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~Last Chance to Buy My Get Published Course for 50% OFF—Cyber Monday Special

If you want to write a book—or if you’ve already written a book and want to become a bestselling author—this post is for you! It’s Cyber Monday in the United States and many online retailers are offering special discounts on their products. I also want to extend a very special offer to you for my […]

4 Reasons You Should Consider Crowdsourced Design for Your Next Big Project

My first experience with crowd-sourced design was four years ago. I sponsored a contest to design a new logo for my blog. I paid $200 and received 280 entries in seven days. I am still using that design to this day, albeit tweaked a bit since the original. Since then, I have sponsored three design […]

3 People You Need to Ignore Online

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to stand in for me. This is a guest post by Jon Acuff, the author of four books including Start. He also founded the Start Conference, a two-day event in Nashville to help you […]

A Surprising Suitor for Amazon Headquarters II

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The planet Saturn joins the nationwide pursuit to be chosen as Amazon's new center.

Showering Babies with Books

One bookshop wraps up new baby gifts with their favorite backlist board books.

True digital transformation requires a customer-first perspective

I was asked by trade mag Digital Content Next to write an article based on my Digital Transformation seminar. Here is an excerpt: Over the past 20 years, the “digital transformation” of the publishing industry has been—for the most part—a slow, incremental process. Show More Summary

How Book Publishing Has Changed and What it Means for You [Podcast S02E07]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the changing world of book publishing. If you are an author—or an aspiring author—this episode is for you. I am always surprised by how many people have either written or want to write […]

Fifteen Second-Grade Authors

A bookstore visit from the future of publishing.

Reading Pictures with Jaime Kim

Sharing the nearly wordless picture book 'La, La, La' at story time with illustrator Jaime Kim.

So You Want to Start a Festival, Part 2

Basking in the glow of a successful Texas Teen Book Fest.

Anatomy of a Picture Book Frontlist

The expectations for and the actual results found in a Spring 2018 sales kit.

If You Give a Bookseller a Suitcase

Regional bookseller conferences fill fall calendars, and remind this writer of a story.

Bookish Halloween Costumes

Costumes made at home featuring favorite literary characters can live long beyond Halloween.

A Mischief of Mice

An artistic tribute to literature's most beloved rodents.

Will ‘City of Brass’ Cover the 1002nd Arabian Night?

If Scheherazade needed to buy more time, would she choose S.A. Chakraborty's debut novel?

October Treats (No Tricks)

Tips on celebrating Halloween throughout October in the bookstore.

Guest Post: Justina Ireland on Nurturing Souls (and Zombies)

Why this YA author is inspired to create characters not content with letting history shape their destinies.

Digital transformation: A seminar for senior management

This presentation represents a full day workshop for senior executives designed to help define and execute digital transformation programs within their businesses. Digital transformation: A seminar for senior management from Michael Cairns

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