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How to conquer your fear of putting your writing out there

How to conquer your fear of putting your writing out there

How to get over your fear of publishingThe biggest hurdle to publishing isn’t cost, or distribution, or lack of an author platform. It’s FEAR.

How many people have that spark of inspiration but smother it before they even put the first word on paper? How many more work almost all the way to the finish line only to hold back at the last minute?

Fear of judgement. Fear of failure. Maybe even fear of success. So many fears creep up when we’re about to put our writing out there into the world.

Thankfully, there are ways to conquer these fear. Well, “conquer” might be too strong a word. Let’s say “manage.” Many successful writers have developed skills that help them manage their anxieties around publishing.

Leo Babauta, in an article called “How to Put Your Writing in Public,” has written about his process for moving through these common fears.

Check out the full article for all the details and context. But I’ll summarize below:

1. Write for one person. There’s no use writing with an imaginary audience of thousands in mind. That’d get confusing pretty quickly. Instead, write as if you’re having a conversation with a single person (a friend, a family member, a specific reader, etc.).

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All in the family: the powerful connection between CD Baby and BookBaby

All in the family: the powerful connection between CD Baby and BookBaby

5 Star Points for Success“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”

RICHARD BACH, Illusions

When we launched BookBaby back in 2011 we had a strategy to get the word out about our new brand:

“Book Barnstorming” – traveling across the country to book fairs, trade shows, author conferences and more. The BookBaby team pitched our products and services to thousands of would-be authors, talking up our global eBook distribution, our payout of 100% of net sales back to authors, and all the rest.

Most folks listened politely, nodded pleasantly – and little more than that. Invariably there was one key line in our pitch that turned the conversation around:

“Our sister company is CD Baby, the indie music giant….”

“Oh! CD Baby!,” they would exclaim, suddenly more engaged. “Of course! I know them!” And the lights would go on. People would launch into their own stories about buying music from CD Baby or how their brother’s band has their music on the website, and a 100 more stories like it.

Connection made: BookBaby was already part of the family.

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The 30 best book covers of 2014

The 30 best book covers of 2014

Are you in the process of designing a cover for your next book? Need some inspiration?

Check out this article from PASTE Magazine, featuring (in their opinion) the 30 best book covers of 2014.

What do you think? See any design ideas worth borrowing for your own book?

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BookBaby leaves eBook authors with no choice.  Thank goodness!

BookBaby leaves eBook authors with no choice. Thank goodness!

Self publishing for authorsRed, blue or green? Large, medium or small? No matter what we’re talking about, most people love having choices. Fifty seven varieties. Thirty one flavors. Bring it on! In fact, the more the choices, the better. Right?

Well, not always. And that’s why BookBaby has decided to go against the grain this week with our new and improved eBook publishing offer. We’ve gone from three eBook packages to just one. And authors will be better off because of it.

People who make it their business to study stuff like this have long known that having too many choices is a bad thing. Psychologist Barry Schwartz coined the term “The Paradox of Choice” in his 2004 book and theorized why more is less when confronted with too many options.

But were three options too many? Yes – at least it was for the authors we serve best, and here’s why:

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The best Christmas books of all time [infographic]

The best Christmas books of all time [infographic]

What are your favorite books that take place during the holidays?

Here’s an infographic from NinjaEssays showing the “best” Christmas books of all time (according to Goodreads and Stylist).

But we want to hear about your favorites too. Let us know what you think are the greatest holiday books in the comments section below the infographic.

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[Infographic] What to post & when to post it on 9 important social networks

[Infographic] What to post & when to post it on 9 important social networks

Social media tips for authors

Great content. Good timing.

That’s the key to successful social media marketing in a nutshell.

But quality content and appropriate timing look different on every social media platform.

To help you keep all the details of your social strategy straight, here’s an infographic from Business 2 Community about WHAT, WHEN, and HOW OFTEN to post to the 9 most popular social media sites:

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eBooks will outsell print by 2018, predicts PricewaterhouseCoopers

eBooks will outsell print by 2018, predicts PricewaterhouseCoopers

pwc eook 2018 prediction

According to The New York Times:

In the United States and Britain, sales of e-books represent between a quarter and a third of the consumer book market and, by 2018, will edge out printed and audio books as the most lucrative segment, according to projections by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

As Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader points out though, the “perennial ebook optimists” at PricewaterhouseCoopers have now moved that goalpost back two years running. In 2012 they predicted that eBook sales would outpace print by 2016. In 2013, they said it’d happen in 2017. Now… it’s 2018.

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You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

Answers to frequently asked questions about BookBabyHere’s a small sample of some of the questions received at BookBaby customer service:

I would like to change the price that my book is for sale for. How do I do that?
Thank you,

E.W.

It’s very easy: Just call or email us. Tell us what you would like the new price to be, and we will be happy to change it for you.

Here’s some pricing advice: List your book on Amazon between $2.99 and $9.99 and you’ll receive about 70% of those sales. Outside of that window they will only pay 35% of those sales. The price you choose must end in .99 and will be the same price that is delivered to all retailers. The minimum price we can deliver an ebook to Amazon and Kobo is $0.99.

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I have already launched my book on Amazon.com.

Can I–and what is the best way to–launch it on BookBaby?

Many thanks for your advice!

F.T.

A lot of authors use BookBaby for all other stores besides Amazon. Here’s how: When you submit your book simply exclude Amazon from the list of distribution partners we offer. That way we’ll send your book to iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and over 60 other stores – but not Amazon.

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Get free shipping on your next book order!

Get free shipping on your next book order!

Free shipping deal when you print books with BookBaby

Just when you were thinking of putting off that book of yours ’til 2015…

What’s better than getting premium custom-printed books in 5 days? Not having to pay for shipping!

Writing a book is a time-consuming — and very personal — process. We realize that with all the busyness of the holidays it’s easy to think about putting it off ’til the new year. Well, do we have an incentive for you to get your book done in 2014!

Now through the end of the year, get free ground shipping on any printed book order of 25 to 1,000 units. Does this include hardcover, you ask? Yes, it does. How about really big books like 8.5″ x 11″ photobooks? You betcha. Any book, any binding, any trim size, any cover option…they all get free shipping.

Just use code FREESHIP14 when placing any book order by December 31st.

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Editing your novel — now that NaNoWriMo is over

Editing your novel — now that NaNoWriMo is over

Book EditingYou worked hard all through November, writing every day for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s December 1st at last. Did you complete a 50,000-word novel?

Great! But then what?

Well, then it’s time to get your book edited, of course!

Did you know BookBaby authors get 17% off any of FirstEditing.com’s professional book-editing services? Just click HERE and use coupon code: VIPBB17.

Also, if you’re looking for some editing advice, check out the following articles:

1. What kind of book editing do I need for my manuscript?

2. Enough is enough: how to know when you’re done revising your manuscript

3. Your book needs editing, and here’s why…

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