Posted in: on Monday, December 10, 2012 at at 10:12 AMComments
Posted in: on Monday, December 10, 2012 at at 10:12 AM
One of the
services that Publisher Services provides complimentary to our book
printing customers is a Pre-Flight check of printer-ready PDF files that have
been provided to print book covers and interiors. What exactly is a Pre-Flight
check? Pre-Flight is checking your book’s files to make sure they are good to
print. Without carefully going over your files and approving them for the
printer, there is a greater likelihood that something could go wrong and
mistakes will be missed. A Pre-Flight check is just the kind of pre-printing
look your files need before they go to print.
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Regardless of where you are in your writing project, you've certainly considered the importance of a web destination. Social media is a wonderful outlet, but having your own informational website is ulimately the best way for readers to find you.
Content should be at the top of your list. Yes, even before links to purchasing your book! Consider the reasons you would visit one of your favorite author's website. Maybe you want to learn more background about their latest book or what they are working on next. Here are some drivers to author websites:
Take the time to thoughtfully consider a clean, simple site with these elements and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of repeat traffic to your author site.
Music and the written word can create a wonderful collaboration. In fact, there are too many examples where one has had direct influence over the other to list. You may have an author blog you follow who mentions music or posts playlists. Most famously Twilight series author, Stephanie Meyer, has posted playlists for each book in the series.
If you ever wonder how to keep fans engaged on your website or blog, creating a playlist to share is a great addition. Playlists can be created to reveal mood, character background or simply share what gets you in the mood to write! It can also help you to keep content fresh without having to write a full post. Consider incorporating a monthly or weekly list into your posting routine.
You can even go a step further and routinely share your playlists on your Facebook page or through specific apps using music services such as Last.FM and the new (to the US Market) Spotify. The real power is in the sharing because it's one more way you can make a personal connection with your readers and fans.
If you already incorporate playlists into your writing feel free to share examples.
Posted in: on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at at 2:34 PM
In an era where book store chains are disappearing while the number of e-distributed books and new authors are rising, how will your book get noticed? This is the burning question everyone is asking as they mull over self-publishing. Recently publishing strategist, Jane Friedman, delivered a keynote to the Writers' League of Texas Agents Conference discussing the "state of the book" and she did not mince words.
Her key note was titled "Is The Book Dead? Who Cares!" where she addressed the fact that the publishing industry is moving from a place where limited shelf-space is no longer an issue. Wrap your mind around that for a moment. This makes for a great situation for authors in making their works available. It's easier than ever before. But because there are more titles available, how can you get your book in the right hands?
Friedman believes "we have not stopped improving" the digital process (both publishing and distribution). So don't limit yourself. She explains how she believes some of the most creative storytelling of the moment is happening on television (she cited Madmen and Six Feet Under among others). Yet others believe the future of revealing a story lies with movies or games. In other words, the future is unwritten. It's up to you!
TechChi has posted a brief review of Friedman's keynote. Among the info you will find there is a slide used to show the many avenues authors can connect with their audience. You may have read recently this being called the "transmedia approach." If you haven't seen the Social Media Wheel take the time to analyze it and see just how vastly you can build and connect to your audience.
And lastly, we wanted to share a related post The Passive Voice turned us onto today. It's about a series written by Fortune magazine where various people share their experiences of making it in the current economy and how they have reinvented themselves. Author Paul Levine demonstrates this by showing how his routine has become less writing-intensive and more focus given to online book forums, Facebook and monitoring his book sales. It's a brave new world.
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