LinkedIn is a social network with now over 500 million users. But LinkedIn is much more than a social site. It’s a community of professionals and is THE place, particularly if you are a writer or publisher. Almost 95 percent of all editors and journalists are on LinkedIn, which makes it easy for writers to connect with them.
Don’t waste your time and money with useless press releases. Now you can connect with the right people on LinkedIn – if you have a carefully created and appealing bio on your site – search-engine-optimized. And if you choose the right followers. As more people you’re connected to, as better for your business. But in order for LinkedIn connections to have value to you, it is always better to be already connected through other Social Media sites or to have an offline connection, too. Can you offer any value to your LinkedIn connections or are they are able to offer any value to you in the long run? Developing a strategy for finding the right people on LinkedIn will be your ticket to success.
. LinkedIn Groups
Pattie Hunt Sinacol wrote on Boston.com: “Joining groups is important on Linkedin. Groups should be related to your career interests and/or geography. Updates from these groups keep you connected and keep you current in your field.”
Alex Pirouz advises on his helpful blog
Update or edit your skills regularly on your LinkedIn – visible for others
Move your Skills and Expertise Section to the Top of Your Profile
Arrange Your “Skills” in order of importance to you, dragging them up (only 10 top skills are shown). Once your connections start endorsing your skills, then the number of endorsements will dictate the rank of each of your skills. This also makes it important to eliminate any skills for which you don’t want to be ranked highly. The *best* you can do is ask your very best friends, connected to you, for “Endorsements” on specific “skills. When you endorse your connections they receive an email notification. That email notification also asks them to endorse you. Win-Win! Of course, it helps when you also give “Endorsements” to your connections.
. Blog On LinkedIn!
Blogging on LinkedIn: Use this free feature to get more exposure for your writing and your books. Many readers and potential customers are influenced by blog posts. So, it makes sense for every writer to post articles on their blog, their website and on LinkedIn to reach and connect with their audience. It could be the same content on each platform since you will be connecting with different audiences on each site. However, it’s possible that Google may penalize content that appears in two places, for example, both on your blog and on LinkedIn. To avoid this, you can change the title, the images and some of the text.
Publishing on LinkedIn provides more value to connections who view your profile. LinkedIn is about relationship building and one of the best ways to build a relationship with your connections is by providing value first – which you can do with your content.
If you use custom graphics or images, you have the additional benefit of adding a visual element to your profile as your three most recent posts on LinkedIn are part of your profile.
Your connections are notified each time you publish a post on LinkedIn. You are also encouraged to send a note to your own Twitter and Facebook followers. Posting long form content on LinkedIn should be a priority in your marketing efforts.
Kim Brown, assistant director for Syracuse University’s Career Services department spends a good portion of her day looking over LinkedIn profiles for job seekers and students. Some of her tips for LinkedIn users include:
“Adding a picture to your LinkedIn profile can make a world of difference. Always use a professional photo – not a party or holiday snapshot! Studies have shown that profiles with pictures are much more likely to get clicked on LinkedIn than those without. Keep your Facebook and your professional LinkedIn profile separate, and don’t link to Facebook from your professional LinkedIn page.
Participate in groups. Join groups related to your business and your interests. … Send messages and invitations to those in your network and to other group members. But don’t be a spammer …
With well over 500 million members and two people joining per second, LinkedIn is becoming more and more important as a professional networking tool and is by far the most dominant professional networking site.
. Join any or all of the best groups for writers on LinkedIn. Read also the descriptions of the best 20 groups for writers. What about you, are you on LinkedIn? And which groups did you join?
My Question: Do you feel you are subsidizing the reading habits of a small portion of readers when offering your e-book(s) for free? .
There are lots of pro’s and con’s regarding free books. Authors are discussing this topic since years – just look at the KDP forums, this thread for example: “Do not give your book away free! EVER”. There are eight pages of opinions about this topic.
