11 More Ways to Defeat Writers Block

Writers’ block challenges even the most prolific writers at times, and a lot of times, the only way to overcome it is to trick your brain into moving the project forward. Last month, we presented nine ways to defeat writers’ block, but these were just a few simple ideas on how to do it. This month we here at InstantPublisher will present eleven more in-depth ways to defeat writers’ block.

1 – Beat It Out

No, this does not mean punch yourself in the face or beat someone else up. This technique called “story beating” helps you break down your story into small chunks. Divide these chunks into essential scenes in your novel or story.

A good story beat should include the following information:

  • The character(s) who are involved in this scene.
  • The location where the action takes place
  • The problem or conflict the character(s) encounter within the scene
  • Specific detail or language to include within the scene as a line of dialog, descriptive detail, or feeling or tone to present (not essential, but nice to have)

All of this information can fit on an index card. You can then arrange and re-arrange the index cards to organize your story as you write. The great thing about story beats is that you can write up the significant scenes that you know you want to include within the book and add more of them as you learn and understand the flow of your story.

2 – Outline It

Outlining is equivalent to story beats for non-fiction projects (although many writers use outlines for fiction projects). Many writers resist outlining because they feel it stifles their creativity. This is simply not true. Your outline does not have to be a formally organized (1,2,3; a,b,c; i,ii,iii) indented approach. It can be a series of notes on a single sheet of paper listing all of the important information you want to cover in your project. You can also create the outline of notes on index cards to provide flexibility in organizing your project. An outline can be as simple as a list of topics you want to write about in your project, or full-blown sentences and notes to include within the book’s final draft.

3 – Design Your Book Cover

Sometimes the best approach to beating writers’ block is a misdirection. In this case, you are working on something completely different to spark the imagination. Taking time to design the book cover for your book is a great way to distract your blocked mind while still moving forward with the project. Even if you don’t use your book cover design, it will give you, or the custom book cover artist you hire, some ideas for the final book cover art. Here are some tasks you can do to help with your book cover design:

  • Select stock images or photos you’d like to use for your cover
  • Find a good model for your lead character for the book cover
  • Review cover designs for books similar to yours already for sale. Do you see any patterns or obvious “dos and don’ts?” What cover designs do you like?
  • Select font types and sizes for your cover
  • Look at various color schemes for the cover

4 – Storyboard It

This technique is favored by writers who are more skilled at drawing, but you don’t have to be a skilled visual artist to use it. Storyboards have been used for decades in the movie industry to help writers and directors visualize the scene. Comic book writers and artists also use this technique to map out a story’s look and feel. So sketch out a pivotal scene or a scene that gives you trouble in a series of comic panels. Again no fancy artistry is needed; stick figures and rough shapes are good enough.

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5 – Eliminate Distractions

What is distracting you from your writing project? Is it your messy, disorganized desk? Spend an hour cleaning it up. Losing focus by looking out of the window and daydreaming? Close your blinds. Getting distracted by social media or news on the internet? Shut it down (at least temporarily) during your writing time. There are applications such as Freedom and RescueTime can help if you have trouble doing it on your own.

Bottom line: Figure out what is pulling you away from your writing and try to mitigate these challenges to get back to your writing.

6 – Write a Synopsis

Agents use synopses to get a summary of the story. It is essentially a high-level overview of the characters, plot, and unique features of the story. The synopsis should not be longer than one single-spaced typewritten page (or around 500 words). Do not leave any significant story twist out of the story to preserve the surprise.

7 – Step Away from the Project for a Day or Two

Sometimes the best way to work through writers’ block is to let it sort itself out on its own. Allow your subconscious mind to continue working on the problem while you focus on other things. Work on other projects, write in your journal, read a book, whatever it takes to distract your mind from the problem at hand.

8 – Write a Letter

Write a letter to a close friend, loved one, or ideal reader that describes the problem from your perspective. Tell them about the story, the challenges you are encountering, and what you think might be causing the block. Explain the story in detail and what you hope to get from writing the story in the first place.

