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.

How to Sell Your Printed Books: Tips from Jonathan J. Wunrow

How to Sell Physical Books: Tips from Jonathan J. WunrowBookBaby Print Services' Author-of-the-Month: Jonathan J. Wunrow

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about how to promote and sell your eBooks. so we thought it'd be a good idea to offer periodic tips on how to sell physical books too! And who better to ask for advice on this topic than independent authors who've returned to BookBaby for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th printing of their books. They're obviously doing something right, right? In this author-of-the-month series, we ask writers who have a proven sales history to give us a few tips and tricks on how they attracted attention to their book, and how they converted that attention into sales. This month, we hear from...

Jonathan J. Wunrow, author of High Point: A Climber's Guide to Central America.

Here are a few things I've done to promote High Points: A Climber's Guide to Central America:
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Douglas Keister’s Race To Publish A Book About The Paradise Fire

Traditional publishing seems to be mentally moored in a slow-lane ethos. What if you don't have the luxury of time to publish a book?

Is eBook distribution enough? Why selling hard copies of your novel matters

Why authors need to publish printed booksTaking your writing career to the next level with printed books

Go to any publishing industry trade show, writers conference, or book fair and you'll hear a lot of talk about "digital disruption" and the "eBook revolution." But look around for a second. Notice anything? Printed books! Sure, eReaders and tablet devices are everywhere these day, but according to a new study only 4% of active readers are reading digital books exclusively. That means 96% of readers still buy printed books. Even among a younger demographic (age 30 and below), 50% of readers are purchasing printed books ONLY. As a self-published author you should absolutely make your book available as an eBook. The benefits are obvious: unlimited shelf-space, affordable worldwide distribution, no manufacturing costs per unit (beyond the initial design, formatting, and conversion), nearly instant delivery to your fans, and much more. But if you're serious about your writing career, you should also be selling your novel as a printed book.

3 reasons why you should print hard copies of your novel

When you publish a printed book with great design and a striking cover, you can:

Printed Books 101: the five most common manuscript file preparation problems

Printed Book 101: common manuscript prep mistakesTo a large degree, the beauty of a physical book depends on how well the manuscript file was prepared before the book went to print. If you want your printed book to look professional, be sure to avoid these common manuscript mistakes: 1. Fonts aren't embedded. By far, missing fonts is the most common reason print projects get delayed. Please remember to embed your fonts in your PDF file. 2. Page numbers are all on the same side of the page. Remember, even page numbers on left-side pages should be on the left side of the page, and odd page numbers on the right-side pages should be on the right side of the page. (Of course, you won’t have to worry about this if you center your page numbers.)
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Budget Enough Time (And Patience) For Your Book Promotion

It’s THE question. The one I’m always asked, whether I’m speaking at author conferences or doing webinars. Though phrased a little differently each time, it goes something like this: What are the most important things that go into successful book promotion? My response is always the same – a five-part answer. The first four parts are, quite frankly, pretty predictable. The last one might come as a bit of a surprise.
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Photographer Eli Vega Puts BookBaby’s Book Printing Services To The Test

Photographer Eli Vega put BookBaby's custom book printing to the test with his latest printed photo book, Right Brain Photography. "It turned out really well," said Vega. "It's on the shelves of several regional and local bookstores in my area and it's getting a lot of attention." BookBaby works with many different kinds of self published authors to create a high-quality, professional book product - some are more demanding and exacting than others. Without a doubt, you can count Vega in this category.


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