If you’ve visited your local bookstore lately, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard that the second annual Independent Bookstore Day will be held at 420 bookstores across the nation on April 30. You probably heard that this is a great chance to get to know other readers and your local booksellers. And you’ve probably heard that there will be author signings, trivia contests, and limited time literary themed merchandise. But have you heard about how the bibliophile’s dream day came about? Everything started three years ago in a bookshop in our very own San Francisco.
Throwing a cream pie in someone’s face in comedy movies always produces a huge audience response. But who does the cleanup work? And the laundry? Like anyone else, I adore a good pie. I am constantly appalled watching people eat pie in a restaurant when they fork up the filling and leave the crust on the plate. To me, a good pie consists of two delectable parts: an excellent crust and a delicious filling. The two complement each other like cake and frosting or salad and dressing.
Not too long ago, pre-order status was primarily available to traditionally published authors and publishers who sold direct to Amazon through their own accounts. In 2015, however, IngramSpark opened up pre-order capabilities for authors and indie presses that have chosen Print On Demand as their bring-to-market strategy. This is great news for authors and small presses who are considering a traditional PR campaign to long-lead publications! Authors can now announce their pub date and make their book available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble months in advance of their actual publication date. But what happens between when you announce the book and your release? This is a prime opportunity for you to print Advanced Reader’s Copies (ARCs) and send them out for endorsements, early reviews, and to long-lead media.
Spring break is usually the week when students throw up their hands, stash their books in the darkest corner of the closet, and revel in the realization of temporary freedom by exploring some far off destination. But grandiose beach vacations have some bibliophiles casting a guilty look over their shoulder at that novel they've been meaning to crack open for weeks now. It's not going to read itself and who knows the adventures that await between the covers? Luckily for these bookworms, Airbnb has plenty of literary listings around the world, making it possible to spend the week away from the house, but without abandoning their To Read lists. Several of the listings are scattered about the US, but for those who wish to venture further from home, there is no shortage of apartments abroad that have their own literary history. Here are nine of the most popular literary rentals from around the world.
It’s not a part of my job I enjoy, but I often have to say “no” to potential clients. When an author first comes to me, I usually begin by asking for information about the book—synopsis, release date, publisher information, cover art, and sample chapters. After all, it is crucial that I know a little about the book before deciding if I will be the right person to take it on. When I decide that a book isn’t going to be right for me, I’m often asked how I reached that decision. What I’ve realized over the years—especially in the case of novels—is that there are eleven main reasons why I say no.
Those who consider themselves true book lovers inevitably spend rainy winter nights conjuring up images of their dream in-home library: wall after wall lined with mahogany shelves and a plush couch to retire to with the perfect selection. Beauty and the Beast set lofty expectations, but the average book enthusiast probably doesn’t have an enchanted mansion at their disposal, so often they settle instead for crowding bookshelves and covering desks with dog-eared volumes and pristine hardcovers. Now that the horizon is clouded with April showers and the May flowers are stirring beneath the surface, it’s time for the annual decluttering of spring-cleaning and the bookshelves shouldn’t be overlooked. READ THE REST...
News is rosy with libraries these days! Foot traffic has doubled in the last two years, according to distribution expert Amy Collins of New Shelves Books. And, budgets are increasing across the country, especially in large cities.What does that mean for an author? Good news is that library book buyers are not hooked on buying only books by the big publishing houses; their interest is more nuanced. The number one thing that you have to ensure is that libraries can buy your book through one of their distributors – they aren’t going to set up a new account with you to buy your book. Distributors that are standard include Baker and Taylor and Ingram. They also will occasionally buy from Amazon.