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I need to edit my book. It’s a print on demand title. Should I just edit the current book or should I release a second edition? What’s cheapest and what are the benefits and drawbacks of each option?

After a new book is released, most authors spend a lot of time promoting their new baby…initially anyway. (Yes, some authors get tired of promotion if they don’t have a step-by-step guide to assist them.) In their promotional activities, they will usually include specific links to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, their publisher’s website, etc. If an author publishes a new edition under a new ISBN, the book will receive all new links. So, those old links that the author posted on social media, in comments under news articles, and more will all lead to the old edition of the book.

While many of BookLocker’s competitors try to convince their authors to publish a brand new edition (so they can charge their inflated fees all over again), and while some actually force authors to do so (by refusing to allow extensive edits, or refusing to process brand new files), we recommend authors simply pay our post-print-proof-changes fee (which is only $199), and keep the same ISBN. We can even add “Second Edition” to the title, and can change the publication date to a more current one. A new cover can be used as well, of course. The printer will simply swap out the old files for the new and, voila! All new books printed will be the new edition. It’s really simple, and much faster than publishing a brand new book.

Since the book has the same ISBN, all the old links will still lead to the author’s new book. The author’s previous promotional activities can still generate book sales and readers will be able to buy copies of the most recent edition of the book.

Again, some of the “other guys” don’t allow authors to do this because they’d rather force an author to pay upwards of $1,000 or more to publish a brand new book rather than letting them simply submit new files, while keeping their old ISBN and links. Unfortunately, there’s a ton of greed in the industry.

One drawback of this method is the dreaded “used book” listing. If a website really does have a “used” book for sale (many “used” books being sold by Amazon’s resellers don’t actually exist), a customer ordering your book from Amazon or elsewhere may unwittingly end up with the previous edition. Likewise, even if Amazon has the new cover and publication date listed on their site, if they have a copy of the previous edition on their shelves, they will ship that to the buying customer. One way to circumvent this is to contact Amazon, ask how many copies they really have in their inventory, and buy those from Amazon. If you tell the Amazon employee why you’re asking, they’ll probably be very happy to help you buy out their current inventory. For print on demand books, that usually means just a handful of copies, often even less than 5 copies.

And, remember, just because Amazon’s site says a book is “in stock” doesn’t necessarily mean it is. They may have no copies at all. Read THIS for more info.

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Hello, Angela.

I would welcome your wisdom on the best way and medium through which to solicit contributions from the “average person” for a book.

I am looking for real-life hindsight, wisdom and reflections from people who have first-hand experience with the topic I am writing about. I would like a diverse cross-section of people nationally and, even possibly, internationally.

Thank you so much. I enjoy your articles.

M.

Contacting non-writers, and soliciting contributions from them for your project, is essentially the same process you’d undertake when contacting professional writers. You just need to look in different places.

Please see my popular three-part series –

How to Compile and Publish an Anthology

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Hi Angela,

I have been told over and over by professional people, after they hear some of my life story, that I should write a book about my life. I have thought about it often over the last few years but I just don’t know how to go about it. I was born in Jerusalem. My father and uncle were involved in the 6 day war, and my uncle (a member of the PFLP) was sentenced to 125 years in prison. Long story there. We moved to the USA in 1978 and my father ran the home with an iron fist, became a gang member, and did all that comes along with that life style. He also went to prison for many years. I mean, there is so much to say. Please can you guide me?

