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How to write jacket copy that will help sell your book

How to write jacket copy that will help sell your book

How to write effective jacket copy for your bookJacket copy: that briefest of descriptions which must, at quick glance, convey to a potential reader all the brilliance and complexity of your book. Yeah, no pressure!

It may be an impossible task, as author Josh Cook suggests in his blog article linked below, but giddyup, because your book is going to need some jacket copy, so it might as well be good  — or as good as you can get it.

Before you start writing the early drafts of your jacket copy (yes, just like your book, this text should probably go through several revisions), check out the following articles for some guidance, warnings, and inspiration.

4 articles to help you write better jacket copy for your book:

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Why you don’t need (and shouldn’t want) a publishing deal

Why you don’t need (and shouldn’t want) a publishing deal

Bad book contract

Indie author H.M. Ward is tired of the BS, misinformation, and scare tactics that have kept talented writers from self-publishing.

In under 3 years she’s sold over 4 MILLION books — all without the help of a big publisher, and in her blog post “The Roses are Dead” she sets out to anecdotally debunk a number of myths concerning the publishing industry.

She doesn’t want you to wait around any longer for that big book deal. According to Ward, many of your hopes for that book deal are based on false assumptions anyway.

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What does 2 billion book sales look like?

What does 2 billion book sales look like?

What does 2 Billion Book Sales Look Like?

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Book trailers? Absolute necessity or pretty fluff?

Book trailers? Absolute necessity or pretty fluff?

Book trailers for authors[This article was written by Camille Frantz and originally appeared on Free-eBooks.net.]

I follow many authors in my various social media streams – Google+, Facebook, Twitter – and one of the things I have been noticing is an increase in the frequency of book trailer postings.

I am a child of the 80s; and from a so-called “Third World” country, no less. The word “trailer” primarily forms the image of a vehicle that is towed behind another automobile or some kind, and is usually for either leisure or for the transportation of goods. After a while, the term “movie trailer” was assimilated into my vocabulary because … well, everybody goes to the movies, right? We used to call them “previews,” and in a lot of cases, that’s still a term that is used today. Previews, or trailers if you prefer the term, are how we determine whether a movie looks like something we’d want to see.

As with books, there are movies we automatically know we want to see just based on

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What is the ideal price for a shorter eBook?

What is the ideal price for a shorter eBook?

eBook Pricing45% of short (20-100 pages) eBook best-sellers priced at $1.99

[This article was written by Howard Polskin of Thin Reads.]

Does the price of an eBook single affect its sales?

The short answer:  yes, but not as much as you might think. We base this on Thin Reads’ exclusive analysis (conducted March 3, 2014) of the Kindle Singles best-seller chart. We know that most authors who write eBook singles (20-100 pages) never get accepted into the Kindle Singles program, but analyzing the Kindle Singles best-seller chart is a good way for authors to get guidance on the proper pricing for their work.  (We’ve been doing it for a year.)

Here are some of our findings:

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The top reasons for choosing a printed book over an eBook

The top reasons for choosing a printed book over an eBook

Top reasons to choose a print book over an eBook

As an author, you don’t have to choose; you can easily print physical copies of your book AND create a beautiful digital version for use on eReader, tablet, smartphone, or desktop.

But as we explored recently in an article called “Is eBook distribution enough? Why selling hard copies of your novel matters,” the majority of readers still prefer physical books to digital.

Why?

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Submit your eBook for the Digital Book Awards

Submit your eBook for the Digital Book Awards

How to submit your ebook to the Digital Book AwardsThe Digital Book Awards now accepting entries for 2015

The Digital Book Awards started in 2010 as a way of celebrating “innovation, creativity and excellence in all aspects of digital book publishing.” In previous years, winners and finalists (in thirteen categories) have included big-five publishers, small presses, indie authors, digital developers, platform hosts, and more.

And now you can nominate YOUR book for the 2015 Digital Book Awards. (The early-bird deadline is 09/02/14.)

To submit your book today, visit www.digitalbookworld.com/the-digital-book-awards/.

According to the Digital Book Awards, winners “will be announced and recognized at the annual Digital Book Awards Gala which takes place at the 2015 Digital Book World Conference & Expo on January 13-15 in New York City.”

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How a book happens: from book prize to publication

How a book happens: from book prize to publication

Book prizes: how a book happensThere’s an interesting new series you should check out on the Prairie Schooner blog called “How a Book Happens.”

Each post consists of an interview with a winner of a prestigious book prize.

The interviews are conducted by Kristi Carter (the book prize coordinator for Prairie Schooner) and explore what goes into the preparation of a manuscript, details about the submission process, how winning affects the life of the writer, and the life of the book. 

Only two entries have been posted thus far — one with kathyrn l. pringle and one with Allison Seay — but both are informative, fun to read, and digestible in just a couple minutes.

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How to write a great author bio that will connect with readers

How to write a great author bio that will connect with readers

How to write an author bioDoes your author bio induce snoring?

Your book is riveting, but your author bio is a snooze.

If you’re afraid the above sentence may describe you, well — don’t be too hard on yourself; plenty of brilliant authors freeze up when it comes to writing about themselves in sound-bites. They’re more comfortable creating lush fictions, not highlighting their own career achievements and personal anecdotes in (as Morpheus from The Matrix says) “the desert of the real.”

But comfy or no, you need to create a brief and compelling author bio for use on your website, book jacket, press releases, and more. In this article we’ll take a closer look at the key elements of an interesting bio, and also figure out which details should be omitted.

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Website tips for authors you won’t want to miss

Website tips for authors you won’t want to miss

Website tips for authorsBest-practices to smarten-up your online book marketing

Every week on The HostBaby Blog, we post new web and social media tips for artists. You’ll learn how to grow your email list, how to get readers to interact with your online content, how to draft newsletters that convert to sales, how to optimize your site for search, and more.

For those of you who haven’t been keeping tabs on the HostBaby Blog…

Here are some recent HostBaby Blog articles:

1. How often should I send my marketing emails?

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