9 – Create an Elevator Pitch

Elevator pitches work for fiction or non-fiction projects. The technique helps you quickly boil down to the essence of your project so that you can clearly communicate it to that famous agent you happen to run into on an elevator. You have exactly 30 seconds to impress the agent, so tell him/her what your project is about, who would want to read it, and what other projects your project is similar to.

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For example, a elevator pitch comparison for Susanne Collins book, The Hunger Games might be presented as a combination of the reality TV show Survivor, and Richard Connell’s famous short story, “The Most Dangerous Game.” This story where a big game hunter decides to hunt humans for sport is not a far leap from the savage games presented in the world of Panem.

10– Make a List of Questions About Your Project

Take 15 to 30 minutes and generate a list of questions that you think you need to answer before continuing your formal writing on the project. Write them down as fast as you can. They don’t need to perfect, and you won’t necessarily need to answer all of them to move forward with your writing. Sometimes just asking the question is good enough to spark your creativity and push you forward.

11 – Just Start Writing

If you just can’t seem to get anything going, simply set an easy “low-hanging fruit” writing goal today for you to achieve. The goal should be ridiculously easy to achieve, so you won’t resist doing it, and once you reach that goal, you can consider your writing work for the day done and go on with the rest of your day guilt-free. Here are some examples of “low-hanging fruit” writing goals.

  • Sit at your desk for 15 minutes and try to work on your writing project. Don not get up, look away, or do any online research for the story. Just sit at your computer and try to move forward with your writing.
  • Re-read the work you did in your last writing session and write one paragraph.
  • Write one sentence.
  • Research critical information for your writing project for 10 minutes.

Sometimes just sitting down to write with low-expectations, you’ll discover that your brain will want to continue working on the project once you get started.

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What technique do you use to break through writers’ block? Let us know by leaving a reply below.

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4 Questions to Help You Set Realistic Writing Goals for Your Book

By the beginning of March, most authors have given up on their New Year’s resolutions to write a book and publish their own book. Maybe you don’t think you have enough time, or that things have gotten too hectic at home or work, etc., but these are just excuses. Maybe the real reason that you have given up is that the goals you set for yourself were not realistic in the first place. How do you set realistic writing goals for your book? Getting answers to the following questions is an excellent place to start.

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1–Who Are You Writing For?

Figuring out who the audience is for your work can help you focus and identify what kind of information the audience is looking for (non-fiction) or what the reader expects to see (fiction). Thinking about every aspect of your ideal reader is essential. Here are a few things to think about when identifying the audience for your book:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Education level
  • Hobbies and personal interests
  • Favorite books and authors
  • Occupation/Income Level

Even if you are not sure who your ideal reader might be, take a guess—the more specific your ideal reader profile, the better. You can always refine your description as you write.

2–Why Are You Writing the Book?

This is a question that is often overlooked when beginning the writing process. Still, it is crucial because it closely ties to your motivation and the objectives you want to accomplish by writing the book. Here are a few examples of reasons:

  • For your personal satisfaction
  • To create a family history for a small group of family and friends
  • To share an account of your personal experiences so that others may learn from them
  • To reach #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List
  • To share your knowledge and build a platform for the professional speaking circuit

The reasons are as unique as each individual starting out on their book-writing journey.

3–What Critical Information Should Be Included in the Book?

For non-fiction books, this is easy. If you have a clear idea of what your project is about, you will probably know what questions need to be answered by your book. You will know the people, the places, or events involved with the book’s subject. You may also need to research specific information to help support the overall thesis of the book.

For fiction, this is a bit more subjective. But readers, especially readers of genre fiction, have certain expectations when it comes to story. Readers of science-fiction novels expect futuristic technology, aliens, robots, and spaceships in the story. Many types of romances need to include a “happily-ever-after” ending. For fiction, a lot of this information depends on the specific type of fiction you are writing. Read several books similar to the kind of book you want to write to identify these expectations.

4–How Much Time Can You Devote Toward Writing Your Book?

