Setting Sail with Your Book

What does it take to make you a legitimate force in publishing? Is it a big book contract? Is it being widely reviewed? Is it getting prizes? Is it sales? Or is it how your book affects your business?
If you’re a nonfiction writer, especially one who’s writing or who has written a book to attract…


A Self-Published Author’s Credo: Be Confident

If you’re venturing into self-publishing – and, really, you should – keep in mind several things as you write your book.
First among them is confidence. Self-doubt is a killer. Many writers suffer from it, and it prevents them from finishing what they’ve set out to do. (This applies whether you self-publish or not.) A lack…


The Power of Strong Ties…and the Strength of Weak Ties Debunked!

Written by Ivan Misner and Max Steén
Max Steén, the co-author of this piece, conducted a study as part of his Masters thesis, entitled: The Strength of Strong Ties in Business Networks.  The results of this study showed that those who focused on strong ties – rather than weak ties – were able to increase the number…


Wheels of Capitalism: E-commerce and Books

Sales of books are increasingly moving online, as if you didn’t already know that. There are fewer physical bookstores than ever, but you already knew that. People are still reading, and people are still buying books. But you still read alarmist articles about the dearth of readers and bookstores, and the articles seem to imply…


Finding the Fans for Fiction

An app built for readers has become one where writers can find a fan base. Fiction writers in particular. Wattpad, which has been around since about 2006, allows readers to directly comment on a writer’s work-in-progress. Just as with a platform for a nonfiction book. But Wattpad is more in keeping with the old-fashioned serial-style…


Luck and You

You have to admit that luck plays a large part in success. For actors, for musicians, for entrepreneurs, for writers. If everyone knew how to have a number-one bestseller, everyone would have a number-one bestseller. But everyone doesn’t. Far from it.
As J.A. Konrath writes in a pertinent blog post on his excellent site, A Newbie’s…


Writers as Urban Renewers

It often seems that the first thing to go in public financing is spending on the arts. Even big news organizations, such as Bloomberg, have cut back on arts reporting in favor of that all-around black hole known as luxury (apparently thinking that the well-to-do  want to read about luxury goods rather than the arts).


It’s Not the Advance, It’s the Results

The average book gets an advance of a few thousand dollars. That’s it. Don’t expect to get rich this way.
Book advances are getting smaller. So are book print runs. So where does that leave you?
Well, self-publishing, for one thing. Print runs don’t exist for e-books. You simply download. And you don’t worry about finding space…


Be Your Own Imprint

Although self-publishing is growing and becoming more of an economic force, for authors seeking review coverage and the legitimacy they feel that reviews bring, they prefer to try the traditional publishing route. But as more and more publishers themselves offer print-on-demand thus, in effect, becoming rather like a sort of third-party self-publishing operation, you might…


Even if You Self-Publish, Write a Book Proposal

We all need to know where we’re going before we get there, when we sit down to write a book. You may think that because you’ve decided you’re going to self-publish your book and not submit a proposal to a publisher, that you don’t have to go to the trouble of writing one.
But you should…