Photo Highlights from Indie Author Day 2016!

We had such a great day at Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 8, at the Tufts Library in Weymouth! Take a look at some of our photos.

Indie Author Day is an event bringing together members of local libraries, writing communities, and indie authors across North America. The event features local authors, book signings, advice from publishers, and an overview of free library resources for writers! 

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Join Lisa Akoury-Ross for Indie Author Day — Tufts Library, Weymouth, MA, Sat., October 8

indieauthordayJoin Weymouth Public Libraries and libraries across North America as they host Indie Author Day, an event bringing together members of local writing communities. This event will feature a panel of local authors, book signings, advice from publishers, and an overview of free library resources for writers! 

At 2 p.m., everyone will join a nationwide digital gathering featuring a Q&A with writers, agents, and industry leaders who will bring together the larger indie community.

Saturday, October 8th, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Tufts Library, 46 Broad Street, Weymouth, MA 02188

Program

Moderator: Maureen Walsh

1:00-1:30         Welcome and What the Library Can Do For You: Kristy Lockhart, Head of Reference & Adult Services

1:30-2:00         Top Ten Questions Authors Should Ask a Publisher Before Committing to One: Lisa Akoury Ross, Literary Agent & Publisher

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2:00-3:00         Indie Author Day Digital Gathering: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd3_iMTcywC0H-zE4dF0JTA

3:00-3:10         Break for refreshments

3:10-4:00         Author Panel:

Lila Dooley, Each Step I Take

  • Michael Lewis, The Great Pirate Christmas Battle, Battle for the Knotty List
  • Maribeth MacDonald, Signing with Maribeth: Baby Sign Language
  • Tom MacDonald, The Charlestown Connection, Beyond the Bridge, The Revenge of Liam McGrew

4:00-4:30         Author Book Signings and Mingling

Register Online: http://www.weymouth.ma.us/weymouth-public-libraries/news/indie-author-day

Writer’s Digest Hosts its 2nd Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards

WD-SP-ebook_600px1 (1)Writer’s Digest 2nd Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards is a competition that spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. This is such a great opportunity for any established or aspiring writer. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter WD’s newest competition, exclusively for self-published e-books.

Deadline: September 2, 2014

You can enter here: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/WDeBookAwards14

Enter your book into one these categories:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction (Includes all sub-genres such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Humor, etc.)
  • Nonfiction (General, Cookbooks, Reference, Guidebooks, Textbooks)
  • Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Children’s Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
  • Poetry

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 cash
  • Interview with winner featured in Writer’s Digest magazine
  • Winner’s name on the cover of Writer’s Digest magazine (subscriber issues)
  • A full 250-word (minimum) editorial review of the winning book
  • $200 worth of Writer’s Digest books
  • 30-minute platform & marketing consultation with Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

The First-Place Winner in each category will receive:

  • $1000 in prize money
  • Recognition in Writer’s Digest magazine
  • A 140-character write-up, perfect for tweeting to fans, followers, and potential new readers
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and be promoted onwww.writersdigest.com.

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from the judges.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-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 copy editing, 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!

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Author’s Corner: Paul Janson, Author of Mal Practice, Talks Medicine and Mystery

PaulJansonSDP Publishing Solutions helps authors in all genres – children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, business, and more – to independently publish their books. We love to keep our readers updated on what’s going on here at SDP, including recently published titles and the authors we work with. In this post, we’re joined by Paul Janson.

Janson spent five years practicing as a physician in the coal mining, Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky. He now lives on a small farm in rural Massachusetts with his wife and children and practices medicine in an emergency department. He is the author of a children’s picture book about the adoption of his two daughters. Mal Practice is his first published novel, and it was recently named a winner of the “Independent Publishers of New England” book award.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When did you start?

College. I was an engineer and turned to medical school when my job disappeared. When I got into medical school I wrote a piece about the transition from Engineering to medicine and got it published.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I find that most of life is interesting. It more a matter of paying attention to what is happening. Most people are more interested in themselves than in other people and so they miss the excitement.

Which writers inspire you?

I will have to say that many current writers do not excite me. I like Sue Grafton and Janet Evanavich, but much of literature is violence and sex and offers no solace or inspiration.

What have you written besides Mal Practice? (Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.) Where can we buy or see them?

I blog regularly on WordPress, and write for Emergency Medicine News. The former is spiritual and the latter is political. I have a total of eight novels complete, but unpublished and a book of poetry. I have also written a screen play titled The Manuscript about a literary agent no less.

Give us an insight into your main character in Mal Practice. What does he/she do that is so special?

