WINDFALL CONTEST: Publish Your Way to 10K

There are plenty of reasons an author might be tempted to publish an e-book with Booktango: there’s the freedom to publish when and how you want to, access to the biggest online retailers, and the highest author royalties in the industry. And if that wasn’t enough … for the rest of September, we at Booktango are making e-book publishing downright irresistible.

A Windfall of Prizes this September

Booktango is giving one lucky author over $10,000-worth of marketing services to help them promote their e-book:

Total prizes – worth $10,454

All you have to do to be considered is publish an e-book with Booktango by the end of September and send us a Tweet about it. It’s really that easy.

How to Enter the Windfall Contest

  1. Submit a manuscript for publication anytime from Sept. 10-30, 2012.
  2. Let the Twittersphere know about your upcoming e-book.
  3. That’s it! Just be patient and wait for us to announce the winner in October.

Why not go for it?

Simply by entering our Windfall Contest, you’ll end up with a published e-book you can be proud of. And if you win … well, then you’ll have all the tools you need to launch an effective online marketing plan to help your e-book reach its full bookselling potential.

Check out the contest terms and conditions, and enter the contest today.

 

Announcing New E-book Publishing Packages: Socializer & Eye Catcher

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

7 Traits of a Great E-book Design

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:

  1. High resolution cover. Professional-looking covers need to be high-resolution – at least 200 ppi (pixels per inch)
  2. 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

Social Media Marketing Tips for Indie Authors

If there’s one thing indie authors should understand about using social media to market their work, it’s this: social media marketing is not about immediate book sales. Imagine an author who posts constantly on Facebook about where you can purchase her book or who assaults followers with a steady stream of Tweets telling them to BUY NOW. No one wants to follow that author. No one will follow that author for long. That’s just not a sustainable marketing strategy.

Don’t be that author.

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Reset and Resub: How to Make an E-book and Keep it Fresh with New Information

How to Make an E-book and Keep it Fresh with New Content“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Any author knows that a fine piece of art — such as your e-book — occasionally needs some tweaking. Even when you have proofread, edited and put that final shine on your book, you may have some ideas later that would make it even better.

Perhaps you find a few lingering typos that you need to correct; or maybe you decide your cover should “pop” more, and you want to spruce up the image, colors or text fonts.

At Booktango, we respect your need as an author to make an e-book better. We understand you need to keep your book fresh and make changes based on your own review or on feedback from book buyers, family and friends. Whatever the reason, we’re here to make it as simple as we can for you. Continue reading

Not Convinced Free E-book Publishing is for You? (read this Q&A with Jeet Banerjee, author of Profitable SEO Strategies)

Jeet Banerjee, Booktango author of Profitable SEO Strategies, spills some secrets on how authors can amp up their marketing efforts and boost their SEO. Plus, he offers some insight as to why he decided to publish his e-book for free with Booktango. 

Can you provide a few tips from your book on how authors can boost their SEO? Don’t spill too many secrets!

There are a lot of different ways to monetize your business with the help of search engine optimization, but most of the methods people are using are eating into their profits. My book discusses various strategies that individual companies can utilize so that they are keeping their SEO costs at a minimum while maximizing their results and profits.

In my book I discuss the common misconception on keyword selection, what are some great questions to ask your internet marketing firm, why organic search engine results will save you much more then PPC, and a lot of other tricks to accelerate your online marketing campaign.

How has publishing an e-book helped build your SEO for your own business?

Publishing an e-book is a great way for me to leverage my website on the search engines Continue reading

Three Predictions for the Future of E-book Publishing

Perhaps you’ve heard: At Booktango, you make the most money from your e-books. Period. Our online editor has made it easier than ever for authors like you to identify errors and make corrections, which makes it the most efficient platform to get your book published. Writing and publishing an e-book is about finesse, creativity and flexibility — among other things. Since announcing Booktango, not only have we made creating an e-book easier, but we’ve also given you access to tools like the DIY Cover Designer, which allows you to create elegant book covers with drag-and-drop ease. Earlier this week, we announced our new sales and royalty reporting, which gives you insights to help you more effectively market your books.

So, what are e-books going to bring in the future?

It all starts with authors like you — courageous writers willing to share their stories and build an audience of readers. Our sense is that the elements of great storytelling will remain the same, but authors like you will have more opportunities to increase the quality of the books you are producing. Continue reading

Turn Your Manifesto into a Movement – Create a Book to Spread Your Message

Create a Book to Spread Your MessageThere’s no question that the written word has always been a powerful agent of change. An idea, well-articulated, can instigate action and influence lives.

  • In 1517, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses to a church door and sparked the Protestant Reformation. 
  • In 1924, poet and critic André Breton wrote the Surrealist Manifesto and started an avant-garde movement and artistic style that would permeate culture and influence creative expressions for decades.
  • In 1976, Louise Hay created a small pamphlet that would transform into her definitive manifesto on personal growth and well being — You Can Heal Your Life. The reach and influence she gained from those works gave her the momentum to become a world-renowned author, publisher and speaker whose ideas have inspired countless lives.

With powerful and innovative technology at your fingertips, you no longer have to post messages on doors or print pamphlets. Never before has it been so easy to create a book. Never before has it been so simple to deliver your message to the masses in a way that is both cost-effective and professional. Continue reading

Keep Calm and Run Your Report – New Royalty and Sales Reporting from Booktango

Keep Calm and Run Your Report

It’s human nature. We all have self talk with ourselves on a daily basis: How am I doing? What could I do better? How do I measure up?

We live in a competitive world with constant pressure to do our best. But in order to have a real understanding of where you stand, you need to have the right measuring stick. Measuring the success of your published e-books is no different.

Working with authors and internal customer service departments for over two years now, I know there is one word that can bring anxiety to an author who is trying to measure their book success: royalties. Continue reading

Digital Publishing Q&A Session with The Globe and Mail

With more than 3.3 million readers a week, The Globe and Mail is one of the top newspapers in Canada. To prove it, last year they were nominated for 24 National Newspaper Awards and awarded with 8, more than any other publication in Canada. To celebrate its journalism excellence, The Globe and Mail compiled the winning entries into a Booktango e-book called Our Nation’s Finest.

We talked with The Globe and Mail and not only got the scoop on their new book, but we also chatted about the newspaper industry’s switch to digital publishing. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, about 14 percent of newspaper circulation is now digital. But with a new e-book and an interactive website full of Canada’s top news stories, we’ll venture to say The Globe and Mail is on the forefront of digital publishing for newspapers.

Digital Publishing Q&A Session

BT: What kind of stories are in this e-book?

G&M: The first Globe and Mail e-book, Our Nation’s Finest, contains a wide variety of stories that cover topics, such as national, international, politics, business, lifestyle, sports, and news. The range of curated articles includes an exposé of a federal corruption scandal to celebrity profiles, and a recap of how our Canadian dollar bills have changed design over the years in order to prevent counterfeiters. There are also stories about Canada’s national sport, hockey. Continue reading