Thank you so much.

~~~

If you are not a professional writer with experience outlining and organizing a story line (including non-fiction), this is what I recommend –

Sit down at your computer, pretend you’re telling your life story to a friend, and let your fingers do the talking. You can even use a tape recorder first, and either transcribe your own words later, or hire someone to do it. Please note that the transcription method will take far longer, and may even prevent you from following through on finishing the book someday.

Later, during the editing process, you can move different parts around to either:
1. put them in a chronological sequence or
2. organized each section or chapter by topic

And, I strongly recommend hiring a professional editor. See:
http://newsletter.booklocker.com/freelanceeditors

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I have a novel coming out in the Fall. I was going to go with CreateSpace but you and others have convinced me that’s a bad idea.

Let’s say I go with BookLocker instead. Everybody I know buys their books (ebook or paperback) on Amazon. If the paperback listed on Amazon is not POD-created by the Amazon subsidiary, who fulfills the order? Who notifies the POD publisher to print a copy, and who ships the copy to the buyer?

Thanks,
K.K.

 

If someone buys your book at Amazon, one of two things will happen.

If Amazon has chosen to stock your P.O.D. book, they’ll already have copies on file, and will send one of those to the buyer.

If they don’t have it in stock, they’ll send the order to BookLocker’s printer, which will then print/ship the book to Amazon’s customer directly, even using an Amazon.com return address label. Those copies usually get shipped out within 1-3 business days.

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Angela,

Hey there! Thanks so much for the great newsletters and all that you do on behalf of writers and editors.

So, here’s my question, for both my work as a book editor and as a novelist starting to gather info on self-publishing (with BookLocker my prime choice right now) – I can find reams of writing on how to self-publish, promote, and sell novels, but what are the two or three (or more) resources you would recommend as absolutely essential to a self-publishing novelist?

Thank you again for all your efforts. Best to you and yours!

Sincerely,

JDK

Four essential items a self-publishing author needs are:

1. An affordable publisher who doesn’t gouge authors, who doesn’t take rights, who gives authors their production files, and who profits from book sales (not from setup fees).

2. A good editor (please see the full list further below)

3. A good cover design (our designer is excellent)

You can see samples of Todd’s covers here:

Click on each one to see the entire cover (front, back and spine).

Also, see the covers at the top of this page:

Note: If an author approaches Todd separately for cover design, he will charge $1,000 for the same service. He gives BookLocker a great deal because we send him so much business. Our At-Your-Service package, which includes original cover design, is only $675.

4. A copy of 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online, which BookLocker authors receive for free.

FREELANCE EDITORS WE RECOMMEND
Please see below freelance editors who you can
contact for a quote.

Rickey Pittman – rickeyp@bayou.com
http://www.bardofthesouth.com/

Jennifer Gordon – writer.jenniferanngordon@gmail.com
http://www.JenniferAnnGordon.com

Dave Carew, Editor AND Ghostwriter – DaveCarew1964@gmail.com
http://www.davecarew.com

Kathi Bahler – kathibahler@gmail.com
Barbara McNichol – editor@BarbaraMcNichol.com
http://www.BarbaraMcNichol.com

Lynnette Labelle – labelle@labelleseditorialservices.com
http://labelleseditorialservices.com

Joyce Anne Grabel – JAGrabel@EditorialDirectionLLC.com
http://EditorialDirectionLLC.com

If you hire one of these editors you will need to pay
them directly. We are only
referring you to them. We do not hire them for you.

We do not earn any referral fees or anything whatsoever for
referring you to these editors.

WARNING: There is no licensing agency for editors and there
are many online now who are NOT professional editors. We receive
complaints almost daily from authors who hired an editor they
found online, and then found even more errors in their
“edited” book. (This even happens with editors who work
for some POD publishers!) References can be easily
manufactured so you should only hire an editor who’s
done a good job for an author or publisher you know.

NOTE: Many POD publishers now claim ownership of edited
manuscripts (what they call the production files) even
though authors paid THEM to edit their books. We call
this a “forced marriage” because it makes it almost
impossible for an author to move to another publisher
someday, even if they are unhappy with their current
publisher. We strongly recommend NOT paying a publisher
to edit your manuscript. Freelance editors don’t try to
claim ownership of an author’s files.

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I have a self-published book with (a POD publisher). I can’t afford their expensive marketing services and I’m not all that sure the things they’re constantly trying to sell me will work anyway. Can you help?

– T

A book’s sales potential depends entirely on: 1. the book itself; and 2. the authors’ marketing savvy and efforts. Listing a book on a particular website like Amazon won’t generate sales. The author must promote the book in order for it to be successful. This is true for self-published and traditionally published titles. Traditional publishers do little to no promotion for unknown/new authors now. They take a gamble that a book may or may not take off and they run with the ones that do, while generally abandoning the ones that don’t. Of course, the ones that do are the ones whose authors are promoting them creatively and consistently.

At BookLocker.com, we don’t try to up-sell authors on marketing products and services. Unfortunately, some of our competitors keep finding more ways to separate authors from their money, including selling them worthless marketing products and services that usually don’t generate enough resulting book sales to pay for those items. In my opinion, if one of their methods does appear to work, it’s likely because the author is heavily promoting their book in other ways as well. Book reviews by unknown bloggers, bookmarks, coffee cups, press releases, and even many affordable forms of paid print advertising are often a waste of money.

BookLocker authors receive a free copy of 90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan.

Anyone can buy the book, of course, but Booklocker authors get a copy for free because we WANT our authors to sell books. We break even on setup fees, and earn our profits on book sales. Why would we NOT give them a ton of FREE marketing resources and advice that really works? Because, when our authors sell books, that benefits them AND us!

Many POD publishers upsell authors to the tune of thousands of dollars on products/services that will never result in enough book sales to pay for those products/services (which is why those publishers don’t offer those services for free). We call those POD publishers author meat markets – they suck as much money as they can out of an author’s wallet before moving on to the next author.

If you want to pay someone to promote your book, it’s a better idea to hire a book publicist directly than to pay hundreds to thousands to your fee-based publisher to perform marketing activities of questionable value. For a book publicist, we recommend Dave Carew but he only offers his services for non-fiction books. See: http://www.davecarew.com/

