By Edward Lin The distribution industry is becoming more important than ever. Almost every company requires help with logistics these days. The ability to deliver products in their best shape, irrespective of size or nature, is...Read More
One of my long time cyberspace pen pals is a Marsha Freedman, an experienced and exceptionally competent book publicist who has work in this field almost as long as I have. She also puts out an informed and informative...Read More
Each day, I sent out 10-15 well edited, nicely designed emails and/or snail mail packets describing how fabulous I was and how much I could improve their profits and lessen their work load.Read More
The other day I had a writing deadline. I wrote a lead. Deleted it. Wrote another. Deleted it. Played some solitaire. Checked my email. Wrote a third lead. Deleted it. Got a snack. Wrote a fourth lead. I was suffering from that dread disease, Writer’s Block. If you haven’t experienced Writer’s Block, you just haven’t been writing long enough. Believe me, it will happen to you.Read More
When I published my first novel Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, I thought that I could make the book happen—become a big seller, harvest scores of glowing reviews, and find the world had come knocking. Some of that has come true.
The reviews have been consistently enthusiastic. I have been invited to radio and pod-cast interviews and to contribute to the web sites of others. My own web site has reaped dozens of positive comments. I thought that I was on the right track. I thought that I was making it happen. Sales of the book have been steady, but despite all of this positive activity, the numbers have fallen short of impressive.Read More
Solving mysteries one letter of the alphabet at a time, Ruth Rose Hathaway, Dink Duncan and Josh Pinto never cease to entertain in all 26 titles of the A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy. Younger readers easily relate to the nine year old sleuths’ antics while parents admittedly miss the trio’s sleuthing as their children grow older. My Apricot Hill had the pleasure of speaking to Ron Roy who provided us with insight into the inspiration behind his series.Read More
The term “book fair” likely conjures up different images for different people. Even for me–after attending nearly a hundred book fairs and publishing industry trade shows over the past 5 plus years–I have a Rolodex of images in my head representing book fairs that go all the way back to my elementary school cafeteria where wood tables were set up and piles of hardcover versions of “The Magic School Bus” were laid out and sold for $5 each to students. But despite the catalog of images that I see in my head when I hear the words “book” and “fair” spoken in succession, the actual concept that I think of is singular: international rights.Read More
Launching a new book is exciting and it is the ideal time to do book signings. Authors can do a book signing at just about any time and probably for the life their book, as long as it makes sense. Here is a quick checklist of items to get you prepared for book signing.Read More
Today an author whom I do not know called and asked me for the names of my buyers so she could follow up on the presentations with new information. She is concerned that her publisher rep is not pitching her book “properly”.Read More
- Dear Bookstore Owner, P.S. (shelftalker)A little additional advice to self-published authors on maintaining successful relationships with indie booksellers.Cynthia Compton
- Breaking the Workbook Mold: Spotlight on TinkerActiveActive kids are happy kids. And Odd Dot, a new imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, is keeping kids engaged and learning through play with its line of TinkerActive Workbooks.
- Indie Booksellers Celebrate First Bookstore Romance Day By Alex Green
- The Next Generation of Booksellers? (shelftalker)Booksellers’ kids talk about the ups and downs of hours spent at the bookstore.Meghan Dietsche Goel
- Sharon Olds Spins Songs for the Human FamilyThe poet's 15th collection, 'Arias,' offers poems about human individuality and how we engage with the world.By Maya Popa