LifeTree’s Summer Reads

Getting through that stack of summer reads is on everyone’s to-do list. But when the sun comes out, what do the people who make the books read?

President & Publisher Maggie Langrick
“The best thing about long-haul flights is binge-reading a great book. This summer, I flew through Own It, Sallie Krawcheck’s manifesto for working women. How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Gerger inspired me to get more kale smooth... keep reading


Hunting for rogue apostrophes in the land of the Queen’s English

I went on holiday in London earlier this summer and revisited all my favourite British things. I took a selfie in a red phone booth, watched Glastonbury on the BBC with a sleeve of digestives, and spent many hours happily perusing the bookshops of Charing Cross Road.

For most editors, the enthusiasm for language runs even deeper than a desire to shop for first editions: we are never not aware of language and tend to edit the world around us constantly. I enjoyed listening to the conversations on transit—it seems like even working class Brits’ vocabularies are four times the size ... keep reading


An indie author’s guide to selling foreign rights

Every author dreams of seeing their book translated into many languages so that readers in far-off lands can enjoy and learn from it. But how does an indie author sell their publishing rights abroad? And what can a traditionally published author do to be sure they are getting the best deal?

I asked Kelvin Kong, Rights Manager for Toronto-based agency The Rights Factory, to explain how book rights are sold into foreign markets.

 

What exactly are foreign language / foreign territory rights? What are the various component... keep reading


German-Language Edition of Vaporized by Robert Tercek Now In Stores

The German-language edition of business book Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World, written by Robert Tercek and originally published by LifeTree Media in 2015, is now available for sale in Germany.

Vaporized was acquired by Wiley-VCH in 2016 after being awarded the 2016 getAbstract International Book Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair, having been chosen from a... keep reading


How to Boost Your Public Speaking Fees by $10,000 or More

Everybody knows that a successful book can launch a career as a public speaker. But what is less widely understood is how publishing a book can turbocharge an already successful speaking career.

Here’s the problem. Every professional public speaker will eventually hit a plateau. The market gets saturated, or everyone has heard your speech, or the event planners seek a new topic, or the conferences evolve. If you are a professional speaker, you must practice continuous self-reinvention. I know this because many of the authors we work with at LifeTree Media are professional public sp... keep reading


Is it worth it to pay to publish? Six ways to recoup your investment, beyond the bookstore

If you’re thinking of investing money in publishing your book through a hybrid publisher or by self-publishing, you’re likely trying to work out whether you’ll get a strong enough return on investment to make the endeavour worthwhile. And rightly so: publishing a book to a professional standard is a significant investment, especially if you are considering using a ghostwriter.

Most authors think online and in-store book sales will be their primary revenue stream, an understandable but overly limited assumption. There are many other ways in which your book-publishing venture ca... keep reading


7 Creative Ways to Fund Your Book

“I can’t afford to publish my book right now.” We hear this a lot. And we get it–publishing can be a large investment for many people, and sometimes publishing seems like it can wait. But when we hear authors shying away from a publishing project because of funding, we simply smile and say, “Not so fast!” There are plenty of creative ways to finance your publishing project, so if you’re looking to publish but don’t have the means, consider these seven creative ways to fund your book.

Use a crowdsourcing website

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Professionally Self-Published Authors Now Eligible for the Writers Union of Canada

Did you know?

Over the last three years, the Writers Union of Canada has changed its eligibility criteria, opening up its membership to authors who are professionally self-published. Previously, to be eligible for membership in the WUOC you were required to have “a trade book published by a commercial or university press” under your belt. Now the requirement is a professionally self-published book that successfully demonstrates commercial intent.

Self-published authors haven’t always been eligible because the trick is, to be a professional writer, you have to publish pr... keep reading


LifeTree Media licenses rights for Dai Manuel’s Whole Life Fitness Manifesto to India’s Embassy Books

Embassy Book Distributors has acquired the Indian
 Subcontinental rights for health and wellness book Dai Manuel’s Whole Life Fitness Manifesto: 30 Minutes a Day for a Healthier Body, Mind and Spirit, written by Dai Manuel and first published by LifeTree Media in January 2016.

Dai Manuel’s Whole Life Fitness Manifesto showcases a fitness lifestyle that blends mindfulness an... keep reading


LifeTree Media licenses rights for The Digital Matrix to Grand China Publishing House

Grand China Publishing House has acquired Simplified Chinese rights for business book The Digital Matrix: New Rules for Business Transformation Through Technology, written by Venkat Venkatraman and published by LifeTree Media.

The Digital Matrix—the Indian rights of which were acquired by Penguin Random House India in March 2017—shows business leaders how to rethink their business model, assemble the right team for necessary change, and make bold strategic choices along the three phases of digital transformation.

Venkatraman is the David J McGrath Jr ... keep reading