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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I go for help?
  2. Can BookWorks publish my book?
  3. Can BookWorks help me publish my book?
  4. Can BookWorks help me promote my book(s)?
  5. Can I sell my book through BookWorks?
  6. I’m looking for an editor, cover artist, web designer, etc.
  7. How do I get access to BookWorks’ resources?
  8. I posted my book title to my profile page and I don’t see it in the BookShop?
  9. How/where can I engage with BW on social media?
  10. How do I become a Featured Author or Book of the Week?
  11. Does BookWorks write book reviews or accept submissions for reviews?
  12. Do you accept guest blog posts and/or do your writers ever guest blog on other blogs?
  13. I’m trying to reach your founder, Betty Sargent, how do I do that?

1. Where can I go for help?

We have helpful User Guides, Getting Started with BookWorks, with step-by-step instructions that usually answer most questions. You may also post a question in the BookWorks Support forum in our new Discussion Groups.

2. Can BookWorks publish my book?

No, we are not a publisher, distributor or agent. We are an online association for the self-publishing community.

3. Can BookWorks help me publish my book?

Though not directly, a BookWorks membership can help you get there.  We are committed to giving indie authors access to the knowledge, tools, and support they need to make their book the best it can be. You will learn how to Prepare, Publish and Promote your book from our Team of Industry Experts, and from the experiences of your fellow members by engaging directly through our social channels (activity feed, friends & groups) and/or participating in our new Discussion Groups exchange.

4. Can BookWorks help me promote my book(s)?

Sure! We offer tons of marketing and promotional help, advice, how-to's and tips from some of the top experts in publishing in our twice-weekly blog. There is a wealth of information archived there under that topic to help you master your book marketing. You will also want to check out the professionals in our Book Service Providers directory. You can search and find everything from PR firms to Social Media Consultants to Book Review Services. And don't overlook our Classifieds to see what is on offer there.

5. Can I sell my book through BookWorks?

Those wishing to purchase titles listed in our BookShop can click on the retail links that you select. This will direct them to an online retailer such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, an independent bookseller, or your own website where they may buy your book.

6. I’m looking for an editor, cover artist, web designer, etc.

Check out the new BookWorks Classifieds. You will also want to look in the Book Service Providers member directory, searchable by categories. You’ll find plenty of great options there.

7. How do I get access to BookWorks’ resources?

Sign up as a BookWorks Core member for access to all our Author Resources. For enhanced features and valuable discounts on publishing services, you’ll want to take advantage of our Premium membership package.

8. I posted my book title to my profile page and I don’t see it in the BookShop?

Did you include an ISBN or AISN number?  A cover image? You must also insert a url link to the page where your book is available to be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another online retailer. Only titles that include all three will be automatically added to the BookShop. You can get more detailed information on adding titles to your profile here in our User Guides which you can find under the HELP tab.

9. How/where can I engage with BW on social media?

You can connect with BookWorks on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. BookWorks members also enjoy many of the same features as your favorite social platforms including Friends, Groups, an Author Network activity feed and our interactive Discussion Group forums.

10. How do I become a Featured Author or Book of the Week?

We select both Featured Authors and our Book of the Week from among noteworthy members based on the information they share about themselves and their work. So it’s very important that your author and title profiles are complete.  We look for works of merit that are well-written, professionally edited and favorably reviewed, by both seasoned and new authors. We expect to see ISBN and/or AISN, detailed book description, author bio and a compelling cover design, such as would be found on Amazon for any traditionally published title. Your title listing should include both a high-res cover and author photo since they will be featured prominently on our homepage, Author Network, BookShop and social media.

To allow us a look at the work itself, we also request that you upload a pdf excerpt of up to 100 pages for our "Look Inside" preview. We recommend it include front matter, 1st chapter, additional chapter excerpts, illustration samples (if applicable) and back cover, as a capsule peek at the overall book.

11. Does BookWorks write book reviews or accept submissions for reviews?

We do not offer reviews, but you can find Book Review Services in our Book Service Provider member directory. Just use the Search by Type drop down menu. Our Premium Members receive a discount on book reviews from Kirkus and IndieReader.

12. Do you accept guest blog posts and/or do your writers ever guest blog on other blogs?

We are always interested in sharing great content. If you have a topic you’d like to submit or are interested in having BookWorks contribute to your blog or website, contact us. BookWorks authors are encouraged to share their experiences in self-publishing in our new Notes from the Field series, so send us your ideas at admin@bookworks.com.

13. I’m trying to reach your founder, Betty Sargent, how do I do that?

Send us a message through the website contact page and someone will get back to you.  Email:  admin@bookworks.com.


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