Article Category - "Publicity and Promotion"


Independent Articles
Abbe Rolnick, September/October 2020
Silver Linings: How the Pandemic Led Me to Create Short Book Videos »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Abbe Rolnick, Author, Generations of Secrets series — Remodel the way you promote your books to have a further audience reach amidst COVID-19. When COVID-19 hit the United States in March, my well-planned book launch of Founding Stones disintegrated. I was scheduled to talk at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, at …

Justin Oldham, September/October 2020
Adding Empathy to Your Book Advertising »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Justin Oldham, Co-owner, Shadow Fusion — How the pandemic caused publishing company Shadow Fusion to re-examine the way they package and market their products. In good times or bad, independent book publishers of every stripe have to decide how they will introduce their wares to prospective customers. They can hype, emphasize, …

Jeniffer Thompson, July/August 2020
It’s Time for Indies to Shine »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jeniffer Thompson, Founder and President, Monkey C Media — Independent publishers have always had to think outside the box to succeed. COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to do what we do best: adapt. As we learn to navigate the new normal of social distancing and prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, …

Fauzia Burke, July/August 2020
Sell More Books … Even During a Crisis »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Fauzia Burke, Founder & President, FSB Associates — Publishers can guide their authors to better market their books. Here’s how. One of the best ways publishers can sell more books is to help their authors become better marketers. Some publishers have already figured out that their best marketing assets are actually …

Maria Dismondy, July/August 2020
3 Ways My Company Adapted Around COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Maria Dismondy, Founder, Cardinal Rule Press — What indie publishers and self-published authors can take away from COVID-19 and how they might learn new skills along the way. I don’t know about you, but when all this COVID-19 stuff started to take shape, I rushed out to stock up on my …

Jodee Blanco, May/June 2020
Tips for Remote Author Appearances and Virtual Book Signings »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Jodee Blanco, Founder & CEO, Jodee Blanco Group — How authors can use digital platforms to reach their audience remotely. It feels weird doing online now what we would normally do in person every day. Giving an author talk and knocking it out of the park is challenging enough face to …

Maggie Langrick, March/April 2020
How to Plan a Successful Media Campaign for Your Nonfiction Book »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2020 by Maggie Langrick, Founder and Publisher, LifeTree Media — It helps very much to have established relationships with key reporters, editors, or producers relevant to your book. When I was the features editor at a major metropolitan newspaper back in the aughts, part of my job was to evaluate pitches from publicists …

Alexa Schlosser, March/April 2020
Book Budget Breakdown »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2020 compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — In December 2019, IBPA Independent magazine sent IBPA members a survey asking how much they budget toward marketing per title each year. Knowing that the membership ranges from self-published authors with one book to larger publishing companies with dozens of titles, we …

John Koehler, March/April 2020
Host Your Own Book Bestseller Party »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2020 by John Koehler, Publisher, Koehler Books — An author hosts a book event and runs a bestseller campaign on the same night. Hillery Schanck loves music and finding new ways to pray and worship God—in church and in private. Several years ago, he started listening to Handel’s Messiah while reading the scripture …

Jim Alkon, January/February 2020
Painless Ways for Authors to Get on the Reader Radar »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Jim Alkon, Editorial Director, BookTrib.com — Some may recall a decade ago when major media outlets radically curtailed their coverage of books. If bestselling authors were going to have to compete hard for coverage, the logic went, what about debut or emerging authors? How would these master wordsmiths with their own …

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