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This morning I finally started catching up on the mounds of reading material that sat patiently waiting on the corner of my desk. Some of it books I promised to read for reviews. Some of it books I want to read. And some of it, a short stack of magazines I just couldn’t seem to get around to picking up.
Finding endorsements or blurbs for your book and book jacket is no easy task. No one likes asking another author or a subject expert to read, review, and publicly endorse your book. What if they hate it? What if they disagree with it? Or what if they say no? The general understanding is if the person you ask agrees to read it and they don’t like it, you unconditionally accept their decision not to endorse it or give you a blurb and move on without harboring any ill will. No whining, moaning, or groaning. And no bad-mouthing an author who refuses either. One day someone might ask you to review their book and how will you handle it if you decide not to endorse it. Blurbs are done as a professional courtesy. It is the author’s name and reputation you’re asking them to put on your book. If they decline, politely thank them and look for an endorsement elsewhere. Authors/experts decline for a variety of reasons including just not wanting to do it. And that’s okay. I found the direct approach works best. Face to face works better than email. The worst that can happen is the person says no to your request. After that I can pretty much guarantee they haven’t given your book or your request a second thought. If they consent, give them your book/manuscript, get a one or two sentence endorsement, and then thank them profusely. It’s the business. Personally, I have always mailed a signed finished copy to them thanking them again for the endorsement. It’s plain old common courtesy.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Previously we’ve discussed a few basics before you get started with your independent publishing venture—Toolkit, Types of publishing options, and more. Now let’s see if you have the proper mindset to move to the next step…
It has been a while since I posted a blog about independent publishing…or a blog post at all…so what do you say we jump back in?
As a publisher you must decide on which format(s) you will publish your book. Do you want to publish e-books only? Do you want to publish print books only? Both?
My father once told me that if something was worth doing, it was worth doing right. I took the same approach with writing and publishing. Don’t confuse the two. This book is not about writing. The market is already flooded with wonderful and informative guides about writing and writing well. All I can suggest is that whatever you write, you write well…and edit better.
Over the course of the next few weeks I will post sections of my book about publishing entitled Publishing Unchained: An Off-Beat Guide to Independent Publishing. The first snippet is the introduction below. Designed as an eBook for Kindle, Publishing Unchained is also available for sale in paperback. Here is the link if you’re interested in either: http://chuckbarrettbooks.com/books/publishing-unchained/overview/