So you wanted to be an author! Even before you are published there is so much to learn in this industry that it is so overwhelming. While this is not your average 'cookie-cutter' industry, there are some resources that I highly recommend that can assist you. From your writing to growing your audience, marketing, and becoming a successful author. The recommendations made are for goods and services that I have personally used and think will be useful to other authors, so you can rest certain about that. The more resources and tools that I test, the more I can recommend, therefore you may want to bookmark this page and check back often for updates.
One of the best resource tools for all authors is Publisher Rocket. This tool helps you to find categories and keywords on several Amazon marketplaces. It shows you the number of sales needed to rank in the top 10 and helps you with specific keyword targeting for Amazon Ads. A MUST-HAVE!!!
One of the most important aspects of printing a children's book, especially one that is filled with full-color illustrations, you need a reputable printing service. POD (print-on-demand) will not give you options such as paper weight, the vibrancy of colors, cover finishes, and so on, not to mention the pricing is higher.
I am often asked who prints my books, I have used a few but after obtaining samples from a variety of printing companies Canadian, and USA printers, and a few from China, I have switched from my current printing company to CMYPrinting in China. Tom has provided exceptional service, is very accommodating, and has good attention to detail. A few clients even commented that they "love the upgrade"
While everyone has their standards and requests, and what works for one may not for another, if you are looking for a printing company reach out to Tom for a quote.
What better way to compliment your book than with your very own character plushie? After searching multiple companies in Canada, the USA, and overseas, and obtaining many samples and prototypes, I am excited to announce that after 3 years, we have a winner! Bentley Plushies are on their way. The sales agent/manufacturer has been very professional, provided quick replies, followed up with options to make a better plushie, and was patient as we went through the tweaks. While plushies are a very personal item and are custom, prices, fabrics etc. vary. I highly recommend you reach out to Anna at email@example.com and mention code: BH2023 for priority pricing/quotes.
Look at how adorable Bentley is!!!
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