One question I get asked often is: how do I start writing a book? Well, the way I started each of my books was to write what was in my heart (the Holy Spirit speaking). My books are nonfiction, so that is what I can speak to.
I received an email the other day from a client who said they googled their book and found it on Amazon for less than $5 and wanted to know why. Maybe you have experienced this, and you want to know how it will affect your royalties and what, if anything, you can do about it. So here’s the deal.
After you have written your powerful message, the two important tools at your disposal that will help you sell your book are your book cover and book description. The book cover can either draw a reader in or push them away. It is the book’s billboard. It works 24/7 on behalf of the author’s message inside. It should be professional it causes expectation in the reader's mind.
Step Out Of The Christian Book Genre Box
As a Christian and a writer, do you only write for the Christian market? Do you only read stories that can only be found primarily in Christian bookstores? Do you believe that writing or reading Christian fiction is a sin? In your opinion, what makes a book a Christian book?
Authors owe it to themselves to be very clear on the difference between vanity publishing, traditional publishing and self-publishing, before making any decisions. If not, they could find themselves spending thousands of dollars to trying to get your book published with nothing to show for it.
The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is your book’s identification number or fingerprint. It is a 13-digit number, not a bar code. ISBNs are calculated using a specific mathematical formula and include a check digit to validate the number. ISBN information is embedded in the bar codes on the backs of books.
When God Calls You To Publish Books
You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
I completed my first book Put The Word In Your Mouth in 2004, then life began to happen, I became distracted and I procrastinated on launching the very book that God had told me to write. Then in 2008 my computer was wiped out and I lost the book. After I got over the devastation of the loss the desire to publish the book burned even more.
Our memories are woven deeply within us. They have helped define who we are today. We all have experienced anger, sadness, shame, grief, guilt, and fear. Sometimes we just want to move on and get past it. In writing your testimony or memoir revisiting old emotions and writing about former crisis situations is possibly one of the most challenging yet therapeutic things we can do. I've learned that writing is another form of therapy. Although it may be difficult, you can write yourself out of the stuck place.
Join Anointed Scribes Café
Anointed Scribes Café is a Facebook Group for Christian writers who have expressed interest in writing and self-publishing a book or in upping their writing game. I started the group because I talk with so many who have been taken advantage of trying to self-publish their book, and with people who have questions about writing and self-publishing a book, but didn’t know how.
The Christian Writer's High Calling
Dear Christian Writer when I woke up this morning you were the first thing on my mind. I was reminded of the warfare Christian Writers go through. I am a Christian Writer who helps other Christian Writers, share their God-given message to the world through books. Almost every time I speak with some who says they are ready to write and publish their book, something happens, and they become discouraged, their finances are attacked, or some type of chaos appears in their world.
How Long Should Your Book Be?
This is a common question that I get from aspiring authors often. If you are self-publishing, you are in control. My answer is it depends on the genre. Your final page count in the final book can vary greatly depending on formatting choices: margins, fonts, linespacing, graphics, white space, and so on. Here is a guideline that you can use:
A business card is often the first point of contact for potential clients. It can say a lot about you, as well as the type of business you run. Your business card has the ability to convince strangers that you can help them. The best way to help your business card do its job is to avoid common mistakes people unwittingly make business cards that you do not want to make. Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
Your Back Cover Copy Is A Marketing Tool
The back cover copy you write for your book is an important marketing message for your book. In few paragraphs it should express the essence of your book to the reader. It may also serve as the basis for your online book descriptions, as well as any press releases or pitches you make to the media and other purposes. These words, if written well, will hook the reader and compel them to purchase your book. This is why most authors find it so hard to write the back-cover copy. Here are some tips that will help with that:
Book buyers judge books by their covers and when buyers browse the book prior to purchase and see a poorly designed interior and cover, a seemingly unedited book they usually put it down thinking the book has no value regardless of how great the message is.
This question was posted in my Facebook Group "Anointed Scribes Café Christian Writers Self-Publishing Support Group." This is a question that, as a book coach, I often hear, so I decided to do a quick post for those who have the same question.
Glory to God, it’s the end of the month. The time we pray for our authors who have new releases coming out this month. My name is Angeline L. Williams, bestselling author and founder of Williams DocuPrep. I am so thankful for all of the readers who show their support for our authors purchasing their books and praying for them. At WDP we pray with and for all of our authors. To learn more about why we do this go to this post.
IngramSpark or KDP?
I use the Print-on-demand platforms with all my clients whose intent is to sell their books online. Print-on-demand is just what that term suggests. Each book is printed when it is ordered which saves the author money since they don't have to keep expensive inventory for future orders.
Glory to God, it’s the fourth Sunday of the month. The time we pray for our authors who have new releases coming out this month. My name is Angeline L. Williams, bestselling author and founder of Williams DocuPrep. I am so thankful for all the readers who show their support for our authors purchasing their books and praying for them. At WDP we pray with and for all of our authors. To learn more about why we do this go to this post.
As an author or future author setting up an online identity is crucial to your success. Twitter is a free and powerful tool author can use to build their platform, announce book launches, let your readers know where your latest article or story has published, and a great way to show support to fellow authors or causes you love. Whether you have already published your book or just started writing it you want to work on building Twitter followers as soon as possible.
Glory to God, it’s the fourth Sunday of the month. The time we pray for our authors who have new releases coming out this month. My name is Angeline L. Williams, bestselling author and founder of Williams DocuPrep. I am so thankful for all of the readers who show their support for our authors purchasing their books and praying for them. At WDP we pray with and for all of our authors. To learn more about why we do this go to this post.