7 Strategies to Make Your Book Stand Out In the Crowd

With the walls of the publishing status quo breached, anyone with a computer and an internet connection can potentially publish a book.  So how do you make your title stand out from all the rest?  Here’s 7 simple tips for standing out among thousands of other authors.

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7 Book Destinations To Put On Your Bucket List

A World Class BookThere are tons of destinations all over the globe excellent for the book lover.  If you find yourself in any of the regions mentioned in our post, try and make time for some of the book-related stops on the way.  Some might be the reason for long drive while others might just be icing on the cake for an already planned vacation.  Sometimes it’s just neat to know they exist.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture

The Cat in The Hat at Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden

If you’re going to be in Massachusetts, try stopping by The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield.  Three large sculpture groupings made possible by generous public and private donations (as well as a federal HUD grant), were crafted by sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates (author Theodor Seuss Geisel’s step-daughter).
The statues are made of bronze and some reach as tall as 14 feet in height.  The park and statues that occupy it were built to inspire and Dr. Seuss drew inspiration for his own work from the neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Storybook Forest

If you travel by Ligonier, Pennsylvania you’ll find a place where storybook characters come alive.  Storybook Forest is a part of Idlewild Amusement and waterpark.  Visitors get a chance to interact with classic storybook characters some of which are dressed up in costume.

Idlewild is one of the nation’s oldest amusement parks and has been in operation since the 1930’s.  Storybook village was added in 1956 and the park continues to be a popular attraction.

The Cincinnati public library

This isn’t your small town library.  The Cincinnati Public Library or PLCH (for Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County), is a public resource whose collection holds about nine million volumes.  This makes it the 12th largest library in the United States.  As of 2008 they had an annual circulation of more than 15 million items.

The inside of the main library is also a breath-taking site and has been in the heart of downtown Cincinnati since 1874.  At the time (and even to this day) it was considered one of the most magnificent buildings in the country.  A notable feature in many images of the building is its towering atrium with skylights on the ceiling.

Quebec’s Garden of Decaying Books

If you’re in Canada and in the mood for a more artistic interpretation of how old and discarded books should be used, check out the Garden of Decaying Books in Quebec.  The area was designed by landscape architect Thilo Folkerts and Canadian artist Rodney LaTourelle.

It’s kind of interesting to think that books, once manufactured using items from nature, will now be reclaimed by it.  Many of the stacks have already begun to grow their own moss and mushrooms.

Library at Biltmore House

Once the largest private home in the United States Biltmore House boasts an impressive at-home library.  Biltmore House is in Ashville, North Carolina and you can take tours of the home year round.  The library is part of the overall tour.

It contains about 10,000 volumes and has a secret passage to George Vanderbilt’s bedroom.  It is said that he used the passage to quickly retrieve or return books in the night.

Research Library at the Skywalker Ranch

It is said that George Lucas (creator of the Starwars series) was a great admirer of motion picture research libraries.  He created his own at the Skywalker Ranch about 40 minutes North of San Francisco.  It was established in 1978 and was originally located in Los Angeles.

Among other materials, the Lucasfilm collection includes over 27,000 titles, over 17,000 feature films, documentaries, shows and clips, periodicals and newspapers, image files, scores and production reports.

Library of Congress

We can’t round off this list without mentioning one of our nations national treasures, the Library of Congress.  It is our nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.  Its mission is “to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people”.

The library was founded in 1800.  At one point in our history it was actually burned by the British and its core collections lost.  The public can take guided tours of the three buildings that house the library’s collections.

What book-related destinations are a must-see for you?  Join in the conversation by commenting below.

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Top Sites to Find a Literary Agent

Shopping a book around to literary agents can be a harrowing and time consuming process; especially when you don’t know where to start.  If you don’t go the self-publishing route, you’ll need to find a publisher to help you produce and market your book.  Literary agents are the ones who can make those conversations happen.

What is A Literary Agent?

These are professionals that act on behalf of authors to represent them for publishing companies.  At first glance, a person like this may seem like an unnecessary middle man however literary agents play a crucial role in the traditional publishing process.

Needless to say, publishing companies are busy.  They don’t have the time or the resources to investigate every manuscript sent their way.  That is why they work with literary agents to find authors who have already been vetted and manuscripts that they know are worth looking at.

A good agent will have contacts in the publishing industry, knowledge of the process, and strategies for getting publishers to bid on your manuscript (or at least for telling you what things need to look like in order for that to happen).

Finding a Literary Agent

Finding a good agent isn’t as easy as looking one up on LinkedIn.  You have to look in the right places or you may end up with someone who doesn’t have your best interest in mind (or worse yet doesn’t know what they are doing).  Here is a list we’ve compiled from other sources on the web.  It should help you get going in the right direction.

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Four Color Printing Tips for Publishers

Manufacturing a book is a pretty intricate process.  Even experienced publishers have questions from time to time.  How do you really know that the files you’ve worked so hard to prepare will really produce the desired end result?  Here are some common elements we see questions on when it comes to four color printing on offset web presses.

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