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10 Years of POP Editorial Services

August 26, 2016, marked POP Editorial Services’ 10th year in business. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed. Here is a brief look at what POP has done over the years.


August 26, 2006: POP opens for business with four projects in the queue

Spring 2007: The company is solvent after six months in business

June-August, 2007: POP moves to Austin, TX, for seven weeks of mayhem

Maternity Leave and a Sale

Following the birth of our second daughter, I will be on maternity leave until July 18, 2016.   Although POP Editorial Services will be closed during my maternity leave, Hop On Publishing continues! To celebrate our new addition, we are putting Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro on sale.   Now through July 18, get the print edition of Perfect Bound for the same price as the ebook. Just $7.99 for this award-winning guide to the publishing industry.   Tell your friends, tell your writing group, tell everyone you know. This sale is huge!   You must make your purchase through our website to get this deal. Don't miss out!   Oh, and don't forget that all orders through the Hop On site come with a FREE copy of the e-booklet Hiring and Working with a...

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Thank You!

A hearty thank you to everyone who made our Cyber Monday sale a success! Our goal with Perfect Bound has always been to help new authors avoid the mistakes that so many others have made. We hope we can do the same for you!   Online reviews help us to reach even more people who need this book. We encourage you to leave your thoughts on your favorite bookseller's site. Here are a few links to make it easy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads. Some readers have written blog posts about Perfect Bound. If you do so, please feel free to share the link with us. We are happy to help promote your blog.   And don't forget, the Hop On Newsletter has a new feature: writing prompts. If you respond to one of the writing prompts, we...

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It’s Cyber Monday at Hop On Publishing

It’s here! Today is Cyber Monday, the best day for shopping online, and Hop On Publishing is making it the best ever.


Today only, get Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro print edition for just $9.99 plus shipping. That’s more than 20% off! Or select the ebook for just $2.99 — more than 60% off the regular price!

Receive Writing Prompts and Get Published on This Blog!

The Hop On Newsletter — the email newsletter from POP Editorial Services and Hop On Publishing — has introduced a new feature that I am incredibly excited about. Each month the newsletter will feature two writing prompts. Those who take the challenge, create something in response to the prompt, and submit it to me will have their piece published on The POP Newsletter!


Why am I doing this? For two reasons, really:


June 26 was a good day at Hop On Publishing and its parent company POP Editorial Services. That's when we learned that Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro had taken the gold in the Writing category in the 2014 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.   Four excellent guides had made it to the final round, and Perfect Bound won top honors. In addition to the silver award from the Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin Awards, this recognition from librarians and booksellers across the country has been astounding.   I have to admit, I never thought we would win. Chris Pickett was the force behind selecting and entering the competitions. "I always knew we would win," Chris said. "I had complete confidence in the book...

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IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Award Winner!

Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro has been named a Silver award winner in the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards!


April 10, 2015, I traveled to Austin, TX, to attend the awards ceremony, and it was a terrific experience. My friend, colleague, and contributor to Perfect Bound, Kathy Clayton, was my guest for the evening.

Lightning Source vs. CreateSpace: What I Would Do Differently

Updated February 28, 2015 Lightning Source Inc. (part of Ingram Content Group) and Create Space (part of Amazon) are the two most prominent options for print-on-demand in the United States. They are each enormous and come with their own pros and cons, making it difficult for self-publishers to choose between them.* vs.   For my book, I went through Lightning Source because the print and binding quality are said to be better, you can set your discount rates, you are automatically listed with Ingram's distribution (good if you want to be in bookstores), and further, I am not a fan of Amazon's business practices.   But I was asked recently, if I were to choose a print-on-demand option for my book today, would I do anything different from just a year ago when Perfect Bound...

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