Wouldn’t if have been a blast to help put this together? Makes me want to create one of my own.
Watch the world’s longest book domino chain:
How to Launch a Bestselling Book – Michael Hyatt reveals some tremendous tips to have your book make a big splash. One of our clients followed some of these ideas along with some of their own. They sold out every online bookseller in the country withing four days (Amazon, B&N, Ingram, Books-a-Million, Lifeway, ChristianBook, Mardel, etc.) It can work if you have the right platform established ahead of time.
7 Minutes to a New You – Simple exercises you can do in your office to increase your health.
8 Myths About Audiobooks – Have you ever made any of these assumptions? Well done article.
The Art of Book Stacking – I have to admit to being a little geeky about this post. These are the kind of towers I used to build when I was in the bookstore business. I still remember the six foot mountain we built out of a new Frank Peretti novel using nearly 500 copies. The key is to make is so the customer can still buy a copy and not feel like they are playing a game of Jenga.
Twitter is Changing the English Language – Do you agree or is this an overstatement?
Man Writes the Entire Bible in Longhand – Took him four years. If you’d like to do this kind of thing yourself on a smaller scale, check out the Journibles from Reformation Heritage Books. This is a very cool way to devotionally hand-write books of the Bible like using a journal. Try out the booklet on Psalm 119 to see if it works for you (only $4.00).
by Steve Laube
Both Tamela and Karen wanted “C” to stand for coffee or chocolate since both seen to be must-haves for any writer. Instead I’m going to fudge a little (pun intended) and write about the “non-Compete” clause in your contract. This clause has become the latest playground for negotiations.
Here is a simple version of a non-compete clause:
The Author will not publish or authorize the publication of any other work which would adversely affect the sale of the Work without the Publisher’s prior written consent.
Seems fairly innocuous, and it is. This publisher is basically saying “don’t write another book similar to this one.”
Take a look at this language from another publisher’s contract:
Author will neither publish nor authorize the publication anywhere of any Competing Work, including any Competing Work co-written by Author, in any form equivalent to a Physical Version, Digital Version, or in any form hereafter devised. A “Competing Work” shall be any work on the same or similar topic contained in the Work, treated in the same manner and depth, and directed to the same audience.
Imagine you have written a book about anger in the workplace and then later want to write about anger as a parent for a different publisher. Are those “competing” works? Would the second adversely affect the sale of the first?
Special Days in June to Market You Book – Edie Melson does it again! Did you know this week is “Fishing Week”?
Publishers Should Invest In Authors, Not Just In Books - from Forbes magazine online. What do you think of what she is saying?
The Seven Deadly Myths of Digital Publishing – I found myself nodding in agreement while reading this article by Bill McCoy the executive director of the International Digital Publishing Forum.
Are You Ready to Contact an Agent? Take This Short Quiz and Find Out - A clever way to ask yourself some key questions in your pursuit.
Free is not the magic number: New trends in ebook pricing - This is an ongoing debate within the publishing community. What is the value of a book? $2.99? $5.99? $0.00? $9.99? The implication have enormous economic consequences.
Note how one self-published author uses Pulsing and Pacing in her ebook pricing strategy.
21 Platform Building Insights from Authors and Experts Who Excel at It - Wow.Far too much good advice to absorb in one sitting!
Create a Great Title for Your Book – A well done article that could help your Muse
Five Things Indie Authors Do Very Well – Dr. Alison Baverstock makes some solid observations.
Cover Letters and Book Proposals – Looking for some help with these? This article provides the basics.
Proofread Like a Pro – Never hire me as your poorfreader. Need I say more?
Are E-Book Sales Declining…in Canada? – Don’t forget that Publishing is a global concern.
Why American Kids Have ADHD and French Kids Don’t – Fascinating. Do you agree or disagree?
Enjoy these definitions of “Biblio” (via tumblr)
From A Passion for Books by Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan
by Steve Laube
Whenever I lecture about money the room becomes unusually quiet. Instead of a common restlessness from listeners there is a thrumming impatience to reveal the punch line. The punch line that declares every writer will be rich.
Now that I have our attention let’s turn to the topic of the day. The Advance. This is defined as the money a publisher pays to the author in “advance” of the publication of the finished book. We read about the seven-figure advances in the news because they are unusual and quite substantial. The amount given to everyone else can be rather different. (Read the article where Rachelle Gardner answers the question “What is the Typical Advance.”)
The money is not given all at once. There is usually an amount given for signing the book contract and the balance comes at various stages of the writing process. Some pay half on signing, half on acceptance of an acceptable manuscript. Some pay one-third on signing, one-third on acceptance, and one-third on publication. There can be other triggers to create payments like an acceptable proposal for subsequent books in a multi-book deal. We even had one highly unusual situation where the total amount of the advance was divided up over the course of 15 months and the publisher paid the author monthly.