“Currently unavailable.” When you read this on Amazon’s website you can be sure it is a POD Book…
Amazon assigns many of those out-of-stock books on an availability status of 2-3 weeks. And no one wants to wait that long when ordering on the internet.
POD (Print on Demand) services call it “self-publishing” – but there are important differences between a POD service and true self-publishing. They are in fact VERY EXPENSIVE PRINTERS – NOT PUBLISHERS! POD printers are producing the book only when ordered. What are the differences?
TRUE self-publishing: all rights remain with the writer, who has full ownership of her work, including the ISBN number.
POD services: mostly owns the ISBN and the author has a very limited claim on digital and/or electronic publishing rights.
TRUE self-publishing: the writer controls all aspects of the publishing process, cover art, print style, pricing etc.
POD services: choices are…
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I know a lot of authors have set quirks, things they do while they’re writing. Some will always start and end a book with a glass of a particular wine or only like to work at the Starbucks on Central. I tend to kick back on my couch, prop my trusty Asus laptop on my legs and just go for it. I don’t have specific rules for how much I write every night, but I try to write something every night. There are nights when that will be a couple thousand words and there are nights when I’m lucky to get a couple sentences to line up on the page. The last couple nights have been “lucky to get a couple sentences out” nights. I think I managed to get a woman to shoot an arrow and a dragon to slide smoothly out of the woods.
I really only follow…
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If you are an author trying to market your book and understand how it all works, the first steps to follow are: dive into social media, build a marketing plan, and generally speaking, use any help you can get in order to spread the word.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you draw a marketing plan:
-what are the right tools for what you want to achieve
-where are the places to help you get the word out
-what kinds of reviews copies you will use
-how you can grow your audience and what kinds of readers you like to have; don’t think in numbers terms but in terms of audience type, geography, culture, education, and age
Every marketing plan should start with pre-planning the strategy and this includes:
-an honest determination of capabilities and strengths
-how far in advance you will send…
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