May, 2013

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Do You Have a Book Distributor? Are You Sure?

I had so much fun talking with the authors and indy publishers at AuthorU earlier this month.  Here is a snippet that explains in detail the difference between Wholesalers, Distributors and Fulfillment Houses.

Too often I get calls from authors/small press owners who tell me that they “have a distributor”… then they mention Ingram or Baker & Taylor.  CLOSE!  But no…. check out this 2 minute video to see why:

Book Distribution vs. Book Wholesalers




Prepare and Budget for the ENTIRE Life of Your Book

Most authors budget their time,money, and energy for the life of their book, but they forget that the book’s life span does not end when the book is printed… that is when it starts. A book’s life starts at it’s birth (the launch) and needs to be budgeted for.

Here is a video of my most recent talk on the Life of Your Book.  We will be covering this in more detail on Mentoring Mondays with Judith Briles starting June 3th.



Who Are Your Writing For? Where Are They? What Do They Buy? Why Will They Buy Your Book?

Shannon Parish(Check her out at SHANNON PARISH.COM)

Shannon did SUCH a nice job picturing the questions authors need to ask while they are writing. WHO they are writing for … WHO will buy their book … WHO/HOW they will market to it?

Here is the first one!  Enjoy!   I will be posting more soon!


What Are You Willing To Do?

I had a blast speaking to a large group of authors at Author U Extravaganza in Denver this weekend.  Here is the first snippet of the advice I gave at this amazing conference.  Just loved this event!


Author U Extravaganza and Book Distribution for Self Published Authors

So much information, so little time…

I just got back from Author U Extravaganza in Denver.  This author educational workshop event takes place the first weekend of May every year.  I go to a lot of conventions and workshops each year and this one was, hands down,my favorite.

The presenters did wonderful, thought-provoking presentations on SEO, social media, book marketing, and many other topics that independent authors need.  Guy Kawasaki was there for the Keynote and his speech made me a believer!  I am now a huge fan.  He knows his stuff.

I am not sure how I was included in this rarified list of amazing presenters, but I was asked to do a talk on Book Distribution and improving your book sales.  I called the talk. “Are You Ready For the Marketplace?”  Maybe because I own a book distribution company?  Well.. I had a blast.

There is a video of the talk. (I’m watching it now and cringing a little at my lipstick color choice) But overall, I like what came across.  I will be posting snippets from that video over the next week in a series called “Are You Ready”?

Thank you SO much to Judith Briles of and to all the lovely authors I met.  I look forward to seeing you all soon!