Managing Your Brand – DIY Business Cards

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.

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Lettra Letterpress Paper | Business Stationery Paper | Crane.com.

TEDEd and OKCupid – Behind the Numbers

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.

Book Review Magazines

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: ltillotson@ala.org. 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.

via Book Review Magazines: Editors and Book Reviewers.

Argybargy Printing for your custom printing on random things needs

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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.

Thank you!

via argybargyprinting.com.

How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores

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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.”

via How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores – GalleyCat.

Photo from Flickr user Michael  Femia