If you wrote only one book so far, it does not make sense at all to set it up for free. But after the fourth or fifth book or a series, offering one book, maybe the first in the series, as a permanently free book on Amazon will help you to introduce many new readers.
Learn in this blog post several ways how you can arrange this without opting for the KDP Select exclusivity!
. Permanently Free eBook?
The only official method of pricing an ebook for free in the Kindle store is for authors is to enroll their books in KDP Select, an optional program that requires exclusivity. Amazon likes to offer books at rock-bottom prices, but on the other hand, Amazon is the only online retailer who restricts the ability of authors and publishers to price their books permanently for FREE.
. Free via KDP Select
Paying members of KU can ‘borrow’ books as part of their membership. Authors can only give their book away for free, as a 5-day-promotion, during a 90-day KDP-Select period. The rest of the time, it remains paid for people who aren’t part of this KU lending club. Or as a Prime Member have the opportunity to get certain books/magazines for a free read.
The catch: your book must be exclusively sold on Amazon. No Apple iBooks, no Barnes & Noble, no Kobo, no website sales. Exclusivity! Exclusivity is great for Amazon, but it’s not so great for those indie authors and self-publishers who want to maintain their independence and build a readership across all online retailers.
How Permanently Free Works Without KDP Select:
There’s another, better way, to have an e-book permanently free on Amazon and it doesn’t require exclusivity. Self-publishing authors have been using Smashwords and other online retailers to get permanently free e-books into Amazon without exclusivity. It is a way to trick Amazon’s price-matching. They just price their books on Amazon for $.99 – and offer it at Smashwords for free. Soon Apple iBooks will pick up the new free price, B & N and Kobo will follow suit.
Now you need to let Amazon know about your free book. Click the link under the “Product Details” where it says, “tell us about a lower price” to report that your book is available for free at another retailer.
Provide Amazon with a direct hyperlink to one or all of the retailers. You need to report the book separately at their other stores in different countries as well. Go to Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, etc. in order to encourage price matching in each (country’s) store. Amazon will then – not always right away – but most likely eventually “price-match”. This way your book will be eventually permanent free on Amazon’s website.
. Series and Prequels Will Profit Most
If you write a series, price your series starter as a perma-free book. The reason: It is proven that series with free series starters earn more overall sales than series without free series starters.
Apple’s iBooks does more to promote free than any other retailer with their regular “First in Series Free” promotions. Free books can build higher readership (provided they are as good as the paid ones) and can help you establish your first reviews. However free doesn’t mean the reader will read it or finish it, they’re probably less likely to finish a free book if it doesn’t keep their attention.
Another great way to introduce a new book is also to write a short prequel and set it up for free – with lots of info and links to your upcoming new book. Your Decision!
If you have a standalone book on pre-order, you can price another standalone book free to drive up readership, and then use the last pages of the free book (and not only those) to advertise your pre-order. At the end of every book, you should provide a list of all your other books with sales links. Bestselling author Derek Haines: “I had a perma-free ebook for a couple of years using this method, and it did wonders for my other e-books. As long as you have enough e-books published to allow you to use one as a loss leader, it is well worth trying.”
Really Smart Authors use “Pay-with-a-Tweet”
The greatest disadvantage of giving away your e-book on Amazon for free: You will never know who downloaded your title. To learn more who is interested in your writing: give away the e-book from your own website and let readers “pay-with-a-tweet“.
The benefit will not only be that you get to know your audience, but they also automatically spread the word about your book to all their Twitter followers, and those may re-tweet it too. You get the idea!
Saving time on Social Media, allows you to interact more with your followers and readers. But first, you need lots of followers to connect with you.
The easiest way is to connect followers from several social media sites. So, no matter on which site your followers are, they will find your posts. Some of the best social media sites to blog are LinkedIn and Google+. Start to grow your presence on GooglePlus, this social media giant is as important as ever. Remember: Everything you post here is automatically in their search engine results!