This is extremely important and one of the questions that writers often fail to answer realistically. It is unrealistic to say that you can write four hours a day, seven days a week, if you have a full-time job, four kids, and two dogs. But you may be able to dedicate 15 to 30 minutes each day for your writing project.

Another approach is to ask yourself: “What am I willing to give up to write this book?” This might mean giving up your nightly Netflix watching or reducing the amount of time you spend socializing with friends, on social media, or aimlessly surfing the Web. In order to take your writing seriously, you will need to make sacrifices to do so. If you are not willing to make these sacrifices, you may not be serious about writing a book.

Answer These Questions at the Beginning of Your Writing Process

Spending 15 minutes freewriting answers to each question is a great way at the start of your writing project to focus on it and give you direction on what goals you need to meet to finish your book. Getting this information down on the page is one way to clearly define what you want to write about and make your writing goals realistic and achievable.

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9 Ways to Beat Writers Block

Every author has struggled with writer’s block at some point during their writing life. It is one of the most common issues encountered by both amateur and professional writers everywhere. In order to see your book end up in print, you must be able to smash through writer’s block.

1 – Establish a Writing Habit

Pliny the Elder said it best, “Nulla dies sine linea.” Translation: “Not a day without a line.” Even as far back as the early days of the Roman Empire, when Pliny the Elder lived, writers understood the importance of a daily writing habit. The only way to be sure that you find the time each day to write is to do it every day. And don’t miss days.

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In modern times this works just as well. Jerry Seinfeld, yes that Jerry, made a habit in his early career to write one new joke every day and had a calendar next to his desk where he drew a big red X over that day after he completed his joke each day. He did it the next day and the next day, creating an unbroken chain of days where he wrote every single day. The more days you write and keep the chain intact, the more pressure you have to keep your streak alive. This is the essence of creating a writing habit.

2 – Write at the Same Time Each Day

This method is related to method #1 above. Your brain is wired to love routine. Routines and habits mean the brain expends less energy to operate, and the brain likes that. So, writing at the same time each day reinforces that writing habit.  Having a daily writing ritual is a way to prime your brain and let it know that it is time to write. This is a prevalent habit for almost all successful, best-selling authors.

3 – Set a Strict Deadline

Nothing inspires creativity like a rigid, tangible deadline. Did you ever have a paper due that you knew about weeks in advance, and you couldn’t even think of a topic for the paper, let alone write the paper itself, until the night before it was due? Suddenly, fueled by adrenaline and panic, a great topic presents itself, and you plow through writing the paper in one marathon session. The problem with writing for yourself is that you do not have anyone giving you deadlines (most of the time), and you need to do this for yourself.

4 – Free Yourself to Write Badly

No writers write pretty first drafts. This is the truth about the writing life. So you need to permit yourself to write the worst crap on the face of the earth–just as long as you write something. Most of the hard work of writing happens when you fix up that terrible first draft.

5 – Warm Up Before Each Writing Session

An excellent way to start each writing session is by having a short 10 to 15-minute freewriting session where you write about whatever is on your mind or bothering you that day. This helps get those thoughts and worries out of the way so you can focus on the real work of writing.

6 – Write the Easy Parts First

Getting stuck in the middle of a writing project is never easy. Many people think you need to write sequentially, beginning with page one and not stopping until you reach the words “The End.” But who says that you must write this way? If you find yourself stuck and don’t know what you will write next, skip ahead to the next part where you know what you need to write about. There is nothing wrong with writing a story out of sequence. In fact, many–if not most–writers write out of sequence. So don’t be afraid to skip to the next part of your manuscript where you know what needs to be written next and go back and build the connections from the previous scene to the next scene at another time.

7 – Work in a New Location

Sometimes all it takes to break through a writer’s block is a change of scenery. Going to a coffee shop or the library might be enough to kick your mind into gear just because of the novelty of the change. You can do this at home by writing outside or in a different location within the house. If you are stuck, give this a try.

