2017 Publishing Trends for Authors and the Industry

By Lauren Wise Midnight Publishing The publishing landscape is always evolving; and it’s not slow, like water carving out canyons. It peaks and dips, like shifting sand dunes—and the winds of change have been strong in the past 10 years on all angles. Even though there wasn’t a big book hit in 2016, the industry is

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Remove the Watermarks from Your Book Files for Less This Week

Go Pro for Less This Week! Remove the Ads from Your Book Files Before Jan. 31 & Save 40%  If you’re serious about publishing, you’ll want to remove the watermarks (ads) from your files. You can do that anytime before you publish your book, but this week it will cost you less…40% less! Upgrades are normally $19.99

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Getting Started With Pressbooks: A Quick Guide

New to Pressbooks? Welcome! Here are some tips on how to get best results when using Pressbooks software. What is Pressbooks for? Pressbooks brings down the cost of getting great-looking book files in the formats you need to publish. Pressbooks makes sure your book meets complex ebook and print-on-demand standards as well as the Chicago Manual of Style

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Upcoming Training for Indie Publishers

These upcoming training opportunities will help you be an even more successful publisher. How to Write and Publish an Ebook In this on-demand course, Tara Gentile and Creative Live have created a simple, step-by-step formula that anyone can follow to write or publish an ebook. The 16 video lessons include how to outline and write your book

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Business Owners, Here’s How to Blog a Book in 2017

Have you been thinking about new ways to market your business in the new year? Turning your blog into a book should be among your new year’s resolutions. You can use the print version as a high-end calling card and the ebook download for lead capture. Plus, you’ll build authority that may help you leverage speaking engagements and other

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Webinar: Format Your Book Like a Pro

Free Webinar: Format Your Book Like a Pro Thursday, December 15, 1 p.m., EST We’ve partnered with Merrimack Media, founders of the DIY publishing with guidance program Publi, to offer free training on how to format your book professionally using Pressbooks. In this Bestseller Bootcamp webinar, Pressbooks Director of Marketing and Operations Elizabeth Mays will take you through the easy

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Book Marketing 101: What’s a Logline and Why You Need One

By Jenny Pivor Don’t Be a Bore! How a Logline can crystalize your marketing copy and help your writing too. Have you ever been cornered by a bore at a party? You know the one that I mean: he goes on and on, telling every detail (did you ask?) about some uninteresting topic and you

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Build Your Book Publishing Budget

When you’re an indie author, you’re not just a writer. You’re also a publisher, and have to facilitate editing, ebook conversion, formatting, cover design, distribution, printing and marketing for your book. There’s no shortage of companies willing to do all this for you, but outsource everything, and it adds up fast. Think of how many $3.99 books

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What Writers Learned at Indie Author Day

On Indie Author Day, nearly 300 libraries across North America simulcast a panel of publishing experts who answered questions from authors about writing and self-publishing. The panel was moderated by Jon Fine, former director of author and publisher relations at Amazon, and included Robin Cutler, director of IngramSpark; Jim Blanton, library director at the Louisville

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