Irish Publishing Healthy because of Increased Options now open to Authors

Irish Publishing Healthy because of Increased Options now open to Authors

The Irish book marketing is growing and smaller publishers are starting to do well. Good news for anyone working in the book publishing industry in Ireland and good news for authors. This was one of my highlights of the Dublin Book Festival Trade Day “Reaching the Readers 2.0: Where Are We Headed?” So, what are the choices available to authors in seeking to reach readers? Traditional publishers only commission books that they believe will be commercially successful and this is understandable. This is their business and the preferred method of accepting scripts is via an agent so they know the manuscript had been vetted before reaching their desks. The self-publishing model differs in that authors submit their manuscripts directly to the publisher and the publishing process is all about the author. The resulting book looks and feels the way the author envisioned their book to look. This adds to an author’s pride and sense of achievement and personal fulfillment. It can be very discouraging for any author to submit their best work to a publisher and maybe hear nothing for months and then have their work rejected. This is not to say that they will never be published as some publishers do re-look at their submissions, on occasion, to see if something topical jumps out at them. They might then approach an author and make an offer. In traditional publishing, the risk is with the publisher and they stand to lose financially if one of the books they publish doesn’t sell as well as they expected. With self-publishing, books are published only as needed or books are printed in...
How To Overcome The 5 Common Fears Authors Face Around Publishing

How To Overcome The 5 Common Fears Authors Face Around Publishing

Writing is a wonderful gift. You write because it is what you love to do. Writing gives you the freedom to express who you are, be whoever you want. Everything you control is right at your fingertips. Writing empowers, entertains, moves, persuades. It is simply powerful, yet alarmingly the statistics show that for every 100 writers who intend to finish their book, only 3 do. That is a staggering 3% who finish their book. Things look really bleak when we look at how many writers actually go on to publish their book. About 1 in 5 or 20%. That is absolutely startling. If you are in the 3% who finished your book-Congratulations! If you then went on to publish-Major Congratulations! You are amongst a very small minority of writers. If you have not finished your book or have finished but done nothing with it-take heart! You are in the right place. I too found myself struggling to finish some of my work. Parts of one of my books was plain sailing and for other parts I felt like I was wading in treacle. It was a slog, getting me down, tedious. I felt like I had lost direction and sometimes I had to change direction just to get back on track. Do you know what I mean? Then when I finally got finished it was Halleluiah time. I had done it. Euphoria! Then when things settle, it was like ‘Oh what do I do now?’ Here I was. I had toiled over something I was determined to finish, and after many stop –starts, I had done it. Suddenly fear...

8 Free Resources For Getting An Honest Book Review

Book Review Tips If you have published a bооk, it can bе frustrating to find a wау tо gеt a bооk rеviеw. Here are some ideas: Yоu can send уоur book tо rеviеwеrѕ who writе fоr the mоѕt wеll known publications. In most of the major print publications they have a particular day where books are reviewed. Contact the journalist/book reviewer listed against the book review section. Just because you may not hear back, don’t be afraid to reach out again. The timing may not be right or they may simply be too busy. I have provided a sample of what to send with your submission below. You can make contact with well known authors in your genre. They can be contacted via their websites, social media accounts, contact details provided in their books etc. Please remember it is always best to build relationships with other authors before asking them to take the time to review your book. You can go to sites like Amazon and track down top reviewers in your genre. If popular reviewers do agree, they may not get around to reviewing it for some time. Perhaps you don’t want to wait that long for feedback! These reviewers are bеѕiеgеd with оffеrѕ from authors tо rеviеw bооkѕ. What makes your book different? Of course if they do review your book and post the review, any of their followers can read their review. If it is positive, it will lead to more sales. There are websites that offer free reviews. These sites are populated by book hungry readers who are happy to review your book for free....

Self Publishing Ireland-Simple Schematic of the Publishing Process

Self Publishing Ireland For my self publishing clients in Ireland, I have prepared this simple schematic explaining the different components of the self-publishing process. It is often easier to understand the different parts when you break them down and present them in diagram format. The schematic below shows how a final edited document can be converted to digital download, be formatted for print on demand or as a print book where the author is either given the digital file for them to get printed (print ready) or actual print copies given of their final book. Book Formatting The schematic below shows how a book formatted for digital can be converted into a Kindle book or eBook or both, thus giving more choices for Irish authors. Kindle/eBooks Next we look at Print on Demand (POD). What is great about this is that the author does not need to store any stock. Instead any readers who want a print copy of the book, order the print version from distributors such as Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble etc. Once the order is processed, the book printing and shipping is taken care of by a fulfillment centre. The sale is then credited in the authors account and royalties lodged. Print on Demand (POD) Print Books Finally we come to print books. Here books can be printed for the author through a traditional printer. The author can send the files for print via email to their printer of choice or the publisher can order print copies via their own printer. This is more economical if ordering a large number of copies. Many printing houses have a minimum...
So You Self Published A Book-Now What?

So You Self Published A Book-Now What?

So you wrote the book you always wanted to write and got it self-published. Now what? After all the excitement has died down and the flurry of sales that followed with your new release seem to dwindle, you may reach a moment and wonder “Is that it?” Momentum. The answer is that your dreams don’t have to die after you publish. In truth things are just starting but it is all down to MOMENTUM. When all is said and done, it really is down to you to keep the momentum going with promoting your book, to keep writing and learning how to do things better. Keep writing. Many authors who were turned down by traditional publishers and who went on to self-publish found success. It isn’t easy but it can be done. Once your books find their way to the desired target audience and they like what you write, they will look for more of your books. So even if earlier books don’t initially grab attention, they will be of interest when you build up a readership.   Dealing with self-doubt. If you find yourself doubting the decisions you made, consider other well-known authors who self-published at some stage in their career. Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Rudyard Kipling, Beatrix Potter, Lord Byron, Mark twain, W.H. Davies, D.H.Laurence, Alexander Pope, James Joyce to name a few.   Keep reading in the genre you want to master. Look at hooks, plots, character development, cliffhangers, capturing a moment without saying too much. All these are art forms which need to be mastered if writing fiction. Nonfiction is easier in some respect as...

Why I Will Always Love Print

If I want to know the answer to something and cannot wait to have it delivered, I will buy on Kindle or in epub format, but there are some books that I simply must have in print. The great thing about print books is that I keep going back to them over and over and even if I give a copy to someone to read, I always want it back. Such is the appeal for print books. Now more than ever it is easy to get a good quality print cover and paper quality and print quality can be excellent. This really does add to the satisfaction of reading any book. You cannot engage the senses with an ebooks as you can a print book-the feel of the pages as you turn them, the smell of the paper, the visual appeal of the cover as you touch it, the weight of the book in your hand, the sound as each page turns…. When I publish in print through Ingram, I like that they offer more choices than Amazon Createspace. For example, they offer hardback on top of paperback, unlike Amazon which only offers paperback. Some books work very well in hardback and make really good collectors items or keepsakes, such as Interior design books, cookery books and some other non fiction types of books. Like Amazon they print on white and cream paper but do offer more choices in paper quality. They also offer different colour print qualities so paper quality and print quality can be maximized to give a very high quality production. Recently I had a client who ordered...