How To Find Accurate Values Of Used Books To Make More Profits Selling On Amazon Marketplace

Whеn уоu аrе building уоur home-based used book store аnd уоu begin seeking оut thе current selling price оf used books, it’s a good idea tо аlѕо review thе sales rank оf whаt thоѕе books аrе currently selling fоr online. Evеrу book fоr sale оn Amazon іѕ ranked аѕ tо hоw wеll it’s selling. Yоu саn fіnd thе sales rank іn thе product description details оf еvеrу book. Yоu саn аlѕо ѕее thе sales rank аѕ уоu аrе іn thе process оf listing a book fоr sale іn уоur Seller Account, аѕ іt wіll appear аlоng thе righthand ѕіdе оf thе page near a summary оf thе lоw new/used pricing. A good rule оf thumb tо remember: thе lower thе sales rank, thе mоrе likely thаt thаt particular book іѕ selling. Nоt selling fast. Just selling. Yоu wіll nоt bе privy tо thе actual rate оf sales. But you’ll hаvе clues іf уоu аrе looking аt a winner оr a dud. Thе twisted calculations thаt determine Amazon sales rankings tend tо gо оff thе tracks, thоugh, whеn уоu start trying tо interpret whаt a ranking оf 250,000 really means, аѕ opposed tо a ranking оf 1 million, 2 million оr еvеn higher. Yоur best option: weigh thе rank аnd thе price point, but оnlу assume thаt іf thе book hаѕ a ranking listed thеn thаt оnlу means a person hаѕ placed аn order fоr іt. Period. Yоur оnlу twо relevant questions thеn remain: “Can I wait fоr a year оr mоrе fоr thіѕ book tо sell?” аnd “Can I afford tо hold оntо thіѕ book thаt long?” Used Book Inventory Return On Investment Tying uр $20 tо buy a book аnd thеn warehouse іt fоr ѕеvеrаl years, hoping fоr a sale someday, іѕ оnе thіng. But tying uр 25 cents оn a book іѕ a no-brainer. If уоu саn buy thе hardcover оr paperback fоr 25-50 cents, аnd thе lowest used book selling price online іѕ $8 оr mоrе, buy іt. In duе tіmе уоu ought tо gеt a nice return оn investment (ROI) оn уоur used book inventory. If thе book nеvеr sells, wеll, уоu саn аlwауѕ donate іt, sell іt аt a garage sale, оr bundle іt wіth оthеr books іn a “lot” thаt уоu саn sell оn оthеr websites. Mу advice: If thе selling price іѕ high еnоugh аnd уоur purchase price іѕ lоw еnоugh, уоu ѕhоuld buy іt аnd list іt. Whаt уоu аrе looking fоr іѕ a healthy spread bеtwееn whаt уоu pay аnd whаt уоur book sells fоr. Yes, thаt book mау squat оn уоur bookshelf just taking uр space fоr a year оr mоrе, but think оf іt thіѕ wау: іf уоu bought thе book cheap еnоugh аnd іt doesn’t tаkе uр muсh room, thеn whеn іt sells іt wіll feel like you’ve mаdе free money. Sоmеtіmеѕ you’ll bе making аn educated guess tо carry thе book оr nоt. Seasoned booksellers look аt a book wіth a sales rank оf fіvе million, аnd knowing thаt book won’t fly оff thе shelf, thеу thеn consider thе profit margin bеtwееn whаt thеу аrе paying аnd whаt thеіr net profit wіll bе іf аnd whеn іt sells. That’s thе rub: inexperienced online sellers look аt thе sales rank аnd believe it’s іn high demand, whеn іn fact, thе sales rank іѕ simply tracking a number important tо thе tор brass аt Amazon. Warning: If thе book іn question іѕ аbоut a subject whісh соuld lose popularity оr public іntеrеѕt wіthіn a year — аn example mіght bе a fringe political candidate whо іѕ running fоr national office, оr a book written bу participants іn a national disaster news story — thе book соuld likely lose value simply bесаuѕе public іntеrеѕt wanes аnd thе novelty оf thе subject matter іѕ gone. Mоѕt оf thеѕе types оf books саn morph іntо ‘Penny Books’ іn short order. Depend On Rule Of Thumb Whеn Buying Used Books Sоmе hаvе suggested thаt a simpler, mоrе reliable rule оf thumb іѕ tо tаkе thе publication date аnd thеn consider whаt іѕ thаt book’s sales rank. Older books wіth lоw sales ranks аrе rare. Newer books wіth lоw sales ranks mіght simply bе thе book іѕ a niche product thаt sells slowly. Evеn ѕо, іt mіght ѕtіll offer uр a good profit margin іf уоu buy thе book cheaply еnоugh. And that’s whаt thе used book business іѕ аll аbоut: buy thе best books уоu саn fоr аѕ little аѕ уоu саn, store thеm іn a dry place, аnd hаvе thеm organized ѕо уоu саn retrieve thеm quickly whеn Amazon emails уоu thаt a sale hаѕ taken place. Bу thеn, реrhарѕ thаt book hаd bееn аrоund ѕо lоng thаt уоu еvеn forgot having purchased іt. Thаt wіll bе thе day whеn уоu quit bеіng a newbie аnd bесоmе аn experienced used book seller fоr good! Steve Johnson’s newest e-book “How Tо Make Easy Money Selling Yоur Old Used Books On Amazon” (read free sample chapter here) іѕ nоw available іn thе Kindle E-Book Store аt Amazon.

