Archives For Self-Publishing

In recent months I’ve had people ask me how book publishing works, especially when they’re getting started with their very first book. Here are the four major book publishing options to consider for first-time authors.

Traditional Publishing

Traditional publishing includes a book contract with an advance on royalties to the author, ranging from a few thousand dollars to seven figures for a select few. This involves working with a book agent (which I have not done), sending query letters and manuscript proposals to publishers (and most of the time you get rejection letters until someone finally says “yes” to your book, this can take years). The publisher owns the copyright (this part I don’t like) and has full say on what can be changed of your content (I don’t like that, either). Continue Reading…

I have some big news to share with you today:

Morgan James Publishing will release an expanded edition of my book A Couple with Common Cents in 2016!

How did I do it?

Author Gets New York Publishing Deal on First Try Without an Agent or Written Proposal

It all started nearly one year ago. I went to a workshop in Denver, Colorado and met a New York Times bestselling author there. I took copies of this book to give away to all participants.

This author (Joel) really liked A Couple with Common Cents and said on the second day,

Ryan with Joel Comm, November 2013

“It’s time to take this to the next level. Let me introduce you to my publisher.”

I was blown away. Here was a business author whom I highly respected, treating me as a peer.

But I didn’t expect Joel to reach out to me like that.

Not to a self-published author like me.

Not for a little book that’s not even 100 pages long.

Those things didn’t matter. Joel, as a serial author, knew what to look for and knew that my values and style would be a good fit for Morgan James.

And he was right.
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What does a “best selling book” really mean these days? Perfectly timed affiliate marketing and joint ventures can easily produce an Amazon “bestseller” because Amazon updates its book rankings every hour. I’ve heard of authors hiring companies to strategically purchase their new books, which in effect manipulates the New York Times bestseller list.

The Myth of the Best Selling Book

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Bestseller does not automatically mean good. I’ve read many great books that never won literary awards or reached mass-market penetration.

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This week we’re exploring the ubiquitous role social media has in our lives today. Today I’ll discuss the relationship between an author and social media accounts (how I currently use them). Tomorrow you will see a video to encourage you to put your devices down and talk to the people in front of you. On Thursday another author releases her first book to help educators teach students how to use social media effectively. And then Friday we look at the future of social media and commerce.

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My Social Media Outlets

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When other writers ask me where to go to generate authentic reviews for their books, I point them to Story Cartel. Story Cartel is the website where I got early reviews for my book A Couple with Common Cents when I first released it in October 2013.

story-cartel-course

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What most writers don’t know is that Story Cartel also offers a digital course for writers to get past platform confusion and grow their connections with readers and fellow writers.

The Story Cartel Course

I enrolled in the Story Cartel Course in March 2013. It was a great experience of learning (and practice).

The lessons correspond with what founder Joe Bunting calls the Six Rules of Story Cartel. These six rules, with my summaries, are: Continue Reading…

The largest online retailer wants to give you a free page on their website. At authorcentral.amazon.com you can sign up with your Amazon account to put all your book titles in one place with an Amazon author page. (You edit it through Amazon Author Central.)

Amazon author page, author central

Ryan’s Amazon Author Page (screen capture on May 5, 2014)

Yes, this is a totally free service from Amazon to every person who has an ISBN listed in Amazon’s database!

In my recent book searches on Amazon I’ve found two business authors who do not have their own Amazon Author Page! Both of them have even reached the New York Times bestseller list. I found it strange that neither of these authors (I’m not going to single them out here) has taken five minutes to do this.

Benefits of Amazon Author Central to You and Your Readers

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