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SDP Publishing's Independent Authors Find Success with Professional Reviews and Contests

A few months ago, in our blog post,”The Importance of Professional Reviews for Maximizing Your Book’s Exposure,” we discussed ways independent authors can build credibility for their work, including submitting books for review by third-party reviewers – paid and free online book review sites, bloggers, and book contests. We’d like to take this opportunity to showcase some of the successes that SDP Publishing‘s independent authors have achieved with third-party reviewers over the last few months. We are so proud to have worked with the following authors and thrilled to share in their success!

The Storymaker by Jeff Katzman, Quarterfinalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition


Martin has shut himself off from life. Too many people he loved have left him: his wife, his mother, his father, his best friend. Once a fearless adventurer and world traveler, he now works in a mind-numbing federal job, raising his two children on his own. A severe accident serves as a wake up call. To calm his young children, he creates a story of a distant land stirring from somewhere deep within him. His next door neighbor, Jane, joins in the ritual, slowly becoming a part of their family. As Martin’s own story unfolds, the tale he tells his children mirrors a new energy, a new life, and a new future.

Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Program
“This is an exquisite piece of writing with a unique style rich in natural eloquence and aplomb. It is intense and provocative, probing and compelling. I appreciated in particular the fluidity of the narrative, the depth in characterizations, and the nuance and authenticity of the dialogue.”

“The narrative is well balanced and bursting with originality and style. The author has mastered the elemental principles of composition and storytelling.”

“This author is extremely gifted, choosing themes that are relevant and expressing them with finesse and style. The author has clearly positioned himself for success with this novel, appealing to a broad general audience.”

~ABNA Expert Reviewer

Click here to learn more about The Storymaker.

Your Inside Shape by Christine Sarno-Doyle, Submitted for Review with Kirkus Reviews


Your Inside Shape is a children’s book that offers readers a lesson in individuality and helps young minds realize their own unique potential to the world. With easy-to-follow poetic verse and guided illustrations, Your Inside Shape joins Orion and his friends as they learn that what is on the inside is more important than what is on the outside. Children will enjoy learning how to discover their own passions, interests, and talents and how these inside shapes will be carried with them their entire lives. This original picture book explains in simple terms how to discover those inner qualities, how to appreciate them and to respect the qualities of others.

 

Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews
“A motivational picture book by author Sarno-Doyle designed to teach kids about exploring their own abilities and hobbies.

Using the metaphor of an “inside shape” for the inner being, Sarno-Doyle aims to teach kids to weigh inner values over outer appearances. Written for very young children, the book is bright and full of lively images. In 30-some pages, the author explains the difference between “outside shape” (hair, clothes, ethnicity, etc.) and “inside shape,” the inner interests that children need to develop to become full-fledged, happy individuals.

Many of the possible interests here are professional and educational-science, animal welfare, books, mathematics. The book also offers inspiration for kids to develop extracurricular activities, including sports and fishing. There are several open-ended prompts at the beginning of the book to get readers started: “I like to…” or “I don’t like to….” These questions are designed to help children explore their strengths and the skills they want to learn…. Charmingly illustrated … with old-fashioned images of children at play, the text will appeal to parents looking for inspiring books for their young children.

Fans of the Free To Be You And Me style of children’s literature will appreciate the inspiring message about developing children’s passions….”

Click here to learn more about Your Inside Shape.

Congratulations to our esteemed authors! If you’re interested in learning more about how to maximize your book’s exposure and gain credibility through third-party reviews or by entering contests, contact SDP Publishing. We have extensive experience working with authors to submit their work to third-party reviewers and expanding their marketing potential.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts)  offers optimal publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copyediting, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

A Publishing Renaissance: Predictions for the Independent Publishing Market in 2013

On the Smashwords Blog, in a post titled, “Mark Coker’s 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions – Indie Ebook Authors Take Charge,” Smashwords founder Mark Coker says: “Five years ago, back in the dark ages of publishing, self-publishing was seen as the option of last resort. It was seen as the last refuge for failed authors. Publishers controlled the printing press, the access to distribution, and the knowledge to professionally publish, which made authors entirely dependent upon publishing gatekeepers. Today, these three elements of professional publishing are fully democratized.” Further, he says: “Readers are our gatekeepers.”

In his year-in-review blog post, he says: “We’re entering a golden age of publishing. The ebook self-publishing revolution will lead to more great books being published than ever before. More books will touch the souls of more readers, because indie ebooks make books accessible, affordable, and discoverable to more people. These books, in all their diverse and controversial glory, are cultural treasures.”

