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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

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 own print-on-demand and distribution.

CreateSpace and IngramSpark are the only two companies that provide print-on-demand services. We recommend authors use CreateSpace for selling books on Amazon and IngramSpark for expanded distribution to other online retailers, brick-and-mortar bookstores and libraries.

However, there’s a new(ish) kid in town: Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for paperbacks. Should you publish on KDP? In this blog post we examine the similarities and (ever decreasing) […]

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

Authors who once relied on CreateSpace for self-publishing services such as book design 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 these challenges, it is worth noting that authors who use CreateSpace only for uploading their book’s PDF for selling through Amazon may continue to do so. Amazon is offering an alternative service called Amazon KDP for making books available on the online book sales platform. Although […]

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 […]