Bookstores

Competing for Readers

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the parts of the proposal that often stymies writers is the competitive analysis section. That’s where the writer is asked to tell what books are similar to his, while highlighting why his offers a different …

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Endurance for the Writing Journey

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Authors who achieve their dream of publication share certain habits and traits that bolster their endurance for the long journey to publication and then throughout their publishing career. Negative criticism, discouraging news in the industry, and frustrating …

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Book Tours

Wendy Lawton

 

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I just returned from accompanying one of my clients, Lauraine Snelling, on her five-state, twelve-day FaithWords Wake the Dawn book tour. Several times I was asked by book store events coordinators or librarians if most authors …

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Innovations publishing should try

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I call May and June Convention Alley. Three major events that focus (mostly)  on books occur one after the other: Book Expo America (BEA), which is the largest of the shows, focuses primarily on general market …

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Support Your Indie Bookseller

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

A week or so ago I had the pleasure of sitting for a leisurely hour or two on a sunny veranda overlooking Florida’s intracoastal waterway with Cynthia Callender, marketing and publicity director at Vero Beach Book Center

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Bye-Bye Bookstores

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Our agency received a notification in the mail yesterday from The United Methodist Publishing House about the closing of the 56 Cokesbury stores nationwide. This closure has also been reported online on sites like ECPA.org. The mailing …

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Ebooks and Library Usage

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Now that ebooks are a common and accepted way of reading, I’m curious to know how they are affecting your library usage.

Personally, I’m much more likely to buy a book on my Kindle or at an …

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Discoverability: A Book’s Greatest Challenge

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Numbers that show us important publishing trends were released last week. One of the takeaways from these numbers is the biggest problem every book has today: discoverability. Here are a few figures that show why this …

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What Publishers Do That Authors Can’t

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

How many times have we heard the question: Why should I go with a traditional publisher? They just ask me to do all the heavy lifting with the marketing anyway. New light was shed on that …

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Bookstores–Headed for Extinction?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Location: Books & Such Central Valley Office, CA

Two months ago our town had two bookstores– a very healthy Borders store and a Main Street Christian bookstore that had been around (and vigorous) for more than two …

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