actively enrolled in a BookBaby eBook distribution or Print On Demand distribution program. Take a look at how easy it is to get started.





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Your book needs a pre-sale period to be successful




A pre-sale period gives you an opportunity to build a foundation for your book’s success. Without spending the time and energy to build that foundation, your book sales will suffer. Read more.



The “Why do I need this?” check




There are many ways to take a critical pass at your writing to tighten up your narrative. Asking yourself “Why do I need this in my story?” from a macro to micro level, is one approach. Read more.



How to write a great author bio that will connect with readers




If your author bio is a snooze, don’t be too hard on yourself; plenty of brilliant authors freeze up when it comes to writing about themselves in sound bites. Read more.









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Lyrics in books: Your questions answered




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 more.



Philadelphia’s big bang: The Independent Authors Conference




Astrophysicist Carl Sagan said books were “proof that humans are capable of working magic.” The Independent Authors Conference is proof that indie authors can make a mighty big bang! Read more.



How to throw a book launch party that isn’t a waste of time




Read on for tips on promoting yourself with a well-executed book launch party. Read more.










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