I frequently receive random questions from authors. These come to me through email, voicemail, and social media.
I get questions like:
- I’ve written a book. Do you have any advice for me?
- Do I need to register my book with Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data?
- Can we talk so I can find ways to increase my book sales?
- I am writing a book. Can I have it listed under both Christian fiction and regular fiction?
I am somewhat dismayed at how broad these questions are. Often, these are questions that whole books and seminars are devoted to answering. It is clear to me that most of these authors have not taken the time to:
- Educate themselves about publishing and marketing.
- Connected with a writing or publishing group, since they are sending their question to a random organization or person with whom they have no connection.
There are plenty of books and seminars available to independent authors today. These books and seminars teach new authors everything you need to know about publishing and marketing so that you can be successful.
In addition, there are numerous groups and organizations dedicated to serving independent authors. These organizations also provide the information and resources that authors need to be successful.
Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) not only provides our Members with free webinars, we also inform them of other organizations providing training that are relevant to publishing and marketing Christian books.
For example, CIPA Members have free access to a two-day virtual book selling conference in September put on by another publishing association. Often, the educational opportunities provided by CIPA and other organizations are worth more than the Membership dues.
If you are an independent author, I encourage you to take advantage of as many webinars as you have time for. After all, success follows learning.
In fact, here are two FREE webinars that you can take next week.
How to Effectively Promote Your Self-Published Book
Sponsored by MAI
Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 AM CDT
Register by clicking HERE
Marketing & Publicity
Sponsored by Ingram
Wednesday, August 26 at 10 AM CDT
Register by clicking HERE
I encourage you to sign up for these webinars. You really have no excuse not to have the knowledge you need to successfully publish and market your book—all it takes is a little investment of time and money.
By the way, Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA) is still running our Summer Membership Special. You can join CIPA now for just $120 and receive Membership through December 2021!
Join today and receive the information and resources you need to better publish, market, and sell your books.
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