As the price barrier to book publishing lowers, too many books show up with too little quality
I just read a self-published book by a “NY Times Best-Selling Author.” I’ll let him remain anonymous. It was a short story anthology of “the best” short stories in a certain genre. I expected much and received little.
Perhaps I focus too much on flash fiction (short stories under 1,000 words). Possibly I read too many YA (young adult) books to appreciate writing that is more “serious.” It could be… read more>>
I read a lot of books, but I start more then I complete. Some books just aren’t worth finishing.
With so many books waiting for my attention, it makes no sense to waste time reading a book I’ve lost interest in.
Here are six reactions I have when I read a book… read more>>
A friend, who is also a prolific reader, once shocked me. Talking about nonfiction books, he said: “I only read the first chapter. Then I page through the rest and stop to read anything that’s interesting.”
My incredulous look encouraged him to explain. “Most nonfiction books pack their entire message into the first chapter. The rest of the book just rehashes it.” While some books warrant more reading… read more>>
A common part in many book proposals is a “competitive works” section. I recently researched this for one of my book proposals. What I saw enlightened me.
First were three books from traditional publishers. They gave me pause. I had to think a bit to determine how my book was different and how it would stand out. This challenged me, but it was a good exercise. Each book was impressive… read more>>
Having our book rejected stings. Here are seven common reasons why this happens… read more>>
If you are a consultant, service provider, or business professional, having a book can become your best form of promotion. A book provides instant credibility, elevating you above the competition who has no book. It becomes a calling card, opening doors and providing opportunities you would otherwise miss. Your book is the ultimate business card… read more>>
When readers consider our book, few will bother to look to see who published it. They won’t care if a major publisher, let alone any traditional publisher, produced it. When it comes to publishers, there is little brand loyalty, let alone much brand recognition. The imprint is of no consequence. How the printed book gets into their hands or the e-book gets into their reader doesn’t matter to them.
Here’s what does matter… read more>>
A couple years ago, my newsletter column for the month was “Six Types of Books in My Library.” In summary, this is how I viewed my books… read more>>
The August issue of Book Business had an interesting piece about the textbook industry. The article, “Combating the Higher-Ed Used Book Market,” said that of the $8 billion higher-ed textbook industry, roughly two thirds of the dollars spent is for used books. That’s bad news for the publishers and authors, as neither makes any money when students resell their textbooks.
There are many possible reasons for this, including high cost, books students don’t want in the first place or will never use again, required classes students don’t want to take, required books instructors don’t use, and so on. Another reason is some students must sell their book to help finance the next semester… read more>>
Last week we talked about the importance of beta readers to give feedback on our books. I hope you’re as sold on the idea as I am.
The next step is finding beta readers – not just any one but the right ones. If we pick a beta reader who isn’t a good match, they could do more harm than good, both for our book and for our career. The ideal beta reader should… read more>>