8 – Get Active

Sometimes the best way to deal with writer’s block is to move your body by taking a walk or working out. Moving helps wake up your body and mind, and doing something other than writing might be just what you need to get a breakthrough.

9 – Change Your Tools

If you usually write by sitting in front of a computer and typing into your word processor, try writing long-hand in a notebook or sketching out scenes in a storyboard format. If you usually write using a ballpoint pen, try using a fountain pen or even crayons to change up the process and approach.

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Once you have broken through your writer’s block and have finished your book, send it to InstantPublisher. InstantPublisher is a full-service book printing and binding company that has served self-published authors since 2004. We are an affordable option for self-published authors everywhere. To learn more, contact us at 1-800-259-2592, fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com to get more information about our book publishing services.

3 Benefits of Using Bulk Mailing Services for Book Publishing

One of the most important parts of the book publishing process is getting the books in your readers’ hands. In other words, sales and distribution. But this can be costly and eat into your profits if you don’t manage this expense well.

What is a Bulk Mailing Service?

A bulk mailing service can process your mailing list to make sure that it is CASS-certified. CASS stands for Coding Accuracy Support System and is a certification system used by the US Postal Service (USPS) to validate mailing addresses. This process standardizes your mailing list, updates outdated addresses, and verifies that existing addresses are valid and complete. A good bulk mailing service uses Intelligent Mail barcodes to help process the mail quicker and provide the customer with less expensive postage options when shipping your books.

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1 – Bulk Mailing Services Save Time

Sure, you can ship the books yourself, but this takes time, and sometimes a lot of time, especially if you have an extensive mailing list. Standardizing the mailing process automates the mailing process somewhat, allowing you to spend more time on what you do best: writing and publishing more books.

2 – Bulk Mailing Services Save Money

Postage costs when you have many packages to send are expensive, especially if you pay the standard postage cost. Bulk mailing services get you the best discounted commercial rates based on the size, weight, and the number of books you sell.

3 – Bulk Mailing Services Reduce Mailing Mistakes

Because bulk mailing lists are CASS-certified, the mailing addresses are verified and corrected, if necessary. This saves you time and money when shipping your book, ensures happy customers, and improves your mailing list’s overall quality and accuracy. Wrong or outdated addresses are flagged and either updated or removed from your mailing list altogether.

The time and cost savings of using a bulk mailing service make it worth it alone but eliminating the uncertainty and aggravation of handling the postage yourself is an added benefit.

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What All Self-Publishing Authors Should Know About Copyright

Copyright is one of those confusing gray areas in the world of self-publishing surrounded by misconceptions, but the whole process is quite simple.

What is Copyright Protection for a Book?

A copyright protects an author’s work from being stolen, reproduced, and sold without your consent. This protection establishes you as the author of the work and declares it to the government—namely the U.S. Copyright Office. A copyright mark claims the right to make copies, distribute, create derivative works, or display or perform your work publically. These rights are yours until you decide to sell them. For example, when you publish a novel or short story, you are not selling the story itself, but the right for the publisher to print and distribute your story.

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How Do I Get a Copyright for My Work?

It is very simple. You already have it. From the time you begin filling a blank page with words until 70 years after your death your words are protected. Even though there is a severe taboo within the publishing industry for stealing another author’s work, to be fully protected, you need to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Unfortunately, this process costs money. The cost of filing an electronic copyright claim is $35 at present. You can register it at the copyright.gov portal. This certifies you as the owner of a written work, and provides you legal protection against copyright infringement, and allows you to sue for up to $150,000 damages and attorney fees if someone tries to violate it.

Do I Have to Register My Copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office?

No. But you do not get the legal protections mentioned above if someone steals your work to claim it as their own.

How Do I Present the Copyright on My Book?

Simply type the word “Copyright” insert the copyright symbol—that weird symbol with a small c in the middle of a circle like this ©. This can be found under the Symbol function on most word processors. And then add a notice of what rights you are reserving for yourself. Most people simply enter “All Rights Reserved.”