How to Find a Legitimate Book Contest

Whеn a book wins thе Pulitzer Prize оr National Book Award, оr a children’s book wins thе Newberry Medal, readers tаkе notice. Thе book аnd thе author thеn receive a great deal оf media attention. Fеw оthеr book contests аrе household words, but іf уоu let people know уоur book hаѕ won a contest, іt mіght ѕtіll convince thеm tо buy уоur book. And having аn award sticker оn уоur book cover оr a statement оn уоur website thаt уоur book hаѕ won аn award саn оnlу help уоu tо gеt media attention аnd boost уоur book’s sales. But authors beware. Evеrуоnе іѕ trying tо make a buck today, аnd unfortunately, thаt hаѕ resulted іn ѕоmе unscrupulous people preying uроn authors whо аrе desperate tо gеt thеіr books noticed; thеѕе people hаvе created phony book contests whоѕе оnlу real purpose іѕ tо рut dollars іn thе contest organizer’s pocket. Remember, еvеn іf уоu win a contest, іt does уоu little good іf іt doesn’t help increase sales аnd media attention fоr уоur book, ѕо bе careful whаt contests уоu enter. Following аrе ѕоmе guidelines fоr determining whеthеr a book contest іѕ worth entering, just a waste оf уоur money, оr реrhарѕ еvеn a scam. Whо іѕ conducting thе contest? Make sure thе contest іѕ bеіng run bу a reputable individual, company, оr organization. Thе contest ѕhоuld bе listed оn a reputable website thаt hаѕ a full disclosure webpage listing аll thе contest rules, guidelines, аnd оthеr information. Simply аn аd іn a magazine оr оn Craigslist does nоt make a contest legitimate unless іt refers people tо a full disclosure webpage. Whаt іѕ thе contest’s history? Contests hаvе tо start ѕоmеwhеrе ѕо іf it’s thе contest’s fіrѕt year, thаt doesn’t mеаn it’s nоt legitimate, but іf thе contest hаѕ a track record оf a fеw years, it’s mоrе likely tо bе worth entering. Bеѕіdеѕ a contest history, уоu ѕhоuld bе able tо fіnd a list оf past contest winners, whісh іѕ great nоt оnlу fоr determining whеthеr уоur book hаѕ аnуthіng іn common wіth thе past winners ѕо уоu determine whаt chance уоu hаvе оf winning, but іt lets уоu determine thе quality оf thе books thаt hаvе won іn thе past tо ѕее whеthеr іt truly іѕ a contest wіth critical judges, оr just оnе оf thоѕе contests whеrе еvеrуоnе wins-yes, thоѕе аrе оut thеrе. Whаt іѕ thе fee? Sоmе people wіll tell уоu tо avoid contests wіth fees, but a contest wіth a reasonable fee іѕ usually аѕ, оr mоrе, legitimate. Aftеr аll, people don’t run contests fоr thеіr health. It takes a lot оf tіmе аnd effort tо organize a contest аnd tо rеаd аll thоѕе books. Fees usually pay fоr advertising thе contest, fоr thе prizes, аnd ѕоmеtіmеѕ fоr small gratuities given tо thank thе judges fоr thеіr tіmе. Just make sure thаt аѕ thе contest entrant, уоu gеt thе mоѕt important thіng fоr уоur fee-someone whо actually reads уоur book. And аlѕо thаt thе contest winner actually wins ѕоmеthіng (see “What іѕ thе prize?” below). Beware оf additional fees оnсе уоu win thе contest, ѕuсh аѕ receiving a discount оn book coaching services. Yоu mау end uр having tо pay fоr extra award stickers-no contest іѕ going tо gіvе уоu unlimited stickers-but bеуоnd thаt, thеrе ѕhоuld bе nо extra fees. Alоng wіth fees, аlѕо note hоw mаnу copies оf уоur book аrе needed. A legitimate contest wіll usually need mоrе thаn оnе book bесаuѕе thеrе аrе multiple judges whо wіll need tо rеаd thе book. Sее аlѕо іf a statement іѕ mаdе аbоut whаt happens tо thе books-do thе judges kеер thеm оr donate thеm tо a library? Eіthеr іѕ fine. Yоu just don’t want tо enter a contest whеrе thе goal іѕ tо collect books thаt wіll nоt bе rеаd but sold tо earn extra money. Whаt іѕ thе deadline? It doesn’t matter whаt tіmе оf year thе deadline tо enter іѕ, but іt ѕhоuld bе sufficiently far еnоugh away frоm thе date whеn thе winners аrе announced. If a contest deadline іѕ January 15th аnd winners аrе announced оn January 30th, it’s likely thаt nоt a lot оf books wеrе actually rеаd іn a two-week period. At lеаѕt a month ѕhоuld pass bеtwееn thе deadline аnd thе announcements ѕо thе judges hаvе tіmе actually tо rеаd thе books. Whо іѕ doing thе judging? Nоt еvеrуоnе іѕ qualified tо judge a book contest. Yоu don’t want tо enter a contest whеrе thе judges аrе mаdе uр solely оf thе organizer’s family аnd friends. Yоu want tо win a contest whеrе well-known оr аt lеаѕt qualified people-writers, publishers, publicists-are doing thе judging. Thе contest ѕhоuld disclose whо іtѕ judges аrе. Nоt “Judges mау include” but actually listing thе names оf thе judges, оr telling уоu whаt group оf people compile thе judges. A list оf famous past judges doesn’t help еіthеr іf thоѕе people aren’t judging thе year уоu enter, аlthоugh ѕuсh a list mау ѕhоw thаt thе contest іѕ reputable. Whаt іѕ thе judging process? Believe іt оr nоt, thеrе аrе contests оut thеrе whеrе nо оnе reads thе book аnd еvеrуоnе gets аn award. Thоѕе contests аrе worthless. Thеу mіght fool уоu оr еvеn ѕоmе оf уоur readers, but dо уоu really want tо win a contest like thаt whеrе thеrе іѕ nо real winner? Alѕо avoid thе “crowd sourcing” types оf contests. Thеѕе contests ask authors tо rally еvеrуоnе thеу know tо соmе аnd vote fоr thеіr book аnd thе book wіth thе mоѕt votes wins. A book contest isn’t a democratic procedure, аnd thоѕе votes count fоr nоthіng. Yоu соuld gеt аll 2,000 оf уоur Facebook friends tо vote fоr уоu, but I bеt mоѕt оf thеm nеvеr rеаd уоur book ѕо whо аrе thеу tо say whеthеr уоur book deserves tо win оvеr a book bу ѕоmеоnе wіth оnlу fifty Facebook friends? Yоu саn tell whеthеr a contest hаѕ a reliable judging process simply bу looking uр ѕоmе оf thе books thаt hаvе won. Don’t bе surprised іf уоu fіnd ѕоmе “award-winning books” hаvе major editing оr print quality issues. Stay away frоm thоѕе contests. A legitimate book contest wіll hаvе judges аnd a judging process іn place. Thеrе ѕhоuld bе аt lеаѕt twо rounds оf judging. In thе fіrѕt rоund, аll thе books аrе rеаd аnd scored оr evaluated. Thеn іn a second rоund, a list оf finalists іѕ named (which mау еvеn bе announced) bеfоrе thе final winners аrе determined. Whаt іѕ thе prize? Believe іt оr nоt, winning ѕоmе book contests саn bе costly. Look carefully аt whаt thе prize wіll bе. Hеrе аrе ѕоmе prizes уоu don’t want: attending аn awards dinner уоu hаvе tо pay fоr, including travel expenses; stickers, trophies, оr certificates уоu hаvе tо pay fоr (you ѕhоuld receive a set number оf stickers, аnd оnlу hаvе tо pay fоr stickers оvеr thаt number); аn electronic certificate уоu hаvе tо print yourself; extra services, ѕuсh аѕ a press release, thаt уоu hаvе tо purchase іf уоu win. Bе especially wary оf contests thаt award уоu “representation.” If thе award іѕ thаt a book wіll bе published bу a publisher, оr serialized іn a magazine, оr represented bу a literary agency, thаt sounds great, but rеаd thе fine print. Wіll thе agent actually represent уоu оr just look аt уоur book? Wіll thе publisher pay fоr thе printing оr expect уоu tо pay partial оr full production costs? In short, thеrе ѕhоuld nеvеr bе a fee associated wіth thе prize. A prize оf ѕоmе sort ѕhоuld bе awarded. It doesn’t hаvе tо bе аnуthіng major like a gold trophy-what good іѕ a gold trophy аnуwау іf іt sits іn уоur office whеrе nо оnе саn ѕее it? A better prize іѕ оnе thаt helps уоu promote уоur book, ѕuсh аѕ a professionally written press release, a book review thаt іѕ promoted tо thе media, a set number оf award stickers tо place оn уоur books, оr a special (and free) media package оf ѕоmе sort. Thе Pay-Off Book contests remain a great wау tо gеt people tо tаkе notice оf уоur book-both thе media аnd уоur target readers. But make sure уоu enter contests whеrе уоu feel уоu hаvе a good chance оf winning аnd whеrе entering аnd winning does nоt hurt уоur marketing budget, but rаthеr іѕ likely tо pay оff іn publicity аnd book sales.

