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tiktok for authors

Over the last few years, and especially over the Covid-19 pandemic, TikTok has become one of the most powerful social media platforms available to authors and influencers.

TikTok has a proven track record of taking someone who is relatively unknown and giving them a seemingly unlimited stage. As one of the top ten most used social media platforms, TikTok is becoming the space to be.

summer 2022 new releases

Happy Fall! Keep reading to hear all about the exciting books we have for you soon!

Keep your eyes peeled for a pulse-pounding thriller, a heart-renching historical novel, a historical mystery, and a nonfiction book to revolutionize how you view the world.

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preparing for your author website

You’ve decided you’re ready to pursue publication. Whether you’re going to self publish, hybrid publish, or go a more traditional route, it’s likely you’ll eventually need to put together a website. You have a few options for how you can go about this, but no matter which way you choose, you’ll need to be prepared with material to populate your website.

summer 2022 new releases

Autumn is upon us, and we have a few new books we're really excited about!

Keep your eyes peeled this fall for this YA Rom-Com and this gritty rural mystery.

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how to build an author platform without a book
It’s no secret that your author career benefits from having an active online presence. It’s also well known that there’s no fast way to build a platform that will last long into your career and bring the results you’re hoping for time and time again.

Posting about your book around publication is fairly straightforward, but what should you post in the off season? Maybe you’re waiting for the right links to share or your book is on submission and it will be a while before you’ll have a product to share. It’s also possible your last book released six months ago and your next one comes out in another six months but there’s nothing to say about it yet. What do you post about then?

how to get a book published exploring the paths to publication

Most authors, after typing “The End” for the first time on their manuscript, very quickly learn there’s a lot more to the publishing industry than meets the eye. After all,  their cousin is making decent income from the book they published on Amazon, and authors like Steven King and J.K. Rowling have brought publishing into the public eye. Why shouldn't they have that same type of success?

But the deeper they dig, the more there is to learn about the publishing industry, and it turns out there are a lot of ways to get a book published.

Of the different possible options, there are three main paths to publication in the modern age of publishing: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publishing, and Self Publishing (also referred to as Author Publishing or Independent Publishing, as the author takes on the additional role of publisher).

Let’s talk about a few of the differences and key parts of the path for these publication options so you can find the right path for you.

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From amateur sleuths to hard-boiled detectives, we have the mystery, suspense, and crime fiction books to keep you glued to the page this winter. Whether you're looking to jump in with a new series and a sleuth you can relate to or you're looking for that adrenaline rush that comes with high action, one of these is bound to keep you guessing until the very last page.

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summer 2022 new releases

Summer is almost here, which means it's time to stock up on books for your upcoming pool days, vacations, or hammock adventures!

These upcoming months are a gift to crime readers everywhere and will keep you guessing with some of your favorite detectives making reappearances and new sleuths making their debut.

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Top YA Fiction

Whether you're a young adult or an adult who's young at heart, this mix of YA Fantasy, YA Romance, and YA Literary Fiction has a little something for everyone.

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summer 2022 new releases

Spring is nearly here, and our list is growing again!

This month we have something for everyone, from the return of a favorite fictional sleuth to how to talk about politics with your family to a moving vignette collection.

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Top YA Fiction

This season is a season for reflecting and re-engaging. If you're looking for some inspiration this Lenten season, we have a book for you.

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March promises to be a thrilling release season for our authors!

From amateur slueths to hard boiled detectives, memoirs, fantasy, and apocalyptic speculative fiction, our March 2022 lineup is sure to entertain, encourage, and educate.

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Top YA Fiction

Nonfiction brings insight and advice to you, wherever you're at. These books are messages of love, survival, hope, and reconnection. There's something here for everyone.

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Close-up Of A Person's Hand Marking Error With Red Marker On DocumentIf you’re not doing these 5 things, your manuscript risks ending up in the dreaded slush pile.

Top YA Fiction

This list is for the deep thinkers among us who long to see the world as vibrantly and brilliantly as possible, those who want to look through the lens of another's eyes and hear the rhythm of their heart. If you're a fan of poetry, vignettes, and collected essays, this list is for you.

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Publishing, like any industry, is full of its own jargon. When you’re first getting started, knowing a few of these key phrases and acronyms may help you get past those first stages of confusion.

Top YA Fiction

For both the young and the young at heart, a good picture book will entertain. These are some of our favorites for you and your little ones.

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how to get a book published exploring the paths to publication

Submitting your manuscript can be a hard thing to do. It's risky to put yourself (and your work) out there, so before you do, there are a few things you should have to make the process easier.

