June 18, 2013

Sell Your Books Online

authors-publishers-copy-300x294Have you written a book? Or do you–like 62% of people–have a book inside of you fighting for its place in the world? Do you think the only place you can sell your books is Amazon Kindle? Did you try to publish through [fill in the blank with a publisher or agent name] and get rejected? As did every publisher/agent you contacted? So you’ve self-published and now wonder what to do next?

If you write tech books–fiction or non-fiction–or run an online tech ed class, there’s a new marketplace available at Structured Learning. It seems to be a hybrid of Amazon, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Alibris. You pay a set-up fee and a monthly maintenance fee, but get all proceeds of your sales. They don’t even handle the money–it goes to a store you’ve designated for that purpose.

The set-up fee includes review of your book, comments to improve it, and requirements so it meets the layout standards of products sold on the website. For example, if you want to sell a historic fiction book, this wouldn’t be the right place, but if you have tech fiction for K-8, it would. Does that make sense?

What types of books are they looking for? Here are some categories:

  • anything to help teachers with Common Core
  • books for beginning teachers
  • how to integrate tech into classrooms
  • flipped classrooms
  • literacy
  • digital citizenship
  • how to ___________(fill in the blank with a tech skill)
  • parent guide to a digital world
  • using interactive whiteboards in the classroom
  • principals and the digital school
  • online tech ed classes (they offer two right now and would like to offer more)

I have a couple of books published through Structured Learning, so feel free to ask questions. I’ll share what I know.

OK, back to writing my thriller…

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, Technology in Education featured blogger, and IMS tech expert. She is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-6 Digital Citizenship curriculum, creator of technology training books for middle school and ebooks on technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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