Transfer LinkedIn Followers to Google+
Martin Shervington from PlusYourBusiness explained in a video how to connect your LinkedIn followers with your Google+ account. He explains how it works Step-for-Step:
Log in to your LinkedIn account and on the upper left go to your Connections page and click on “Keep in Touch”
Once you are on the page, click in the upper right on the gear-icon
When the Connection page appears, click on Export LinkedIn Connections in the “Advanced Settings” part in the right column
A new page opens with a button: Microsoft Outlook (.csv file)
Underneath you can see EXPORT, click this which prompts the download
Open the .csv file and you will get an Excel Spreadsheet on your computer screen with all the names and email addresses of your LinkedIn connections
Select all the email addresses in the E-mail Address column and copy them to your clipboard/notepad.
Should your LinkedIn account be relatively new with only a dozen followers, you can implement them one by one. Just copy every email address from your clipboard or notepad into the search function on top of your Google+ page, where it says: Search for people, pages or posts. Google+ will open up their profile pages if they are a Google+ member, and you just need to click “add”
If you want your LinkedIn connections to follow you back on Google+ too, you can send them a brief note (in one shot to the entire circle!) saying hello and letting them know you are now following them on Google+ because you are already connected on LinkedIn. To do this, use the function “Also send emails from you to Your circles” at the lower end of each post, next to the SEND button. Just mark it, before you send your note. No one will know that you just sent out dozens of emails.
. Most Important:
Your Google+ profile must stand out to people who are in your niche. Shape your profile into something that looks interesting. Place a great profile photo of yourself (not your cat, dog or motorcycle). Be a person that others want to follow. Join Google+ communities, you are then part of a larger group of people who are engaged on a certain topic. This is another way that you can refine your level of engagement on Google+ in order to add not just a lot of followers, but the right kind of followers.
What you can do to become a publisher, without any contracting with a corporation, and how you can publish on your own terms.
It is not theory: I began as a publisher of books and an aviation magazine almost 30 years ago (print) and still publish (print and digital) my own books and those of other authors.
But I also have seen many authors giving the rights to their fabulous work away for a pittance and now are trapped for their whole life in very unfavorable contracts. Or even worse: Some PAID for publishing their books, and on top of that they contracted their work for their lifetime plus 70 years!
. So, Why Should You Be Your Own Publisher?
Consulting and coaching authors, I can see every day how difficult it is for authors when they don’t own full rights to their books. Even their own book marketing efforts are limited and they have to rely on the mercy of their “publishers” where their books are sold, how long their book is listed, to which price it is listed etc. I know an author who is waiting for more than two years that her books are converted into e-books by her publisher.
Which Are the Best Reasons to Be Your Own Publisher?
it costs less than you think to publish
you just “shop around”, check quotes and decide your service providers
you earn 100% of your net income, don’t have to split it with anyone else
your book will be faster on the market, compared to traditional publishing
you retain all rights, worldwide and forever for your books
you can sell your book as long as you want – not as someone else dictates
everything in the publishing process can be easily learned – and you will have to do your own marketing – no matter if you self-publish or go the traditional route.
. Author-publishing is about taking personal responsibility for the management and production of your writing content!
. Hugh Howey, author of “WOOL” explains the benefits of being the author-publisher of his (digital rights) e-books:
“No “compete clause”, having more time to write and you can take your time until your books take off.”
And further: “A great shift in publishing went from physical to digital. And the center of publishing — New York and the east coast — is now the west coast. The Big 5 of publishing is now better thought of as: Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter.”
James Altucher, another bestseller author wrote in an article about self-publishing:
“I have published eight books in the past seven years, five with traditional publishers (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins), one comic book, and the last two I have self-published. In this post I give the specific details of all of my sales numbers and advances with the traditional publishers. Although the jury is still out on my self-published books, “How to be the Luckiest Man Alive” and “I Was Blind But Now I See” I can tell you, these two have already sold more than my five books with traditional publishers, combined.”