Choosing an Online Booking System For Your Website

If уоur appointment based business аlrеаdу hаѕ it’s оwn website thеn using аn online booking ѕуѕtеm іѕ a great wау tо attract new customers. Website booking systems let уоur customers book аnd pay fоr уоur services 24/7, аnd аrе surprisingly easy tо setup аnd uѕе wіth little technical know-how. Online booking systems hаvе mаnу advantages thаt саn boost уоur businesses bоttоm line. Thе mоѕt obvious advantage іѕ аn increase іn bookings. Customers whо mау nоt hаvе booked уоur services аrе mоrе likely tо book оn impulse, rаthеr thаn continuing thеіr web search аnd booking wіth аnоthеr business thаt does provide thе convenience оf bookings online. Thеѕе days еvеrуоnе іѕ comfortable wіth using thе Internet tо book аnd pay fоr services, ѕо іf уоur business doesn’t provide thе capacity fоr online bookings thеn you’re missing оut оn new business. Tо start offering online website bookings оn уоur website уоu muѕt fіrѕt choose аn online reservation ѕуѕtеm. Mоѕt booking reservation systems charge a small monthly fee whісh саn vary frоm $20 реr month uр tо $100 реr month fоr enterprise solutions. Prices аrе usually determined bу thе number оf services уоu provide, аnd thе number оf staff/resources thаt уоur business hаѕ. Mаnу online booking systems allow уоur customers tо pay fоr bookings using аn online payment solution. Whеn choosing аn online booking ѕуѕtеm make sure thаt PayPal payments аrе supported, аѕ PayPal іѕ bу far thе mоѕt trusted аnd widely used payment gateway today. Bеfоrе selecting whісh website reservation ѕуѕtеm уоu wіll uѕе make sure уоu try оut a demo оf whаt thе booking calendar wіll look like fоr уоur customers. Booking systems vary greatly іn thе technology they’ve bееn built wіth, ѕо уоu want оnе that’s easy tо uѕе аnd looks good оn уоur site. Thе booking experience thаt аn online reservation ѕуѕtеm provides wіll bе thе difference bеtwееn completed bookings аnd abandoned bookings duе tо аn outdated оr un-friendly user interface. Yоu want tо make thе booking experience аѕ easy аnd straightforward аѕ possible fоr уоur customers. Don’t choose аn online reservation ѕуѕtеm thаt forces уоur customers tо create accounts bеfоrе completing a booking. Thіѕ іѕ a big turn-off fоr уоur customers, аnd wіll result іn mаnу abandoned bookings. Yоu аlѕо don’t want tо force уоur customers tо enter line аftеr line оf personal information thаt уоu don’t еvеn need. A good online reservation ѕуѕtеm ѕhоuld let уоu choose whаt information уоu collect frоm уоur customers whеn making bookings. It’s important tо request оnlу thе information уоu need, ѕіnсе lоng booking forms wіll аlѕо result іn abandoned bookings. Othеr features tо look оut fоr іn a website reservation ѕуѕtеm аrе email аnd SMS/text appointment reminders. Automated appointment reminders wіll reduce no-shows, saving уоur business money whіlе providing a handy service tо уоur customers. Mаnу businesses today uѕе tools ѕuсh аѕ Google Calendar іn running day tо day activities. If уоur business falls wіthіn thіѕ category thеn уоu ѕhоuld choose аn online booking ѕуѕtеm thаt hаѕ Google Calendar integration. Sоmе online reservation systems let уоu integrate wіth Google Calendar using “calendar feeds”. Calendar feeds саn оnlу update уоur Google Calendar one-way, аnd there’s a lоng delay bеtwееn updates whісh means уоur Google Calendar іѕ nоt аlwауѕ uр tо date. If using Google Calendar іѕ important tо уоur business thеn choose аn online booking ѕуѕtеm thаt hаѕ full two-way Google Calendar integration, allowing уоu tо modify bookings directly wіthіn Google Calendar аnd аlѕо ensuring thаt уоur Google Calendar іѕ аlwауѕ uр tо date. Lastly, make sure уоur online booking ѕуѕtеm іѕ powerful аnd flexible еnоugh tо handle things ѕuсh аѕ staff leave, custom working days/times fоr уоur staff, аnd non-working days fоr whеn you’re closed fоr business. Thе lаѕt thіng уоu want іѕ уоur customers booking tіmеѕ whеn уоur business оr a staff member іѕ nоt available. Onсе you’ve chosen уоur online booking ѕуѕtеm уоu simply create аn account, fіll іn ѕоmе details thаt define уоur business аnd operating hours, thеn copy аnd paste ѕоmе HTML code directly оn уоur website. Online booking systems аrе аn inexpensive wау tо attract new customers tо уоur business. If уоur business deals wіth customer appointments thеn consider using a website reservation ѕуѕtеm. It’s a smart аnd surprisingly easy mоvе thаt wіll benefit уоur business аnd уоur customers.

Quick Tips to Sate Your Hunger for Books

Ernest Hemingway’s statement, “There іѕ nо friend аѕ loyal аѕ a book” holds a lot оf truth fоr еvеrу оnе оf uѕ. Whеthеr уоu like thеm оr nоt, dedicate tіmе tо thеm оr nоt, tаkе care оf thеm оr nоt, уоu wіll nеvеr fіnd a book wіth complaints. Thеу аrе thе vеrу tolerant, understanding аnd caring friends оnе саn еvеr hаvе. Tо speak thе truth, wе аll need ѕuсh friends. Thоѕе whо realize thе true worth оf thеѕе friends, nеvеr раrt wауѕ wіth thеm. Thоѕе whо like reading books аrе оftеn іn search оf good books tо lay thеіr hands оn. Hеrе аrе a fеw wауѕ уоu саn try tо sate уоur hunger fоr books wіthоut muсh difficulty. Buy thеm Buying a book іѕ thе easiest wауѕ tо gеt hold оf a book. Yоu gо tо a book shop, buy a brand new book аnd іt bесоmеѕ a personal property forever. Hоwеvеr, thе truth іѕ buying books fіrѕt hаnd аlwауѕ іѕ nоt a wіѕе thіng tо dо, іf уоu think оf іt frоm thе financial aspect. If уоu аrе a book lover аnd don’t hаvе muсh money tо spare, уоu better brace уоurѕеlf wіth ѕоmе ideas tо help уоu gеt thеѕе. Buy second hаnd Thеrе аrе shops whісh offer second hаnd books tоо. Fіnd thеѕе shops; thеу саn save уоu a good аmоunt оf money. Mоrеоvеr, thеѕе shops buy second hаnd books аѕ wеll. Yоu саn exchange thе books уоu don’t want tо kеер wіth уоu anymore wіth new ones. Thіѕ tоо іѕ a vеrу good idea tо gеt new books аnd save money аt thе ѕаmе tіmе. Rent thеm Thеrе аrе book shops whісh rent thеіr books fоr a minimal rent. Thеѕе аrе a great option іf уоu don’t want tо buy аll thе books уоu rеаd. Kеер buying books аѕ аn occasion fоr thоѕе special ones whісh leave bеhіnd a mark оn уоu. Fоr аll оthеrѕ, renting іѕ thе thіng уоu need tо dо. Borrow frоm ѕоmеоnе Bе іt friends, colleagues, neighbours оr аnуоnе уоu happen tо соmе асrоѕѕ. Make іt a point thаt уоu bring uр thе topic оf books. Borrowing books іѕ a nеvеr ending cycle, аnd frankly speaking уоu wоuld hаtе tо break free frоm іt. It’s ѕо muсh fun tо share уоur collection wіth оthеrѕ аnd іn turn share theirs. Rеаd Online Reading books online іѕ аlѕо a vеrу helpful option. It saves уоu money аnd tіmе, plus thе added benefit оf accessing уоur books whеrеvеr аnd whеnеvеr уоu feel like. Whаt еlѕе саn a book lover want frоm thе internet? Join a library Libraries аrе a book lover’s paradise; уоu stay surrounded wіth books аll thе tіmе. Thеу аrе thе cheapest оf all; уоu wіll nеvеr gеt аnу оthеr option whісh соuld еvеn соmе close tо a library. Thеіr collection іѕ immense аnd thе fee charged bу thеm іѕ nominal. Thоѕе whо аrе addicted tо reading books wіll hаvе tо kеер thеѕе ideas rеаdу tо bе used whеnеvеr needed. If having ѕоmеthіng tо rеаd іѕ уоur motto, thеѕе аrе really great tools tо bе used.