Joe is in many ways what I would like to be. He is curious, and thoughtful but quiet in his approach to problems. (There is no MEDICAL malpractice crisis, Malpractice is a LEGAL crisis. The lawyers not the doctors must solve it.) That he solves the crime comes almost as a surprise.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

If Meryl Streep would play either leading lady, I would want to play Joe.

Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Mal Practice a mystery of medicine and murder. A pediatrician is the defendant in a malpractice case when he discovers that his patient was murdered. Soon someone is trying to murder him and he must avoid the murder and the police to bring justice.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Anyone with a love of mysteries and who enjoys the intricacies of medicine will enjoy this book. My background in medicine “shines” according to the Kirkus review, and I think I agree (modestly) with them.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I like them all in their own ways. One of the things not yet obvious is that I like to give characters from my other books small cameo spots in other novels. Laura, who easily unravels the computer for Dr. Nelson (Joe) is one of my favorite characters in my other novels and I loved giving her a piece of this one. Of the leading characters, I think I like the sassy Carolyn, but my respect goes to Joe and Natalie.

How about your least favorite character? What makes him less appealing to you?

Lawrence Marshall. He is the CEO which places him in a group of people that I find myself at odds with and he is … well, a man who kills a four-year-old for money. What else can I say?

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

I have been told that the solution is obvious early in the novel. I would have to agree in that there is only one person that the reader really wants to be guilty, perhaps. A little more mystery might serve well, but on the other hand the enjoyment is the unfolding of the story and so the change might not be so good a thing. In the end, I decided to write another novel and let Mal Practice be what it is.

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

Much of Robin Cook’s writing has a similar cast to it. The plots hinge on the understanding of medicine and he manages to explain it well. This is something I have tried to emulate.

What are you working on right now? What’s it about?

The novel I am working on now is titled Scratch. It is about a cat that knows when people are sick and scratches them so they go to the doctor and are diagnosed and treated. The target audience is young adult.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I was advised once and will offer the same advice: If you wish to write; write. Every piece I write is better than the last and I have yet to write my best work. I enjoy it too, which is great.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I do not like writing about violence. In one of my novels, I had to describe a rape scene and I found it almost intolerable. The lady was not raped, never even injured or disrobed in the sequence, and she was rescued before she was pulled more than a few steps, but I found it possibly the most difficult scene to write about.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

The dialogue just seems to fall out of the character’s mouth sometimes. I cannot even keep up with what they are saying.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get around it?

I don’t think I have yet had writer’s block as described by my colleagues. When I can’t think of what to write, I sit and let the characters write it for me. They always do.

What book/s are you reading at present?

Embarrassing to admit, but right now I am studying the empires before Alexander the Great. The Egyptians. Hittites, Ur etc. History has always fascinated me.

In what formats is your book available?

Soft cover, and e-book, both Kindle and Nook

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write, and write some more. Marketing is important, but you can get very competent people to help with that. First, you must write and write well.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: pauljanson.com

Blog: http://pauljanson.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malpractice.mystery?fref=ts

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-janson/7b/aa5/906

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Janson/e/B00D2N3DFQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5774843.Paul_Janson

What can we expect from you in the future?

Another novel soon

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Write a review of the book. They always help.

Can you give us a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?

One of my favorite scenes is when Joe is talking to Carolyn’s brother Douglas. He says: “If you do this Douglas you will be so famous you will be able to run for president except Carolyn won’t let you.”  You want to know what Douglas has to do and why he wants to run for president. Have to read the book then.

Can you talk a little bit about the process of working with SDP Publishing and going through the process of self-publishing?

Lisa was very helpful particularly for the novice writer that I was. This is a difficult process and the expert help is what is needed.

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) is a leader of self publishing in Massachusetts. We offer optimal self-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 copy editing, 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!

Top 10 Reasons Why Authors Should Self-Publish Their Books

We recently wrote about Guy Kawasaki’s Artisanal Publishing and How It’s Changing Publishing and Kawasaki’s top 10 tips for self-published authors. Kawasaki’s tips can be really helpful for authors who are considering going the self-publishing route. As we discussed, Artisanal Publishing refers to “writers who love their craft, and who control every aspect of the process from beginning to end. In this new approach, writers are no longer at the mercy of large, traditional publishers, and readers will have more books to read.” It’s a revolutionary idea that’s changing the face of publishing. While we’ve been working with authors for years to help them to independently publish, market, and sell their books, it’s great to finally see this kind of validation on a mainstream level.

Still not convinced about the benefits of self-publishing? Kawasaki has put together a list of the top 10 reasons why authors should self-publish their books.

1. Content and design control. Self-publishers can control what’s in a book, how long it is, and how it looks. They only answer to themselves for most aspects of their books.

