Get A Wow-Factor Book Cover To Help You Sell your Book

Get A Wow-Factor Book Cover To Help You Sell your Book

The fact is people DO judge a book by its cover. And I have seen some shady/abysmal ones in my time. I find this a lot with self-published books. Understandably, taking on the project yourself can cost money (mind you, not as much as it used to) but it really does not cost that much to get an experienced freelancer to help create a wow cover that is essentially a selling tool for your book.
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Designing Book Covers That Sell

Designing Book Covers That Sell

The fact is people DO judge a book by its cover. In my time, I have seen some great ones, creative ones, some out-of-the-box thinking ones, some I don’t get and some (quite frankly) shady or even in the abysmal category. The latter making me think, ‘what were you thinking?’ I have found all these categories both in the traditionally published books as well as self-published books. Focusing on self-published books, after speaking to many aspiring/new authors and self-publishers, the reason for some of the sub-standard or ill-thought out covers has been due to their presumptions of the costs of book cover design.
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Crowd Sourcing: Boost Sales Or Just A Nice To Have?

Crowd Sourcing: Boost Sales Or Just A Nice To Have?

Crowdsourced books, a novel approach that involves the author (or publisher) collaborating with the readers, seems to be on the increase. The latest one I came across in Publishers Weekly was fantasy author Silvia Hartmann where she invited her readers to watch her write her new novel The Dragon Lords. The project called, the Naked Writer (and no, it is not what you think), invites readers to comment and provide feedback on chapters Silvia posts on a publicly visible Google document.
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Talk Shows: A Great Way To Keep Up With All Things Publishing

Talk Shows: A Great Way To Keep Up With All Things Publishing

In my recent post titled, Let’s Have A Shindig, I wrote about a new platform called Shindig which was an online video chat platform for authors to interact with their readers/fans. Since then, I have come across publishing industry-related talk shows which share information about books, authors and publishers.

One of such is the new initiative by Alan Goldsher called BOOK IT Using the same Shindig platform, the hour-long show brings us in contact with a range of guests that include authors, publishing professionals and more.
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Let’s Have A Shindig

Let’s Have A Shindig

No, I am serious….I do mean a shindig. Shindig, the brainchild of Steve Gottlieb, is one of the newest online platforms to bring authors closer to their fans/readers. Shindig is a video chat platform where you not only get to interact with the author/speaker but the audience too. The author can do live readings from their latest books as well as live Q&A. Its application can be extended to talks, interviews and book tours. Plus, it can accommodate a group of 50 to 500.
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