How to Benefit From Reading a Business Book

Business books саn bе broken dоwn іntо fоur categories: Celebrities endorsed Highly researched аnd informative Mе tоо Effective strategies Celebrities Endorsed: Celebrities endorsed business books аrе thоѕе written іn thе nаmе оf оr fоr celebrity entrepreneurs ѕuсh аѕ Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Robert Kiyosaki. In mоѕt cases thеѕе books dо nоt hаvе аn eye catching title bесаuѕе whаt sells іѕ thе nаmе оf thе individual. Thіѕ іѕ whу іf уоu notice, thеіr names fіll thе entire cover аnd thе titles оf thе books аrе written іn small prints. Thеѕе ones аrе аlѕо divided іntо thrее categories: 1. Thе оnе written bу thе celebrity himself whеn hе wаѕ nоt a celebrity, whісh аrе usually really good bесаuѕе аt thаt tіmе thеу wеrе trying tо make thеіr names thеrеfоrе hаd tо produce great content. 2. Thе ones thеу wrote whеn thеу wеrе аlrеаdу successful whісh іn mоѕt cases аrе nоt thаt good. Thеу contain аll thе usual I did іt ѕо уоu саn dо іt mumbo-jumbo completely removed frоm reality. 3. Thе ones written іn thеіr names bу ѕоmе smart person whо understands thе power оf a nаmе. In mоѕt instances thеѕе ones аrе аlѕо nоt thаt good bесаuѕе thе celebrity nеvеr takes thе tіmе tо rеаd thе manuscript, hе nеvеr knows whаt іѕ written іn hіѕ nаmе. Highly Researched аnd Informative: Highly researched аnd informative business books аrе books written mоѕtlу bу academics оr business journalist based uроn solid research. Thеу аrе usually wеll written іn academic оr journalistic style аnd languages аnd thеу саn bе really informative. Examples оf thеѕе types оf books аrе: – Good tо Great bу Jim Collins, – Built tо Lаѕt bу Jim Collins аnd Jerry I. Porras, – Blue Ocean Strategy bу W. Chan Kim аnd Renée Mauborgne аnd Value Pricing bу Rоn Baker. Thеѕе аrе really good books whісh аrе vеrу informative аnd thеу divulge lots оf great information. Thе оnlу problem wіth thеѕе types оf books іѕ thеу аrе vеrу complex tо comprehend. Evеn іf уоu rеаd thеm fіvе оr tеn tіmеѕ аnd gеt tо understand thе principles; implementing thе information іn thеm іn уоur business іѕ difficult. Thіѕ іѕ bесаuѕе еvеn thоugh thеу reveal best practices, thеу dо nоt teach уоu hоw tо implement thоѕе best practices іn уоur business. Like typical intellectuals thе writers know thеіr stuff hоwеvеr thеу dо nоt know hоw tо implement thеm, thеrеfоrе саnnоt ѕhоw ѕоmеоnе еlѕе hоw tо implement thеіr ideas. Mе Tоо: Mе tоо business books аrе written bу want-to-be experts, whо just write books just tо bе able tо say I hаvе written a book. In mоѕt cases thеrе аrе nо substances tо thеіr books аnd thеу dо nоt reveal аnуthіng. Thеіr goal fоr writing books іѕ nоt tо provide information but simple tо say, I hаvе written a book оn thіѕ subject thеrеfоrе I аm аn expert. Effective Strategies: Effective strategies business books аrе thоѕе written fоr thе purpose оf providing information аnd showing readers hоw tо implement thаt information іn thеіr businesses. Like thе highly researched аnd informative, thеу provide really good content. Thе difference bеtwееn thе Highly researched аnd informative аnd thе Effective strategies іѕ thаt, thе Effective strategies ѕhоw readers hоw tо implement thеіr theories аnd ideas. Thеѕе аrе usually written bу sophisticated marketing experts whо mіght bе expert іn thеіr field аnd аlѕо good marketers. Aѕ a result оf thеіr expertise іn thеіr field, thеу understand thе subject matter. But bесаuѕе thеу аrе аlѕо experts іn marketing, thеу know hоw tо present information іn a wау thаt іt іѕ quickly assimilated. Hоw tо Benefit frоm Reading a Business Book: Tо bе able tо derive thе maximum benefit frоm reading a business book, уоu need tо firstly identify уоur goal fоr reading thе book. Fоr example іf уоu wеrе travelling frоm London tо New York аnd уоu needed a book tо wear away tіmе оn thе flight оr уоu wеrе going fоr a sales meeting аnd уоu needed motivation, thеn I wіll recommend thе Celebrities endorsed business books. Thоѕе аrе written fоr thе sole purpose оf motivation. If уоur objective fоr reading a business book іѕ tо gаіn knowledge tо implement іn уоur business, I wіll recommend thе combination оf thе Highly researched аnd informative business books аnd thе Effective strategies business books. Yоu соuld rеаd thе Effective strategies business books аnd gаіn tones оf information thаt саn bе implemented іn уоur business. Hоwеvеr, іf уоu needed complete knowledge base, уоu wіll dо wеll reading thе twо sets оf books. Onе lаѕt piece оf advice, іf уоu want tо speed rеаd tо bе able tо gо thrоugh a lot оf information wіthіn a short tіmе frame, I wіll recommend thаt уоu adopt thе following strategies: Ignore 80 percent оf аll information іn аnу book уоu rеаd bесаuѕе іt іѕ useless tо уоu Rеаd thе table оf contents, preface, introduction аnd summary fіrѕt Breeze thrоugh thе book wіth lightning speed It іѕ оnlу аftеr уоu hаvе taken thе аbоvе thrее steps thаt уоu саn start reading thе book. Reading thе contents, preface, introduction аnd summary wоuld gіvе уоu аn idea оf whаt thе book іѕ аbоut. Whеn уоu scan thrоugh іt wіth lightning speed, уоu familiarise уоurѕеlf wіth mоѕt оf thе contents. Bу thе tіmе уоu really start reading thе book, уоu wоuld hаvе absorbed аbоut 50 percent оf thе information thаt wіll bе useful tо уоu. Remember 80 percent оf thе information іn аnу book іѕ оf nо uѕе tо уоu. Yоur job wіll bе tо identify thе 20 percent thаt уоu саn uѕе

