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About Brian

Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, seminar leader, television host and president of Premium Book Company, which sells books to non-bookstore buyers on a non-returnable, commission-only basis and conducts on-site training for publishers' sales forces.

Brian is the author of "How to Make Real Money Selling Books (Without Worrying About Returns)," a do-it-yourself guide to selling books to non-bookstore buyers in large quantities, with no returns. He has written many articles about book publishing and marketing, is the author of the eight e-booklets with "Proven Tips for Publishing Success," and creator of the series of "Book Marketing Wizards." He is also the editor of the bi-weekly newsletter, "Book Marketing Matters."

Brian is the host of the television series "The Book Authority" and has aired over 650 shows. In addition, he is the author, narrator and producer of the media-training video program "You're On The Air."

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The Futurists

Publishing Pioneers
ReadUps Hopes to be the Next Social Reading Sensation
Aug 28, 2014

"Social reading" is a concept that continues to gain momentum in today's publishing industry, propelling the likes of Medium and...

Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

Joe Wikert
The Next Big Thing in Content Subscriptions
Aug 25, 2014

Amazon recently launched Kindle Unlimited, their all-you-can-read service for ebooks. Traditional publishers have been slow to embrace this model, partly...

Leading Thoughts

Forward-Thinking Industry Professionals
Why Book Publishers Should Pay Attention to the Developing World
Jul 30, 2014

Book sales in the U.S. and Europe have been stagnant for years. While publishers design creative campaigns to turn Twitter...

The Learning Curve

Ellen Harvey
Are Publishers’ Losing Their Best Bargaining Chip Against Amazon?
Jul 16, 2014

I try not to be a proponent for or against Amazon. But I have to say, I was a bit...

Hot Topic

Thinkers on the Leading Edge
Note to Book Publishers: Turn the Page and Invest in Brand
May 22, 2014

Very few publishing brands, in fact, mean much to consumers because publishers traditionally promote their authors, not themselves, as brands. But that approach and...

Literally Speaking

The Stories Behind the Stories We Publish

Lynn Rosen
A Vending Machine That Delivers Literature
Dec 26, 2013

In a trendy coffee shop called Elixr, on a side street off of Philadelphia’s toney Rittenhouse Square, there is funky...

Marketing Strategy Rules

Did you ever think about taking a long trip? If so, you probably thought about how you would get to your destination, perhaps traveling by car, plane, train, or bus. Then you planned where to stay each night, what to pack, and how much it would all cost. Finally you made a checklist so you didn't forget to do anything and spend your money wisely.  Read More >>

How to Entice People to Respond to Your Direct Mail Campaigns

Direct mail is a targeted marketing weapon that that can help you sell more books, test new titles, and generate sales leads. When you have a finite, identifiable group of people who are potential customers for your books, direct mail may be the most effective and efficient marketing tool you can use to reach them. It gives you control of the timing, delivery, and content of your promotion, a predetermined fixed cost, and the means to forecast and measure the return on your marketing ...  Read More >>

What to Consider When Pursuing a Freemium Book Model

A premium is an item given away to attract, retain, or reward customers.  It may also be provided as an incentive to purchase a particular product. Can companies use your book as a premium? Yes, and you can earn substantial revenue that way. Can you use your book as a premium for your own business? Yes. When your book is a "freemium" it can generate a valuable source of revenue


Lessons from Amazon: Reevaluating Your Business Model

Your business model is the result of the decisions you have made to generate sales, earn revenue, and manage risks. The business model of choice for most authors and publishers is to sell books through book retailers (bricks and clicks) and perhaps to libraries. This choice is usually made because "it's the way we've always done business," rather than a calculated decision based business, competitive and market analysis.


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How is Trade Marketing Different from Non-bookstore Marketing?

You are familiar with the process of selling books through bookstores, bricks and clicks. But there is another way to sell books, and it could be more profitable for you. That is special-sales marketing -- also called non-bookstore marketing or non-traditional marketing. It is the process of selling books to buyers other than through bookstores.  Read More >>

Ten Ways to Generate Short-Term Revenue to Fuel Long-Term Growth

Marketing consultants stress the need for long-term planning, five years or more into the future. But a question we frequently get is, "How do I make it to the long term without short-term revenue?" The answer is to create a series of short-term wins that together lead to positive long-term success.  Here are Ten Ways to Generate Short-Term Revenue to Fuel Long-Term Growth.  Read More >>

How to Create a Culture of Quality in Your Publishing Company

As a publisher, you are responsible for producing a quality product at all levels: writing, editing, design, printing, customer service, and marketing (pricing, promotion, and distribution). Poor quality -- whether in product and service -- can destroy a publishing venture over time. Negative word-of-mouth communication, whether in person, in blogs, in discussion groups and forums, or through social media spreads quickly and is difficult to overcome. While you cannot control what ...  Read More >>