Example Copyright © 2021 Jane Doe

There are more extended versions of copyright statements that you can use if you wish. Just pull a book off the shelf and flip through a few pages in the front of the book until you find the copyright page. Replicate what you see there, find a copyright page template online, or allow your book publishing services company design it for you as part of the book manuscript format.

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8 Factors That Determine How Long It Takes to Print Your Own Book

Once you have your book written and ready to publish, you want to know how long it will take to print to get the book in your hands. Many factors determine how long it takes to print your own book. Generally speaking, the number of options selected for the publishing process significantly impacts how long it will take to print the book. Here are a few of the factors that influence the amount of time it takes to print your book:

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1 – Number of Copies

The larger the number of copies you want to be printed, the longer it will take to print them. Twenty-five books will take a lot less time to print than 1000 books.

2 – Book Binding Type

A softcover perfect-bound bookbinding takes anywhere from 25% to 50% of the time it takes to print the same book as a hardcover book. For example, at InstantPublisher, a perfect-bound softcover book with a color cover takes between 7 to 10 business days, where a hardcover takes about 20 business days to print the same book.

3 – Black & White or Color Print

Adding color to a book, whether this is color to a book cover, or colored illustrations within the book adds time to the production process.

4 – User-Provided Content

Suppose the user provides a printer-ready manuscript, including the cover, all illustrations, and other content to the book printer’s specifications. In that case, it will take less time to get the manuscript ready to transform into a printed book. On the other hand, if you do not follow the book printer’s exact specifications, it could take a lot longer to fix the errors and get the manuscript ready to print.

5 – Illustrations

Color illustrations add time and cost to the book’s printing costs. If you need to hire an artist to help create the graphics, you will add the amount of time it takes for the illustrator to complete the work to your satisfaction to your publishing process.

6 – Time of the Year

Some times of the year are business than others for printing books. If the printer is very busy with many projects, it may take the printer awhile to find more help to print the books, juggle their schedule, and get it done.

7 – Book Manuscript Design and Layout

If your book manuscript and layout have already been completed and meet the self-publishing company’s specifications; In that case, you will cut down on the review time for your book significantly and get it through the printing process a lot faster than if you have the printing company lay out the book manuscript for you.

8 – Cover Design

If you design your own book cover, or hire an artist that is not associated with the publisher; In that case, you will save time by avoiding the need to select an available book cover template or waiting on the printer’s preferred cover designer to get you on the schedule to get the cover design done.

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15 Elements of Front Matter to Consider When Setting Up the Book Manuscript Format

What is front matter exactly? In the publishing industry, the front matter is the content in the front of the book before the book’s main content begins.

Why is Front Matter Important?

Readers expect every book to include appropriately formatted front matter. Failing to include the front matter for a book signifies that the author is an amateur or merely unprofessional. When designing the final draft of your self-published manuscript, the best approach is to design the front matter the same way that traditional publishers do it. To do this successfully, you need to know what each section of the front matter does and what it is used for.

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1 – Praise for the Book or Author

In almost every book printed by a traditional publisher, the first page inside the front cover is a page of pull quotes praising the book. The praise page is something many readers will look at before deciding to purchase the book. This is why getting blurbs or quotes praising the author or the book is so important. This page provides “social proof” about the book or author.

2 –About the Author

Front matter does not always include an About the Author page. Sometimes this page is not included in the front matter and gets moved to the back matter. But if it is placed upfront, it appears on the flipside of the Praise for the Author page.

3 –Other Books by Page

If there is no About the Author page, then the Other Books By page is on the flip side of the Praise for the Book or Author page. This lists the other books the author has published.

4 – Title Page

This page lists the title and author’s name for the book–usually in large print in the center of the page.

5 – Copyright Page

Also known as the Imprint or Credit page, this page contains the book’s copyright notice, publication date, edition number, publication information, catalog data, legal notices, and ISBN. This page also may include credit information for design, editing, illustration, and production (when applicable).

6 – Dedication

Not all books have them, but when they do, they are typically on the page opposite the Copyright page.