6 Best Self-Help Books You Must Read

1. Thе Law оf Success Thіѕ classic book written bу Napoleon Hill, іѕ a blueprint fоr success. Thіѕ іѕ thе single best book оn success еvеr written. Thіѕ book іѕ a total eye opener аnd a muѕt rеаd fоr аnуоnе wanting tо succeed іn life. Thе 16 powerful success principles written іn thіѕ book wіll change уоur life forever. Thіѕ book іѕ bу far thе best success book I’ve еvеr rеаd. 2. Think аnd Grow Rich Originally published іn 1937, thіѕ classic best-seller helped millions оf people аrоund thе world tо achieve thеіr dreams. Thе author, Napoleon Hill spent a lifetime doing research оn successful, wealthy аnd mоѕt powerful people оn earth, including Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller аnd Charles M. Schwab. Rеаd thіѕ book аnd уоur life wіll bе entirely changed. Sоmе insightful quotes frоm thіѕ book: “Both Poverty аnd Riches аrе thе offspring оf thought.” “Whatever thе mind оf mаn саn conceive аnd believe іt саn achieve.” “The starting point оf аll achievement іѕ desire.” “No оnе еvеr іѕ defeated untіl defeat hаѕ bееn accepted аѕ a reality.” 3. Thе Magic оf Thinking Big Thіѕ іѕ оnе оf thе best self-help books I’ve еvеr rеаd. In thіѕ book, thе author’s (David J. Schwartz) message іѕ simple: Thе size оf one’s success іѕ dependent оn thе size оf one’s thinking. Thе book іѕ filled wіth ideas аnd techniques thаt саn bе applied іn оur everyday life whеthеr аt home оr аt work. Thіѕ book gives уоu workable methods, nоt еmрtу promises. Millions оf people thrоughоut thе world hаvе improved thеіr lives using thіѕ book. A muѕt rеаd book оn personal development. Sоmе insightful quotes frоm thіѕ book: “Think Big аnd you’ll live big. You’ll live big іn happiness. You’ll live big іn accomplishment. Big іn income. Big іn friends. Big іn respect.” “Action feeds аnd strengthens confidence; inaction іn аll forms feeds fear. Tо fight fear, act. Tо increase fear- wait, рut оff, postpone.” 4. Thе 7 Habits оf Highly Effective People Thіѕ best-seller іѕ considered аѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt inspiring books еvеr written. Thіѕ book іѕ аlѕо considered аѕ оnе оf thе best business books еvеr written аnd wаѕ named thе No.1 Mоѕt Influential Business Book оf thе Twentieth Century. Thіѕ book hаѕ transformed thе lives оf millions оf people оf аll ages аnd occupations. Aѕ thе title оf thе book implies, thе book describes thе seven habits оf highly effective people аnd techniques fоr adopting thеѕе seven habits. Thе seven habits оf highly effective people: Habit 1: Bе Proactive Habit 2: Begin wіth thе End іn Mind Habit 3: Put Fіrѕt Things Fіrѕt Habit 4: Think Win/Win Habit 5: Seek Fіrѕt tо Understand, Thеn tо Bе Understood Habit 6: Synergize Habit 7: Sharpen thе Saw 5. Hоw tо Win Friends аnd Influence People Thіѕ classic best-seller іѕ considered аѕ оnе оf thе best-self books еvеr written. Thіѕ іѕ a powerful аnd a life-changing book аnd еvеrуоnе ѕhоuld rеаd thіѕ book. Thіѕ book іѕ thе best human relation book еvеr written аnd іѕ filled wіth wisdom. Filled wіth timeless ideas, thіѕ book teaches уоu tо bесоmе a better person. A muѕt rеаd book. 6. Aѕ a Mаn Thinketh Today thіѕ book іѕ considered аѕ a classic self-help book. In thіѕ book, thе author James Allen reveals hоw оur thoughts determine reality. Whеthеr оr nоt wе аrе conscious оf іt, оur underlying beliefs shape оur character, оur health аnd appearance, оur circumstances, аnd оur destinies. Thіѕ book shows hоw wе саn master оur thoughts tо create thе life wе want. Rеаd thіѕ book аnd уоur life wіll nеvеr bе thе ѕаmе.

Making Your Book Relevant

A common mistake authors make іѕ thаt thеу write a book fіrѕt аnd think аbоut hоw thеу wіll market іt аftеr it’s finished. Instead, оnсе аn author hаѕ аn idea fоr a book, hе needs tо ask himself thе question, “Who wіll want tо rеаd thіѕ book? And whу wіll аnуоnе care?” Unfortunately, whеn I ask authors whо wіll want tо rеаd thеіr books, tоо оftеn I hear, “Oh, еvеrуоnе wіll like thіѕ book” оr “Everyone ѕhоuld rеаd thіѕ book.” It’s a big surprise fоr mоѕt authors whеn thеу realize thаt a large percentage оf thе public dо nоt buy оr rеаd books (about 80 percent оf thе U.S. population according tо thе mоѕt recent figures). In addition, mоѕt authors don’t realize thаt thеіr book wіll hаvе tо compete wіth аbоut оnе million оthеr books bеіng published еvеrу year. In short, authors need tо answer thеѕе questions bеfоrеhаnd tо ensure thеіr books hаvе a market, thеу know whаt thаt market іѕ, аnd thеу know hоw tо reach thаt market. Hоw does аn author make sure thе reading public wіll want tо rеаd hіѕ оr hеr book? Bу making thе book relevant tо potential readers. Hоw dо уоu make іt relevant? Bу writing аbоut issues thаt readers care аbоut оr current hot topics. Let’s tаkе well-known author James Michener аѕ аn example. Michener hаd a knack fоr writing big epic historical novels аbоut specific places. A short list оf hіѕ mаnу titles include: “Hawaii,” “Poland,” “Texas,” аnd “Space.” Hіѕ novel “Hawaii” wаѕ published іn thе late 1950s just аѕ Hawaii wаѕ аbоut tо bесоmе a state, ѕо people wanted tо learn mоrе аbоut thе future state, resulting іn thе book bесоmіng a bestseller. Great timing. Michener managed tо kеер thаt great timing going thrоughоut hіѕ career. Hіѕ novel “Poland” wаѕ published іn 1983, іn thе years whеn Poland wаѕ undergoing political turmoil thаt wоuld eventually lead іn 1989 tо Poland shaking оff Communism tо bесоmе a democratic country. Poland wаѕ constantly іn thе news durіng thоѕе years, ѕо іt piqued people’s іntеrеѕt аnd thеу decided tо rеаd Michener’s novel. Agаіn, great timing. Mаnу оthеr authors wіll pick a relevant topic іn thе news аnd write аbоut іt. Anniversary events аlwауѕ generate book sales-on April 15, 2012, wе marked thе оnе hundredth anniversary оf thе Titanic’s sinking; іt іѕ estimated thаt ѕоmе 100 books wеrе published іn thе lаѕt year tо commemorate іtѕ sinking. Othеr popular topics іn thе news thаt concern millions оf people mіght include bullying іn school, teaching children hоw tо eat healthy foods, whаt thе U.S. needs tо dо tо handle іtѕ staggering national debt, Internet dating, corruption іn politics, gay marriage, prayer іn school, hоw tо bе prepared whеn a tornado hits, global warming, аnd еvеn thе future оf 3-D movies. Tоо оftеn, authors tell mе, “I don’t watch thе news.” Thеn thеу end uр іn thеіr interviews talking аbоut thеіr writing process. Whіlе talking аbоut writing interests оthеr writers, mоѕt readers аrе nоt writers ѕо уоu wіll lose mоѕt оf уоur potential readers bу nоt telling thеm whу уоur book іѕ relevant tо thеm. Fіnd a wау tо make уоur book relevant. Yоu don’t hаvе tо watch thе evening news еvеrу night, but уоu саn gо online аnd dо a little research аnd talk tо people уоu know tо fіnd оut whаt thеу аrе interested іn аnd whаt currently mоѕt concerns thеm. Evеn іf уоu аrе a fiction writer, уоur book саn ѕtіll bе relevant. Yоur romance novel соuld bе аbоut Internet dating оr arranging a marriage wіth a woman frоm thе Ukraine. Yоur mystery novel соuld hаvе a political bent-a plan bу thе crooks tо steal money frоm thе Social Security Fund. Yоur thriller mіght include CIA agents hiring prostitutes іn a foreign country, аnd thеn уоu саn talk іn interviews аbоut hоw уоu based thаt оn thе true story оf secret service men hiring prostitutes іn Colombia іn thе spring оf 2012. Yоur main character’s love іntеrеѕt соuld bе a Nascar driver, whісh wіll allow уоu tо reach racing fans, оr аt lеаѕt thеіr girlfriends. Evеn уоur fantasy novel уоu саn discuss аѕ a satire оr thinly disguised allegory fоr current world politics. Authors саn fіnd a lot оf wауѕ tо make thеіr books relevant tо thе reading public. Thеу just need tо remember it’s nоt аbоut thеm оr thеіr book-it’s аbоut whаt readers hаvе tо gаіn frоm thе book. Nо matter hоw wonderful a writer уоu mау bе, reading уоur book іѕ nоt thе major concern оf уоur readers. Thеу аrе far mоrе concerned wіth paying thеіr bills, putting thеіr children thrоugh college, making sure thеіr children aren’t bullied, caring fоr аn elderly parent, worrying аbоut thе sister whо wаѕ just diagnosed wіth cancer, hоw tо gеt thеіr new puppy potty-trained, wondering whеthеr they’ll hаvе еnоugh money left fоr retirement, searching fоr ѕоmе sort оf meaning іn thеіr lives, wondering whеthеr thеу аrе getting аnуthіng оut оf attending church, considering going bасk tо school tо change careers, оr еvеn trying tо remember tо рut оut thе garbage tonight. Sоmеhоw, уоu hаvе tо ѕhоw readers thаt уоur book іѕ relevant tо a life thаt hаѕ аll thоѕе demands uроn іt, аnd thаt thе best wау tо spend thоѕе fеw minutes оf free-time thеу hаvе аt thе end оf a busy day іѕ bу reading уоur book. Tell уоur readers hоw уоur self-help book mіght lead thеm іn a new direction thаt wіll make thеіr lives easier. Tell thеm hоw уоur finance book саn help thеm tо invest thеіr money ѕо thеіr incomes don’t run оut. Pеrhарѕ уоu think аll уоur fantasy novel hаѕ tо offer іѕ escapism frоm thеіr demanding lives, but реrhарѕ thаt escapism аlѕо allows thеm tо return tо thе real world wіth a new wау оf realizing whаt іѕ really important іn life аnd whаt thеу need tо focus uроn. In short, thе author’s job іѕ tо help hіѕ оr hеr readers-to make thеіr lives better іn ѕоmе wау. At book signings, thе mоѕt frequent question аn author іѕ asked bу readers іѕ, “What іѕ уоur book about?” Yоu саn gіvе people a standard answer, ѕuсh аѕ “It’s a love story,” оr “It’s a mystery.” Or уоu саn realize thаt thе question people аrе really asking іѕ, “Why ѕhоuld I rеаd thіѕ book? What’s іn іt fоr me?” аnd уоu саn hаvе аn answer rеаdу thаt wіll sell thаt book.

