Blog: Tips for the Self Publishing Author

Writing, editing, publishing, promoting and selling your books takes a lot of work. We here at Steuben Press want to help, and in this category we'll share our knowledge and stories with you!

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It can be hard for an unknown author who is trying to break into the industry to get a review. In fact, it can seem downright impossible. However, there is a service that can makes this possible for you: Kirkus Reviews.

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The Press Release: 5 Simple Steps to Promote Your Book

You might already have a promotional plan for your self-published book on paper. You have a strategy in play and that's fantastic! However, there may be one area that you are overlooking when it comes to getting your name out there, and that is the press release. 

A press release can be a pretty powerful marketing tool when done correctly. Here are five simple ways to write a press release that will get your book noticed and reach your target audience.

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Using Facebook to Promote Your Books

Whether you are an aspiring author or a seasoned self-publisher, you may not think that you have time to promote your book on social media. You might tell yourself, "I'm a writer! Not a promoter."

Truth is, it is not as hard as you think to market your book through Facebook. Here are a few tips to help you get started on promoting your work on Facebook. 

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Tips for young authors and writers

If you're a young, aspiring author, you may find that there is a lot of headway to be made in order to hone in on your craft, and make a sustainable living from it. Successes can be few and far between when starting out, but don't dismay. Here are some tips to help keep you going.

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Great title/body copy font combinations that work

Many people may not think about how important formatting the interior of your book is, but small changes in readability can have a big effect for your audience. By choosing heading and body fonts that complement each other, you'll find that your readers will hang on to your words a little easier.

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Choosing the Right Image for your Book

When you are busy writing, editing, and crafting your book, the images you use may be an afterthought. Whether you are including them within the text of your book, or you need the image for the cover, it can be easy to find what you want online. However, it's important that you do this with caution so you don't get hit with fines or worse, have someone file a lawsuit against you. Here are a few ways to safely find images and—more importantly—how to make sure you are allowed to use them. 

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A Brave New World - Social Media Tips For Authors

Over the last five years, self-publishing has undergone a significant boom. It is now no longer necessary to hire a publicist, or even have the backing of an in-house marketing team, because the new trend is to go do it yourself. The number of social media channels grows every day, and so do the opportunities for self-promotion. 

The biggest hurdle is getting started. What is an author supposed to do first? Which of the social networks is the most effective? How do you learn to grab the attention of internet users who are being shouted at by hundreds and thousands of advertisements every day?

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Bing’s Visual Carousel - A New Chapter in Online Book Browsing

There are so many great authors out there, both on the shelves and in virtual stores. Still, it may be difficult for lesser-known authors to get their captivating, fist clenching, mind-blowing stories out there for book lovers to enjoy.  

We here at Steuben Press and the innovators at Bing.com, agree that people should have easy and visual access to books of all kinds. Whether you are looking for the latest New York Times bestsellers, or just a particular genre or topic, the new Bing visual carousel will provide you with a slideshow of book covers and search results based on what you search for. This makes it much easier for authors of all kinds to be seen.

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Can These 9 Tips From Famous Authors Make You a Better Writer?

Like any profession, writing has greats—those who did something first, did it differently, or those who did it best.

As professionals dealing in the written word, there is a wealth of quotations, quips and inspiration to be found from these individuals, but they don't get the same love as those from other focuses. You're not likely to see quotes from these great writers in the form of cheesy inspirational posters in offices, or painted on the walls of weightrooms to help push you further.

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5 Tips for improving the readability of your book

Congratulations! You've written, edited, rewritten, second-guessed, and finally ended that final sentence, completing a fully formed work of art crafted from nothing but your own words and ideas!

Now it's time to share your work with the world, but there's a problem: the way your book looks on a screen (or even printed on an 8.5” x 11” page) is much different than how it will appear in a book.

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