He listed the negative site of going the traditional route:
Advances for authors are going to zero
Marketing by trade publishers: almost zero
Grueling long process until the book launches
No control over content and design
… and most amazing: “Often bookstores will look at what’s hot on Amazon and then order the books wholesale from the publishers” – which could be you if you are self-publishing!
Do As Most Authors Did in the Past
Before the 1920’s they published their own books – until clever businessmen/trade publishers discovered this as a lucrative way of income. They told writers in the past “no self-respecting writer would self-publish. It’s for losers who couldn’t get their work published by a publishing house.” Why? To get the book rights and make the money – at the expense of authors.
It seems self-publishers approach the publishing process more and more confidently, are well-informed, and aware of how much publishing will cost and how long it is likely to take. Finalizing a project you have long planned feels good, and it never was easier to be your own publisher! Create print books, audio-books and ebooks, get Beta Readers and a professional editor. Find a designer who makes a fantastic cover and promote your work to your readers.
If you follow my book’s advice you WILL become a successful self-publishing author – get it for less than a Latte: 111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free: Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018RA72LY/
. Here are more blog posts, full of valuable tips for self-publishing authors:
Amazon Free Bestsellers – Top 100 Free
For example: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store/zgbs/digital-text/154606011
Mark the page on your computer and find new offers every day. You can choose between fiction and non-fiction, but often fiction books are scattered between non-fiction.
Students (no age restriction) can get Amazon Prime for half the price and it allows to get it via Amazon’s quick shipping system or free shipping. In most cases, Amazon has the best prices for books anyway.
. Goodwill, Frenchy’s or Salvation Army Thrift Stores
I am always amazed by their large number of great books and collectible magazines. You have to comb through all their books, but you often find some in good condition and at very low prices.
. Garage Sales and Flea Markets
I found the most wonderful – and often brand-new – bestsellers and (expensive) coffee table books at these venues – sometimes for only a dollar.
. Barnes & Noble
Their membership program costs $25 but if you are an avid reader, it’s really worth it. You will receive emails with coupons and offers and based on my experience, I’ve noticed that it is a lot easier to order through their online store because as a member, you receive a benefit of actually receiving free shipping and the items are usually delivered pretty quickly.
. Books A Million – BAM!
They have a special price section, including recent book releases and sometimes promotions that include a “Buy 2, get the 3rd book” for free which had a nice selection. Their membership program is similar to the one at Barnes & Noble, and they do price matching with Amazon – a good reason to become a BAM! member.
Target also price-matches with Amazon, which means: a good way to save money on these books but they have to be directly sold and be delivered by Amazon and not third party sellers.
. Used Book Stores – Brick & Mortar
They can be found in almost every town or city – all over the world. Books are mostly sorted by genres, so if you are looking for certain books you will find it easily, and most owners or staff can help you to find hidden gems.
. Online: Thrift Book Stores
Their offers might include:
Every time you reach $50 in book purchases we will send you a $5 coupon.
Tell-A-Friend and Get $15% towards your next order
2 for $7.00 3 for $10.00 4 for $12.00 – Additional books only $3 each
. Free Books for Reviewers Receiving free books is a given for book reviewers – not only in print or ebook format but also as audio downloads. If you are writing thoughtful reviews and you will be presented with more books than your shelves can hold.
And if you are new to book blogging and reviewing, start with reviews of the books you have already in your library, create a special page for them on your blog or website and a section “submission guidelines”.
Don’t forget to add “Book Reviewer” or “Book Blogger” to all of your social media profiles, such as on Twitter, Google+ or Goodreads.
. Giveaway Books at Goodreads or LibraryThing Did you know: there are thousands of books available through giveaways? Authors stir interest to their work via book giveaways. As a member at these book lover sites, you can apply and win free books. If you enjoyed reading the novel you won – say thank you to the author and write a review. Just as you would do with any other book (hopefully).