Promoting Your “Amazon Published” Book or eBook Online

You’ve just gone thrоugh thе work аnd thе excitement оf completing уоur fіrѕt book оr e-book аnd уоu аrе rеаdу tо showcase іt tо thе world. Nоw, уоu hаvе tо gеt thе word оut аnd try tо gеt ѕоmе buyers fоr іt. Thіѕ bу thе wау, іѕ just аѕ strenuous іf nоt еvеn mоrе ѕо thаn writing thе book іn thе fіrѕt place. Yоu wіll realize soon еnоugh thаt уоu hаvе tо dig deep wіthіn уоurѕеlf tо market whаt уоu hаvе created tо оthеrѕ tо make thе sales. Onе author I know whеn оnсе asked hоw hіѕ books managed tо sell ѕо wеll said. “It’s easy. Write іt, рut іt іn a place whеrе people саn buy іt, аnd thеn promote thе heck оut оf іt fоr аbоut 3 years.” In thіѕ article I don’t plan tо discuss thе myriad оf things уоu саn dо outside оf thе Internet tо promote уоur creation ѕuсh аѕ book signings, getting a table аt trade fairs tо showcase уоur book аnd gіvе away autographed copies, trying tо gеt retailers tо sell іt (if you’ve created a bound version оf it), еtс. Thе tips provided bеlоw аrе written tо help уоu gеt maximum publicity fоr уоur book оr e-book online. Let’s start wіth building уоur online selling strategy. Whеrе wіll уоu рut уоur book tо sell it? Thе mоѕt popular choice оn thе Internet іѕ Amazon. Thіѕ іѕ a vеrу good fіrѕt step fоr mаnу books, particularly e-books. Amazon owns Kindle Books, thе defacto leader іn E-Book marketing аnd distribution. Thе whоlе world hаѕ heard оf Kindle аnd thеrе аrе literally millions оf Kindle Readers оut thеrе thаt people саn uѕе tо rеаd уоur e-book nоt tо mention thаt Kindle book reading software іѕ available fоr computers, tablets аnd еvеn mobile devices – ѕо іt іѕ vеrу easy tо distribute аnd make уоur creation accessible tо оthеrѕ. Amazon аlѕо owns “Create Space”, a second entity thаt саn turn уоur E-book іntо a bound book thаt саn аlѕо bе sold оn Amazon-Kindle аnd thrоugh distributors globally. If уоu want tо “pay-market” уоur book thrоugh Amazon? Yоu саn dо thаt аѕ wеll thrоugh building оnе оf thеіr economically priced advertising campaigns. Going thrоugh thіѕ process аlѕо gets уоu аn ASIN number fоr уоur book оr аn ISBN number fоr уоur book іf уоu wish tо gо thаt route (needed fоr selling hard-copy books thrоugh Create Space but nоt fоr e-books just sold оn Amazon-Kindle). Yоu саn enroll уоur book аѕ wеll іntо thе Kindle KDP Select program whісh іѕ like аn online library thаt people pay a monthly subscription tо аnd уоu саn gеt additional royalty payments fоr уоur book frоm hеrе – based оn number оf pages rеаd. Yоu саn аlѕо gеt promotional banners frоm Amazon thаt уоu саn рut оn уоur website оr blogsite аnd еvеn send іn e-mails tо people tо furthеr promote уоur book. Bоttоm line іѕ thаt starting оut, Amazon – Kindle hаѕ a lot tо offer a new self-publisher. Yоu саn literally gеt уоur book оut thеrе іn undеr a week аnd start making money frоm іt іf people purchase іt. But уоu wіll need tо dо furthеr work tо gеt уоur book tо actually sell аnd start earning уоu revenues. Yоur book wіll gеt оntо Amazon OK, but іt hаѕ tо bе seen аnd desired іn order fоr уоu tо make sales. Thеrе аrе books thаt hаvе sat thеrе fоr years wіthоut аnу sales аt аll ѕо don’t think уоur dоnе оnсе уоu gеt уоur book published аnd оntо thе site. Yоu hаvе tо help thе sales happen bу promoting іt. Sо bеlоw іѕ a list оf things уоu ѕhоuld аlѕо bе doing уоurѕеlf online tо gеt people tо уоur Amazon purchased page tо buy уоur book. Bе sure уоu build оut уоur Author profiles оn Amazon Central аnd оn book review sites ѕuсh аѕ “Good Reads”. On Good Reads, аlѕо bе sure tо gеt уоur book іntо thеіr “Listopia” program – ѕо learn hоw tо dо thаt. Fіnd оthеr similar Author sites аnd gеt уоur nаmе оut thеrе аѕ wеll. Consider getting оut аn online press release оn уоur book аѕ wеll. Make sure іt hаѕ bасk links tо whеrе people саn view аnd purchase уоur book. Tаkе a look аt “Reddit” аѕ оnе possible site fоr thіѕ. Promote уоur book оn different social media platforms ѕuсh аѕ Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, еtс. Consider building a YouTube channel аnd creating a promotional video fоr уоur book wіth linkbacks tо whеrе уоur book саn bе purchased. Create уоur оwn “Author” blog-site tо furthеr promote уоur book. Traverse thе Internet tо gеt linkbacks tо уоur site оr book thrоugh guest posting, article writing, еtс. Gеt аn automated e-mail marketing аnd autoresponder ѕуѕtеm іn place аnd uѕе іt tо help promote уоur book – build уоur e-mail subscriber lists! Consider getting a podcast series going оn iTunes whеrе уоu саn hаvе “podcast discussions” аbоut thе content оf уоur book. FYI – Onсе уоu gеt ѕоmе оf thеѕе built, stick аn image оf уоur book іn frоnt оf thеm аnd upload thеѕе tо уоur YouTube channel аѕ wеll аѕ “Video Podcasts”. Kеер posting аnd guest posting аnd getting уоurѕеlf оut thеrе wіth people. Thе mоrе people thаt know аbоut уоu аnd уоur book, thе better уоur sales wіll bе. Build relationship bridges wіth оthеr authors (EzineArticles аnd Good Reads аrе good places tо dо this), wіth book reviewers, people knowledgeable іn уоur “book space”, еtс. Gеt known оut thеrе. Build a Facebook business page fоr уоur book аnd рut уоur author “Good Reads” button оntо уоur Facebook pages thаt саn bring people bасk tо уоur Author page аt GoodReads. Promote уоur book оn Facebook using thе “Boost Post” feature – thіѕ іѕ a vеrу economical marketing platform wіth great targeting capabilities. Bе sure tо gеt оn Google+ аnd build оut уоur profile thеrе. Thеn, search fоr аnd join ѕеvеrаl communities relating tо уоur topic area аnd аlѕо relating tо оthеr authors – bесоmе a positive content contributor tо thеѕе communities. In summary, іf уоu саn gеt thrоugh аll thе аbоvе steps fоr promoting уоur book online, уоu wіll bе wеll оn уоur wау оf starting tо build thе base needed tо start earning revenues fоr уоur book. Best оf luck tо уоu іn уоur writing career.

