Archive for the 'Publishing' Category

Print Books Are Selling

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Did you see the news in Publishers Weekly this week? Print sales are up—yes, again. Those of you who prefer the ease and thrift of publishing only ebooks, take note. Those who stubbornly produce print as well, rejoice. The print book is not dead. According to Nielsen BookScan, sales were up 2.8% in 2015. Sales […]

Are You Destined to Fail as an Author?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

“How can I possibly take time to promote a book?” “I have a life, you know.” “I wrote the book, isn’t that enough? Now it’s time for me to take my life back and collect royalties, right?” “Anyway, this book will sell itself!” This is the mindset of many, many new authors. In fact, this […]

Publishing Success—One Step at a Time

Friday, January 9th, 2015

I hope you have missed seeing fresh postings here. As a matter of fact, I’m spending my time with my other blog this week. At http://www.matilijapress.com/catscapades, I’m telling my story of publishing success. Of course, you know that success is relative, right? In fact, I sat with my attorney for about $400 worth this morning. […]

The Art of Making Better Publishing Choices, continued

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Once you have created a viable product (a clean, well-written manuscript that is wanted/needed by a segment of the population), it is time to consider your publishing options. And today they are in-your-face plentiful. Ads for “self-publishing” companies follow you around everywhere you go on the Internet. And if you connect with one of them, […]

The Art of Making Better Publishing Choices

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Never before have there been so many options for the author. Not only must you select from a startling array of genres and subgenres for your proposed book, and dozens and dozens of editorial services, there are countless more publishing options available. How do you—the eager hopeful author—make the right decisions on behalf of your […]

Can Other Authors Help or Hinder Your Publishing Experience?

Monday, December 15th, 2014

How valuable are other author’s experiences? Often, when you attend a writers conference or writers group meeting, the program consists of other authors sharing their publishing experiences. Sure, if you’re new to publishing, you should be listening to the experiences of others, but to what extent are these useful? Here’s my take on this subject: […]

I’m a Published Author; Now What?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

This is number five in my Publishing Blog Series. See the other four posted November 5, 6, 8, and 10, 2014. So your dream is to become a published author. It could be because you have something to say or to share. Some of you want to produce a book as an added dimension to […]

Submission Guidelines: How Important Are They?

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Just like dogs, horses, artists, fingerprints, personalities, no two publishers are alike. They produce different material, have different requirements, and their submission guidelines are different. Why consider submission guidelines? Why not just present your material to the publisher of your choice? Even though there are hundreds more publishers, there are also thousands more hopeful authors […]

Keys to Choosing the Right Publishing Option

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The first step to choosing the right publishing option for your particular project is to know what your options are. Here’s a link to an article I wrote that clearly and completely outlines publishing options and how to proceed through each. http://www.matilijapress.com/articles/pod-publishing-alternatives.htm I suggest you study this article and let me know if you have […]

Self-Publishing is NOT the Only Other Option

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Yesterday we presented the first in this publishing series. The topic was landing a major traditional publisher. Most authors today will not seek out agent representation or publication with a major. Most, in fact, will go the quick and easy route—hire a self-publishing (pay-to-publish) service. Are you one of the thousands of authors who just […]