Happy Shopping, Reading and Reviewing!
Have you ever been wondering why it is possible to get a free ebook version from your online book distributor? Or seen people offering to convert your novel manuscript into an ebook for $30 or $50?
While $30 or $50 are almost expensive for just clicking a button to import the (pre-formatted) manuscript, fill in a form with details about the book – such as title, author name, and retail price – click another button to add any required companion files to the project, then clicking one last button to output the ebook in the desired file format. It is mostly an automated process – done in less than 15 minutes.
I wrote a while ago that I had once paid $70 in advance for .mobi and epub, and received both versions after a wait of almost two months! and dozens of emails. I immediately transferred it to our distributor. He refused the epub version as it contained 63 !!! technical errors, and it cost me, even more, to have it done by a professional. Very frustrating!
. Formatting an eBook – Especially Non-Fiction
Book formatting is mostly manual, because every manuscript is different, and the process of formatting a manuscript for ebook publication is primarily a process of minimizing and standardizing formatting.
. List of eBook Formatting Steps for Mobi
Web content manager A. Hamilton once blogged this list:
* “Save As” to create Kindle file copy
* Insert cover image on the first page
* Remove blank pages
* Remove headers
* Remove footers
* Set margins to 1” all around, remove gutter
* Replace section breaks with page breaks
* Set two carriage returns before each pg break and one after each
* Insert page breaks before each chapter heading, if necessary
* Replace double spaces with single space between sentences
* Standardize body text style
* Turn off auto-hyphenate (Tools > Language > Hyphenation)
* Remove any tab or space bar indents, replace w/ ruler indents as needed
* Set line spacing to 1.5, max 6pt spacing after paragraphs
* Standardize chapter headings
* Standardize section headings
* Remove/replace special characters
* Reformat graphics as needed to 300dpi resolution & optimal size (4×6” or smaller)
* Verify images are “in line” with text
* Insert page breaks before and after full-page images
* Modify copyright page to reflect Kindle edition verbiage
* Add correct ISBN to copyright page
* Insert hyperlinked TOC
Time and effort demands in creating ebooks are highly variable. So, you better send a sample chapter and ask if the price quoted for the ebook conversion service includes formatting – and also the creation of any required companion files.
Thinking about transforming your print book or e-book into audio? Draft2Digital e-book distributor partners with FindawayVoices to provide an alternative to ACX. Starting July 18, 2017, you will be able to quickly and easily start the audiobook production process, right from your D2D publication page. .
Once your eBook is successfully published with at least one of D2D’s distribution channels, you can start creating your audiobook with FindawayVoices, with full support from the Voices team. You can determine your production budget, select a narrator, and have your book produced and distributed to a robust audiobook network.
. FindawayVoices an audiobook creation and distribution service gives authors more freedom and control over their work. With Voices, it’s easy to create and sell audiobooks to listeners in more than 170 countries, through the world’s largest audiobook distribution network. Audiobooks are a vital part of an indie author’s strategy, allowing you to increase discoverability and reach new audiences worldwide while increasing the opportunity for revenue. Audiobooks, eBooks, videos and learning tools are circulated in 40,000 libraries, schools, and military installations.
. More Choices for Authors
Until now, authors had limited options for creating and distributing audiobooks and were often forced to surrender partial rights to their work or agree to lengthy exclusivity contracts. Draft2Digital’s partnership with FindawayVoices, a company that aims to eliminate as many barriers between authors and audiobook listeners as possible. On the downside: royalty-shares with the narrator are not an option at the moment.
. Draft2Digital – D2D – Explains in a Media Newsletter:
Voices is a part of Findaway, an innovator in the production services for audiobooks for more than 10 years and a global leader in digital content delivery across retail, library, and K–12 channels.