7 – Epigraph

The epigraph is a quotation that the author includes because it has some special meaning to the book or the author. It is usually inserted on the page opposite the Table of Contents or opposite the book’s first page.

8 – Table of Contents

The TOC is a list of all the chapters or major sections of the book, commonly used in non-fiction works and occasionally in fiction works.

9 –List of Figures

Occasionally included in complex non-fiction books, the List of Figures provides the titles and page numbers for each illustration in the book.

10 – List of Tables

The List of Tables is similar to the List of Figures above. It lists the page number and title for any reference tables included in non-fiction books.

11 – Foreword

A Foreword is a letter of sorts about the book (or author) written by someone else.

12 – Preface

Prefaces often are confused with Forwards, but the main difference between them is that the author writes the Preface for the work.

13 – Acknowledgments

The Acknowledgments page is where the author thanks those who helped with the book’s creation and production.

14 – Introduction

An Introduction provides a high-level overview of the book that often includes its goals, context, and organization for the reader.

15 – Prologue

A Prologue is like an Introduction to a work of fiction. It often sets the story’s scene or provides critical background information about the tale from a character’s point-of-view within the story itself.

Providing properly formatted front-end matter is what readers expect when opening a new book, and with high-quality manuscript

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5 Qualities That the Best Self-Publishing Book Companies Have in Common

Self-publishing is a highly competitive business with numerous book printing services competing for your hard-earned dollars. As a result, it is in your best interest to do research to discover how to identify a high-quality self-publishing company to partner with to help make your writing dreams come true.

1 – Fast, Reliable Service

The best self-publishing companies can deliver high-quality books within a reasonable timeframe. They have the equipment and capability to deliver your books to meet critical dates such as providing them for a holiday book fair, a presentation or conference, or any other time-critical event. These companies have solid processes in place to anticipate possible issues and mitigate them before they even occur.

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2 – Friendly & Knowledgeable Support

Self-publishing your own book is a large investment, and you will undoubtedly have lots of questions. An excellent self-publishing book company will take all of the time necessary to answer all of your questions, provide you resources to assist you with the publishing process, and explain the process each and every step of the way.

3 – Fair and Affordable Pricing

An excellent self-publishing book company is upfront with the pricing on their printing services, clearly stating what you get for the price. These companies are always honest with you and have a standard pricing system that they use for every order. In fact, they may even have a book pricing calculator already on their site. Superior self-publishing book companies may even offer price matching for similar jobs from other publishing companies.

4 – High-Quality Printed Products

A superior self-publishing book company delivers top-notch printed output including excellent bindings, clear, crisp printing, and a quality that is equal to that of any book printed by “traditional” publishers. If there are problems with the final product, the book printer will fix it.

5 – Numerous Publication Services and Options Available

An excellent self-publishing book company not only prints the books, but offers supplemental services such as custom book covers, book manuscript formatting, and services related to marketing the book, and much more. These services are not mandatory in order for the book to be printed and are priced at reasonable rates.

The book printer offers many different page sizes, binding options, color or black and white typesetting, and other customizations in order to make sure that the finished product meets the author’s specific requests.

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5 Things to Look for in a High-Quality Annual Report Printing Services Company

One of the most important public-facing documents that businesses produce is the annual report. This is a critical line of communication between the company and its shareholders and customers. Because of this, it has to make a great impression. One of the best ways to make a great impression is to deliver a high-quality printed annual report that is bound professionally and uses color and design to tell the readers an important story.

1 – Provides a Variety of Binding Options

Annual reports come in all sorts of sizes. Short 16- to 32-page reports from small companies, to huge reports that provide hundreds of pages of content. Because of this, annual reports should have multiple binding options available to meet the company’s specific needs. From large perfect-bound reports, to smaller saddle stitch reports the high-quality annual report printing company can deliver the report in the binding that is right for you.

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2 – Fast Turnaround Times

Annual reports tend to be delivered at important scheduled events and are often worked on up until the last minute, which means that whatever annual report printing company you use needs to be able to turn the final draft of your annual report into high-quality printed copies quickly.