2. Time to market. Self-publishers can get their book to market in less than a week once it’s copyedited. Traditional publishers take six to nine months to get a printed book to market, and they will not release the ebook version earlier than the printed version.

3. Longevity. Self-publishers can keep their book in print forever—or at least as long as it takes for readers to discover it. Traditional publishers stop marketing a book once sales decline.

4. Revisions. Self-publishers can revise books immediately with online ebook resellers and printers that are working “on demand.” Traditional publishers can take months to fix errors because they print revisions after they’ve sold off current inventory.

5. Higher royalty. Self-publishers can make more money per book. Amazon pays a 35% or 70% royalty to ebook self-publishers. On a $2.99 ebook, most authors make approximately $2.00.

6. Price control. Self-publishers can change the price of their book at will. For example, they can set a lower price to try to sell more copies or set a higher price to communicate higher quality.

7. Global distribution. Self-publishers can achieve global distribution of their ebook on day one. For example, Kindle Direct Publishing will list an ebook in one hundred countries. Apple’s iBookstore reaches 50 countries.

8. Control of foreign rights. Self-publishers determine who buys foreign rights and for how much. They can make more money because they are not sharing foreign-rights revenues with a traditional publisher.

9. Analytics. Self-publishers can receive real-time or near real-time sales results. Traditional publishers provide twice-a-year royalty statements — imagine running a business with two sales reports a year.

10. Deal flexibility. Self-publishers can cut any kind of deal with any kind of organization. Traditional publishers only sell to resellers except for bulk sales of printed books to large organizations.

At SDP Publishing, we know the numerous benefits of self-publishing, and like Guy Kawasaki, we want to help spread the word. We’re currently offering a great promotion to authors who are thinking about self-publishing. To receive your free 45-minute consultation, send us a one-paragraph book synopsis, a brief author bio, a list of comparable titles, and the first three chapters of your manuscript. SDP Publishing Solutions will review and set up time to talk with you to provide direction and recommendations on what you need to do to publish your book and get it on the market!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal self-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 copy editing, 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!

Calling Independent Authors! The 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

We’ve talked a lot about how important it is to garner professional reviews to maximize exposure for your book, so we’d like to let you know about this great opportunity to do just that –The 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards!

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 21st annual self-published competition – the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

Early Bird Deadline: April 1, 2013

Some of the benefits include:

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • Catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!

You can enter your book into one or more of these categories:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Children’s/Picture Books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult Books
  • Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
  • Poetry

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 cash and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City
  • A priceless endorsement for their book from the Writer’s Digest Editors-10 copies of their book for submission to major publishing review houses
  • A one-year membership for Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest not-for-profit trade association representing more than 3,000 independent book publishers, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC
  • Guaranteed acceptance in a special sales catalog and national representation through 1,800 salespeople who sell to non-bookstore markets, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC
  • A one-year membership to Author-U, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC
  • A copy of Show Me About Book Publishing and consultation with Book Shepherd Judith Briles (valued at $500), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC

Nine First-Place Winners will receive:

  • $1,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest
  • A one-year membership to Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC
  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC
  • A one-year membership to Book Central Station where you can find lists of suppliers rated by previous clients, provided by Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC
  • An ebook titled Beyond the Bookstore by Brian Jud (with CD)

All Grand Prize and First Place winners will:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • Receive a copy of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, 4th Edition by Tom and Marilyn Ross
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books

Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and be promoted on writersdigest.com.

All other entrants will receive a brief commentary from the judges along with a link to the entrant’s website (only if the URL is accurate) on writersdigest.com.

You can visit the  Writer’s Digest website for more information about the Self-Published Book Awards and the official rules. 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.

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Early Bird Entry fees are $100 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

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!

Lisa Akoury-Ross of SDP Publishing Solutions to Speak at How to Happily be Self-Published – An All-Day Workshop by the Professionals, March 16, 2013

Saturday, March 16, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, Route 132 in Hyannis, Lisa Akoury-Ross, of SDP Publishing Solutions, will be featured at the Cape Cod Writers Center event, How to Happily be Self-Published – An All-Day Workshop by the Professionals. The event will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

In her session, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Lisa will discuss why self/indie publishing is a viable option for authors today. Who are the top selling indie authors and how did they do it? She’ll discuss three distinct ways to go about publishing, what determines when an author publishes an e-book, print, or both, and the top 10 questions authors should ask an indie publisher before committing to one.

All of these informative workshops will focus on how authors can self-publish their books.

Registration and pre-payment is required. The cost for the day is $65 for CCWC members and $75 for non-members who register by March 14th. For those who do not pre-register, the cost will be $75 for members and $85 for non-members the day of the workshop. For more information and to register, call 508-420-0200 or email writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or use PayPal.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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!