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Free Copy of the Next Book: Sign Up Now!

The next Phil Brennan book, A Still, Small Voice, will be published digitally by year end. (The print version won’t be ready until January.)

Here’s a few ways you can be involved, and get cool stuff:

  • Sign up for the newsletter before the next edition (it goes out Thursday, December 15th) and you can request a free advance review digital copy when it’s ready. This free offer is only for folks already on the newsletter list before it goes out.
  • Preorder the print version, and get the digital version free.
  • Share my newsletter link with anyone you know who likes my kind of writing. Copy this link, and paste it in an email, on Facebook, Twitter, wherever: http://JoelDCanfield.com/newsletter/

The preorder page will be ready before the newsletter goes out, but you can preorder any time at all by simply sending $12 to PayPal@Spinhead.com (or for international orders, $25) and tell me it’s for the new Phil Brennan book, A Still, Small Voice.


Catherine, Caffeinated: Self-Printed 3.0

selfprintedsplashbadgeCatherine Ryan Howard taught me how to do a Goodreads giveaway, among other things. Wanna know what she can teach you? Here’s a single Q&A with Catherine, and down below, the scoop on the latest edition of her book Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing.

I asked: Is there any specific data on the ROI for freebies? I’m curious about data like “100 copies given away results in 13 reviews and 3 copies sold” or some such nonsense. Separated by fiction and nonfiction. Also, what’s your opinion on whether such data would have any practical value?

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Launch Print and Digital Versions Simultaneously for Better Sales

Another reason to make both versions available at the same time is to avoid alienating your fans.

“What? No print version?”

“What? No digital version?”

photo http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1115981 by meral akbulut http://www.sxc.hu/profile/merala

Whichever you publish first, someone will feel left out. Don’t miss an opportunity for a sale because you weren’t ready when your fan was ready.

Multi-format sales are slowly bleeding into Amazon. Continue reading “Launch Print and Digital Versions Simultaneously for Better Sales”


Digital or Print? Both! Always Both!

chocolate or peanut butter?For some reason, one of the questions I’m asked most frequently is “Should I publish an ebook, or have it printed?”

Perhaps when I waded into self-publishing I was too ignorant to realize I needed to choose.

Turns out I was right: you don’t have to choose. In fact, doing both simultaneously is efficient and sensible. All the work of preparing your manuscript is the same, whether you’re preparing a digital or printed book. Writing, editing, proofreading: the words will be the same in any version of your book.

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Kindle and Nook, Dead Trees and eReaders: What Does It All Mean?

round and round the dead treeMy illustrator is moving from Florida to Utah this week and wouldn’t be available to chat with y’all about working with an illustrator. We’ll reconnect with Davina next week. This week, let’s talk about digital books, eh?

Some people still think self-publishing = ebooks, that is, digital only. They’re unaware of print-on-demand, assuming that print is only available to traditional publishers, or that you’ll have to print a garage full of books.

Self-publishing means only one thing: Continue reading “Kindle and Nook, Dead Trees and eReaders: What Does It All Mean?”


Font Wars

It has long been accepted among designers that serif fonts are for print and sans-serif for screens (and if you like, display type and headings.)

Alex Poole writes persuasively that this is balderdash; urban myth perpetuated by the ignorant.

I’m going to find a beautiful sans-serif font and use it for the print version of my next mystery.

I already use serif fonts on many of the websites I’ve designed.

So far, nobody’s died from it.