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Why You Should Buy a Book at a Book Launch Instead of Online

I'm preparing for a book launch in St. Louis, and several friends have asked where they should buy the book so that it is most beneficial to me. On strictly a monetary basis, that's through the Hop On website. But for those who are going to be at the event, purchasing through the hosting bookstore is better for everyone. I'd argue this is particularly true for self-publishers. Here's why:   It shows support for the author. The people who have asked me about this, although they also want the book, are mostly trying to support me as a new author. This is accomplished no matter how the book is obtained, short of borrowing it from a friend.   It keeps the bookstore in business. I could list the many benefits of helping keep bookstores...

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Launch Day Is Here! — Updated

Nothing goes as planned. Find out what changed and get the live links to all the happenings from last week and this one.   We Made It!   Today is the official launch of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro and we couldn't be more excited! To celebrate, we have a blog tour and special events scheduled all week and throughout the month of September. Here's a roundup:   Monday (9/1): "Easy Tips to Help You Save Money on That Necessary Edit," guest blog post hosted by Susanne Lakin at Live Write Thrive   Tuesday (9/2): "5 Steps to Increasing Your Book’s Marketability with Research," article published by Publishing Perspectives (Tuesday's Featured Article)   Thursday (9/4): "How to Be a Good Client," article published by Walrus Publishing   Friday (9/5): "Author-Editor Workability: The Crucial Element for a...

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Mompreneur: Writing and Publishing a Book with a Babe in Arms

In December 2012, when I was six months’ pregnant, I began writing a book. In a rare aligning of the stars, three of my scheduled editing projects were pushed back a month, and I found myself with some time on my hands. I had been kicking around the idea of writing a book to help new authors understand the book editing and publishing process so that they could avoid costly mistakes, and the opportunity to actually follow through on that had just presented itself.   The idea was that the book would benefit my clients and other writers while at the same time helping me to grow my established editing company. I had given some well-attended workshops on the same topic, and I knew that there were new and aspiring authors who...

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What You Can Expect from Your Designer, and What Your Designer Expects from You

For many writers, the design part of book publishing is mystifying. This excerpt from the chapter "Making It Look Good: Design and Layout" in Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro sheds some light on what to expect and what is expected of you when working with a designer.   What You Can Expect from Your Designer   Professional designers offer an expertise that most literary types don’t have: they know what it takes to make a book visually appeal­ing. That includes a wide range of aspects, from choosing appro­priate artwork (photo or illustration), colors, and fonts for your subject area or genre to knowing the best spacing to use on chapter- opening pages and where to place the page numbers and running heads. Further, your designer will be...

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Nearing the End of the Road to Publication

As of this past Monday, preorders for Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro have opened. That puts me a huge step closer to the end of the publishing journey.   We at Hop On Publishing are excited to have gotten this far. It's been nearly two years since I sat down to write my first draft, and in that time, the book has gone through some major restructuring. The final product is tight, clear, and dynamic -- something I can really be proud of.   Starting in February I began charting my progress through the publishing process with this blog. Living it was educational, and writing about it gave me perspective on what had happened, how far I had come, and just how far I had to go.   You...

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What You Can Expect from Your Copyeditor

In Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro, I take authors through the complete publishing process. Each chapter includes a section on what you can expect and what is expected of you. The following excerpt is from the chapter "Cleaning Up Your Manuscript: Copyediting and Query Resolution."   What You Can Expect from Your Copyeditor   Copyeditors tend to be practical, straightforward people, and that’s generally the approach they take to editing. Your CE will be reading the manuscript with the intent of cleaning up errors of punctuation, grammar, syntax, and word choice. That means cor­recting comma errors, fixing such problems as dangling or mis­placed modifiers, rewriting convoluted sentences, and replacing words that have been used incorrectly.   CEs also read for flow and style. Correcting flow means fix­ing or querying...

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“There’s Nothing Else Like It”: Why Researching Your Competition Is Essential to Publishing Success

When I ask potential clients about their projects, I often hear, "This is a completely new idea. There is nothing else like it." This statement brings two thoughts to my mind:   I bet there is something like it, you just haven't identified it yet. If there really is nothing like it, why would that be?   Answering both of these points requires thorough knowledge of what your competitors are doing.   To Identify the Competition, You Have to Look for It   Before you determine that there are no other books on the market like yours, be sure you have done an extensive search for competing titles. There are many resources for this: Amazon.com, other online and physical bookstores, Books in Print (from R.R. Bowker), city and university libraries, and more. Most people begin online. To help make your search...

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Chicago to Denver in 15 Minutes or Less

Like so many great stories of strife and triumph, this one begins with my dear friend’s bowels. We were sharing an apartment in Evanston, Illinois, and one morning in June, Kathleen woke up with some intestinal issues. Perhaps it was the several beers she drank the night before or the midnight snack at the Burger King next door—whatever it was that had upset her stomach, it was extremely inconvenient.   Normally I wouldn’t be concerned with Kathleen’s bathroom habits. To each her own, I say. The trouble was, on that morning she was supposed to drive me to the airport so I could catch a flight to Denver. The plan was simple: I would wake her up when I was ready to leave, a little over an hour before the flight, and...

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Getting a Handle on the Art Budget for Your Book

Both publishing houses and self-publishers have a vested interest in controlling the costs of book production. Although artwork -- and by that I mean photos, illustrations, line drawings, charts, and graphs -- adds to the value of a book, it also can add significant time and cost. Why is that? Here are the biggest drivers:   Art-heavy books require a lot of manipulation during page layout so that the photographs and illustrations land near enough to the text that they belong with. Sometimes the text may need to be rewritten or captions revised in order to accommodate all of the artwork. Layout artists will charge more to account for the additional time. By comparison, most fiction and other all-text books require much less manipulation, as there are fewer special elements to disrupt...

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Who is the new president of MWA-Montgomery County?

Funny you should ask. As of last night, I am the new president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association.   In a unanimous vote, the new slate of board members for MWA-Montgomery County was approved at last night's meeting.  The new board consists of the following excellent people:   Izolda Trakhtenberg -- Vice President Joe Demasco -- Treasurer Candace Drew -- Secretary Karen Valentine -- Programs Chair Giselle Calame -- Publicity Chair Carl Rauscher -- Webmaster . . . and me, as president. I am very excited about the opportunity to head this group, and I know it's going to be a completely collaborative endeavor. Already I have heard great new ideas for what to include in our meetings, and I have a few ideas of my own that I hope to implement. I have to thank the...

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