Writer.ly | #Publishing a Paperback with #IngramSpark

Abigail Carter at the Writer.ly Community has been gracious enough to share her publishing woes with the world in a generous attempt to make it easier on the rest of us. Though Amazon.com, Kindle, and CreateSpace are pretty ubiquitous to the self-publishing realm, IngramSpark is coming up behind rather quickly. I’ve heard the name tossed around a bit, but this is the first eye-witness experience I’ve seen detailed by an actual author using their system.

From the sounds, it isn’t a slick and smooth process–but, is anything in this business slick and smooth besides the final product? Unlikely. Abigail discusses the design, uploading, and final cost issues of working with IngramSpark and if it was ultimately worth it.

Read the entire article by following the link and enjoy a brief excerpt below.

Publishing a Paperback with IngramSpark – Writer.ly Community.

I decided to publish the paperback version of my book, Remember the Moon with IngramSpark because I felt they had a better ability to distribute my book across a wider range of venues (actual bookstores) than Amazon’s CreateSpace.

At first glance, it seemed like it would be an easy process. Post a pdf of the cover and the interior, upload and voila! Get a proof and you’re off and selling! Of course reality is always more painful.


Writer.ly | 5 (Intended) Tasks for a #SelfPublished Media Plan

At the Writer.ly Community, Abigail Carter takes us along with her publishing journey, and she’s exploring the elements as she faces them–much like other self-published authors are. Here, she’s presented with the obstacle of a media plan to get recognition from a distribution company–just another channel the book must pass through before getting to the local book store.

The distributor asked Abigail to send a copy of her book along with her media plan. Justifiably so, Abigail was taken off-guard–as any one of us might have been–at least the distribution representative was kind enough to give her a quick list of the typical elements.

I think the most important part of Abigail’s article, though, is the fact that she turned to her own connections in order to fulfill the media plan’s requirements. Sometimes, we can forget the power of our own connections.

You can learn from Abigail’s lesson by clicking the link below, and you can enjoy an informative excerpt summarizing the importance of a media plan to a distributor.

The Self-Published Book Media Plan: A List of (Intended) Tasks – Writer.ly Community.

“Media plan?” I said, no doubt sounding like every other naive self-published author he deals with on a regular basis. He went on to explain that the plan would list any readings I had scheduled, how many people invited, attending, etc.; scheduled media events such as radio interviews or TV (as if!) or newspaper articles; a copy of my media release and anything else I had planned around the launch of my book.

Writer.ly | Finding the #Theme of Your #Memoir

I love the memoir genre. In my mind, that truly is the essence of another’s story. It allows for the memory to flit and float around haphazardly as it naturally does, and it allows for a little fantasy on the behalf of the writer and the readers.

So, for any memoir writers struggling with finding the essence of their own story, Abigail Carter, who has published her own memoir and a novel, has compiled 10 easy tips for finding your memoir’s theme. Like Abigail says, “It’s OK to have a whole book written and still not be sure what it is you’re trying to say. In fact it’s common.”

Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and enjoy an introductory excerpt about when Abigail discovered the theme of her memoir–probably a pretty frustrating experience!

10 Tips for Finding The Theme of Your Memoir | Abigail Carter – Writer.ly Community.

I don’t think I truly understood the theme of my memoir until it was published and I began doing radio interviews where the announcers expect short, quippy replies to their questions. I had to make up sound bites on the spot and in doing so I discovered my theme: The silver lining of grief.