“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” I can’t tell you how many times my mother uttered those words growing up, and most of the time she was right. We often get some skeptics who check out Booktango and ask the questions: “If it’s free, 100% royalties, and non-exclusive rights, what’s the catch? How do you make money?”
These are legitimate questions from a consumer who is shopping around for a DIY publishing platform. But, there is no catch! Booktango was created from a group of forward thinkers who wanted to provide tools for any author to publish themselves. We wanted a platform that empowered authors to invest as much (or as little) into getting their book available on major online retailers.
I want to take a minute to debunk three of the most popular Booktango myths floating the interwebs and give you honest and direct answers.
Myth #1: If I publish with Booktango, I have to give up the rights to my book. False! Our terms and conditions state we have non-exclusive rights to your book, which means you can publish with us and another publisher at the same time. You can also publish with us and have full rights to cancel your book and take it elsewhere if you receive a traditional publishing contract or other offers for rights to your book. In fact, we would be thrilled if one of our authors got their name and story out there and was subsequently picked up traditionally! Continue reading →
In March of 2012, I came across Booktango, a service of Author Solutions in Bloomington, Indiana which is now owned by Penguin Books, that in turn is owned by Pearson, PLC. The cool thing about Booktango is that it is a freemium service that provides individuals an online website to assemble their eBook, scan it for formatting errors, register and assign an ISBN, produce PDF, MOBI, and EPUB files, and have them listed for sale at Booktango, Amazon, Google Play, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, and Sony.
All of the above services are 100% free, and there is an additional menu of packages you can purchase that currently range from $49 – $359. The add-on services for a fee include things that employ creative humans who assist in your project including editing, interior images, U.S. Copyright filing, consultation on social media promotion, custom cover design, and marketing assistance. Continue reading →
There has never been a better time to be an author so if you have a manuscript you have been working on, 2013 is the year you can get published. Here are five simple tips to help you make sure you get to your goal.
Pick a date when you want to hold a copy of your book. Writing is a process, but publishing is a goal so you need a deadline. And I have found the authors who are successful in self publishing, set a date when they want to hold a copy of their book. Sounds simple, but it is really important.
Decide when is the best time for you to write and make that your routine. I have talked to hundreds of authors and the ones who get to the goal have a discipline about their writing. Most have a better time in the day when they write most productively. What is your best time to write? Do you know when it is? Have you marked out that time on your calendar everyday or most everyday. Continue reading →
December is often a time of reflection for me and for most people. I spend time thinking about the accomplishments I’ve made over the last year, the opportunities to do better and to set my goals for the coming year.
Coincidentally, this year in addition to reflecting on my personal life and career, I also get to take a look back at Booktango. Booktango officially went live to the world in Beta one year ago. It’s been an exciting year and as we close out 2012 and celebrate our first anniversary, I wanted to take some time to celebrate the last 12 months and look ahead to 2013.
At launch, Booktango had some of the core features you see today such as the online editor, error identification, e-book details collection, retailer selection and submission. We knew we weren’t done, but we were excited to get an initial product out and begin gathering feedback from our authors. We continued to develop and plan new features for roll out during the first few months following launch. Continue reading →
With the job market as turbulent as ever, people are always looking to stand out from the crowd. One way to do so is by publishing a book on a subject that you know everything about. Okay, maybe not everything,but enough that your peers consider you an expert. Nothing cements your authority in your field like having an articulate and professional book in your hands.
A published book brings credibility and authority on your topic whether you are
networking at your local coffee shop,
attending a convention at a remote destination, or
approaching your boss on that long-overdue raise,
Your book is your business card, the tangible item that will make people remember you. Continue reading →
Thanksgiving is behind us. So is Black Friday. As you come out of your turkey coma, it hits you: Christmas is only a few weeks away! Holy smokes!
We all have that hard-to-buy-for relative or friend who seems to have everything. And it’s those people in our lives we love the most but loath buying them a holiday gift. They have the newest gadgets, plenty of clothes, more books than some presidential libraries.
Did you know that a goldfish has a longer attention span than the average human? Yes. It’s true. As authors what are we to do? If we don’t grab the attention of our readers within eight seconds – that’s the average attention span of mankind in 2012, down from a whopping 12 seconds over a decade ago – then how do we expect to galvanize them through the lengths of War and Peace. Or something similar?
The answer is quite simple, really. Enter digital shorts. A relatively new format for publishers have embraced, these pieces are digital and have a shorter lead time to market. Continue reading →
Creator of the website Crimson and Cream Machine, Matt Hofeld is a true University of Oklahoma fan. And his book, 2012 Sooner Kickoff, is uniting fellow fans around the world. We asked Hofeld about the story behind his book and learned about the Sooners’ passionate fan base.
How long have you been a Sooner football fan?
My whole life. Growing up in Oklahoma you are either a Sooner or a Cowboy, and my family was OU all the way. The games were on at my house every Saturday; it was a family tradition to gather around and watch. I attended my first game in person in 1984, and as a 10-year-old, I became hooked for life.
When did your website, Cream and Crimson Machine, launch?
We launched Crimson and Cream Machine in August of 2006. The idea was to create a website for Sooner fans, by Sooner fans. In addition to the information that we post on a daily basis, there is opportunity for fans to create their own posts, display photos and link to articles that they find interesting. In the next few weeks we’ll surpass the 3 million visitor mark. Continue reading →
Since starting this blog back in April, we’ve discussed a wide variety of issues on the topic of e-book publishing. But we keep coming back to two key aspects that seem intrinsically important to publishing in the digital space: online marketing and e-book design.
As we’ve come to fully realize the importance of these topics, we’ve developed innovative enhancements to our online cover design platform, and we’ve added some unique e-book marketing services to help our authors create better-looking e-books and share them more efficiently with the world. Now, we’ve taken things a step further and created two new publishing packages that are designed to help authors meet their e-book publishing goals in these areas.
Introducing the Socializer package
Social media offers one of the most exciting opportunities for online book marketers; but it can also be one of the most daunting. There’s a lot to know and learn about the Continue reading →
You already know Booktango makes it easy for you to publish your e-book. But, not all e-readers are created equal, so it’s always nice to have little reminders of what universally works before you upload your manuscript. Make sure to follow these seven traits of a great e-book design, which came straight from our e-book design experts:
High resolution cover. Professional-looking covers need to be high-resolution – at least 200 ppi (pixels per inch)
Consistent style. Make sure your style flows throughout the book. You don’t want your readers to feel like they’re in a different book with each flip of a page that has a new layout, random pictures or different font type. Continue reading →