This week, I’m interested in exploring the creation and importance of book trailers. So, you’ll notice that most of my posts will consist of articles and links to how-to websites such as today’s post, The Book Trailer Manual.
As much as I love English and Literature, I think there comes a time in every college student’s life when you just can’t write any more papers. Even though the professor has provided the subject, I have absolutely nothing to say on the subject and, quite frankly, couldn’t care less.
Who wants to go someplace sunny and tropical with me?
Having a professional video created will help when promoting your video, especially when trying to get mainstream blogs or publications to review and promote your book. When I finished my book Google Juice, I used Nashville video production team Snapshot Interactive to help me create a quick video overview of the book’s content. They did such a good job with the video, that I asked them to go ahead and create a whole website around the video as well.
College Students Use E-Readers More, But Still Like Print
College students continued to up their usage of e-readers, but most still prefer print textbooks, a new research report conducted in March by OnCampus Research, the research division of the National Association of College Stores, found. The survey of 655 students found a 6% increase in e-book purchases in March compared to a study conducted in October, and more students were reading materials on dedicated reading devices while fewer were using laptops or netbooks. While only 15% of students said they owned an e-reader, 39% reported that they use one, up from 19% in the October study. The number of students owning a dedicated reader in October was 8%.
A while back I wrote a column entitled “Self-Publishing: 25 things you need to know,” which was mostly about how to create and sell your own paper book. Since then a lot of folks have asked me to do something similar for e-books, so I have.
I begin with one caveat: The whole e-book market is rapidly evolving, and a lot of self-publishing companies are offering e-book deals bundled into their print book publishing packages, which makes them harder to break out and evaluate. It’s all quite complicated, and in an effort to sort through the confusion, I’ve decided to offer a few basic tips and present what I think are some of the best options out there for creating an e-book quickly and easily. As things change—and they will—I’ll do my best to keep this column up to date.
Simon Cheshire Interview: Self-Publishing Interview Series
Today we’re talking with Simon Cheshire, the bestselling children’s author of the Saxby Smart series, who has just self-published one of his backlist titles, JeremyBrown: Spy. Simon’s unique perspective, having traversed both the traditional publishing and self-publishing worldsmade him a great fit for the series, and we’re so pleased to have him lead things off. Now, without further ado, on to the interview!
Waiting for a Fair E-book Split - David to Goliath: Keep the Advance
"So I’m walking away from a potential publishing deal and joining the ranks of the self-published. This is a huge gamble for someone in my position. But I can’t sign away my financial legacy to my children in this fashion." ~Terrill Lee Lankford, Author
Read his complete post here regarding his choice to leave traditional publishing for self-publishing…
This is an article posted on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers website. I think readers will find it contains a great deal of information about both POD and E-Publishing, including links to other articles and blogs on the subject of self-publishing.
“Fueling the shift is the growing popularity of electronic books, which few people were willing to read even three years ago. Apple Inc.’ s iPad and e-reading devices such as Amazon’s Kindle have made buying and reading digital books easy. U.S. book sales fell 1.8% last year to $23.9 billion, but e-book sales tripled to $313 million, according to the Association of American Publishers. E-book sales could reach as high as 20% to 25% of the total book market by 2012, according to Mike Shatzkin, a publishing consultant, up from an estimated 5% to 10% today." ~GEOFFREY A. FOWLER And JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG”—'Vanity' Press Goes Digital
"It seems many think this is an easy path to great sales and wealth and fortune—a yellow brick road. But success will go to those who first and always, have a well-written book with a great story. Then there is the need for persistence and consistency. While the digital age has made all this possible, I think it has the potential to make quitting much easier since we live in a time of instant gratification. Writers are checking their Kindle numbers daily and bemoaning lack of sales within a week of upload. I think one trait those of us coming from traditional publishing have had is knowing it’s the long haul that counts. Also, in digital, it’s not the spike for the bestseller list, but the long tail of sales that is the key." ~Bob Mayer, Author
It’s Sunday afternoon, and outside the April wind whips through the newly-budding leaves on the ancient oak that lends its shade to my quaint little house. In just a few more hours, I’ll have to turn my mind to getting ready for Monday morning and the sheer drudgery it brings.
I’m ready for a change. This time I really mean it. So, I dedicate this blog to the research, discovery, and feasibility of self-publishing my books. I’ll post articles, interviews, information, and whatever else I can find so that The Cicada Chronicles will become a one-stop shopping place for all things related to self-publication.
Please feel free to come along with me on my journey. I promise, it won’t be boring!