New Authors

June 1, 2010 by  
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There are so many details to cover when you are a new author. I’ve never found anywhere else which covers each and every detail of how to get started and walk you through each of the marketing stages.

When I needed my first ISBN I went to the library and asked a librarian how I could get one. They had no idea. Three hours of research on line and I finally found the one and only resource to get the ISBN.

At the time, in 2000, I was forced to get 10 for $200. Today you can buy one at a time for $30 and you can also get the barcode along with it for another $25. That is a great deal and will save a great deal of time.

Getting the book cover designed and a professional photo has to be a priority early on. It can take six to eight weeks to get a book cover designed.

Early copies need to be distributed to reviewers to make sure there are enough reviews to pick and choose from. Also radio producers need to get pre-press copies or at least a .pdf document to pre-arrange radio interviews.

It’s also important to set up speaking engagements early on so when the book is released there is a platform ready to launch.

ebooks vs print

June 1, 2010 by  
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I have a contact I met through a Facebook friend. She has a coaching practice in Florida. We’ve had a great dialogue going on for about a month.

She asked me what I thought about ebooks and I have to admit, I’m really torn between my attitude to support anyone with anything they choose to do and how much I’ve heard about the diminishing of authors who produce ebooks.

On the positive side ebooks are environmentally green. They can be downloaded directly after purchase which can save at least a week in shipping time and of course save on postage.

The downside is more than half of the people who buy ebooks never read them. So if you’re writing a book to make an impression or to make money you might not like those statistics.

A 200 page soft cover books can now be printed for around $4 and a hard cover for less than $10. The average Soft cover sells for $20 and hard cover for $27. So the profit margin is much greater than you can make on an ebook.

There are always exceptions but it still portrays more status to have a book in your hand rather than an ebook online.

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