Thursday, August 29, 2013

Can Self-Published Authors Acquire Shelf Space?

Every author dreams of it ...

At the end of a long journey of writing, editing, publishing, and everything else in between, there it is: your book on a real-deal bookstore shelf. As if a light is shining down on it and angels are singing, you feel you’ve arrived in the literary world as an author. For some, it simply doesn’t feel right to call ourselves author until our book sits on a shelf for people to hold, flip through, and buy. Sure, there’s the digital shelf, but let’s face it: Online retailers are great, but they just aren’t the same.

Now, if you’re a self-publishing author, you may be asking yourself: Is this glorious outcome of penning and publishing a book just a pipe dream?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

When’s the Best Time to Release My Book?

After you’ve worked hard on your manuscript for months or even years, you may be thinking: I just want to finally get it out there! But as a smart author who follows this blog, you already know that the book production phase (editing, design, proofreading) is critical and shouldn’t be rushed. Equally vital is the building of your platform, which must allow you enough time to cultivate an eager audience who’s excited about your book.

So how do you decide when your book should actually launch?