Indie Author Weekly Update – September 27, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

Love this week’s posts in this edition of the Indie Author Weekly Update. There’s a fabulous post by Penny Sansieveri (who never seems to disappoint). In addition, I like the inspirational post by Ryan Lenz. Hey, they are all great so enjoy!

Spotlight Post

10 Things You Need Right Now to Plan for Holiday Book Sales by Penny Sansevieri: This is a superb blog post on how to get ready for mega sales of your books during the holiday season. First step, start planning right now. Also, present your book as a gift or novelty. Third step, make sure you have the best cover possible.

Endorsements

3 Ways to Get Your Dream Endorsement by Sandra Beckwith and from TheBookDesigner.com: Sandra Beckwith explains how to obtain testimonials for your book.

Indie Author Book Marketing

SEO for Authors from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center and by Rachel McCollin: Rachel McCollin describes a few easy ways for authors to improve the search optimization of their websites.

Book Marketing: A Blueprint For Your Indie Author Book Launch from Joanna Penn and with J.D. Lasica: Joanna Penn’s posts are always worth reading. I’ve learned so much from her and her guests over the years. This is another great post that you should not miss.

On Writing

Writers are Courageous from Ryan Lanz: It takes courage to follow a dream and if you’re like me, you’ve always wanted to be a writer. It takes work, too, and perseverance. So give yourself a huge break. You’re a writer!

Of Note

Here Are The Nominees For The 2019 National Book Awards 

Quote of the Week

Ernest Hemingway quote: No one you love is every truly lost.

 

Instagram Marketing by Frances CaballoBrand new Instagram ebook for authors. Learn how to set up your account, and create hashtags and Instagram stories. 

 

 


Frances Caballo is an author and social media consultant. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences.  Follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – September 20, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update - September 20, 2019

In this edition of the Indie Author Weekly Update you’ll find posts on book marketing, email marketing, and Twitter. I especially liked the email marketing blog post as well as the design post from BookBub. Enjoy all of them!

Indie Author Book Marketing

Book Marketing: 10 Best Book Trailer Types from Joanna Penn and Adam Cushman: This is a phenomenal post about book trailers. There are plenty of examples from DIY to cinematic to author profiles. Don’t miss reading this post. It’s awesome.

Authors, here are some great tools you can use to design your book ads from BookBub Partners: This post reviews several design tools, including Canva, Book Brush, RelayThat, and others. Indie authors: be sure to read this post.

What the Ideal Author Website Looks Like from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center: Some of the points in this post include: have an attractive website design and make sure that your bio resonates with readers. Read the post for more tips.

Email Marketing

Why Aren’t People Signing Up For Your Author Mailing List? from Writer’s Relief: If you want to succeed as an author, you need to grow your email marketing list. But what if people don’t sign up? The first tip in this post is this: build your list with a free book.

Twitter

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags from Blogging Wizard: Hashtags, whether on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram enable people to find your content. This post focuses on Twitter and has some great tips.

Quote of the Week

“People should be interested in books, Agatha Christie

 

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Ryshia Kennie 

Author of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – September 13, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

There are some great blog posts here for you in the newest edition of the Indie Author Weekly Update. I found three posts on book marketing and two on blogging. I also like the post from Joanna Penn on book covers. Enjoy all of them.

Indie Author Blogging

Thoughts on Blogging by Elizabeth Spann Craig: If you’re an author, make sure you blog, especially if you write nonfiction. You’ll be amazed at how blogging can improve your website’s SEO.

Getting Blog Traffic: How I Started to Consistently Get 20,000+ Pageviews per Month: This post explains how to boost your blog traffic. I agree with some of the methods but not all of them. Read and see what you think.

Book Covers

What Authors Need To Know About Book Cover Design from Joanna Penn: It’s best to hire a professional to design your book cover. But if you can’t afford one, Joanna Penn has some DIY tips.

Indie Author Book Marketing

Metadata Optimization For Your Book: My Self-Publishing Experience, Part 5 from the BookBaby blog: This new post focuses on how best to prepare your new book for optimal sales. It goes into everything from trim sizes to KDP Select to metadata.

10 Publishing Terms Every New Author Should Know from Indies Unlimited: This is a good list of terms that all  indie authors should familiarize themselves with.

How to Get Editorial Reviews for Your Self-Published Book from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center: Reviews from influential authors can help sell indie author books. Create a spreadsheet look for reviewers of similar books in your genre and create an email template. Put everything you need in a spreadsheet and you’ll be on your way.

Quote of the Week

Ann Patchett quote

 

Want to know all of my best social media marketing tips? Get a copy of Social Media Just for Writers.

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Well written, well researched – well thought out. This book is a must have!

Ryshia Kennie 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – September 6, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update - September 6, 2019

The focus in this week’s Indie Author Update is social media. Learn how to cross-promote and cut through the hype when hiring a publicity firm. Reedsy also wrote a fabulous post on Amazon royalties. Enjoy all of them!

Indie Author Social Media

Engineer Success with a Good Marketing Strategy from TheBookDesigner.com and by Boni Wagner-Stafford: Bonni is the author of One Million Readers. In this new post, she explains the importance of book marketing and how to approach it.

