How Self Publishing a Book Can Help Your Business

A self published book can be a great way to get new prospects for your business, add value to your services and increase your revenue.   Here are just a few ways self publishing a book can help your business: A book is the new business card Nobody cares about your business card.  They will likely throw it away after they meet you.  A book on the other hand, seldom gets thrown away.    A business card just means you have access to a print shop.  A Read More +

Winner of the 2013 Paris Book Festival for best Biography/Autobiography!

Tears For My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy, a book published by Bookstand Publishing, and written by Dean Dimitrieski, WON THE  2013 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL for best BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY! I’ve read the book and it is a great read.  Congratulations Dean! It is available on Amazon and Bookstand Publishing. TEARS FOR MY CITY – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DETROIT WHITE BOY, TEARS FOR MY CITY, by Dean Dimitrieski,  tells the true story of an immigrant white kid from Macedonia who moves to the Read More +

How to Market a Poetry Book

Very few poets ever live off the proceeds from their work. Most poets, even the most widely published, hold other jobs to pay the bills.  If you want money, don’t expect to make it from poetry. Having said this, it is still a good idea to market your poetry book.   Marketing your poetry can help give your poetry recognition and appreciation from the wider public.  In addition, for most poets, any money earned from the sales of books is appreciated even if it doesn’t pay Read More +

Self-Published Poets Hall of Fame

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I would publish this list of great poets who self published their books.   This is but a very small list, as thousands of famous poets have self-published. American poet Walt Whitman self-published many editions of his collected poems, Leaves of Grass (first edition published on July 4, 1855). Leaves of Grass continues to sell thousands of copies each year — almost 120 years after his death! T.S. Eliot, author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Read More +

How to Format Your Book for Self Publication

Here are the basics steps on formatting your manuscript in Microsoft Word for self publication.   These steps include including setting up the correct trim size, setting up the correct margins, formatting the text, and numbering the pages. Be sure your book is in ONE electronic file. Set up your page size. The Directions below are for MS Word 7 and 10 The most common and most economical trim sizes is 5.25 inches wide x 8.25 inches tall. To format to our other sizes, please change Read More +

Online Relationships are Key to Marketing Your Self Published Book

Today, more books are purchased online than through traditional bookstores. The key to making online book sales happen is to establish key relationships with websites, blogs, and social networking sites of special interest to your target market. Here are the steps to do this: 1.  Make A List of the Sites and Blogs of Most Interest to Your Potential Audience I recommend that authors make a list of the top five targeted websites and top five targeted blogs or social networking sites that your most Read More +

Is Self-Publishing for You?

When considering whether or not to self-publish your book, keep in mind that traditional publishers publish much less than 1% of all unsolicited manuscripts they receive each year. Many industry insiders estimate the amount to be 0.1%. If you fall into the 99.9% that they reject, you will probably be very frustrated with that process, but you won’t be alone.With self-publishing, you take control of your own destiny. Make your book a success yourself! Ten years ago, if you could not interest a traditional publisher Read More +

How To Get Your Self Published Book On Bookstore Shelves

Here are the items you need to have in order to get your self published book inside brick and mortar bookstores:  1.     The Basics  No bookstore will put your book on their shelf, unless you have the essential items below. ISBN number Bowkers Books in Print Registration Distribution through the wholesaler Ingram and/or Baker & Taylor Print on Demand order fulfillment Hardcover or Paperback binding Most self publishing companies will provide these items to you as a part of their basic services. 2.      Read More +

How To Self Publish a Book

Here are the basics of how to self publish a book: 1.  Write your manuscript You need to write your novel, how-to-book, short stories, memoir, or poetry in a single electronic manuscript, preferably in Microsoft Word.  Gone are the days when writers wrote on typewriters or wrote out their stories in longhand.  If you have your manuscript on a typewriter or written out in longhand you will need to find someone who can input the manuscript into a MS Word document or other electronic format. Read More +

What is an Author Platform?

Your author platform is where you communicate your expertise or interest on a regular basis.  Having a successful platform means you are known for something.  Being known for something means your book about your area of expertise or interest has the potential to sell well. Building an author platform takes time.  Ideally, you should build your platform 2 to 3 years before you publish your book.  In reality, however, many self-published authors decide to publish a book as a way to begin to build their Read More +