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The Parts of a Book for Self Published Authors

Books are generally divided into three parts: The frontmatter, the body of the book, and the backmatter. Keep in mind that there is no book that has all of these parts. Use this list instead to make sure you have the right content in the right category, and that elements of your book appear in the sequence in which they are expected. Normally, unless otherwise noted, each of these items should start on a right hand page. Frontmatter The Frontmatter are the pages at the beginning of a book Read More +

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 +

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 +

Finding a Good Self Publishing Company

Here are 7 rules for any author shopping for a good self publishing company: 1.  You want to keep 100% of your rights Any self publishing company that does not allow you to keep 100% of your author rights is not a legitimate company, in my opinion, and you should avoid them at all costs 2.  You want a non-exclusive contract You don’t want to work with a company that restricts your rights and who you can work with.  You want someone who is trying Read More +

Book Marketing Advice for Christian Authors

  I was on a panel discussion on Wednesday on Self-Publishing on the Christian Blog Talk Radio station Fishn4Souls hosted by Matt S. Senge.  You can listen to the entire discussion here at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fishn4souls/2013/01/24/road-less-published-1.  I thought the discussion was very instructive and I think Christian authors in particular will enjoy the panel discussion (and the weekly radio program).  If I could summarize my advice to the many aspiring and published Christian authors who were on the panel and who called in, it would be this: There Read More +

When Do I Need to Get Permissions?

Here are the essential self-publishing guidelines for getting permissions that every author needs to know: Quotes from published books Generally you need to get permission if you quote, in total, more than 100 words from a published book.  Less than 100 words is usually considered fair use for which you don’t have to have permission. Quotes from periodicals Generally, you need to get permission if you quote, in total, 50 words or more from a magazine or journal.  Less than 50 words is usually considered Read More +

Tips To Promote Your Self-Published Book on Amazon

Once your self-published book is published and available on Amazon, here are some simple, yet very effective, things you can do to promote your book on Amazon. 1.       Get customer reviews You need to have customer reviews for your book on Amazon.  Reviews establish that your self-published book is credible and enjoyed by someone besides the author.  If you don’t have any reviews on Amazon, it is unlikely that anyone will purchase your book from Amazon. Get family members and friends to write reviews for Read More +