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AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Started by Bob Wirz. Last reply by Corn Field Baseball League Sep 22, 2013. 2 Replies

I have spent my life in baseball, including 16 years in major league baseball at the highest levels, and I am currently working on a book that tells my story--and hopefully encourages others--since I…Continue

New baseball-themed novel available on Kindle for $2.99

Started by ron van redick Aug 26, 2012. 0 Replies

I recently completed a baseball novel, entitled "Let Me Wear Your Coat." The following are a synopsis and a link for more information. Feel free to email me at johnbasil1@yahoo.com with questions.…Continue

What is the best way to get involved in blogs and posts without pitching your book too hard?

Started by Ken Jacobi. Last reply by Ken Jacobi May 22, 2011. 4 Replies

Hey guys! I was hoping you could give me some tips on what sites you had success marketing your baseball books on? My book is called “Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School, and Life as…Continue

Maintaining a Positive Sports Perspective Newsletter

Started by Jack Perconte Nov 17, 2010. 0 Replies

Have two books and a monthly newsletter. Glad to be part of group. https://www.jackperconte.com/Newsletter.html

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Comment by Coach Andy Collins on March 22, 2014 at 10:26pm

Just self published a book that's on amazon as a paperback and a Kindle book http://www.amazon.com/How-Make-All-Stars-Secrets-Techniques-ebook/d...

I watched too many kids hoping to make all-stars with no chance of making it, where if those same kids were taught what they needed to do and were willing to follow those steps then in a year or two's time they wouldn't need to hope any more they would actually earn it. So I broke it down without mincing words what they needed to do and what happens if they encounter politics that get in the way, "What, politics just might have a small influence on how the team is selected?" :)

Comment by John F DeCosta on September 6, 2013 at 5:37pm

Small articles are great and getting the word around because small authors are generally very good! John

Comment by John F DeCosta on September 6, 2013 at 5:36pm

Larry sorry for being so late responding to you about your book, marketing and talking about it. The big book sellers sometimes do not have a real unique or good story to tell. They have ghost writers and have done little on their own. When average people like you and I and others here talk about our own books the stories are very positive , learning bullets and from the heart. With that said we all know that for the most part we are proud of our accomplishments and we did not write a book for the money at all. Knowing we are not going to make a lot of money; its quite ok to mention it as often as you can. Face book-linked-in-goodreads-my life or Boston blog.com- military or organizational magazines or newsletters just get your book out there. Anyone in the marketing business wants to take our money and absolutely no guarantee that the book will sell. After family, friends and baseball associates once in a while someone will be interested in your book. Its all luck but we will make no money. They sell my book for $29.99 and I get $2.00. I don.t get the $2.00 for 7 to 9 months later lol

Comment by Ken Jacobi on May 18, 2011 at 8:07pm

Hey guys! I was hoping you could give me some tips on what sites you had success marketing your baseball books on? My book is called “Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School, and Life as a Division I College Athlete”. It is about my playing days at college.

 

Do you think making posts at various blog sites makes any impact? I do not try to advertise my book when I make posts but sometimes I feel like I do b/c I have to try to mention it somehow.

 

Plese let me know your thoughts and thanks for the help.

 

www.GoingwiththePitch.com

 

Comment by Ted Browne on November 18, 2010 at 3:50pm
Moon...

The first step is always the hardest lol...
Comment by Moon on November 18, 2010 at 3:16pm
Thanks Ted, good points, thanks for the help. Getting started in the tough part, in my opinion. I have a feeling that once I get started in a topic, my typing won't keep up with my brain.
Comment by Ted Browne on November 18, 2010 at 2:13pm
MOON: If you have a word processing software, you have all you need to write the book. 1st step: Organize your thoughts. Some of us old codgers do that on 3x5 cards before doing it electronically. Others do it on a spreadsheet (same thing, but it's a little more work).
Comment by Les Edgerton on November 18, 2010 at 1:44pm
Moon, sorry if I misunderstood, but I posted after reading the first post here which said: Curious to know what media authors in this group will be working in. I currently have books in print, website of course, PDF reports, and have written for Collegiate Baseball News.

Didn't see where it was supposed to be authors giving advice or encouragement, et al, the way this read. Not trying to market my own books at all--my audience isn't here at all, but libraries and research institutions. As far as advice to writers, I'd advise writing a publishable book, getting an agent based on the quality and let the agent sell your book to a reputable publisher. Good writing will find a home--the rest is typing. No one is "entitled" to a publisher buying their book and the market will determine its worth. And, sorry, but vanity presses and self-publishing aren't writing. There's usually a sound reason a person can't find an agent or a publisher, although those who go that route will deny the facts. The key is to become a good writer, write about something people want to read about, and make it clear and interesting. Sports books are no different than any other kinds of books. Talent will win out. Same thing happens in baseball. Talent will win out and just because a person has a burning desire to play third base for the Yankees doesn't mean he'll be able to do so. In fact, the person who originally posted here shows me he's a bona fide writer by having his work published by a reputable magazine, the Collegiate Baseball News.

Sorry to be this blunt. While I can't speak for others, I certainly didn't post on here to be "self-serving to bring attention and business to individual's work." Just thought I was responding to what was asked. If anyone has written or is writing a good, quality book, I'd be happy to give them advice on how to get published. If, on the other hand, it's not good, no advice in the world will help that person.
Comment by Moon on November 18, 2010 at 1:16pm
Richard Todd, I'd say that you are correct in, this discussions was supposed to be be authors, baseball guys, giving advice or encouragement to others authors, or in my case, aspire author. It has proved to be more of a self-serving local to bring attention and business to individuals work.

I posted in hopes of getting a few responses which might help me.

Might I suggest that you guys start another string, maybe call it... "Buy my book" : )
Comment by Coach Andy Collins on November 17, 2010 at 2:08am
Hi all, I wrote an e-book, "How to Make All-Stars" http://www.theinternethittingcoach.com/make-all-stars.html covering why kids that think they should make it don't, how to make sure you make them in the future (albeit it could be long distant future and a lot of work), how all-star teams are chosen in many different flavors so you'll probably recognize the one your league uses and how politics just might be involved :)

This in addition to the hundred or so pages I've written for my website and the 5 videos I've produced.

I'd like to re-sell that Little League book, as I'm coming out with a course to help first time coaches with tips on how to coach and that would be a natural, so feel free to contact me.
 

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