Clarifying bookstore merge with Book Country

Book Country

A little over a month has passed since we merged our Booktango authors into a new bookstore along with Book Country. While most of the move went smoothly, I wanted to take a few minutes to offer some clarity and answer some of the most common questions.

I’ve been gathering the questions that have come in the most to customer support both at Booktango and Book Country and compiled them below:

What do I need to do as a result of the bookstore move?
For the most part, absolutely nothing! The only recommendation we make is that if you have linked your book on websites, social media or otherwise that you update those links for the new store. However, if you wish to leave them as is we have automatic redirects in place to make sure your audience still reaches your book detail page.  The link change is simple.
If your book used to be available at http://bookstore.booktango.com/Products/SKU-000123456/My-Title.aspx then the new link would be http://bookstore.bookcountry.com/Products/SKU-000123456/My-Title.aspx

Do I have to redo all my books on Book Country?
Nope! There is nothing you have to do. We moved your books to the new bookstore and everything else stays the same. You can still view your dashboard, sales reports and even publish more books on Booktango just like you always have. Continue reading

3 Genres You Have Never Heard of Before

3 Genres You Have Never Heard of Before

With help from the boom of self-publishing in recent years, new genres and subgenres have popped up or have increased in popularity. For example, you can’t browse an online bookstore without seeing several YA paranormal romance titles, a subgenre that wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now following the release of Twilight.

Here are a few more genres that most readers might not be all too familiar with:

Space Opera

Usually set in outer space or on another planet, space operas emphasize adventure and are often sagas involving interplanetary politics or family conflict. Space opera is similar to military science fiction, but is not as focused on the military effort and is generally more romantic in tone. Well-known writers include C.S. Friedman and Frank Herbert. Continue reading

4 Things to Remember When You Attend a Writing Conference

What can a writing community do for you?

There are so many writing conferences, yet so little time. How can you ensure your experience at each conference is a success? Don’t worry. Here are four tips on how to get the most out of attending these kinds of events.

1.)  Set goals. Before deciding which events to attend, you need to create a list of goals you have for a writing conference. This can be as simple as listing out items like “have fun” and “learn more about mystery writing.” With so many activities going on at conferences, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement and forget your purpose. A list of your goals will help you stay on track. Continue reading

10 Writing Prompts to get Your Creative Juices Flowing

10 Writing Prompts to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

If you’ve hit a snag in your writing and can’t seem to come up with any new ideas, don’t worry — it happens to all of us. There comes a time when we all need a little help to get our creative juices flowing again. Whether you need to rejuvenate your work in progress or want to start a new writing project from scratch, we’ve got a writing prompt for you.

Rejuvenate your work in progress: Here are a few ideas for breathing new life into your current manuscript. Even if you end up writing something that has no place in your actual story, you might still discover something interesting.

1.  Write your character’s obituary.
Looking ahead to a character’s death might help you fill in some holes about his life that you can turn into interesting plot points or meaningful back story. What were his biggest accomplishments? How did he die? Who is he survived by?

2.   Change locations.
Take your characters out of their natural setting, and see what happens. A heated argument between newlyweds might unfold quite differently depending on whether it takes places in their home, a crowded bus or a company Christmas party. How can you use a setting to influence behavior, build tension and change the stakes? Continue reading

Quotes on Writing: Do These Famous Authors Really Know What They’re Talking About?

Most writers have a bestselling author they admire, such as Shakespeare, Stephen King or E.L. James. (Hey, we don’t judge here.) We think it’s great to have someone’s success motivate you to be a better writer yourself. Quotes are a great way to stay focused during rough patches of your career. And, with Pinterest, those famous quotes are everywhere these days. We all have famous mentors that we look up to, but do these authors really know what the heck they’re talking about?

Here we breakdown a few quotes from famous authors. Tell us what you think: Continue reading

What can a writing community do for you?

True story: I am not a writer unless you count my blog posts on Booktango or my occasional lengthy Facebook statuses. However, I do know a lot of writers, and I am lucky enough to get to speak directly to some of our authors. The one thing I hear a lot is that authors write in solitude, alone, in the quiet. Perhaps that is when the best ideas come to them or maybe they are afraid if they share their ideas or stories, someone might steal them. Whatever the reason may be, I’d like to suggest writers look for feedback during their writing and publishing process.

Who better to give a writer feedback than other writers, or better yet, potential readers? Well friends, good news! There are tools out there to help you with just that.  Writing communities offer several options to interact with others, share struggles, provide insights or ideas. The best part? Almost every (good) community has guidelines and terms of use that protect the writer from their work being copied or against really abusive feedback.

Who should join a writing community? Continue reading

Inspirational Quotes for Writers with the Blues

Writing is work. It is a blessing and a curse; a calling and a haunting. It’s incredibly rewarding, and at the same time, it’s hard.

As an author, you get stuck. You might want to quit, give up and find a new job – discover an easier passion.

Don’t.

All authors – all people, for that matter – encounter times in their lives and careers where things don’t go their way and they lose their drive to continue. When I encounter times like these, I find inspiration in the words of authors and writers I admire. Here are some of my favorite quotes from authors of various genres: Continue reading

Time Management: How to Find Time to Write with a Crazy Schedule

Does it feel like if you add one more thing to your calendar it (and you!) might have a meltdown? Finding time to write in the midst of such a jam-packed schedule is daunting, but it is possible.

These three simple tips can help you carve out the time you need to actually finish the book you’ve been working on. Continue reading

Q&A with Matt Hofeld: Are You Ready for Some (Sooner) Football?

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

Leading as a Yes Author in a world of No

Leading as a Yes author - Booktango blogOver the years I’ve talked to many authors who have tried to pitch their book to agents and traditional publishers, but all they’re hearing is a world of “no,” “not interested” and “good luck.” It can be a disheartening process. Especially for authors who know they’ve got a story to tell that could help or entertain someone. A colleague once asked, “What good is a manuscript that is sitting in someone’s desk drawer?”

As a free publisher, Booktango gives authors an alternative path to the traditional route with huge benefits. One such benefit is that you get to keep every penny of your sales when you sell an e-book through the Booktango bookstore. Another bonus is that you’re book is available through e-retailers such as Amazon®, Barnes and Noble®, Kobo®, Apple® iBooks, and Google®. 

So, you’ve heard the no’s, but what is keeping you from leading as a “Yes Author”? 

In my experience the biggest thing that keeps us from accomplishing our dreams and goals is fear and lack of belief. When I was in high-school I was told I’d never make Continue reading