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Show me your book marketing ideas, and I’ll show you mine

Show me your book marketing ideas, and I’ll show you mine

Book marketing ideasWant to learn how to market and promote your self-published book? The good news: There’s no shortage of book marketing resources out there for self published authors. BookBaby gives all its authors a bunch of great products and services in our BookPromo kit – free to everyone who self publishes with us.

The bad news: There’s a huge amount of book marketing ideas being pushed out over the Internet, through eBooks, conferences, and more. I’d call it more like a glut. If you spend an hour researching some of it you’re bound to be overwhelmed. There are so many things you could be doing to promote your book, but which ones are really worth your while?

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5 ways to get publicity for your book (that aren’t related to your book launch or book tour)

5 ways to get publicity for your book (that aren’t related to your book launch or book tour)

Book launch publicityAs an author, when planning a publicity campaign, you probably think about contacting the press a few months before you launch a new book or embark on a book tour. But there are a lot of other ways to get press and blog coverage for your writing besides the usual book tour and book launch publicity campaign.

Here are just a few newsworthy events in your literary life that journalists and bloggers might be interested in covering: 1) When you start writing a new book. 2) When you’re deep into the writing, 3) When you finish writing your book, 4) When you solidify your book title, 5) When you finalize your book cover.

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Join NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulkner on our BookBaby Twitter chat April 22nd

Join NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulkner on our BookBaby Twitter chat April 22nd

JoinUs_April22_SocialThis Wednesday from 4-5 pm ET, we will host a Twitter chat discussing all things Camp NaNoWriMo, including how to stay motivated, discover inspiration, and navigate the transition between a completed manuscript and a published work. Author and Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner will be joining us. Add your voice, questions, opinions, and experience to the conversation.

To participate, simply tweet during the scheduled time using the #BBchat hashtag! Join us to learn more about Faulkner’s strategies and recommendations for authors.

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How to choose the perfect book title

How to choose the perfect book title

Choose your book titleWhen writing a business book, or a book in any genre, your book title plays a big part in selling your work. Here are tips to help you choose your title wisely.

If you’ve ever told your friends and family that you’re writing a book, I bet the first thing they asked you was, “What’s it about?” And then, “What’s it called?” So it’s no wonder that authors tend to get a bit fixated on their book title right from the beginning.

Your book title will have a major impact on whether or not people buy it. Next to the cover design, it’s the single most important pre-purchase feature. So how do you choose the perfect title for your business book? Here are some quick and easy ways to generate ideas.

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London Book Fair 2015 Day Two: Show Daily

London Book Fair 2015 Day Two: Show Daily

LondonShowDaily2_SocialGet all the news from one of the world’s largest book expos, the London Book Fair, taking place in Olympia, West London April 13-19, 2015.

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BookBaby mailbag: Clarifying the notion of hybrid publishing

BookBaby mailbag: Clarifying the notion of hybrid publishing

hybrid publishing questionsAs I’ve received lots of comments on our new BookBaby guide, the Hybrid Author Game Plan, I thought I’d clarify some misconceptions about hybrid publishing might work in practice for our authors.

Jeffrey H. wrote: “Read your article, but I think it is somewhat misleading if one is trying to submit to magazines, and journals and publications—be it short stories, poetry, whatever. These publications typically demand unpublished manuscripts—they do not want to even consider something that is already out there.”

You’re spot on correct about the use of the same content. My thought about the “hybrid” nature of publishing is to use different content in each publishing path.

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London Book Fair Day One: Show Daily

London Book Fair Day One: Show Daily

LondonShowDaily_SocialJust because you’re not attending the London Book Fair, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep up on the news from the show. Check out the show daily, courtesy of Publishers Weekly.

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Introducing the Hybrid Author Game Plan

Introducing the Hybrid Author Game Plan

Hybrid Author mastheadAs the self-publishing industry emerged, every author was tasked with a new – and very important – decision:

Should I continue to pursue the traditional publishing route – with the support of agents, publishers, editors, cover designers to push books into brick & mortar bookstores? – OR –

Should I try my hand at self publishing – either DIY or with the help of companies like BookBaby where I can retain more control and much more of the earnings?

Here’s the big change: Just a few short years later, this really isn’t a question anymore. Every author – new, experienced and everyone in between – can remove the “OR” and replace it with “AND.”

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How do you stay motivated when writing a novel?

How do you stay motivated when writing a novel?

Stay motivated when writing a novelWhether you’re writing a novel in a month for National Novel Writing Month, or you’re simply trying to finish that gripping fantasy book you’ve been working on for ten years, it can be hard to stay motivated. As a novelist, I find that there are days when the words flow easily, and others when even writing the first sentence feels about as easy as climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops.

While I love writing, and I can’t imagine not doing it for a living, I also know that there are days when I’d rather do almost anything other than face the pages I have to write. Every distraction, even laundry or the gym, looks like a more fun way to spend my afternoon. Here are some tips for getting and staying motivated while you write your novel.

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Finding creative momentum

Finding creative momentum

creative momentum to write a novelOne of the biggest benefits of NaNoWriMo for me is the creative momentum it spawns, even beyond November. Each year I’m energized by the imaginative sparks (and sometimes flames) that result from immersing myself in writing. I also learn (and relearn) important things about time management, discipline, and the value of writing with others.

But… sometimes the very creative momentum I prize so much wanes in the general hecticness of life. The monstrous bite of my to-do list can be scarier than any of my antagonists’ snarls. This year, I’m asking myself how to nurture the writing breakthroughs I’ve experienced this month and find ways to keep them going year-round.

I just discovered one simple technique: savor the good experiences of writing because momentum is fed by positive thoughts.

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