Category: articles

Where self-publishing and ebooks stand in late 2014

On(1) “Ebooks have grown exponentially and reached a healthy balance by 11/14,” says Mark Coker, head of Smashwords in a no-nonsense delivery at BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Assn) on Nov. 8. Here is a much-abbreviated summary of Mark’s very enjoyable 10-point presentation. When Mark began Smashwords, about it 8 years ago, ebooks accounted for […]

An extraordinary school principal? Follow these 20 steps…

OnAdministrative Priorities: Be Visible If I were to list the things that make the biggest difference between an adequate administrator and an excellent one, visibility would be near the top of the list. But it must be positive and meaningful visibility. The principal or administrator that works behind a desk, hides from human contact, and […]

Friday October 31st, 2014 in 1 Shopping Cart, articles, iPad, Kindle, Lightning Source, Nook, Smashwords | Comments Off

Niche books are very profitable. How are their authors chosen?

OnI publish to niche markets, in my case to K-12 school administrators. All of those who write books for my firm must have a specific field of expertise of interest (and meet needs of) K-12 school administrators. Two examples, our two latest books, are The Art of School Boarding: What Every School Board Member Needs […]

Querying magazine editors in late 2014

OnHere’s the scenario. You have a great idea that you think X magazine’s readers would love to read about on its pages. But you don’t know the editor and you don’t know how to break the ice or make the suggestion. What do you do in what order? Things haven’t changed much in the past […]

Creating successful seminar brochures (#10 of 15)

OnProgram developers and coordinators almost always need brochure copy that “sells” their programs. Since not everyone is well versed in the task of writing and organizing brochure copy, the following will provide you with some easy-to-use, helpful hints. It’s also a ready-reference checklist of items that are a must for every brochure designed to be […]

12 little things that publishers should know

OnThese are question answers from grizzled veterans during the opening Q-A part of the BAIPA meeting in Novato (near San Francisco) on 7/12. BAIPA is the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, meeting in Novato the second Saturday of every month. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down who said what, so there goes the source! (But I’ve […]

Emceeing: full sample script, 7/4/2014

OnSince we’ve received many requests for completed Barbershop scripts, as formats or models for similar club or organization presentations, here is the July 4, 2014, program at the Marin County (California) Fair. (The live rendition is on You Tube, though the sound capture is fairly poor, being an outside show [in a tent] and surrounded […]

Monday July 7th, 2014 in articles, Barbershopping, emceeing, keynoting, MC, Seminaring, speaking | Comments Off

Non-fiction books should shout with benefits and authority

OnWhat do you want your book to do? Probably (1) get bought–or at least read; (2) make you money; (3) if self-published, get snagged by a “big house” and do more of [1] and [2]; (4) establish you as an “expert” or “authority” in its topic field; (5) get potential readers to want to know […]

The easiest and best way to organize a seminar (#9 of 15)

OnSince seminars are offered about everything from stuffing sausages to unstuffing fatties, it is difficult to devise a master format for contents and organization that will work for all. Let’s share some steps and guidelines, though, that apply to most. Like making certain that what you promise in your title and description is what you […]

Giving your own very profitable seminars (#6 of 15 )

OnLet’s see how offering seminars on your own differs from offering seminars with academic sponsorship, where you give up about 40-50% of the gross income paid by attendees in exchange for the school listing your title and description in a catalog, providing a room, and giving very little additional promotion. Nobody else must approve where […]