We are looking forward to the Miami Book Fair International, just about a month away. Hundreds of authors and thousands of visitors will attend a full week of book events from November 13th -20th. We’ll be exhibiting at the Street Fair November 18th – 20th. It’s a great event with half a dozen blocks of downtown Miami shutdown to celebrate nothing but books. One of the things that makes the fair such fun is that organizers plan events throughout the year leading up to the November celebration. Here’s one we can all participate in.
An innovative program called TimeSlips uses creative storytelling to improve the lives of elders. TimeSlips has had remarkable success with people suffering from memory issues by opening up storytelling to everyone and replacing the pressure to remember with creativity and the freedom to imagine. Let's look at how.
C.K. MacLeod on Tech Tools for Writers recommends the Hemingway Editor, a tool which “will give you something to correct in your first draft, just minutes after you’ve written it.” The app designed by Adam and Ben Long is a standalone program available for $9.99 for Mac or PC. You can also try the free online version. The creators promise that the Hemingway Editor will “make your writing bold and clear.” It’s easy to use. Put in the text and see where you can simplify your prose.
This is one of an ongoing series of commentaries on trends in book cover design by Stories To Tell Founder Nancy Barnes. She discusses the cover of The Stargazer's Daughter.
How do you get the word out when your book is about to be published? Here are three tips to help you create a buzz around your book launch.
When Nielsen BookScan reported that 571 million print books had been published in 2015 it flew in the face of a string of claims that print books were dead. In fact, the 2015 figure was a 17 million book increase from the previous year. WNYC radio, a New York City NPR station explored the reasons for the renaissance in print books in a recent episode of its weekly show On the Media. Co-host Brooke Gladstone began by noting that e-book sales which had been predicted to reach a 60% market share have leveled off at 25%. She asserted that we might be, “reacting to our digital lives by embracing the analog.”
Sometimes you just need a little help getting over your current genealogy challenge. GenealogyDOTcoach, which launched today, provides personalized help to anyone who is searching for their family history through a video chat with an expert genealogy coach. The service launches with 25 coaches across 47 different categories. Topics include: getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis and writing a research plan; and document translation. Coaches also specialize in research for different regions of the world and different ethnic groups. The initial group of coaches have an average of 25 years of training and experience a piece. They are researchers, authors, and lecturers. The impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry.
A traditional publisher often takes twelve to eighteen month to publish a book and bring it to market. Self-publishing can allow an author to accomplish the same goal in a considerably shorter period of time. However, as a self-publishing author it is important to understand that publishing a professional quality book can take several weeks to several months. Here are some questions you will need to consider in estimating how long it will take to get your book into print.
When you set out to self-publish a family history book you need a variety of skill sets. These skills include research and writing, but there is another there is another type of expertise that many family historians overlook – technological skill. Let's take a look at what it takes to create a beautiful heirloom quality book.
Who should publish your book? Every author faces the same choice. Increasingly the choice is between “assisted self-publishing” and becoming an “indie” who truly self-publishes. Before you sign up for an all-inclusive package with a heavily advertised giant like Author House, Xlibris, or Outskirts Press it’s important to understand that when you choose one of them you will pay an inflated price for every book they print for you. Let's see how it works.
Writing a memoir that connects with an audience is not about telling your story. “Unless you're Bill Clinton or Mick Jagger,” said novelist and memoirist Holly Robinson, in The Huffington Post, “nobody but your best friend cares about your life story (and she might be pretending).” Writing a great memoir depends on telling your story in a way that gives readers an insight into their own lives and the human condition. Great memoir relies on the tools of the story teller and is reflective rather than reportorial.
Nonfiction, whatever form it may take, is built on a foundation of facts. Whether they present an account of actual events, as in family history or biography, seek to prove the validity of an argument, or demonstrate the correctness of a method of doing something, as in a how-to book, an author’s words are judged by the quality of the facts on which they are based. A nonfiction reader is likely to ask, “What’s the evidence for this?” Generally that evidence is based on documents, research, or accounts written by others and used by the author. So it behooves the nonfiction author to include references to allow the reader to know and evaluate the quality of the sources from which that evidence is drawn. Let's look at how to do it.
“The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.” That’s the first line of Neil Stephenson’s recent novel, a piece of speculative fiction titled Seveneves. Wow! Quite a start. A good opening is so important. Let’s see why.
How are sales going? Almost every author can answer, “Not as well as I had hoped.” Here are some practical ideas to help you market your self-published book more effectively at little or no cost.
When you’re writing a non-fiction book, it’s a great idea to include headings and possibly subheadings in your manuscript. Headings and subheadings not only help keep you organized and stay focused in your writing, but it also break up the content into manageable chunks for the reader, provides a visual break on the page, and assists them in locating the content they want to read. These features can be easily added using the Styles feature of your word processing program.