By Keri-Rae Barnum for New Shelves on June 10, 2021
The Four Types of Editing Explained
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You finished writing your book. Of course, you’ve let others read it: family, friends, beta-readers. These people gave you some input, but they may have held back and not been straight with you if they were concerned about your feelings. … Read More

By New Shelves Books on June 3, 2021
How to Name Your Publishing Company
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Why Do You Have to Have a Publishing Company Name? When bookstores and airport store buyers look at your book, one of the first things they will do is flip to the spine, the back cover, and the copyright page … Read More

Memorial Day Reading List
Memorial Day Reading List
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This upcoming Monday, May 31, those of us in the United States will be observing Memorial Day; a day to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving our country. In my house, this is a somber … Read More

By Keri-Rae Barnum for New Shelves Books on May 24, 2021
How to Leave a Book Review on Amazon
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As writers, we know that the success of our book can depend on reader reviews. Yet, when I polled a group of authors, less than 10% of them had written a review for a book in the last 12 months. … Read More

By Sandra Beckwith for Newshelves on May 20, 2021
7 Tips for a Sheet That Will WOW the Media
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Want to get more press? Sure you do! Sandra Beckwith offers you this terrific advice on her site: www.buildbookbuzz.com A tip sheet is a news release that offers tips or advice in a bulleted or numbered format. It’s one of … Read More

By Keri-Rae Barnum for New Shelves Books on May 17, 2021
Yes, You Need a Price Specific Barcode
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Here at New Shelves we make it our business to interact with the writing and publishing communities. We’re members of ALLi, IBPA, Authors Guild, Reedsy and quite a few Facebook groups for writing, publishing and book promotion. Why? Because it’s … Read More

By Keri-Rae Barnum originally published on The Book Designer
Do This, Not That – Blog Tours
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The Challenge Recently a client asked me why, when he Googled the title of his book, the most exciting search result was his Amazon product page. “There’s nothing really there,” he lamented. Many authors feel this way. They spend months, … Read More

Guest Post by Bonnie McCune originally posted May 2018
How to Compete in the Obstacle Course of Book Marketing
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Even after years slogging through the swamp of freelance writing, I’m still challenged by the process of marketing. I started with nonfiction articles, progressed to a handbook, and now concentrate on fiction. The marketplace for publishing is crowded with hundreds … Read More

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