FindawayVoices gives authors everything they need to create professionally narrated audiobooks, including:
Full Control—With Voices, you set the price, own the rights, control marketing, choose your distributors, and never sign an exclusivity agreement.
Global Distribution—You’ll gain access to a global platform that reaches consumers in more than 170 countries, through all major audiobook sellers across retail, library, and K12 channels (and yes, this includes Audible).
Custom Narrator Casting—The experts at Voices review your book and create a tailored list of recommended narrators at a range of prices for your specific title. Voices will work with you at every step to ensure you choose the right voice at the right price for your book.
Professional Production—All narrators are vetted for quality, and all Voices audiobooks are quality-checked before publication, giving rights holders an extra level of assurance.
Full Service and Support—As a D2D author, you’re used to high-level customer support, and you can expect the same with FindawayVoices. If you have any questions or need help, you can reach out to a Voices expert.
Already have an audiobook?—If you’ve already produced your audiobook, you can distribute through FindawayVoices without exclusivity, and at no cost.
FindawayVoices also revolutionized digital audiobook delivery with AudioEngine, which is quickly becoming the industry’s largest B2B audiobook delivery platform that enables brands to deliver one of the world’s largest collections of digital audiobooks within their own experience.
. Audiobooks can be a tremendous benefit to an author’s career, and producing something of professional quality is now easier than ever. If you have questions or would like more information about the Draft2Digital and FindawayVoices partnership, reach out to the D2D Customer Support!
Nate Hoffelder posted recently on his popular blog: “When Amazon first launched KDP Print in beta last year, it asked publishers and authors to trust that Amazon could take any e-book and turn it into a good-looking POD book.”
Amazon has posted Word Doc templates for making better POD books at Kindle (platform) POD, which authors can use to format their manuscripts.
The templates come in various standard print sizes ranging from the equivalent of a paperback to a college textbook. They are rather bland-looking, but on the upside, they also incorporate margins and line spacing that meet professional standards.
Find the templates, as well as other useful information on making POD books, on the KDP help pages.
Amazon Information: We’ve created several resources to help you format your paperback manuscript:
Step-By-Step Paperback Manuscript Formatting Guide (Beta)
We have created this step-by-step guide to help you format your paperback manuscript. We recommend that you write your book in Microsoft Word. The tips we give in this guide are specific to Word 2013, but the steps are similar in most other versions.
For your convenience, we have also created formatted templates in a variety of trim sizes. For in-depth information on formatting your paperbacks, see our Publishing Guidelines.
. Paperback Publishing Guidelines
Our Paperback Publishing Guidelines include the information you need to successfully publish your paperback:
Definitions of important terms like bleed, metadata, trim size, and production variance
Tips for entering paperback details like title, author name, series information, and ISBN
Tips for formatting paperback content like page size, inside/outside margins, images, and cover
To me, it seems that self-publishing gets easier and easier from year to year.
Foreign Rights and translations into other languages can be a great way to leverage the value of your manuscript – but don’t expect big numbers right away.
Foreign rights belong to your book’s subsidiary rights. Like any other sub-rights, such as audio, movies, book clubs, paperback reprints, electronic rights, foreign rights can be sold and separated from your book’s primary rights – which you totally own anyway as an independent author-publisher.
Before you sign a contract: Always first contact your national writers’ association for further information and get legal advice from a lawyer who is specialized in copyright. This could save you several thousand dollars – if not more.
Let’s Start With the Revenue You Can Get from Your Book’s Retail Price:
If you sell your book on your own website ca. 90 – 95%
Selling through Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple or other online retailers: up to 70%.
Selling your manuscripts to a trade publisher, earns a (small) advance and ca. 8 – 10% royalties – but this will be subtracted from the advance and only if you “earn out” your advance, which means the book is really selling well, you receive royalties.
For most authors, the advance is all they really earn.
