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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: […]

The Problem with the Amazon ADD TO CART Button and What You Can Do

Thank you to guest blogger Amy Collins for this week’s post on the issues with the Amazon ADD TO CART button and what authors can do. Amy is the owner of New Shelves Books, one of the fastest-growing book distribution, sales and marketing companies in North America.

Let’s see…. What shall we talk about this month? What is on author’s minds more than anything else right now? Well, if you are reading my email, here is an item that is worrying authors at the moment. For this month’s DO THIS NOT THAT we will focus on the Amazon […]

How CreateSpace Authors Can Update a Book That Has Already Been Published

All CreateSpace titles will be migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in the next few weeks. Please refer to our new blog post on CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing: What You Should Do Next to read the official announcement and our suggestions for next steps.

Authors who once relied on CreateSpace for self-publishing services such as book design and editing were left with two challenges after the company stopped offering these services on April 20, 2018:

  1. How to change an existing book without access to the original application files.
  2. Where to find self-publishing services for new books.

Before we explore […]

Author Story: Sven Michael Davison

Traveling to seven continents in seven years is no small feat and certainly worthy of a book. Yet it is author Sven Michael Davison’s admission that he considers himself lucky whenever a stranger picks up one of his books and reads it, that caught this writer’s imagination. There is a fleeting paradox in the idea of escape through travel and writing, yet seeking connection and sharing with strangers. And connection also comes through strongly in Sven’s new book, 7 in 7: A Globe-Hopping Memoir of Disaster and Discovery, as he connected with himself and met his soul mate during his […]

When You Self-Publish, How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Bear with me…this really will be a blog post about the best use of your time as an author, entrepreneur, and indie publisher.

Print-on-demand companies IngramSpark and CreateSpace, and digital and offset printing companies, have very specific requirements for your book files, both cover and interior files.

In fact, the requirements for digital printing of cover files warranted an entire guest post from Sandy Gould of Color House Graphics on our blog a couple of years ago!

IngramSpark provides a 35-page guide (35 pages!) for file creation, which you can download here. On the same page you’ll […]

Self-Published Author Story: Sonia Panigrahy

When self-published author Sonia Panigrahy went looking for children’s books that featured a young girl superhero protagonist, she was in for a surprise. Nowhere could she find a book for young children that realistically identified females—especially ones of color—as intelligent, physically tough, brave and adventurous. Disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story, Sonia set out to create her own.

The result is Nina the Neighborhood Ninja, an illustrated book for children ages 3-6, about an everyday girl superhero who uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions. Through the book’s narrative and […]

The Parts of a Book: A Comprehensive List

Your manuscript is only part of the book—the most important part to be sure, but there are more. Inevitably, you will be ready to submit your book to the typesetter, and your editor or proofreader will say, “What about ______________ (fill in the blank with the missing piece)?”

We’d like to help you avoid that issue. Here’s a list of the various book parts in the order that readers expect them to appear. We’ve also provided you with a handy Parts of a Book Checklist that you can use to keep track of the pieces as they are […]

10+ Resources for Indie Authors

Authors often ask us for our favorite self-publishing resources and sources of information for writers. Over the years we’ve accumulated some favorites and in researching this article, came across a few new ones as well. Here’s our list of resources for indie authors. Let us know of your favorites and we’ll add them to the list.

IngramSpark: We’re particularly impressed with the practical and informative resources IngramSpark is adding to their website, and we reference their videos often. On the Resources tab of the IngramSpark website, you’ll find a list of their educational materials, including videos, blog posts from publishing experts, […]

Philip Muls: Author Story

This month, author Philip Muls celebrates five years of sobriety.

Looking back, Philip sees clearly the transformations he went through thanks to sustained sobriety, and it’s this improvement in the quality of his life, along with sharing his story with people on the same difficult journey, which motivated Philip to write his new book, Mind on Fire: A Case of Successful Addiction Recovery.

Mind on Fire is a gripping, authentic account of Philip’s first eighteen months of sobriety. The physical symptoms of withdrawal from a drug or alcohol addiction might last a month or two at most—but the psychological withdrawal can last […]

How to Self Publish a Book in 7 Steps

If you’re planning to self-publish your book, it’s a good idea to be aware of all the steps involved before you start. In this blog post we outline the basic process.

Step 1: Understand the Publishing Process

The publishing process involves a few moving parts. Understanding these before you begin will help you with the remaining steps. For example, it’s hard to choose the members of your publishing team if you don’t understand their jobs.

Basically, the publishing process involves:

  • Cover design
  • Interior page design
  • Editing
  • Typesetting
  • Proofreading
  • Printing and distribution
  • Marketing

You can read more about the publishing process here.

Step […]