Whether you’re aiming to submit your book to a publishing house, a literary agent, or moving toward self publishing, there are few things most submission forms have in common. Preparing these items in advance can help you understand your manuscript better and help you and the publishing house when you’re ready to market your book to the world when the time comes, so even if it’s not requested in the submission form, you’ll want to have these items in your arsenal.

Father's Day Book Recommendations
Happy Father's Day!
We hope you're enjoying time with your loved ones. If you're still looking for the perfect gift for dad, we have to recommend these books. Whether you want to inspire him or give him an epic hero to follow, these books will be a hit.

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Book TrailLaunching your book is a big accomplishment! Follow these 10 steps to get the most out of your book launch.

Ready-set-goSometimes, knowing when you're ready to publish is as hard as writing the manuscript. There are always final edits, and you could have a thousand final drafts. (FinalDraft.doc, ReallyFinalDraft.doc, ReallyReallyFinalDraft.doc, OkThisOneIsItFinalDraft.doc.) Sound familiar? Around here, it's our writers' favorite tune.

It's ok. We get it.

You've poured so much energy and love into your work and now you have to ship it off to a printer and send it out into the cold, cold world. You want to do everything you can to ensure its success.

Or, perhaps you're so sick of the darned thing you just want to be done with it. You're tempted to send it in. No. Matter. What.

So how do you know if you're truly ready to publish?

Book TrailWhether you’re beginning your author platform or multiple years in and looking for the next right addition, you’ve probably thought about starting a blog. Your options are endless, beginning can be daunting, and it can be hard to narrow down your niche so your blog can be as effective as possible.

When it comes to publishing a book, there are many details that authors often don't think of until the time comes to make a decision. The size of the book is one such detail. For example, you might think you want a "small" book, but what exactly does that mean? There are a number of book sizes that could be considered "small." Or what exactly is "workbook size"?

Choosing the right size for your book comes down to several key issues, the biggest of which is your book's purpose. Is this a work of fiction, a trade book, a design book, a cookbook, or a textbook? Do you have a collection of poems you're seeking to publish? Certain sizes are better suited to certain types of books.

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It’s no secret that email lists are one of the best marketing tools to have in your belt. They allow you to reach your followers in one of the most intimate ways any person or brand can—their inbox.

As an author, you've probably spent more time worrying about what goes on the page than what goes around it. But as a reader, you've likely relied on the little print around the margins--you know, the stuff that tells you the author's name, what chapter you're reading, and what page you're on. That "stuff" is called the "page elements," and it's an important detail to your published book.

Three Ways a Book Could Support Your Business

Whether you live on the road, spend most of your days teaching students, clients, or customers, or you manage your own trade business and sell handmade products, a book could help your business reach new markets and your advice reach new customers.

Not convinced yet? Here are three ways a book may support your business.

bookinsideHow a book reads is an important detail that can be easily overlooked in the publishing process. But if your book's text isn't attractive and easy to read, then readers will be turned off before they even get into your message or story.

Too much text, small margins, and cramped lines are a few of the mistakes that are easy to make while laying out a book. But one of the most important, and subtle, details to creating a readable book is the font used for the body of the work.

When it comes to typesetting a book, you have many more choices in fonts than Times New Roman or Arial. Even better, choosing the right font for your book doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg––in fact, it doesn't have to cost you anything. We're sharing with you our favorite fonts for book copy. Some of our choices are available free from online font sites and others come standard on most computers.

whats your book about

There is one question most authors dread more than any other question in the world. Your friends ask it, your family asks it, your followers ask it. And someday, your readers will ask it, too.

“What’s your book about?”

No matter what stage of the writing process you’re in—whether you’re just beginning the first draft or you’re sitting at a table in a bookstore for an author signing, this question (or some variation on it) will crop up.

So how do you answer it? How do you take all your hours of passion and research and boil it down to an answer that won’t scare off the asker?

Nailing down how to do this will help you in every stage of marketing your book—whether you’re trying to land an agent or publisher or trying to gather interest from readers.

BooksFlyI have some bad news. People do judge your book by its cover.

Your cover is actually one of the most crucial pieces of your published book. After all, what does it matter if you wrote a revolutionary life-changing guide or the most gripping mystery if nobody opens the book to read it?

As an independent author, you likely want to have a strong say in your book cover––you may even want to put your creative skills to use and design it yourself. But with it getting easier than ever for people to publish, and with a dramatic increase in self-published authors, book shelves are getting muddled with sub-par covers. Self-published authors are giving their secret away with common mistakes that can be easily avoided.