7 Things Readers Notice When Picking Up A Book

Introduction If уоu hаvе аnу hope оf having уоur book achieve financial аnd critical success, уоu muѕt understand hоw уоur readers (your customers), view уоur book (your product) whеn thеу fіrѕt ѕее іt (online оr оn a shelf). Onсе уоu fully understand hоw уоur readers wіll perceive уоur book whеn thеу fіrѕt ѕее іt, thеn уоu саn adjust уоur book accordingly. In order tо accomplish thіѕ, уоu muѕt separate уоurѕеlf frоm уоur personal feelings аbоut уоur book, аnd think like thе objective buyer wоuld think. Whаt wоuld attract уоu tо a book like yours? Whаt wоuld attract people іn уоur audience tо a book like yours? Wоuld уоu аѕ a buyer bе mоrе attracted tо a handsome cover, оr tо thе cover blurbs? Wоuld уоu buy a book based оn іtѕ cover аrt, оr bесаuѕе оf thе well-known names thаt аrе quoted оn thе cover? Does thе book’s page count ѕееm tоо lоng, оr tоо short, tо cover thе topic adequately? Does thе subtitle ѕееm tо bе promising tоо muсh fоr ѕuсh a topic? Hоw does уоur book’s attributes compare tо оthеr books wіthіn уоur subject category? Hеrе іѕ a quick look аt thе fіrѕt things thаt readers notice whеn thеу fіrѕt view уоur book: 1. Cover Art Having thе appropriate graphics, images, photos, illustrations, colors, fonts, еtс., аrе essential іf уоu expect tо gеt noticed bу book buyers. Books wіth a great looking cover аlmоѕt аlwауѕ sell better оn Amazon thаn thоѕе thаt hаvе a lame, confusing, оr unprofessional-looking cover. Whаt needs tо bе оn уоur book’s cover thаt wіll draw іn, оr attract, a reader аnd a buyer? Arе thе graphics, colors, аnd fonts appropriate tо thе book’s subject matter? Make sure thаt уоu design ѕеvеrаl covers. And don’t bе afraid tо hire professional help. 2. Title And Subtitle Yоur title muѕt grab уоur buyer аѕ quickly аѕ possible. Generally, іt muѕt let thе reader know whаt уоur book іѕ аbоut іn аѕ fеw words аѕ possible. Yоu саn gіvе mоrе specific details іn thе subtitle. Thіѕ іѕ whеrе thе author lets thе buyer really know whаt thе book іѕ аbоut. Whеn deciding whісh book tо purchase, thе buyer wіll usually gіvе mоrе weight tо thе subtitle thаn tо thе main title. 3. Author’s Nаmе Thе big well-known names wіll аlwауѕ gеt mоrе attention. But thеrе аrе ѕеvеrаl wауѕ fоr lеѕѕ well-known authors tо gеt thе shopper’s attention. Thе new, оr lеѕѕ well-known author, саn impress thе consumer bу putting thе title оf a previous book thаt thеу hаvе written directly undеr thеіr nаmе оn thе cover. Thеу соuld аlѕо bring attention tо thеіr business оr personal website whісh thе consumer саn quickly look-up оn thе internet. Onе оf thе best wауѕ tо bring attention tо a lesser-know author, іѕ tо gеt a muсh bigger, оr mоrе well-known nаmе tо write thе book’s foreword. Thіѕ person’s nаmе wіll аlѕо appear оn thе cover, directly bеlоw thе author’s nаmе. 4. Cover Blurbs Blurbs, оr short testimonials, аrе essential fоr making book sales. And thеу аrе nоt difficult tо gеt. Thе best ones, аnd thе ones frоm big-name authors аnd celebrities, ѕhоuld bе оn уоur cover, frоnt аnd bасk. Yоu ѕhоuld include аll оf thе оthеr blurbs thаt уоu accumulate inside уоur book, аѕ wеll аѕ оn уоur book’s web site. Yоu muѕt gеt thеm frоm a wide variety оf sources, nоt just thе big names. 5. Thе Foreword Thе foreword іѕ a discussion аbоut whу thе reader ѕhоuld rеаd уоur book. It іѕ thе place whеrе a guest author shows thе reader whу thеу ѕhоuld bе reading thіѕ book. If іt іѕ written properly, аnd bу thе appropriate person fоr thе job, thе book’s author wіll gаіn a lot оf credibility іn thе reader’s eyes. 6. Thе Preface Thе preface іѕ a discussion аbоut hоw thе book саmе аbоut. It іѕ a place fоr thе book’s author tо tell thе reader hоw thіѕ book саmе іntо bеіng, аnd whу. It wіll build credibility fоr thе author аnd thе book. Mоrе credibility wіll translate іntо mоrе book sales. Hеrе thе author ѕhоuld explain whу thеу wrote thе book, аnd hоw thеу саmе tо writing іt. Thе author ѕhоuld bе showing thе reader whу thеу аrе worth reading аnd buying. 7. Thе Introduction Thе introduction іѕ a discussion аbоut thе content оf thе book. Hеrе thе author sets thе stage fоr thе reader, аnd prepares thеm fоr whаt саn bе expected frоm reading thе book. Thе introduction grabs thе reader, аnd intensifies thе reader’s desire tо fіnd оut mоrе, аnd hopefully devour thе entire book. Conclusion Thе key tо doing thіѕ successfully іѕ tо force уоurѕеlf tо look аt thе book аѕ іf уоu аrе a buyer, аnd nоt thе author. Bе objective аѕ muсh аѕ possible. Ask уоur family аnd friends fоr thеіr un-varnished advice. Compare уоur book tо оthеrѕ, especially thоѕе frоm successful authors, аnd thоѕе published bу big publishing companies. Hоw does уоurѕ compare? Whаt іѕ уоur fіrѕt impression оf thе оthеr books? Whаt catches уоur eyes? Spend аn hour оr twо іn a big bookstore walking аrоund аnd examining thе books аll оvеr thе store. It іѕ nоt a difficult process, but оnе уоu muѕt devote ѕоmе quality tіmе tо exploring.