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My print on demand book is now listed as unavailable on Amazon after being “available” for years. I know Amazon has, in the past, ordered copies automatically from my publisher’s printer, and the printer then shipped those books to Amazon’s customers, using an Amazon.com return address label. So, why has that changed?

Worse, when I approached them, they blamed the problem on my publisher, saying there were unfulfilled orders. But, I checked with my publisher and printer and there are NO UNFULFILLED ORDERS. Amazon says they won’t list my book as available until they see “demand” for it but, if it’s not even “available” on Amazon, how can they see any “demand” for it? What can I do?

Several months ago, we started hearing rumblings from print on demand authors whose books were suddenly popping up as unavailable or out of stock on Amazon.com. Now, we’ve learned through the industry grapevine that print on demand publishers are complaining as well. Back in 2008, our company, BookLocker.com, filed a class-action lawsuit against Amazon, alleging violations of federal anti-trust law after they tried to force us to pay them to print our authors’ books…yet Amazon’s books were more expensive and, in our opinion, were of lower quality. At that time, they threatened to change the status of our books to “unavailable” on Amazon if we didn’t comply with their demands. It took two years but we won. They had to pay our lawyers $300,000, and agreed to leave us and our authors’ books alone in the future. You can read about the case HERE.

At that time, many of our competitors were fearful of Amazon’s threat, and caved to their demands. Everyone was too afraid to join our lawsuit at co-plaintiffs because they thought we would lose. But, we didn’t lose. After the judge refused to the dismiss the case, and before the discovery process began, Amazon quickly offered to settle. Sure, we could have caved to Amazon, too, and paid more for books of potentially lower quality for our authors and book buying customers but, as I wrote at the time, I’d rather go out of business than have a behemoth corporation force me to pay them for services I did not want, nor need. We were (and are) quite happy with our own printer, who has been drop-shipping orders directly to Amazon’s customers for several years. Amazon automatically sends the orders to our printer, who then prints and ships a copy directly to Amazon’s customer. Easy breezy! Why change the process?! For the $$$, of course! Amazon wanted more than a cut of each sale. They wanted to get paid for the printing costs as well. But, that didn’t work out for them after we sued and they skulked away.

Sadly, we are now hearing rumblings in the industry once again. Some Print on Demand books have been changed to “unavailable” and “out of stock” at Amazon and others have ridiculously long lead-times (delivery in 3-4 weeks, etc.). Some feel Amazon may be up to their old tricks. Of course, they haven’t contacted us. They know better. Doing so would violate the settlement they have with us. We have been told they have contacted other publishers.

If your publisher is experiencing this, please have them contact me . I know another publisher who would very much like to speak with them. Hopefully, Amazon will do the right thing, and make all those print on demand titles “available” and listed as “in stock” once again. If they don’t, I suspect history may repeat itself very soon.

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  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
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I’m a professional writer but haven’t written for a while. My question: most magazines and websites want links to a writer’s past published articles (clips). I don’t know what to do since my important clips are in hard copy only. I doubt they want me to send a bunch of pages with my query, but I have no “links.”

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-DiAnn

When corresponding with writers, most editors only accept electronic communications now. Very few now require writers to submit queries and clips by mail with a self addressed, stamped envelope.

If your clips are all in print, you have two options:

1. Scan them so you’ll have copies on your computer to send to editors on request.

2. Take a photo of each clip with your cell phone or digital camera and keep those on your computer.

You should ask editors for permission to send your clips this way because the files will be large and you don’t want to risk choking an editor’s email account with email attachments that contain several megs.

What you CAN’T do is publish those clip photos or scans on your website without permission from the original publication. That would be copyright infringement.

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Remember Your Past
Write It
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Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

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Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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Good evening Angela,

I am the creator of (name removed), a series of coloring books. I am also studying to become a children’s book illustrator. My series, therapeutic in nature, will include 100 different coloring books, and is aimed at a specific audience.

The reason I am contacting you is I have been on the Quora website and your name was mentioned as the perfect person to contact for a little bit of advice.

I am struggling with knowing whether I should send my 100 coloring books project to a traditional publisher, or to stay with the POD/Self Publishing route, which I am on now.

How do I know if my book is good enough?

Kind regards

– P.

~~~

If you self-publish 100 books, that’s going to be an expensive endeavor. I reviewed your information and you really do have a good idea. For a series of books like that, I recommend you try to land a traditional contract. However, it’ll be easier to do that if you can prove high sales of your first few self-published editions.

See:

Can Self-Published Authors Land Traditional Contracts? Heck, Yeah!

Authors Who Avoid Traditional Publishers

Should I Self-Publish or Hold Out for a Traditional Contract?

Be very careful, though, when approaching so-called traditional publishers. See:

When Traditional Publishers Become Vanity Publishers

Are Traditional Publishers Getting Kick-Backs, Err… Commissions, from Some POD Publishers?

I Just Landed a Traditional Contract…Or Did I?”

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HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

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http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





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Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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Angela,

To sell a book one needs — an interesting, well edited book, a publisher, and an agent. How does one find an agent?

– Sydney

Hi Sydney,

There are many articles and even books on publishing that teach writers how to approach agents.
Please also see:

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HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It
and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html





So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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