This week’s Indie Author Weekly Update covers a lot of topics and all but one focus on some aspect of selling your books. I hope you enjoy these posts.
Indie Author Updates
Book Reviews for Self-Published Authors: A Primer by Joel Friedlander: “It’s never been a better time to be a self-published author, and there have never been more book reviewers available to the writer who decides to go indie. Book reviewers help spread the message about your book by publishing a review to their own network. But if you’re new to publishing, you have to figure out how to get those book reviews that can bring you more readers.”
Prepare to Present with Confidence from Writer Unboxed: “As authors, we need to be in the public eye. Often this includes presenting at conferences, being a guest author at conventions, giving school assemblies, doing group author events, and more. Saying YES to these opportunities will force you to get over your public speaking fear. You may even come to enjoy it! Doing public events can also open many new opportunities for you as an author.”
Opinion: Why Writing and Self-Publishing Books Fast is a Good Thing for This Indie Author from The Alliance of Independent Authors: “In communities where writers congregate, you will find opinions ranging from ‘books should take years to write, and go through dozens of rewrites, to be a “good book”’ to “readers aren’t that fussy, just get it out there.”
5 Ways a Professional Cover Design Can Boost Book Sales from BookBubPartners by Ricardo Fayet: “One of the biggest fallacies still held by some in the publishing world is that cover design doesn’t really matter. In other words, a great book will still thrive even if it has a terrible cover. But in the absence of overwhelming word of mouth or a gangbusters publicity tour, a book’s marketing efforts will rely heavily on its cover.”
Here’s Your Go-To Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet from HubSpot: “When you’re selecting cover photos, shared images, and other social media assets, knowing the basic image dimensions might not cut it. What if you want to make sure a certain part of your cover photo isn’t obstructed by your profile photo? And what’s the difference between shared link thumbnails, or in-stream photos — are the dimensions different for those?”
Quote of the Week
Author of this blog: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including the 2nd edition of Social Media Just for Writers and The Author’s Guide to Goodreads. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for my free email course.
Practical tips for marketing your books on the social web
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