RON: Do you think I should use a Christian publisher to publish my
||I run into this question quite a bit and it doesn’t
have a simple yes/no answer. Over the years I do not think I have hidden
the fact that I am a Christian and run my business and personal life,
guided by Christian principles but I don’t believe that I have ever
asked someone to work with me solely for that reason. I don’t believe
you should either. One of the largest business losses I’ve ever incurred
was at the hands of a so-called “Christian” corporation who I chose to
deal with because they were “Christians”. Full
Long As It Takes
||How long will it take you to realize your dream,
complete your manuscript, have it professionally edited, designed,
printed and published? “As long as it takes.” This is November,
“National Novel Writing Month,” when authors and writers sometimes
challenge themselves to join the NaNoWriMo bandwagon and write a novel
during the month. Are you ready or able to sprint through a manuscript
by month’s end? Full
Design: “Hey guys, what exactly is a ‘Pre-Flight,’
||One of the services that Self Publishing, Inc. provides
to its book printing customers is a Pre-Flight check of printer-ready
PDF files that have been provided to print book covers and interiors.
What exactly is a Pre-Flight check? Any pilots out there? Full
with Children’s eBooks
||A number of authors have asked us if we can produce
children’s books for the eBook market. The answer to that is yes we can
but there are a few things would be authors need to know. First of all,
what is considered to be a children’s book? Full
You Need to Know When Choosing an Editing Service
||Recently an author asked me: What should I know when
choosing editing for my book manuscript? What a great question!
Following are six key factors that affect the quality of a book edit.
Got Publicity, Now Where are My Sales? Your Plan May be Missing Key
||Naturally, if you get publicity for yourself and your
book, you expect sales to start ringing up. Sometimes they do, but just
as often, they don't. Why? Because getting media exposure is just one
element involved in marketing a book. When authors ask me, "I've been on
the radio and in the newspaper, and it got me just three book sales, why
am I not selling books?" I respond with a few questions for them.
Your Platform and Promoting Yourself
||Since platform and promotion has become so important
today for selling books or getting a book deal with a publisher, the big
question that many writers have is how do you do this? How do you gain
that visibility in a time when there is so much clutter from millions of
self-published books and celebrity has become the coin of the realm?
Here are some suggestions on what to do. Full
Purchase Single ISBN
Book Cover Design
Storage and Fulfillment
Publishing Basics EBook
Instant Book Printing Quote
"Hi Carol - Great point, though I don't see paying taxes on
successful selling as a con. Wear your taxes as a badge of honor
signifying that you've sold your books! Thanks for sharing the resources
too. I hope our readers will give a look! ~ Phil"
Whitmarsh On August, 28th -
2012 - View
"Great list of the pros and cons, Phil, but you failed to
mention one big con: taxes.
The IRS will probably see Kickstarter income as exactly as you
described: pre-selling books. That means the income from Kickstarter is
The accounting software company, Outright.com, has an informative page
about taxes from crowd-sourcing income.
Also, an author may have to pay sales tax on the sale of those books,
even if they are digital books. Here's a list of 22 states (and Wash DC)
that charge sales tax on digital products:
Topp, CPA On August, 28th -
2012 - View
"As you've pointed out, Ron, it doesn't take a lot of work to
ferret out truth since we have so much information available via the
internet. The other day a friend posted something to a Facebook page
which made a very unlikely claim about a candidate's statements. Out of
curiosity I looked up the supposed references and learned no such
statement or event had occurred. When I pointed that out to my friend
she said she had just reposted something she saw.
Due diligence, integrity, gossip, deceit, cut and paste, insert a
Thanks, Ron, for being a good light that shines from New York!"
— Don Stover On
August, 28th - 2012 - View
"Authorhouse, Author Solutions or whatever they like to call
themselves, almost ruined my writing career before it even started. And
now, even though it has been well over a year since ending my contract
with them, they are still selling my book on many websites without
sending me any of the royalties.
I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole no matter what name they now
hide behind, and I'd strongly advice others against them too.
Penguin have always had a good name so I hope they're not letting
— Dee H
Dodgson On August, 28th -
2012 - View