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Sunday, October 6, 2019

36 Great Resources For Marketable Authors


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1.      Looking to be a speaker – or hear interesting ones? Check out The National Association of Experts, Writers & Speakers at www.NAEWS.org.

2.      Are you a teacher or looking to write for the academic world?  Check out the Textbook & Academic Authors Association at www.TAAonline.net.

3.      Looking to grow your vocabulary or tease your brain with games and quizzes?  Check out:  www.vocabulary.com.

4.      Reading books in print is not dead for Generation Z! A Canon USA Survey released by USA Today shows 85% of Gen Z says reading physical books helps them learn about history and 76% prefer doing reading tasks on paper vs. online.

5.      Join Goodreads Giveaways. It allows you to give away e-books or paperbacks, helping you to grow your readership.  Check out www.Goodreads.com.

6.      Looking to get review copies sent out to generate reviews of your book?  Try www.hiddengemsbooks.com. A similar site is www.readingdeals.comwww.choosybookworm.com, and Net Galley Co-Op.  Try also these: Library Thing, www.bookreview22.comwww.patchwork-press.comwww.exclusivearc.com, and www.fiverr.com.

7.      Looking for writer conferences, festivals, centers, retreats, or residencies?  Check out a directory of over 300 programs at www.awpwriter.org (Association of Writers and Writing Programs.)

8.      Want to have a reading, workshop or literary event?  See a literary events calendar at www.pw.org and see how to list yours while learning of some to attend.

9.      There are many great literary arts centers across the country.  Just Google “literary arts centers directory” or type in a specific city and "literary arts center" and you’ll find organizations that might partner with you to promote your book.

10.  Want to speak at a library?  Get a free listing of every public library in the nation at www.librarytechnology.org.

11.  What’s going on in the ever-shifting publishing landscape?  Your first resource should be Publishers Weekly – then Writer's Digest, The Writer and The New York Times.

12.  For an understanding of trends, best practices and thought leadership on the world of publishing, consider attending the annual Digital Book World Conference.  See www.digitalbookworld.com.

13.  Looking for a reading app that gives users the ability to interact with friends (directly in the app) for a unique social reading experience?  Try www.bookshout.com.

14.  What are some of the best book publishing programs or institutes in America?  Some of the leading ones are NYU-SCPS Center for Publishing, The Yale Publishing Course, The Columbia Publishing Course, and The CUNY Publishing Institute.

15.  Need a book review?  Open your wallet and you can buy access to a review at Kirkus Reviews, The Foreword, and a select few publications.  A good review is not guaranteed, but it’s worth the risk.

16,  Looking to get a website domain name?  Try GoDaddy.  Need help on trademarks?  See International Trademark Association www.inta.org.  Patent help?  See U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started.

17.  Want to see books everywhere for everyone?  Contact Barbershop Books, a children’s barbershop literary project that started in Harlem in 2014.  Alvin Irby founded the group, sponsored by school districts, libraries, and individual donors.  It has helped install books in nearly 200 barbershops in 44 cities in 20 states.  Want to donate books to it?

18.  Want to run a discounted e-book campaign to get your books in more hands?  Try Book Pub, an online service that notifies millions of readers of deeply discounted e-books.

19.  Publishers Weekly has a bestseller list that’s published weekly in a number of categories and formats.  Over a million new titles were released in 2018.  Of the 439 hardcover books to hit the list last year, 38.3% were published by Penguin Random House.  The Big 5 (also Harper Collins Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan) took 92.2% of the best-seller spots, leaving the rest for small presses, indies, university presses, and self-published authors.  The paperback best sellers showed similar results.  Three publishers accounted for over 72% of all paperback bestsellers – Penguin, Harper and Hachette.  The two top-selling books of a year ago were Michelle Obama’s Becoming (3.4 million copies sold) and The Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines, which sold a little over a million copies.

20.  Need money to publish and market your next book and a rich uncle has not given you a big inheritance?  Try these:

Kickstarter – the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects

Inkshare – a publishing and literary rights management platform where readers decide what gets published. 

Publishizer – the world’s first crowdfunding literary agency

21.  Need a way to self-publish?  There are many good options out there on Amazon, Book Baby, Ingram Spark, Bublish and www.Press.BarnesandNoble.com.  There are also hybrid publishers like Green Leaf Book Group, Koehler Books, Morgan James Publishing, etc.  See what fits your needs and budget.

22.  As an author and writer, help improve the book industry and support freedom of the press by joining groups that fight for you, such as The ACLU, The Authors Guild, P.E.N., etc.

23.  One of the most ambitious projects to scan books is Google Books.

24.  The Poetry Center, SF Writer’s Grotto, Denver’s Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, Chicago School of Poetics, Boston’s Grub Street The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and The Center for Fiction in NYC are some of the top non-profit writing centers in the country.

25.  According to www.socialmediaforwiters.com some of the best book marketing blogs include these:  Jane Friedman, Book WorksPenny Sansevieri’s Author Marketing Experts, and Kindlepreneur with David Chesson.

26.  Join a Linked In group to promote yourself as a writer.  Try bookcareers.com, book publishing professionals, or one called book writing, self-publishing, and marketing for businesspeople.

27.  We know mass communication is one of the most powerful forces in the modern world.  How will you harness the power of technology and influence to spread your message and establish your unique brand and persona?  If you want to get your message out by distributing your writings or books, look into an alternative download and digital payment systems such as eJunkie, Gum Road, and Selz.

28.  Looking to find lots of writing, reading, and social groups with real people that you can see locally in person?  Try www.meetup.com.

29.  Need e-mail marketing help? MailChimp, A Weber, Constant Contact, and Vertical Response help manage email contacts, provide customized templates for newsletters, track open and click rates, and automatically handles subscribes and unsubscribes.

30.  Check out www.themillions.com.  The NYT calls it: “the indispensable literary site.”

31.  Need to improve your writing?  Try the www.writingcooperative.com.

32.  Get book news and more at www.electricliterature.com.  Also see the book section at Bustle (www.bustle.com/books), HufPost, and The New York Times Book Review. Also see Omnivoracious at AmazonBookReview.com.

33.  Subscribendi.com says www.bookmarketingtools.com/blog helps writers enter the world of self-publishing.

34.  Do you want to know what people are searching for – depending on time of day or their location?  Look no further than Google Trends.  This data could help you see what’s on people’s minds and then you can write about things people seem interested in.

35.  Looking to do research and need a reliable source?  Look at www.proquest.com, which has a digital resource of billions of documents.  Also look at over 275 million newspaper articles on www.newslibrary.com.


36. There are many other good resources for authors promoting books, many of which you will find at www.bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com.


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