For small publishers and Indies the thought of selling their book rights internationally might be a scary one, especially if they are not familiar with the foreign publishers or haven’t attended any of the large book fairs in Europe (Frankfurt Book Fair, Leipziger Messe, London or Bologna Book Fair) or the ones even further abroad in Dubai or in Asia.
. Some Facts Concerning Foreign Rights:
Publishers are going global to find growth.
Marketing plays an important role in foreign rights sales.
Foreign rights revenue is both, a global opportunity and a sales challenge.
In Germany for example, translation rights are around 40% (mostly from English).
Revenue will be an advance and approximately 6 – 12% royalty of the retail price, minus a percentage for the agent.
It’s also a long-term project as it takes around 18 months until the book is translated and finally available online and in bookstores.
So, how can you, as an author or small publisher earn more money from licensing your works in different formats and countries? Imagine you can set up all the information about your book, including prices for different formats and contract clauses on digital platforms…
. Global Rights Network Platforms:
Selling the rights to your books can be a lucrative business, putting local versions of your works in the hands of readers all around the world. The predominance of book fairs and back-and-forth negotiations between rights agents and editors left a gap for literary rights-holders.
Now there are online marketplaces for the 365 day 24/7 trading of book and journal rights available. Publishers of all sizes, including self-publishers, can make their book’s rights available for sale from several online profiles, allowing buyers to purchase rights based on their terms, growing income, and in many cases, creating new income streams!
. What Are These New Digital Platforms Doing:
Automated rights selling systems, allow you to make titles available for rights transactions – worldwide – with little up-front work!
Set up your prices for rights by language, territory, format (paperback, hardcover, ebook or audio) and length of the deal.
Swap out the standard contract for your own – if you choose.
Reactivate your dormant backlist titles for rights sales and create a whole new income stream without interrupting your current rights-selling attempts through sub-agents and at book fairs!
. How Much Does it Cost?
Once set up, your rights will be available for sale within 48 hours and you can start selling immediately after they’re life! Several membership levels offer a variety of service options and features, some are starting as low as $30 for a year.
These are the Main Players: IPR License
A Marketplace for publishers to trade rights globally. The platform offers the opportunity to monetise or find the best new content in a global marketplace. It also acts as a copyright hub making it easier to locate copyright holders to clear permission for use of their work.
Let Your Book Translate into World Languages
You can certainly just translate your book and sell it through online retailers worldwide. Most spoken languages besides English are Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, German, Russian, Russian, Portuguese, Bengali, Japanese (albeit not necessarily e-book readers) according to Wikipedia.
Maximize Your Foreign Presence – For FREE
To maximize your presence in overseas Amazon Kindle stores, just set up an Author Central account in each of those country-specific sites where your book is available. As Amazon divided the world in single countries, announce your Countdown Deals, new book launches or Free Kindle KDP Days in several languages: Order at Fiverr a short translation of ten tweets in Spanish, French, German etc. for $5 / 200 words. The countries with the most users of eReaders, according to a survey of Bookboon are the USA, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark etc.
International Book Fairs
Do not just turn up at an international book fair, hoping to sell your book. Meetings are arranged well in advance (4-6 months) with acquisitions editors at international publishing houses, to whom new projects are pitched, and new potential publisher customers can be discovered.
Top Publisher for French Foreign Rights
If you want to talk about foreign rights with a French publisher one of the biggest in the world, Hachette who are also partnering with Phoenix Publishing & Media Group in China and holds a 25% share of Atticus in Russia.
Top Publisher for Spanish Foreign Rights
– Good for U.S.A. too! Planeta publishing-companies leads the world’s Spanish-language publishing markets in Spain and Latin America. The company has further strongholds in Portugal and France, where it owns Editis the country’s second-largest group.
Grupo Planeta is present in 25 countries, with more than 100 imprints and a catalog of 15,000 titles.
