As I mentioned last month, I’ll be speaking at the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on June 5-6, 2015, and will be at other conferences this summer including Continue reading
The biggest advantage to being traditionally published is arguably the publisher’s ability to get their books into as many bookstores and other retail outlets as possible.
However, as more and more sales shift from bookstores to online/ebook retailers due to price, convenience, and selection, the number of accounts that must Continue reading
An author fortunate enough to have a book acquired and published by a large traditional publisher will usually be required to sign an agreement that gives the publisher final say over a wide variety of issues include title, format, cover design, word count, price, release date, marketing, sales, distribution, etc.
Differences of opinion between an author Continue reading
One of the biggest advantages of having your book published by a leading traditional publisher is the sales and distribution infrastructure that will get your book into hundreds if not thousands of stores upon release. Self-published authors simply do not have the relationships or infrastructure to do anything similar.
Hybrid publishers (such as Continue reading
I recently represented WestBow at the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Festival is “biennial conference that brings together writers, editors, publishers, musicians, artists, and readers for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful writing that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith.”
I was encouraged to see how receptive Continue reading
If you read much on trends in publishing then you’ve seen posts by authors who have managed to get their books edited, designed, and uploaded and are now making a decent income from the sales of those books (usually ebook editions). They figured out Continue reading
Authors have a variety of options available to get their book designed, edited, printed, marketed, sold, and distributed. At one end of the spectrum is do-it-yourself publishing in which the author does everything from writing and editing the manuscript to printing, binding, marketing, selling, and distributing the book.
At the other end is what is commonly thought of as Continue reading
Many new authors of Christian books ask what they can do to reach the Christian market. While there is a niche of Christian bookstores, online retailers, and media that focus specifically on Christian content, the majority of Christian books are sold through the same retailers that sell all other books since that is where Christian readers usually prefer to shop out of convenience. Continue reading
One of the most frequently asked questions I get as part of the team at Thomas Nelson is: How does Nelson determine which titles to acquire?
As a traditional book publisher, we obtain the majority of the titles we publish from the agents with whom we work with on a regular basis. Agents perform a valuable service as the initial filter in determining which titles have the quality and market viability required. Continue reading