IngramSpark: The 2024 Platinum Sponsor

IngramSpark: The 2024 Platinum Sponsor

Ingram Spark: The 2024 Women in Publishing Summit Platinum Sponsor

The 2024 Women in Publishing Summit is coming soon and we are excited to announce that Ingram Spark is joining us as this year's platinum sponsor!

IngramSpark is an award-winning independent publishing platform that offers authors and independent publishers access to trade-quality print books, ebooks, and global distribution.

Paige Allen is the Director of IngramSpark and a brand and marketing strategist developing innovative channels for content delivery. She partners with companies and executives to sharpen their professional operations, define their brand identity, and engage audiences for maximum conversion. Paige is passionate about helping people and connecting companies to their right consumer. In addition to her extensive PR and marketing experience, Paige is a trained Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella barbershop singer, and member of Metro Nashville Chorus.

What does Ingram Spark do?

In short, Ingram Spark offers:

  •  Formats: EPUB ebooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers are available in many trim sizes, interior colors, papers, and bindings. 
  • Global distribution: availability to over 40,000 retailers in-person and online, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores and libraries worldwide 
  • Free Education: free resources to help you publish successfully The first step is to create an account. What you need to complete the process: 
  • Credit card to keep on file in your secure account (can be changed at any time or others added) 
  • Tax ID number (because as a publisher, you are also considered a business owner) 
  • Banking information or PayPal information (US) (for direct deposit of what you earn for every book sale) 

Once your account is activated, you can login and upload a book; this is when you enter all of the relevant information about your title. 

Title setup is free, and revisions cost $25.00 per file after the first 60 days of your title being approved for printing. Revisions are free within the first 60 days. A Market Access Fee of 1% of your list price will be applied to any sales through our distribution channels.

IngramSpark also offers distribution for eBooks! IngramSpark ebook channels now include subscriptions, libraries, and more! Your ebooks can be available in more places and more ways, including lending services. Retailers and libraries include iBookstore, Kobo, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Hoopla, EBSCO, OverDrive, Follett, and many more; That’s millions of potential readers accessing your ebook from anywhere.

What kind of author needs Ingram Spark?

Ingram Spark serves professionals in the publishing industry at any point, authors and independent publishers, beginner, intermediate, and advanced and genre doesn't matter! We believe that every author needs Ingram Spark. Regardless of where you are on your author journey, Ingram Spark can provide the insights and resources you need to help further your career. Their efforts in providing various forms of distribution for authors is extraordinary, so we highly suggest you research Ingram Spark to find out more.

How can you learn more about Ingram Spark?

Head on over to the IngramSpark website to see how they can help you get your book distributed!

 

2024 Silver Sponsor: Speak Write Play

2024 Silver Sponsor: Speak Write Play

The 2024 Women in Publishing Summit is excited to announce that Speak Write Play is joining us as a Silver Sponsor this year.

Speak Write Play offers many services for self-publishing authors including editing, proofreading, and translation services. They have skilled content writers, editors, and translators. They work to maintain your voice in order to communicate with your audience effectively. It doesn't matter if you're a first-time author or a seasoned independent author – their services are for everyone!

They provide editing and proofreading services that will ensure that every piece of your content presents you and your brand in the best light. This includes blog posts, articles, newsletters, and more. They strive to help you connect with your audience through content.

And as if that wasn't enough, they also offer translation services. If you're looking to have your book translated to French or Spanish, they have skilled translators that can make it happen.

If you'd like to learn more about Speak Write Play, you can visit their website right here.

SWP has an amazing offer for our conference attendees and community as well. Our community will receive 20% off manuscript editing and French and Spanish book translation services!

We'll have an exclusive webinar with Speak Write Play in 2024 so you can learn all about their services! We have heard great feedback from our community members who have worked with Ethleen and her team!

Get your Women in Publishing Summit ticket.

PublishHER Podcast Episode 109: Getting Started and Completing Your Book with Michelle Vandepas

PublishHER Podcast Episode 109: Getting Started and Completing Your Book with Michelle Vandepas

Starting the book writing process and staying accountable in your writing are important pieces of the author journey. It can be difficult and challenging. Michelle Vandepas of Empower Press and Alexa Bigwarfe discuss this topic, and so many other topics about publishing!

Michelle Vandepas, CEO and founder of Empower Press, joins Alexa Bigwarfe on the PublishHer Podcast to discuss the challenges of starting and completing a writing project. She also highlights the need for accountability in the writing process and the value of setting realistic goals and dedicating time to writing. Additionally, Michelle discusses Empower Press, a new imprint of Grace Point Publishing, and how it supports nonfiction authors in leveraging their books as part of a broader revenue stream. Throughout the conversation, Michelle encourages aspiring authors to persist, stay committed, and understand that building a successful writing career is a marathon, not a sprint.

Don't give up. It's a long game. Continue doing the things, building, and getting out there, even if it takes time to see results. Persistence is key. – Michelle Vandapas

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges and solutions to starting and completing a writing project.
  • The importance of setting realistic goals and accountability in your writing process.
  • Insights into various publishing options and models for authors, including hybrid publishing, giving you the knowledge to make informed decisions about your own publishing path.
  • The challenges of making a living solely from book sales and the need for multiple revenue streams in the writing industry, enabling you to strategize and diversify your income sources.
  • The long-term nature of building a successful writing career and the importance of persistence and adaptability, inspiring you to keep going and evolve as a writer even when faced with setbacks.
  • The FREE webinar they'll be hosting to help authors through the process. 

