Part 1 of our Print On Demand series focuses on your POD publishing timeline, the importance of the pre-order sales period, how "on demand" works for the retailers, and how you can maximize book sales with your printed book.

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Think of your book description as the most important sales pitch of your life. Every word must count, every idea must serve to rope readers in. Too often, indie authors fall short and lose readers to a book with better promo copy.

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For anyone who equates Amazon with the transformation of in-store retail culture to the stay-at-home experience of online shopping, the retail giant is writing a new chapter. Earlier this month, the first Amazon Books store opened in University Village in Seattle, Washington.

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Think of your favorite books in your personal library. Aside from the titles and authors, what usually come to your mind? All those beautiful covers? Some covers tell a story in and of themselves. So what about the other side of the book? I'll wager that nobody remembers what’s on the back cover of their favorite books. And yet I believe this is the most important – and most overlooked – book marketing real estate for self published authors.

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A university professor recently asked, “Will print books still exist in ten years?” It was a provocative question, a question intended to spark discussion. When we stated emphatically, "Yes, of course they will!" he remained unconvinced. His undergraduate students prefer reading digitally, he attested, evidenced by the fact that they are constantly on their laptops and iPhones. He insisted that millennials' digital fluency is leading to a decline in print reading. His theory seems logical, but data doesn’t support it.

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As an author, we know you appreciate the value of the written word, but there's something about an infographic that spells out an idea and puts it into perspective. We asked our designers to create this infographic to help add a colorful twist to the notion of how to promote your self-published book. If you're going to use print on demand books – we've got ideas for how to put 100 of them to work for you.

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