New Resources for Authors and Self-Publishers

By Robert W. Lucas

I learned a lot and got many ideas for book publishing, writing, and marketing self-published books at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) conference. It was great getting to network with hundreds of other authors and self publishers and vendors who offer some useful services to help in the publishing process.

Two useful resources for authors and self-publishers that I found at the expo are http://hummingbirddm.com/ and www.bookgrabbr.com. Both have potential as revenue generation vehicles for authors ad publishers.

Hummingbird allows authors, self publishers, independent bookstores and others to increase revenue by selling their audiobooks and eBooks by using a branded storefront and app, and appearing in the company’s catalog. Unlike Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Apple’s iBooks, with lower profit margins, this company suggests profits up to 23%. Sounds like it is worth checking out, so I have added this to my to-do list.

A second interesting company representative that I spoke with at the vendor exposition explained their revolutionary system for generating more contacts through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can accomplish that by offering free eBook chapter downloads through your social media accounts. You start by setting up an account and uploading your book file to Bookgrabbr. You then designate how much of the publication to share with readers. If someone on your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn pages grabs (accepts) your offer of a free download and then shares with his or her network, the offer spreads freely around the Internet. This seems to have more value that Facebook ads that I have been using because I can promote a book as an author for $25.00 per month.

What useful tools have your discovered recently to help in writing and publishing your books?

For more useful ideas related to book development and marketing, check out Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit Making Strategies for Authors.

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