From the very excellent web comic xkcd.
From the very excellent web comic xkcd.
For any aspiring author looking to self-publish, you have to become your own brand and learn to market yourself constantly. One of the simplest ways to do that is by having personal business cards.
Now, I’m not talking about the business cards for your 8 to 5 day job. This is for your personal contact – e-mail address, website(s) of your project(s), and cell phone number (if you want to share that). Of course, you can go to Vistaprint.com to get your “free” business cards, you just pay shipping and they get to put Vistaprint.com on the back.
Or, if budget is tight but you still want to make a stellar first impression with a classy business card (that doesn’t scream “I got these free off the internet”), you can try printing your own. Here’s the paper that professional print designers use.
When two people join a dating website, they are matched according to shared interests and how they answer a number of personal questions. But how do sites calculate the likelihood of a successful relationship? Christian Rudder, one of the founders of popular dating site OKCupid, details the algorithm behind ‘hitting it off.’
Lesson by Christian Rudder, animation by TED-Ed.
This site is a good resource for magazines to send review copies of your self-published masterpiece. Here’s a sample:
BookForum, 350 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10001; 212-475-4000; Fax: 212-529-1257. Web: http://www.bookforum.net. A quarterly book review publication with a focus on literary fiction, serious nonfiction, and photo/art books.
- Chris Lehmann and Michael Miller, Editors
- Albert Mobilio, Fiction Editor
- David O’Neill, Assistant Editor
- Alfredo Perez, BookForum.com Editor
Book Links: Connecting Books, Librarys, and Classrooms, Laura Tillotson, Editor, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago IL 60611-2729; 312-944-6780; 800-545-2433; Fax: 312-337-6787. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.ala.org/BookLinks. This magazine is designed for teachers, librarians, library media specialists, booksellers, parents, and other adults interested in connecting children with books. It publishes bibliographies (book roundups), author profiles, and other articles.
Argybargy is a screen printing company based out of Buffalo, New York. We specialize in providing our customers with professional printing at an affordable rate and prompt turnaround. T-shirts, stickers, patches, pins / buttons, posters, flat stock, record covers, bass drum heads, record player slipmats, and any idea you throw our way we will figure out a way to print it for you. Our reputation for quality service is important to us. Feel free to call, fax, email us with any questions you may have.
More self-publishing advice…
Bookstore Resources for Self-Published Authors
How To Get Your Book in Barnes & Noble Stores: “Each year, we review more than 100,000 submissions from publishers of every size and background. Our buyers review publishers’ catalogues, marketing materials and galleys or sample copies to help them make their decisions.”
The Written Word: This Colorado Springs bookstore will take self-published books on consignment: “We usually ask for 5 copies minimum. The percentage is decided by the writer as the cost and percentage varies so much for the author and we don’t want writers to lose money putting books into bookstores. We also set up launch parties, signings, readings, and even speaking engagements at no charge. We’re happy to serve the community how we can. We don’t limit ourselves to Colorado, but will take books from anyone, and if someone with a book out would like to use our venue while traveling to this area they only need ask.”
Photo from Flickr user Michael Femia
Not an endorsement, as I haven’t used them yet. But worthy of a share.
I’ve been doing some research into self-publishing The Hopeful Romantic onto the iPad. Conclusion? Sell it like a magazine, by creating an app on the iOS store. This company agrees…
The App Store sells way more books than the iBookstore
Open Air sells 10 to 30 times more books through the App Store than through the iBookstore. Open Air started out only publishing its titles as iPad apps and selling them in the App Store. Then, when Apple launched its publishing platform iBooks Author, Open Air decided to adapt its titles for the iBookstore and for Kindle.