These are some encouraging words for independent authors and those of us who work in independent publishing!

From Coker’s epic post on predictions for the book publishing industry in 2013 (there are 21 of them), we decided to pull out some of the most interesting points he makes regarding independent publishing.

“In the US, ebooks sales will reach 45% of US trade book market” – This is up from what he believes will be the increase in ebook sales in 2012.

“Follow the eyeballs: 2013 will be the first year unit volume of ebooks exceeds print” – 2013 will be the first year more books are read on screens than on paper.

“The current glut of books will become even more pronounced” – The sheer number of books available out there is staggering, and there simply is not enough time to read all of them. And, Coker predicts that “2013 will remind us we haven’t seen anything yet.”

“Tablets will become the new paper as E-Ink becomes niche product” – Even though e-reading devices saw a decline in sales last year, the growing popularity of multi-function tablets will likely increase the demand for online content.

“Global will be the biggest story of 2013 for indie authors” – He believes that the market for English-language ebooks outside the US will eclipse the US market in 2013, providing a great opportunity for indie authors. He argues that in fast-growing markets, indie authors have the advantage.

“Indie ebooks will start driving more film and television projects” – “If you believe that indies are the future of publishing, and that the world’s best and most commercially successful future stories will come from indies, then it’s inevitable indie authors will begin to fill the production pipelines of film and television producers.” Because indie authors have an advantage in reaching the marketing rapidly with stories “better tuned to audience desires,” they have the advantage over traditional publishers in this area. Additionally, “indies achieve instant market feedback in the form of sales data, reviews, and retailer bestseller rank.”

At SDP Publishing Solutions, we’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead in the rapidly expanding independent publishing market. We’re especially looking forward to working with our current authors and discovering new authors.

SDP Publishing would like to review your manuscript at no charge. Send us a one-paragraph book synopsis (under 300 words), your author bio, and the first chapter of your manuscript. We will offer you some advice and let you know if you are on the right track. Do you have a potential best-seller on your hands? Do you need some polishing? Or shall we go back to the drawing board?

For a more in-depth review, including a sample of our tracked-changes editorial advice on the first 10 pages, and a written, detailed document containing overall editorial suggestions, please send in your full manuscript, including a 300-word book synopsis, author bio, and payment of $150. If you are happy with the review, we’ll send you a quote to complete the editorial process. The deposit will be used toward the total editorial fee.

Please contact us for more information about having your manuscript reviewed. Let us help you become part of the independent publishing renaissance!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copyediting, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

It's a New Year! And the Year to Publish Your Book

“I challenge you, my dear writer, publisher or reader, to take charge of your future. Imagine a brighter and better future ahead, where the culture of books reigns supreme, where more people are discovering, reading, purchasing, publishing, selling, and profiting from books. Imagine a future where more readers than ever before will enjoy a greater diversity of books than ever before. Imagine a future where the power center of the publishing business shifts from traditional publishers to ordinary writers where it belongs.”

~Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords.com, on the Smashwords blog

The New Year’s celebration has come and gone, but it’s not too late to make one last resolution, and make it one that you’ll actually keep. If you’ve been holding on to your manuscript or fragments of one and have it squirreled away, it’s time to bring it out and make this year the year that you publish your book. Chances are it needs some work, but why not seek help in getting it done?

As we discussed in our recent blog post, “I Want to Write a Book. Where Do I Start?” there are a million reasons for procrastinating when it comes to finishing that manuscript. Even though the prospect of writing or publishing seems daunting, if it’s one of your goals, why not push the excuses aside and just start doing it?

There are a few things you can do to help kick-start the process, such as taking a writing class, attending a writing workshop/retreat, or joining (or starting) a local writers’ group. While writing is often viewed as a solitary endeavor, it can be helpful to be around people who can provide support. These types of activities can really help get the juices flowing, provide ideas for how to keep it going, and provide camaraderie for like-minded writers.

As a motivator to help you keep your resolution, SDP Publishing would like to review your manuscript at no charge. Send us a one-paragraph book synopsis (under 300 words), your author bio, and the first chapter of your manuscript. We will offer you some advice and let you know if you are on the right track. Do you have a potential best-seller on your hands? Do you need some polishing? Or shall we go back to the drawing board?

For a more in-depth review, including a sample of our tracked-changes editorial advice on the first 10 pages, and a written, detailed document containing overall editorial suggestions, please send in your full manuscript, including a 300-word book synopsis, author bio, and payment of $150. If you are happy with the review, we’ll send you a quote to complete the editorial process. The deposit will be used toward the total editorial fee.

