The library is a small publisher’s (and self publisher’s) best friend

The Independent Book Publishers Association (of which we are members) recently held a conference down in the Bay Area. We weren’t able to attend, but we did discover a recording of an excellent session on how to market your books to libraries. Here is the recording. The session is an hour long, but it’s well …

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Tips for authors: On reading aloud

While this post touches on some of the points from Tips for authors: Giving good readings, I wanted to devote a little extra time to the art of reading aloud, especially given the wonderful tips I received last fall from Jack Straw Productions and Elizabeth Austen. As part of the preparation for our joint book …

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Raising awareness of a plant-based life, one book at a time

  Every year, theĀ Farm Animal Rights Movement sponsors a Meatout day to, well, urge people to give up meat. At least for a day. Or, better yet, one day a week, a very popular trend known as “Meatout Mondays.” There is ample evidence that cutting back on meat will improve your health. As readers of …

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Addressing the mysteries of e-publishing

Ashland Creek Press was delighted to be a part of a workshop on e-publishing last weekend at the Ashland Public Library, where authors, editors, and publishers gathered to talk aboutĀ the ins and outs of e-publishing, from editorial to production to marketing. Author Tim Wohlforth began with a State of Mystery (also a State of Publishing) …

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Jane Friedman defines “author platform”

I couldn’t possibly define “author platform” any better than Jane Friedman does in this blog post, so I won’t even try. This is truly a post that anyone who wants to publish a book should read — even better, prospective authors should read this long before publication is on the horizon. Whether fiction or nonfiction, …

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