The number of self-published books passed the one million mark last year. “According to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker, self-publishing grew at a rate of more than 28 percent in 2017, up from an 8 percent increase during the prior year. The total number of self-published titles grew from 786,935 to 1,009,188, surpassing the million mark for the first time.” (Source: Bowker.)
Some of my clients share their experiences so I can report industry information to you. Here are some nuggets.
Meg Kenagy shared, “One of the gift shops that carried my book has refused to take more as all of the covers curl when opened.” Meg’s book is printed through Amazon CreateSpace with a matte cover finish. Now that CreateSpace and KDP have become one, I thought there might be more options. Nope, no paperweight options, only matte or glossy finish. Apparently the Amazon message boards are full of people complaining about the same thing, but it doesn’t seem to happen consistently for all. If you’re torn between glossy and matte finish, this might be a good reason to choose a glossy cover finish.
With Teresa Neumann’s latest book, we learned that IngramSpark’s automatic conversion to an ePub file from a PDF file doesn’t let you review the results of the ebook conversion prior to releasing it. That’s worrisome, but the process seems to be quite good.
Maureen Driscoll told me about BookBub’s marketing blog, which is full of valuable tips. Here are two posts:
Social media platforms help sell books and it’s most effective when our posts are varied. Stumped about what to post? Diana Urban shares tips in her article “How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas.”
“50 Inspirational Marketing Tips from Authors [Free Flipbook!]” by Diana Urban.
Just in time for gift giving (to yourself and others) comes Greg Bell’s What’s Going Well?: The question that changes everything along with a companion journal filled with inspirational quotations. I was uplifted as I designed the book and journal interior pages so I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!
Help for Independent Presses
Have you written a nonfiction or fiction manuscript? After it has been professionally edited, I can design the interior pages and cover, plus guide you through the maze of book publishing and printing. To get started, call me at 503-690-2438 to discuss your project and my helpful guide for authors.