Please contact us for more information about having your manuscript reviewed. Let us help you keep this one New Year’s resolution!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and self-publishing and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for our authors. Our services include developmental editing and copyediting, book marketing developing pitch proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development, and providing overall book exposure.

“I challenge you, my dear writer, publisher or reader, to take charge of your future. Imagine a brighter and better future ahead, where the culture of books reigns supreme, where more people are discovering, reading, purchasing, publishing, selling, and profiting from books. Imagine a future where more readers than ever before will enjoy a greater diversity of books than ever before. Imagine a future where the power center of the publishing business shifts from traditional publishers to ordinary writers where it belongs.”

~Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords.com, on the Smashwords blog

The New Year’s celebration has come and gone, but it’s not too late to make one last resolution, and make it one that you’ll actually keep. If you’ve been holding on to your manuscript or fragments of one and have it squirreled away, it’s time to bring it out and make this year the year that you publish your book. Chances are it needs some work, but why not seek help in getting it done?

As we discussed in our recent blog post, “I Want to Write a Book. Where Do I Start?” there are a million reasons for procrastinating when it comes to finishing that manuscript. Even though the prospect of writing or publishing seems daunting, if it’s one of your goals, why not push the excuses aside and just start doing it?

There are a few things you can do to help kick-start the process, such as taking a writing class, attending a writing workshop/retreat, or joining (or starting) a local writers’ group. While writing is often viewed as a solitary endeavor, it can be helpful to be around people who can provide support. These types of activities can really help get the juices flowing, provide ideas for how to keep it going, and provide camaraderie for like-minded writers.

As a motivator to help you keep your resolution, SDP Publishing would like to review your manuscript at no charge. Send us a one-paragraph book synopsis (under 300 words), your author bio, and the first chapter of your manuscript. We will offer you some advice and let you know if you are on the right track. Do you have a potential best-seller on your hands? Do you need some polishing? Or shall we go back to the drawing board?

For a more in-depth review, including a sample of our tracked-changes editorial advice on the first 10 pages, and a written, detailed document containing overall editorial suggestions, please send in your full manuscript, including a 300-word book synopsis, author bio, and payment of $150. If you are happy with the review, we’ll send you a quote to complete the editorial process. The deposit will be used toward the total editorial fee.

Please contact us for more information about having your manuscript reviewed. Let us help you keep this one New Year’s resolution!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and self-publishing and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for our authors. Our services include developmental editing and copyediting, book marketing developing pitch proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development, and providing overall book exposure.

The Importance of Professional Reviews for Maximizing Your Book’s Exposure

As an independently published author, you may think the most daunting tasks are over. You’ve published your book! PHEW! However, now that your book is finished, you need to start thinking about the best ways to strategically market and gain exposure for you as an author and your book. The next step is getting people to BUY and READ your book. It’s time to put on your marketing hat and start building an audience in order to achieve success. Continue reading “The Importance of Professional Reviews for Maximizing Your Book’s Exposure”

The Proliferation of Independent Publishing and Predictions for the Future of the Market

Self-publishing, or independent publishing, isn’t something new. In fact, if you think about it, it’s really how publishing truly started. Throughout history, some of our most well-known authors were self-publishers. Ben Franklin used a letterpress and was first and foremost a self-publisher. William Blake published his own work. Virginia Woolf had her own press, publishing much of her own work and the work of many other well-known authors, including T.S. Eliot and Freud. However, even with the proliferation of independent, self-published writers, we still think of “publishing” in terms of the mainstream publishing market, but this notion is changing rapidly. Continue reading “The Proliferation of Independent Publishing and Predictions for the Future of the Market”

Sweet Dreams Publishing is now operating as SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC

I am pleased to announce that Sweet Dreams Publishing is now operating as SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC to reflect the variety of publishing services we offer our authors. We provide all of the services necessary for business professionals – soloprenuers and small businesses – to professionally publish with 100% independence. For authors who want all of the benefits of publishing through our imprint, we continue to publish under SDP Publishing. Continue reading “Sweet Dreams Publishing is now operating as SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC”

I Want to Write a Book. Where Do I Start?

There are probably hundreds of reasons why you haven’t started writing that book. Maybe you think it’s too time-consuming, a lot of hard work, or no one will read it. Maybe you tell yourself, “I’m not a good writer,” “I’m busy raising my family,” “I have too much on my plate at work,” or – and this is one we’ve probably all told ourselves – “It’s something I’ll do later.” The prospect of writing a book may seem daunting, but if it’s one of your goals, why not push the excuses aside and just start doing it?   Continue reading “I Want to Write a Book. Where Do I Start?”

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