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!
Great suggestions today, thank you!
I want to throw the Forbes article a parade.
I thought about this very topic this morning. What would it look like if pubs invested more in authors? Immediate questions followed: Aren’t we (authors) the ones who have to prove ourselves worthy to be invested in based on our book sales? Don’t we have to earn the right to be given more publicity?
Not sure if it’s like that, but I think it is. Don’t the two go hand in hand?
Not sure about the whole merchandise path though. I haven’t seen much merchandise except when books become movies and when I see certain YA bumper stickers or shirts, I giggle. Would I buy a shirt that says, “Lewis rocks the hizz-ouse! Team Narnia forever!” Probably not. But I would quote him or put up a review online.
I had fun daydreaming about Ms. Charman-Anderson’s suggestion regarding what it would look like if publishers gave their authors a book promoting team. As a sanguine I say the more the merrier! Support and belief in ones work is always needed and boosts confidence, especially in this subjective business. I get how unrealistic this idea is right now, but it’s fun to dream.
Sidenote-On the left column of the article is a teaser from an article about Neil Gamin. He’s one of my favorites so I’m biased, but I encourage you to read it. It was crazy encouraging and is now bookmarked. Thank you, Steve Laube, online Forbes magazine and Mr. Gamin for making me smile today.