Amazon and Booktrope Announce A New Business Relationship

By Rachel Thompson

As previously announced a few weeks ago on, Booktrope announces a new business relationship beginning with a mutual licensing deal that deepens ties with to a much more significant degree. Booktrope is a Seattle startup that says it’s reinventing publishing by providing efficient, online services to creative teams – authors, editors, designers and others involved in producing books — in order to produce high quality titles for readers at reasonable prices. By all outward appearances, Amazon and Booktrope share a strong commitment to keeping… Continue Reading

How to Get Your Book Banned – Q and A with guest @moha_doha

By Rachel Thompson

Image courtesy of dan / Today I am honored to have Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar (aka MohaDoha) on the blog to talk about how her latest book was banned. Here is her story:  1. So your book is banned…what does that mean? Every book that’s sold in most Middle Eastern countries needs to pass the censor’s approval. Usually this means that it has no sex, atheism, or politics. If it does, then the censor can decline the book, meaning no bookshop in the country can sell it…. Continue Reading

T.M. Frazier Best Seller – How I Did It

By Katherine

How would you feel if you found out that your book sold more than 4000 copies in the first 6 weeks it was for sale? What about if your book had been number one in its (paid) category on Kindle for more than 4 of those weeks? How about if the book had (as of writing this) 99 reviews on Amazon, with a 4.7 star average and not one 1 star review? Would you like to know what the author did to make all of… Continue Reading

Four Ways to Promote Your Book Like a Pro – from Andrea Burnett Public Relations

By Lisa Hazen
Andrea Burnett

Andrea Burnett is a Bay-Area based lifestyle book publicist with more than 20 years of experience. She is the former head of Publicity at Chronicle Books and has run ABPR (on and off) for the last 10 years. Here, she shares some of her tips for getting your book the publicity necessary to earn out that advance. In short? When your book pubs, your job as an author is just beginning. You’ve done the hard work  and the long hours; the mountains of research, and the… Continue Reading

From Emails to a Best-Seller: The Evolution of Buddhist Boot Camp

By Lisa Hazen
Buddhist Boot Camp - interview

Before Buddhist Boot Camp was a best-seller, it was a series of personal emails on life lessons from Timber Hawkeye to his friends. When they started sharing his emails with their friends, Timber posted them all on a blog. The author then self-published the content in paperback. That’s when it caught the eye of HarperCollins Publishers, who published what is now a best-selling, compact hardcover book on mindfulness and inspiration. “The response has been unbelievable,” says Timber. “People were relating to what I had to… Continue Reading

Publish on Amazon Only? One Author’s Perspective

By Lori Culwell

OK, now that you know a little about getting the KDP process started, I want to give you a little perspective on authors who choose to publish there exclusively.   At BEA this year, Guy Kawasaki said that he is doing this, and encouraged authors to stick with Amazon exclusively.  This is not a strategy I personally employ, but I wanted to get the perspective of some who does (and does so successfully!).  So, today I asked one of our contributors here at, Rachel… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Weekly Interview!

By Lori Culwell

Today I will point you toward this awesome article by my friend (and fellow author) Alex Palmer, written for Publisher’s Weekly.  Alex and I spoke at length a few weeks ago about self-publishing, book promotions, and useful tools for authors, and I’m happy to direct our readers to his excellent article today! Leave your comments for Alex below, or over on the PW site.   He’s doing a whole series about self publishing, so I’m sure he would appreciate your comments/ questions/ challenges.

Interview With an Agent: Vicky Bijur

By Lori Culwell

First of all, here is a little bit about today’s interview subject, agent Vicky Bijur: Vicky Bijur runs the Vicky Bijur Literary Agency, which she started in 1988. Vicky has served as president of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) and is currently chair of its Ethics Committee.  Among her clients are NY Times bestseller Laura Lippman, whose novel EVERY SECRET THING was just filmed with Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane, and Elizabeth Banks; NY Times bestseller Lisa Genova, author of STILL ALICE, chosen for 2013 World… Continue Reading

Interview with an author: Stephen Elliott

By Lori Culwell

Today we’re talking with author Stephen Elliott. In case you don’t already know his work, here’s a little about him: Stephen Elliott is the director of the movie About Cherry. In 2013 he will direct an adaptation of his novel Happy Baby. He is the the author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries and the novel Happy Baby. His writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, The Believer, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 and 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2006…. Continue Reading

Interview with Jerry G. Davis, author/ photographer

By Lori Culwell

Q:  Nice job on your website!   Were you always this organized, or has it evolved over the years? A:  I would have to say it evolved in the truest sense of the word. I kept trying things to see what worked, what didn’t, and ended up where I’m at now … and then come to find out I’m now doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. But it was all trial and error for me. Q:  Who made your website?   How many… Continue Reading