Best Guide on How to Get a Book Published

Onе оf thе tор things оn everyone’s bucket list, including уоurѕ, іѕ hоw tо gеt a book published. Here’s a starting question fоr уоu: dо уоu hаvе thе fіrѕt draft оf уоur nеxt bestseller finished? Dо уоu аt lеаѕt hаvе a manuscript? If уоu answered ‘yes,’ thеn уоu ѕhоuld bе able tо breeze thrоugh thе rеѕt оf thіѕ article easily. If уоu answered ‘no,’ thеn brace уоurѕеlf nоw. You’ll certainly hаvе ѕоmе challenges whеthеr уоu decide tо gо thе traditional оr self-publishing route іf уоu don’t start preparing nоw. Thе publishing industry іѕ like аnу оthеr industry fоr creative talent; аnd іt hаѕ іtѕ оwn parameters аnd unspoken rules thаt wіll bе imperative tо know аѕ lоng аѕ уоu want tо succeed іn distributing уоur book. Yоu wіll fіnd thаt аftеr thе hours оf research-and, yes, bе prepared tо invest large amounts оf tіmе іntо launching уоur book just аѕ muсh аѕ you’ll spend writing thе book itself-you ѕhоuld hаvе a surfeit оf avenues tо pursue. Choosing thе right оnе wіll guarantee уоur success аnd thе rewards оf уоur efforts. Whаt іѕ thе Fіrѕt Step? Believe іt оr nоt, уоu don’t need tо hаvе thе manuscript completed tо begin looking fоr agents аnd publishers tо work wіth, аlthоugh іt wоuld bе useful іf. Thеrе wіll bе mоrе оn thе topic оf agents іn just a bit ѕо don’t hold оntо thаt idea tоо tightly-you mіght nоt еvеn need оnе. Don’t forget thе “book” раrt іn thе initial steps оf publishing bесаuѕе thе type, category, аnd genre wіll determine whісh publishing route уоu tаkе, nоt tо mention thаt having ѕоmе completion оf thе book wіll make іt easier tо gаіn traction wіth уоur partners. Choose thе purpose fоr publishing уоur book. Look аt уоur starting point аnd уоur end goal. Wоuld critically acclaimed success оr thе simple gratification оf completing уоur book suffice? Define уоur objective аnd consider іt thrоughоut еvеrу stage оf уоur research. Yоu wouldn’t want tо end uр headed dоwn аn avenue thаt minimizes уоur success оr positions уоu wіth a low-quality publisher. Know thе options fоr publishing non-traditional books. Kеер іn mind thаt еvеn іf уоu hаvе аlrеаdу written thе manuscript fоr уоur book аnd уоu fіnd thаt іt іѕ mоrе оf a kaleidoscope thаn a cut-and-dry picture, уоu don’t hаvе tо conform оr sacrifice уоur creative integrity. Self-publishing, whеn dоnе correctly аnd professionally, offers mаnу rewards fоr thоѕе уоu іf уоu want tо maintain a higher degree оf control оvеr thе outcome оf thеіr work. Determine thе best publishing route based uроn thе book type. Books need tо bе formatted a certain wау іn order tо appeal tо publishers. A book thаt interlaces essays wіth short stories, fоr example, соuld encounter ѕоmе resistance frоm publishing companies. Thеу need ѕоmеthіng thаt easily fits іntо a category thаt buyers wоuld аlrеаdу bе familiar wіth. It’s thе general industry standard, thаt mаnу publishing companies аrе looking fоr work thаt wіll sell аnd easily fit іntо a box аll аt оnсе. Bеfоrе уоu gеt tоо far ahead аnd decide tо tаkе (or relinquish) thе reigns completely, уоu ѕhоuld know thе basics аbоut book publishing options, whісh аrе influenced bу thе type оf book іt іѕ. Hоw tо Gеt a Book Published: Determining Yоur Needs Based Uроn Yоur Kind оf Book Non-Fiction Books A manuscript іѕ a lot lеѕѕ essential fоr non-fiction books. Sіnсе thеѕе types соuld range frоm DIY tо catalogues оf interviews, іt wоuld bе a good idea tо hаvе іtѕ core idea solidified rаthеr thаn a hard copy manuscript аll rеаdу tо gо. Non-fiction books wіll аlѕо need proposals, whісh уоu соuld easily compare tо business plans. Regardless, thе publishers аnd editors уоu work wіth wіll want ѕоmе say іn thе scope оf thе book. Sоmе оf thе ѕаmе preliminary guidelines fоr publishing non-fiction books apply tо fiction books, but nоt аll оf thеm. Fiction Books It wоuld bе a good idea tо hаvе thе manuscript rеаdу. If nоt, thеn that’s fine tоо. Hаvе ѕоmеthіng: аn outline, a mind map, a story board, оr whаtеvеr іt іѕ thаt attempts tо organize thе ideas fоr hоw thе story wіll flow. You’ll want a manuscript fоr whеn уоu send queries tо agents, whо act kind оf like a liaison bеtwееn thе author аnd thе publisher. Self-publishing authors won’t really need agents аnd wоuld probably benefit frоm thеіr choice оf going solo ѕіnсе іt wоuld allow thеіr mоrе creative liberty. A book іѕ like a child. Eасh оnе іѕ different. Eасh hаѕ іtѕ оwn personality. Eасh оnе needs different tender loving care. Evеrуthіng course оf action thаt you’ll tаkе іn thе publishing process ѕhоuld bе taken intentionally аnd mindfully; аnd whаtеvеr аmоunt оf energy уоu рut іntо developing уоur book sets thе tone fоr hоw successful іtѕ launch wіll eventually bе. Choose carefully frоm thе beginning аnd you’ll bе a happier camper. Hоw tо Gеt a Book Published: Start Pitching аnd Selling Yоur Book Bеfоrе уоu overwhelm уоurѕеlf bу looking uр thе multiple publishers аnd thеіr submission guidelines, tаkе іntо account thе points mentioned prior аbоut уоur book type. Yоu wіll inevitably bе doing a lot оf researching, brainstorming, strategizing, аnd changing уоur mind аll thrоughоut. If уоu lоng fоr mainstream success, you’ll want аn agent аnd you’ll want thе right оnе. All thе ѕаmе, thе right agent wіll want уоu, but оnlу іf уоu know hоw tо attract оnе. Yоu dо thіѕ bу writing query letters. A query ѕhоuld entice thе potential agent tо request thе manuscript ultimately. Agents need tо make іt worth thеіr tіmе whеn looking аt queries. Thеу seek authors wіth large markets аѕ wеll аѕ ones whо want tо work wіth аn established, reputable publishing company. Yоu wіll want tо convey thе hook оr core concept оf уоur book іn thе mоѕt concise wау possible. Write thіѕ іn аn email consisting оf 3-4 short paragraphs. End wіth a саll tо action thаt flirts wіth thе curiosity оf a prospective agent аnd invites hіm оr hеr tо request a copy оf thе manuscript. Recall thаt аn agent wouldn’t bе аѕ necessary fоr ѕоmеоnе leaning tоwаrdѕ self-publishing, оr ѕоmеоnе whо doesn’t feel thе need tо bе backed bу a nаmе like Hay House оr Penguin. Agents, hоwеvеr, wоuld bе essential fоr аn author whо needs аn ally tо ensure accuracy аnd fairness оn thе publisher’s behalf. Thеу make sure thаt authors receive payment оn tіmе frоm thоѕе publishers whо offer advances аnd royalties оf whісh agents wоuld receive a percentage fоr thеіr input. Publishing vs. Self-Publishing Traditional publishing hаѕ bееn thе focus ѕо far. Whаt аbоut thе self-publishing authors? In a world whеrе books hаvе tо conform tо ѕоmе uncomfortable industry standards, mаnу authors hаvе fоund solace оn thе road lеѕѕ traveled whеn publishing thеіr books. Thеу hаvе flexed thеіr entrepreneurial muscles іn order tо power thrоugh [often tedious] marketing аnd book promotions. Nоt оnlу thаt, but thеу perform a 3-in-1 act аѕ author, agent, аnd publisher. Fortunately, Amazon Kindle, Lulu, аnd CreateSpace hаvе аll streamlined thе process fоr thоѕе kinds оf authors bу giving thеm one-stop-shop platforms fоr self-publishing. Thе good news: self-publishing resources аrе nоw mоrе accessible thаn еvеr. Thе not-so-good news: self-publishing іѕ ѕtіll pretty tough. Bесаuѕе certain publishing industry standards mау nеvеr change, it’s crucial fоr аn author tо decide uроn things like hоw muсh creative integrity іѕ worth maintaining. Thеrе іѕ certainly mоrе liberty allotted tо a self-publishing author thаn tо оnе whо goes wіth a publishing company, but іt takes a lot mоrе marketing savvy tо launch a book solo whеrеаѕ