Importance of Realistic Goals and Accountability

Setting realistic goals is a crucial component of successful writing. A consistent writing routine tailored to individual needs and commitments could play a significant role in achieving these objectives. Additionally, having accountability systems, such as scheduled group meetings or workshops, can ensure that authors remain focused and dedicated, fostering a greater chance of project completion.

Key Takeaways

  • Overcome the difficulties of starting and completing a book so that your ideas don't remain trapped inside your head and instead come to life on the page.
  • Setting realistic goals and establishing accountability in the writing process empowers you to stay on track and successfully launch your book.
  • Explore the various publishing options and models available to authors, including hybrid publishing, enabling you to make informed decisions about how to best share your work with the world.
  • Understand the challenges of relying solely on book sales to make a living as a writer and realize the need for multiple revenue streams in the writing industry, allowing you to establish a more sustainable and profitable career.
  • Embrace the long-term nature of building a successful writing career and recognize the importance of persistence and adaptability, equipping you with the mindset and strategies to navigate the ups and downs of the industry and achieve lasting success.

Memorable Moments:

00:02:18 – Overcoming Writing Resistance,
Michelle talks about the common resistance writers face when starting a project and offers tips for overcoming it. She emphasizes the importance of getting words on paper and finding ways to keep moving the book forward, even if the writing process feels challenging.

00:04:36 – Timing and Self-Sabotage,
The conversation delves into the concept of timing and self-sabotage in writing. Michelle and Alexa discuss how sometimes the timing may not be right for a project, but there are still ways to make progress and move forward. They highlight the importance of honoring both sides of ourselves and finding balance.

00:21:06 – Understanding the Author's Goals and Audience,
It's important for authors to know their goals and target audience. Authors should focus on reaching their specific audience through channels like Amazon and direct marketing to build their business. Personalized marketing strategies are key.

00:31:52 – The Importance of Making Money,
The hosts acknowledge the importance of making money as entrepreneurs. They discuss how money is necessary for a comfortable life and how it serves as a benchmark for business success. They encourage authors to consider their financial goals and find a publishing press that can help them earn back their investments.

00:36:42 – Overcoming Self-Doubt and Starting to Write,
The hosts address the common self-doubt that prevents many people, especially women, from finishing a book. They emphasize that if the desire to write is in one's heart, they should start writing and not worry about the end result. They encourage listeners to reach out for support and take the first step towards their writing goals.

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IngramSpark: The 2024 Platinum Sponsor

Introducing the 2024 Platinum Sponsor: IngramSpark

Ingram Spark: 2024 Platinum Sponsor

We're excited to announce that Ingram Spark is joining us as the platinum sponsor for our 2024 Women in Publishing Summit. 

IngramSpark is an award-winning independent publishing platform that offers authors and independent publishers access to trade-quality print books, ebooks, and global distribution.

Paige Allen is the Director of IngramSpark and a brand and marketing strategist developing innovative channels for content delivery. She partners with companies and executives to sharpen their professional operations, define their brand identity, and engage audiences for maximum conversion. Paige is passionate about helping people and connecting companies to their right consumer. In addition to her extensive PR and marketing experience, Paige is a trained Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella barbershop singer, and member of Metro Nashville Chorus.

What does Ingram Spark do?

In short, Ingram Spark offers:

  •  Formats: EPUB ebooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers are available in many trim sizes, interior colors, papers, and bindings. 
  • Global distribution: availability to over 40,000 retailers in-person and online, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores and libraries worldwide 
  • Free Education: free resources to help you publish successfully The first step is to create an account. What you need to complete the process: 
  • Credit card to keep on file in your secure account (can be changed at any time or others added) 
  • Tax ID number (because as a publisher, you are also considered a business owner) 
  • Banking information or PayPal information (US) (for direct deposit of what you earn for every book sale) 

Once your account is activated, you can login and upload a book; this is when you enter all of the relevant information about your title. 

Title setup is free, and revisions cost $25.00 per file after the first 60 days of your title being approved for printing. Revisions are free within the first 60 days. A Market Access Fee of 1% of your list price will be applied to any sales through our distribution channels.

IngramSpark also offers distribution for eBooks! IngramSpark ebook channels now include subscriptions, libraries, and more! Your ebooks can be available in more places and more ways, including lending services. Retailers and libraries include iBookstore, Kobo, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Hoopla, EBSCO, OverDrive, Follett, and many more; That’s millions of potential readers accessing your ebook from anywhere.

What kind of author needs Ingram Spark?

Ingram Spark serves professionals in the publishing industry at any point, authors and independent publishers, beginner, intermediate, and advanced and genre doesn't matter! We believe that every author needs Ingram Spark. Regardless of where you are on your author journey, Ingram Spark can provide the insights and resources you need to help further your career. Their efforts in providing various forms of distribution for authors is extraordinary, so we highly suggest you research Ingram Spark to find out more.

How can you learn more about Ingram Spark?

Head on over to the IngramSpark website to see how they can help you get your book distributed!