We’ve moved to Bookworks.com/blog!

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Have you noticed a lack of updates here on bookworksblog.wordpress.com? That’s because we’ve created a new, more official-looking blog over at Bookworks.com/blog, which, as you can see, syncs up much more nicely with our official website. So update your bookmarks accordingly!

While the new blog looks much nicer and more professional, it’s still powered by WordPress, so you’ll be able to comment, like and share our posts in exactly the same way you do here. If you’re following BookWorks on WordPress, you should also still be seeing our posts appear in your reader as well (though we’re still working the kinks out there in some places!).

Thanks again for supporting us! We can’t wait to see you on the new blog!


Are you a Self-Improvement Author? Then Check Out The Books for a Better Life Award


If you’re just starting out and trying to get some buzz as an author, then submitting your book to different reputable awards and competitions can be a great way to get some recognition for your efforts. Even if you don’t win or place at all, competing in these contests might just get you even more motivated to work on your book and think about it in a critical way!

One of the best things about book awards is there’s one for practically every category or genre of book — including self-help and inspirational books, which are huge in the nonfiction self-publishing world. In fact, the deadline for one of the first ever self-improvement book awards to ever exist is coming up soon! It’s called the Books for a Better Life Awards, and over the past 18 years it’s honored over 600 authors and raised more than $1.9 million to research cures and treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Want to hear more? Here’s the official press release

The 18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards hosted by Meredith Vieira are pleased to recognize Mark Bittman and Richard Pine along with special guests Arianna Huffington and Lee Woodruff on March 10, 2014, at the TimesCenter in NY. Net proceeds will benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


The Awards are now accepting submissions with a 2013 copyright date in the following ten categories: Childcare/Parenting, Cookbook, First Book, Green, Inspirational Memoir, Motivational, Psychology, Relationships, Spiritual and Wellness. For complete details, please visit books.MSnyc.org.


 The deadline to submit books for consideration is Tuesday, October 15th, 2013. Finalists will be announced in November at books.MSnyc.org and winners will be made public at the event in March.


For complete details on our submissions process, DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY GUIDELINES HERE and to submit books please DOWNLOAD AN ENTRY FORM. 


Questions? Please contact  Jenny Powers at  JPowers@msnyc.org

If you’re interested, you can also find out more at the Books for a Better Life website here.

Interested in learning more about book awards? Do you know of any awards coming up that you’d like to recommend? Drop a line in the comments below, or at info@bookworks.com. And be sure to let us know if you decide to submit your book to the Books for a Better Life Award! We always love hearing from our blog readers in the BookWorks community.

Navigating your BookWorks Member Profile

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Now that BookWorks has officially launched, we hope you’ve had the chance to look around the website and figure out exactly what we have to offer, as well as what we’ll be offering in the future as we continue to activate more pages on the site. However, If you haven’t gotten the opportunity to look around, or if you’re just unsure of where to start, then we’re here to help!

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Come visit us at the Book Expo America in New York!


The Book Expo America, or BEA, is well under way today at the Javits Center in New York City. We’ve met a lot of great people at our booth, #1251 (it’s right near where PubMatch and Publishers Weekly are located), and a great many of you have signed up for BookWorks already! If you’re on your way there today, be sure to stop by and say hello.

Tomorrow we’ll also be attending uPublishU from 9am to 5pm. Formerly known as the DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace, this new part of the convention will focus on working with aspiring writers to help them learn how to self-publish from experts in the field. If you’re coming to that event, be sure to look for us!

BookWorks Has Officially Gone Live!

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You’ve been waiting patiently, and it’s finally here — the official BookWorks has gone live, just in time for the upcoming Book Expo America!

Since our official launch date is fast approaching on May 30th, we can also let you in on some amazing news: we’re officially partnered with PubMatch, the international rights organization co-owned by Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit (CBE). This means that we’ll be able to bring you the best quality resources available to us, including the following:

  • individual, social-media-style profile pages
  • features and articles about self-publishing, like the ones we bring you on this blog!
  • a bookshop where you can sell your books through our affiliates
  • a community forum
  • links to relevant articles
  • classified ads

And best of all, it’s completely free to use!

Curious? Go to our website and register or log in to check it out!

If you’ll be attending the Book Expo America in New York at the end of this week, we’ll have a booth on Thursday and Friday where you can come meet us, and we’ll also be at uPublishU on Saturday June 1st. We’ll be sure to bring you more details on all our social media pages, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

We look forward to seeing you all, whether it’s on the website this week or in person at the BEA!

Self Publishing Event Recap: An evening with Amy Edelman

imagesIn case you didn’t know, our friend Miral Sattar at Bibliocrunch hosts regular Meetup for people who are interested in self-publishing. They’re always very informative and interesting — Betty even spoke at one a few months ago!

Yesterday’s event at the American Society of Journalists and Authors had photoa great turn-out. The speaker for the night was Amy Edelman, a publicist and writer who runs Indiereader. This incredible website puts out book reviews for Indie and self-published authors and has a lot of great articles from regular columnists and writers sharing their publishing processes. Edelman stressed the importance of social media and putting together what you can for free, like Goodreads and Facebook pages. She also recommended the Kindle Direct Publishing program, which gives you a number of “free days” that can help you promote your book to a wider audience.

Bibliocrunch’s next meetup event is on February 25th, so be sure to save the date. I’ll certainly be there! And be sure to add Indiereader to your bookmark list — it’s definitely worth checking out.


A Big Thank You For Wednesday’s Party

As you know, Wednesday was our joint holiday party with our friends over at Bibliocrunch! There was a really great turnout and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun getting to know one another and learning more about self-publishing.

Check out the rest of the pictures after the jump!

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