Top Book Publishing Myths Exposed

publishing myths

Top Book Publishing Myths Exposed Stigmas are hard to break. Traditionally, major publishing houses were considered the only way that an author could get their book out in front of an audience. Over the past two decades, self-publishing has exploded and is quickly becoming a viable way for talented authors to find an audience without […]

My Approach to Book Marketing (from a Former Inc. 5000 Book Launcher)

What sells a book? That’s a hard question to answer. How can I make my book more visible? That’s easier, and often yields multiple answers because book marketing is almost always a combination of efforts.In my opinion, book marketing is a blend between gaining visibility for your book and credibility for your authorship. This means it […]

I Wrote a Memoir About Working in Yellowstone: Here Are 8 Things I Learned

I spent two summers working in Yellowstone National Park as a housekeeper and thought the experience was so unique it warranted a book. So for five years, I spent my time ideating, positioning, writing, and heavily, heavily editing it. The book finally launched last spring through a small, Chicago-based press. Enough time’s gone by now […]

I Compared 4 of the Biggest Bestseller Lists & This Is What I Found

First thing’s first: if we’re gonna talk about bestseller lists, we’ve gotta talk about Circana (formerly known as Nielsen BookScan). Circana is essentially the holy grail of book sales. They cover “approximately 85% of trade print books sold in the U.S. through direct reporting from all major retailers, independent bookstores, and many others”, according to […]

Should You Ever Pay for Your Book’s Publication?

I’ve had my mind on a million things and wasn’t able to get to my blogsletter (I still don’t know what to call these Substack posts 😅), but I thought I’d make it up to you by chatting a little bit about whether or not you are expected—at any point—to pay for publication. First, a […]

How Much Does Platform Matter for First-Time Authors?

Here’s the short answer: it depends. I know, I don’t like that answer any more than you do, but it’s true. It ultimately depends on what your goals are and what your overall vision is. If you’re okay with going with a small press, self-publishing, or even hybrid, the size of your platform won’t be […]

Hybrid Publishing: Self-Publishing: What It Is, How It Works, & What It Takes

This is probably the newest route to publication; it’s essentially a “pay-to-publish” blend of the two options already discussed: traditional and self. The idea is that you get the structure and guidance of a literary team (as you would with traditional), combined with creative freedom and flexibility (as you would get with self) if you […]

Self-Publishing: What It Is, How It Works, & What It Takes

This is probably the most accessible route to publication. Instead of publishers, it will be you paying for your book’s publication. In return, you keep 100% of the rights to your materials, reap majority of the royalties (at least 80%), and have a lot more creative freedom. Normally, a publisher would be the one to […]

Traditional Publishing: What It Is, How It Works, & What It Takes

This is the most competitive but prestigious route. Publishers pay out of their own pockets for your book’s publication because they see it as a worthy investment; in return, they will request the rights to your work in exchange for (at most) 10 percent of the royalties. What makes it competitive is that there aren’t […]

How to Get Traditionally Published as a Brand New Author in 2024

1. “Inspect” Your Book Idea I can’t tell you how to get a book idea, but I can tell you what to do after you’ve gotten one. You’ll want to analyze your idea from a few different angles to make sure it’s worth the work and energy you’ll be putting into it. The last thing […]

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