3 – Familiarity with the Annual Report Format

It helps if the custom printing service you select is familiar with annual reports and the typical production challenges that occur during the printing process. Familiarity with annual reports may allow an attentive printer employee to spot a problem such as a misaligned column of numbers on a page, typographical errors, or missing information in the annual report, allowing it to be corrected before completing the print run it its entirety.

4 – Makes Recommendations in Your Best Interest

There are many printing options available to you when printing annual reports. Depending on your audience, you may want to go with full-color, photo-rich content, gloss-coat card stock for the cover, and perfect-bound reports. There is almost no limit to the amount of money you can spend on printing an annual report. But do you need to spend that much money? An excellent annual report printer will help you select the options that are best for you and your audience, even if that means walking away from some extra money for excessive options as part of the sale.

5 – Look for a Partner in the Process

An excellent annual report printer wants to create the best possible annual report within your budget that is right for your target audience. They focus on building long-term relationships with their customers so they can get repeat business. They work with you, make helpful suggestions, and deliver the best possible annual report for your customers.

Let InstantPublisher Be Your Partner for Annual Report Printing Services

InstantPublisher has considerable experience producing, printing, and binding annual reports. Our experience with book printing services provides that right blend of skills necessary to produce world-class annual reports. Contact us at 1-800-259-2592, fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com to get more information about our annual report printing services.

5 Off-Beat Ways to Promote Your Self-Published Book

The ways of promoting a self-published book are only limited by your imagination, but here are a few inexpensive ways to get the most out of your promotion dollars for a self-published book marketing campaign.

1 – Create a Facebook Author Page

Social media is replacing the traditional “word-of-mouth” that helps identify and promote popular books. Getting a presence on social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, as well as Facebook, are free ways to build an audience for your book and promote it to your interested readers. This helps establish a central location for your fans to meet up and communicate with you. It is also an awesome way to announce the release of new projects, provide links to your author website and other articles and books you have published online. Keep fans engaged using discussions, polls, and the occasional giveaway to maintain an active presence on Facebook.

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2 – Promote the Book on YouTube

Another social media platform that is often overlooked for authors is YouTube. Consider doing a live book reading of the first couple of chapters of your book using a YouTube Premiere event. Another way to promote your book on YouTube is to have a Q&A session with fans on camera or answer their questions in a “Dear Abby-like” format. You can also deliver some sort of presentation or TED talk-like event on a topic that might be of interest to your audience.

3 – Create a Book Trailer

The trailer has been a staple of movie promotion for decades now, and with the advent of the internet–along with inexpensive video design and production capabilities–has made producing a high-quality book trailer an easy way to generate some publicity for your books in an oversaturated market. Why not look at creating a book trailer as a concise way to build buzz about your book and target a specific audience for it.

4 – Donate Books to Target Audience

One great way to build and expand your target audience is to donate copies of your book to groups, organizations, or locations where your target audience gathers. This is an especially good strategy for non-fiction self-published books.

Both fiction and non-fiction are popular at senior centers, retirement homes, hospitals, churches, libraries, and locally-owned book stores.

5 – Host a Virtual Book Club Meeting

During the time of COVID-19, meeting in-person is not only impractical but also unsafe. Many libraries and bookstore-based book discussion groups have taken their gatherings online using software such as Skype or Zoom to meet virtually.

Prepare a list of discussion questions about your book specifically designed for book club discussions and include it with your book. Also provide a means for book club organizers to reach out to you and schedule an online book group meeting that includes you, the author. Readers absolutely love book club meetings that include the book’s author.

InstantPublisher is Your Partner for Self-Publishing Success

InstantPublisher is a full-service self-publishing book printer that provides a variety of services to help support your self-publishing efforts. These include book covers and custom book cover designs, interior book design, and custom printing services to provide promotional materials for your books such as bookmarks, calendars, posters, flyers, and much more. Get more information about these services by calling 1-800-259-2592, filling out our online contact form, or sending an email to questions@instantpublisher.com.