Publishing Tuesday 4/1/14, Connect with Your Readers

By Bruce Jones
My weekly list of ideas and news to help you Write, Edit, Design, Publish, and Market your books

Maybe we have made it through the winter, it is about time, bring on the flowers

There are a lot of great ways to connect with your readers on line, here are three.
https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2013/02/12/tips-for-engaging-your-readers-onlineThese are all such great places I thought I would list them out also.
Amazon Author Page https://authorcentral.amazon.com/
Goodreads.com https://www.goodreads.com/
LibraryThing.com https://www.librarything.com/
Shelfari.com https://www.shelfari.com/

Three pretty easy marketing ideas for your book, the email signature idea is a no brainer (page takes a while to load, give it a moment)
https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2014/01/28/three-easy-marketing-ideas
Promoting your book starts way before you start writing it, here are 71 things your can do to get started
https://www.yourwriterplatform.com/promote-and-market-your-book/
Most of my books are published using CreateSpace.com the print on demand side of Amazon. Here is a basic step-by-step article to get you started on how to publish a book using CreateSpace.
https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/03/lyn-horner/

How to build buzz for your book using Social Media by Peg Fitzpatrick, some nice straight forward tips
http://thefutureofink.com/build-buzz-for-your-book-social-media/

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“How to Publish Your Book” Releases Feb 15 in the Kindle Store

How to Publish Your Book, Beginners Guide

How to Publish Your Book, Available at Amazon.com

By Bruce Jones

I am pleased to announce the release of my newest book, How to Publish Your Book, A Beginner’s Guide for Print, Digital and e-Books. In this book I take you through an introduction and overview to self-publishing. The services, the different kinds of books you can create, the where, why and how. The power is in your hands and we can now publish, distribute and sell our writing around the world for almost no money or resistance. It is an amazing moment in time, and we can take advantage of it. This book shows you how.

How to Publish Your Book covers why you should self-publish, how you can make money from publishing your own books, and where you should publish. How to Publish Your Book talks about using the latest print-on-demand services like CreateSpace.com and Lulu.com for producing paperback, hard cover, photo and audio books. After discussing where to publish we turn to where to sell your book, the types of books you can make and then how you do it. The book also talks about the Kindle Comic Creator the new free application from Amazon that lets you publish graphic novels, comic books and children books super easy and very fast. After publishing and selling comes marketing and we have an overview of what to do before your start writing to build your platform and what to do after the book is out.

One of my favorite topics is how you can re-purposing of your content. Write it once and use it over and over in many different ways. We learn about some of the other product creation sites that you can use and how to extend your book.

In all of my books there is an extensive resource list of sites and services that you can use in creating your book and this continues that tradition. The list includes Layout and Design sites; including resources for; Clip Art, Color Palette Generators, Commercial Stock Photo Sites, Fonts, Online Photo Editing, and Public Domain Photo Sites. In the publishing resource we have Book Publishing, e-Book and Print-on-Demand Sites, e-Book Aggregators, and iPad publishing. Re-purposing Your Content includes; Blog Platforms, E-mail hosting, Google Resources, Video and Video Marketing, Photo Sharing, Single Subject Blog Sites and Social Media. The last section of the resources is about re-purposing your content, this section includes; Audio Recording Software, Screen Capture Software, Gift and Apparel Producers, Personal Broadcasting, Transcription Software, Video Distribution and Sharing, Web Based Screen Capture Software and Outsourcing.

How to Publish Your Book is available in the Amazon/Kindle Store. Shortly coming to print. Click here to see the Amazon page.

What is a Book? Start of a New Series on “How to Publish Your Book”

I am starting a new series of posts on How To Publish Your Book. The series will take you through the basic process of getting your book published and delivered to market.

It seems like many of us have a book inside just waiting to come out. With all the changes going on today and the falling of the publishing, distribution, and marketing gatekeepers it is getting easier and easier to bring your book to market.

What is a Book?
Wikipedia defines a book as:
“A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A set of text-filled or illustrated pages produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book, or e-book.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Escribano.jpg

Portrait of Jean Miélot, after 1456

Well that is one definition. Books have changed a lot especially with the growth of e-books. We use to think of a book as a physical things that was maybe 300 pages long, printed on paper, nice cover, permanent. Not any more. Books can be any length, even one page. In electronic form it is hard to tell how big a book is, it all depends on the device that you are reading it on. It is more about the information then the length. Books use to be permanent, once printed you couldn’t change them. Now with print-on-demand and e-books, if you want to make a change you just upload a new file. Books can be constantly updated. This has pulled the rug out from under traditional publishers but has opened up tremendous opportunities for authors. Books can be in physical form, electronic form, pdf, audio, video, long and very short.

From my own experience I have found it is way easier to write and deliver six 60 page books than one 360 page book. You can now turn your six books into a series or volumes, combine them back together into a collectors edition of all six. It is more like the days of Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle when books were serialized. You can now charge for all six and make more money than you can for the one.

What a book is today is a shifting concept but one that fits very well into the internet and the electronic world.

The next post will cover Why Should I Self-Publish My Book?.