. A good idea would also be to join ALLI
New rights services are growing up online to help authors meet rights buyers directly without having to travel to a book fair and using technology to extend reach. ALLI now has an arrangement with one of these, Pubmatch. Members have access to Putmatch’s premium service through ALLI (usually $79.99) at the deeply discounted rate of $9.99. Pubmatch will facilitate communication, data warehousing and the simplification of rights marketing for publishers, agents, authors and others, making it the go-to place for the international publishing community to find new titles and new talent.
. Choose Your Foreign Rights Agent Carefully!
Most agents charge 20% (or sometimes even 25%) on foreign sales. This 20% rate is justified because normally two agents are involved (the second one being in the foreign country), and they end up splitting the commission. If you are not represented already, why not try to find agents or even publishers yourself in other countries, especially if you speak more than one language?
There are things to watch when negotiating foreign rights deals – hopefully, an agent will keep an eye on these, but it’s worth knowing about it:
The term of the deal: Five years is most common, anything longer then you should be expecting a premium from the publisher.
Country / Territory for the contract: You might sign away Portuguese language rights without realizing that it will include publication in Brazil (and Mozambique, Angola, Macau, Cape Verde etc). Also, giving worldwide Spanish language rights could cause friction with any United States publishing deal, as there is a large Spanish reading audience in the US.
Tax situation in your and the potential publishers country: While there are now many treaties which allow for the uninhibited flow of money between countries, you could lose some of your advances to a foreign government’s tax.
Before signing a contract with an agent or a publisher, how can an author tell if the company is good with foreign rights? Ask about their previous sales! Contact authors who work with that publisher or agent and ask them about their experience. It’s also possible to find out the name of foreign publishers and go to their websites and see what books they have recently published.
Find out what authors the agency represents overseas, then ask those authors about their own experiences. Again, foreign rights are only a portion of an author’s income, so that’s something to bear in mind. Check your agreement with a translations rights agent carefully. Never, ever! give world rights away as standard, and you should also insist on a large upfront payment.
Daphne Gray-Grant, a writing, and editing coach and author explained in an article: “When I started writing back in high school, I developed the nervous practice of producing a sentence and then going back to edit it, immediately. Perhaps you do the same thing? It took me 20 years to understand why editing-while-writing is so destructive – and another three years to stop it.”
“Remember, you should always write as quickly as you can. Just be sure to edit – later when your manuscript is finished – as slowly as you can bear. And to edit your work make use of the great tools that are available these days.”
This free software identifies adverbs, passive voice, duplicate or frequently used words, and sentence length.
A tool that is capable of proofreading more than 20 languages. Style issues will be marked in blue.
Robust grammar checking tool which allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them.
After the Deadline
After the Deadline helps writers to avoid spelling errors, gives grammar or style suggestions. You will spend less time editing.
This tool helps writers of novels and short stories to highlight all the issues in their drafts, including misspelled words, and repetitiveness.
My advice is to not use only ONE software, but at least TWO – better THREE – and use them in separate sessions to fine comb your manuscript BEFORE sending it to a professional editor. .
… And Why You Still Need an Editor: Pre-editing will save you money and embarrassment. However, none of these grammar tools can replace human intelligence. You will still need a professional editor who then fine-tunes your manuscript for an outstanding, successful book. Just to give you one example, how your editor will improve your book even more:
Developmental and Line Edit
He or she will give you the “big picture” feedback about structure, style, pacing, and voice. A developmental edit for a work of nonfiction may include feedback about the book’s organizational structure, as well as both stylistic and informational strengths and weaknesses. For fiction manuscripts, developmental editing also includes notes on plot, the point-of-view, and characterization.
Often, a developmental edit is given in the form of a detailed report or letter rather than as notes made directly on the manuscript. Then, there is also the line edit, where your editor will point out specific things such as certain lines of dialogue that don’t sound convincing, or pacing problems in a given section.
. Here are even more digital tools for your pre-editing: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/04/15/thirteen-great-tools-will-make-writing-shine/
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