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Self-Publish for Free and Four Other Self-Publishing Myths

I’m always glad to learn that authors “shop around.” Researching alternatives, talking to publishing professionals and obtaining competitive quotes help authors make an informed decision and debunk self-publishing myths such as “self-publish for free.” Unfortunately, publishing predators abound, ready to take advantage of unsuspecting authors by making promises they can’t keep or by making misleading statements.

How can you tell if a company may be a “publishing predator?” Raise a red flag if you see any of the following self-publishing myths on their website.

Self-Publishing Myth #1: Self-publish for free!

Translation: As per this recent blog post, the “publishing” portion of […]

Author Story: Alex S. Avitabile

Three aspects of Alex Avitabile’s journey as a self-published author stand out. The first is his twenty year odyssey, from having the germ of an idea for a story to seeing the book published—a tale that in itself provides inspiration for other would-be authors. (As Alex says, “To those who have started a book, finish it! If I can write a book, anyone can.”)

Next would be the importance of proofreading, and the final theme could easily be “book marketing for beginners,” as Alex has quite an inventive plan for introducing his […]

Publishing a Business Book

Publishing a Business Book

Here’s my inspiration for this latest blog post on publishing a business book: the business cards scattered on my desk, crumbling in the bottom of my purse, and languishing in little piles in my desk drawers. Business cards from people with whom I’ve struck up conversations over the years at various events, but few that I’ve actually ever seen again, much less contacted.

But books? Every book I’ve ever received from a grateful client, a colleague, or someone who would like to do business with me – I can place them, I know how […]

How to Sell eBooks at Walmart

Walmart launched its eBook sales platform on August 22 in partnership with Kobo (more properly known as Rakuten Kobo), going head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle. While Walmart has sold the Kobo eReader for years, it is now making available Kobo’s library of eBooks for individual sale, along with an option to subscribe to audiobooks. Books purchased from Kobo can be read on their branded eReader and also through the Kobo Books app, which can be downloaded on any smartphone or other device.

Walmart’s eBook page can be found here. When you click on a book for more information, you […]

CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing: What You Should Do Next

On August 28, 2018, Kindle Direct Publishing sent out an email to customers with this subject line: CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing to become one service.

Here is the body of the email from KDP in full. Read the email (if you haven’t already) and then scroll down for what we suggest you do next.

Hello,

We’re excited to announce that CreateSpace (CSP) and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) will become one service, and in the coming days, we will give CreateSpace members the ability to move their account and titles. To ensure a quality experience, we will add links […]

What Does It Mean to Self-Publish in 2018?

Ten years ago, if one were to ask the question, “What does it mean to self-publish?”, the answer might have been quite different than it would be today. Self-publishing has gained validation and wide acceptance over the last decade. Self-published authors have reached the best seller lists and entrepreneurs and professionals are realizing the value of authoring a nonfiction book to their businesses and careers. Self-publishing has allowed for publication of niche books that traditional publishers typically ignore. The barriers to publishing one’s own book—both real and perceived—are coming down, and if you wish to see your name in print, […]

How to Plan Your Holiday Book Sales

As I write this blog post, Christmas is just under six months away. Hanukkah starts at the beginning of December. And Thanksgiving? It’s on November 22 this year.

All that to say, even as I sit here in the sweltering heat that is Phoenix, AZ in July, I’m thinking of cooler temps, holiday lights, turkey and… panicking authors. Holiday book sales are just around the corner!

The unfortunate truth is that if you want to have your book ready for holiday sales—let’s say mid- November latest—you need to have your manuscript ready for the design and editing stages now.

Holiday Book Sales Starts […]

Making Your Business Book a Success: A Suggestion from Dan Poynter

Many thanks to Wally Bock for this week’s blog post. Wally is an author, blogger, ghostwriter and writing coach.  You can find Wally’s original blog post here, on his Writing Edge website full of ideas and inspiration for authors.

Dan Poynter was the self-publishing guru. His Self-Publishing Manual is still worth reading, and many of us have shaped our publishing strategies based on his advice. Recently, I was talking to a current client about how many books to print, when I found myself sharing one of those memorable Poynter pointers.

Give […]

Publish on KDP or CreateSpace: Where to Self-publish Your Paperback

All CreateSpace titles will be migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in the next few weeks. Please read our blog post on what to do if you have titles on CreateSpace. The blog post below contains information that is for the most part still valid and provides a comparison of KDP and CreateSpace. Just know there is no longer a choice between the two platforms!

In the spirit of Self-Publishing 3.0 (direct sales from author to reader: true self-publishing), 1106 Design provides self-publishing services to authors and encourages authors to maximize their profits by managing their […]

How I Got My Book Listed Before the Amazon Resellers

Grace Allison, author of Do You Have a Dream and Einstein’s Compass, read the recent article by Amy Collins about the issues authors are experiencing with the Amazon ADD TO CART button and what to do about it. Grace generously offered to share her solution to the issue, one that put her book on the ADD TO CART button and ensured she received her royalties.

Grace’s Solution: Contact the Resellers

Grace AllisonFirst she went to her Amazon page for Do You Have a Dream Workbook: […]