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The novels everyone should read, according to top book lists and prizes

The novels everyone should read, according to top book lists and prizes

As much as we writers of the 21st Century like to believe the Internet will explode ‘the canon’ or render it obsolete, we keep coming back to these fun little lists. 10 best..., 3 favorite..., etc.

They’re so shareable! And great to argue over!

So, here’s another one: “The Novels Everyone Should Read.”

Lifehacker has posted a word cloud with all the books they think you should’ve read by now, ranked according to accolades the books have received (prizes and list appearances), including the Pulitzer Prize, National Review, Time, Times Literary Supplement, Goodreads, Library Thing, Guardian, and others.

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Join BookBaby’s Twitter chat on March 11th

Join BookBaby’s Twitter chat on March 11th

BBchat-MarchJoin BookBaby and author Shannon McLay in a Twitter chat about hybrid authors on Wednesday, March 11th from 4-5pm ET!

This week, we will be discussing the concept of hybrid authors, the term used to describe writers who are involved in both traditional and self-publishing somewhere in their literary career, and how to navigate that transition successfully. Former BookBaby author Shannon McLay (of Train Your Way To Financial Fitness) as well as some of our literary friends will be joining us, and we welcome you to stop by and say hello too!

To participate, simply tweet during the scheduled time using the #BBchat hashtag! If you are not completely familiar with Twitter but are interested in participating, check out this blog post for more information.

Add your voice, questions, opinions, and experience to #BBchat

Many of you will remember Shannon’s story…

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Pitching your book to agents on Twitter with #PitMad

Pitching your book to agents on Twitter with #PitMad

Finding Literary AgentsOn March 11th, literary agents will be turning to Twitter to find their next author clients.

That’s right: it’s time for another #PitMad, the manuscript pitching party on Twitter where you can tweet in hopes of finding an agent for your book.

Here’s how #PitMad works:

Between 8am and 8pm EST, authors can pitch their completed manuscripts two times per hour (per manuscript) in 140 characters or less using the hashtag #PitMad, along with the hashtag abbreviation for their genre (see below for those abbreviations).

Literary agents monitor the feed throughout the day and favorite the pitches they like. When an agent favorites your tweet, it’s an invitation to send them your query.

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Shipping’s FREE when you order 25+ books

Shipping’s FREE when you order 25+ books

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Print 25+ copies of your book and get FREE shipping!

From now through the end of March, you’ll get free ground shipping (US only) on any printed book order
of 25 to 1,000 units. Any book, any binding, any trim size, any cover option…
they all get free shipping!

Just use code “FREESHIP15″ when placing your book order.

(Offer expires March 31st. Cannot be combined with any other offer.)

Ready to make a book?

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Who is the typical author self-publishing with BookBaby?

Who is the typical author self-publishing with BookBaby?

How to self-publish your book the right wayDuring a recent BookBaby Twitter Chat, someone asked me, “Who is the typical BookBaby author?” The best way to answer that question is to introduce you to a few of them:

For his children’s book Sam Seagull’s Quite Pooply, self-published author Frank McKenna received inspiration from…well… above.

“I live near the beach and it always seems that right after I wash my car, a seagull will come and poop on it,” he says. “It’s as if they know. I was inspired to write the book because I thought it could make both grown-ups and kids laugh. Kids laugh anytime you say “poop” and grown-ups laugh because they can relate to the seagulls sixth sense about when to poop.”

Frank is one of hundreds of children’s book authors who are – pardon the pun – flocking to BookBaby.

“I chose Bookbaby because they made it look so simple and easy, and they did,” said McKenna who is working on more books for his 24 nieces and nephews. “It was a daunting task to figure out how to print it, but BookBaby really did make it a snap.”

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An interview with BookBaby President Steven Spatz

An interview with BookBaby President Steven Spatz

In the video above, Joel Friedlander of The Book Designer talks with BookBaby President Steven Spatz about some of the big changes going on at BookBaby and how they’ll work for indie authors.

Some of the subjects covered in this interview include:

  • What’s behind the change of BookBaby’s basic service from free to a $299 entry fee
  • The reason we decided to get into print on demand
  • How our “massive digital distribution” might benefit indie authors
  • Who the “ideal” author is for BookBaby’s services (Hint: it’s not the D-I-Y-ers)
  • Discoverability: where we’re is going next?
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#BBchat recap: marketing strategies for authors

#BBchat recap: marketing strategies for authors

BookBaby Twitter Chat: book promotionFor the February edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Lauren Lynne (BookBaby author of The Secret Watchers series) and BookBaby president Steven Spatz, for their thoughts on marketing strategies for authors. We prefaced this month’s chat with some initial pointers to get the conversation started, as well as a brief biography of Lauren, which you can check out here.

While many of the participants who responded to our questions expressed their understanding of the importance of setting goals and outlining a marketing strategy, the degree to which each author had achieved success by following their plans was mixed. A number of interesting content ideas and promotion tips were also shared; we hope you find them to be useful!

To view the entire chat transcript, please visit this link. Below is a selection of questions and answers from our discussion.

On developing formal marketing plans:

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Funny literary Valentine’s Day cards

Funny literary Valentine’s Day cards

Buzzfeed has posted 16 Hilarious Literary Valentine’s Day Cards for you! Don’t you feel loved now?

The cards “quote” famous writers’ imaginary innuendos, from the tacky to the scandalously tacky.

Check ‘em out HERE. Oh, and happy Valentine’s Day!

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Dear BookBaby: the parts of a book explained

Dear BookBaby: the parts of a book explained

From the inbox: BookBaby author K.D. chapman wrote:

Hi Steven!

“BookBaby just helped me publish my first book, Modeling Manhood: Adam Sandler’s Portrayals of Masculinity and Manhood and it was a great experience. I had a few issues with remembering things like remembering to attribute cover art and a couple of other details.

Now I am getting ready to send you my novel. What I need – and probably everyone else does too – is a printable check list to make sure I have all my ducks in a row. Title Page, Acknowledgements, Copyright/ISBN/ – I’m sure you get the drift. That way, before I send it to you it is all together and in the correct order.

So, can you help me with such a thing?

You’ve got it, K.D.!

To help answer this question, I didn’t have to go very far to find a solution.

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The opposite writing habits of famous authors

The opposite writing habits of famous authors

We’ve looked at the seven habits of highly effective writers, the preferred writing tools of popular authors, the strange day jobs of famous authors, and plenty of other things that provide a glimpse into what makes writers tick.

Now there’s a new infographic called “Opposite Habits of Famous Writers” that shows us which celebrated writers loved coffee and which loved tea. Were they dog or cat people? Did they write in the early morning or late at night?

Check out the image below for answers:

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