What Authors Should Read: November in Review

Another month has come and gone (and we are in the midst of the holiday season). We did a lot of posting and sharing in November — both of our own content and of other sites’ interesting articles, blog posts and more. In case you missed any of it, here’s …

5 Things Authors Need to Know About Amazon Kindle Scout

Have you heard about Amazon’s new crowdsourcing publishing program? It’s called Amazon Kindle Scout, and it’s basically American Idol meets book publishing. Here are five things you need to know about this program that might just turn the publishing world upside down. 1. Almost anyone can post their manuscript to Amazon …

Tweeting Your Way Onto the Bestseller List

Can social media really turn your book into a bestseller? Well, first and foremost, it has to be a good book. If it’s not, even the best marketing tactics won’t make you sell hundreds of thousands of copies. But using social media to your benefit can make the difference between …

Author Website Do’s and Don’ts

Recently a blogger for Publishers Weekly, Barbara Vey, wrote a piece about what she likes and doesn’t like on author websites. The full post is here, but I thought I’d include the highlights: DO have a website in the first place! Quote: “To me, being an author is a business …

Why Would Someone Buy Your Book?

In case you missed my post a few days ago, I provided some really interesting details from Bowker’s newly-released “2009 Book Consumer Annual Review: U.S. Demographics & Buying Behaviors.” Click here to read it. What I touched on a bit in that post, but would like to expand on here, …

The Bookselling Market: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Bowker recently released the “2009 Book Consumer Annual Review: U.S. Demographics & Buying Behaviors.” It was based on responses from 43,000 people in book publishing. And while it would cost you a whopping $1,000 to download and read the complete report, here are some highlights, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. This …

Tweeting Tips for Authors

I have had so many authors ask me this question: What in the world would I tweet about? And that’s from those who know what tweeting is, which isn’t everyone. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about tweeting and how it can help an author promote him …

Marketing Fiction Books on the Web

There was an interesting article in Publishers Weekly earlier this month that I thought I would share. It’s an interview with a variety of publishers and marketing executives dealing with how they market their fiction books, with a focus on their online efforts. You can read the full article, but …