8 Cross-Promotion Marketing Ideas For Self-Published Authors from Self-Publishing Relief: This post describes all the ways you can cross-promote information about your books.

Social Media Marketing: Cutting through the Hype from Alliance of Independent Authors: This post provides excellent advice on what to look for (and avoid) when hiring a firm to handle your social media marketing.

Amazon

Amazon Self-Publishing Royalties and Costs: Here’s What You Need to Know by Reedsy: Did you know that Amazon starts paying your royalties 60 days after your first sale? Learn more about how Amazon handles your royalties in this super post from Reedsy.

Quote of the Week

My advice to writers_ Be careful what you write…what you write can break your heart.

Want to know all of my best social media marketing tips? Get a copy of Social Media Just for Writers.

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Well written, well researched – well thought out. This book is a must have!

Ryshia Kennie 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – August 30, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update - August 30, 2019

Summer may be coming to an end but the Indie Author Weekly Update isn’t. This week’s post includes posts on indie author publishing, book marketing, and audiobooks. Definitely read the tutorial on BookBub ads. It’s especially detailed.

Have a great weekend!

Indie Author Publishing

Navigating Changes In The Publishing Industry by Joanna Penn with Mike Shatzkin: In this podcast, Mike Shatzkin explains unforeseen changes in the book publishing industry, the future of Amazon Publishing and so much more. Be sure to either listen to the podcast or read the show notes.

Stop Selling Books And Start Selling Benefits from BookBaby: In marketing, it’s important to promote the benefits of a product and how it will improve someone’s life. Brian Judd makes the case that the same is true with books. Market the benefits of reading your books. This post makes a lot of sense.

How to Self-Publish on Apple Books by Kelsey Worsham and from Written Word Media: “This post provides step-by-step instructions on how to add your books to iBooks. Caveat: You need to have a mac or iTunes — or know someone who does.

Book Marketing

Poetry Marketing on a Budget from Alliance of Independent Authors and by Jessica Cotten: Learn how an indie poet’s book made it to the Amazon Hot New Releases list and soared to the number one position in the Poetry About Nature category. One hint: stay true to yourself.

Tutorial: How to Use BookBub Ads to Promote Any Book: As the title of this post indicates, this post provides a detailed tutorial on how to create your BookBub ad, set your audience targeting, and schedule a budget. If you’re thinking about trying BookBub ads, read this tutorial first.

Audiobooks

Opinion: Future Audiobook Trends from Alliance of Independent Authors and by Dawn Brookes: The audiobook market continues to grown. Why? The rise of podcasting plays a part in the popularity and growth of audiobooks.

Of Note:

Read Ransom Stephens’ newest review on Medium. You’ll learn a few writing tips.

Quote of the Week
Annie Dillard Quote

 

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Well written, well researched – well thought out. This book is a must have!

Ryshia Kennie 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – August 9, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

I hope you enjoy the newest installment of the Indie Author Weekly Update. If you only read one post, be sure to read Anne R. Allen’s on why genre fiction is so important in today’s world. I love Joanna Penn’s podcast and in her newest one her guest makes a good case for content marketing. I hope you enjoy all the posts this week.

I will take a break from blogging and return August 30th with a new Indie Author Weekly Update. I hope you’re enjoying the summer and your summer reading.

Content Marketing

10 Quick And Easy Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block (when trying to write a blog post)  by Blogging Wizard: ”

Writer’s block is the complete lack of ability to put your thoughts on paper in any coherent way. When I started this article, I was grinding my teeth in annoyance because I couldn’t get going. And the more my annoyance grew, the harder it was to actually write. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle where the only way to beat it is to get out of the situation entirely.

Sell more books for the long term: Content Marketing Strategy from Joanna Penn and with Pamela Wilson: “Paid advertising may spike your book sales for the short term, but if you stop paying, you stop selling. With content marketing, you can create value for the long term, attract your target market and sell sustainably for years.”

Indie Author Book Marketing

The Decline of Mainstream Fiction: Why Authors Need a Genre in Today’s Fragmented Publishing World. by Anne R. Allen: “Choosing a genre for your novel is one of the toughest challenges for many new writers. This week both former agent Nathan Bransford and current agent Jessica Faust wrote posts telling authors their books must have a genre. But new writers may not know why this has become such a hard-and-fast rule, or why the publishing world has become so fragmented.”

Book Marketing Ideas: 14 Habits of Highly Successful Authors by Penny Sansevieri: “One thing that remains consistent among highly successful authors across all genres is they’re not short on smart book marketing ideas. And I want to be clear that book marketing ideas come in many forms and at many stages. I know we’re all primed to immediately think about discounts and creating blog content, but the execution of those kinds of strategies is actually just one piece of the book marketing pie.”

Twitter

Encore Month: How to Run a Twitter Chat from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center and by Timothy Lewis: “A Twitter chat is where a group of people come together on Twitter during a particular time and all tweet using the same hashtag (e.g #IndieAuthorChat).  They then monitor the hashtag (usually using a tool like Twitter’s Tweetdeck) and then reply to questions and comments from other users who are also using the same hashtag.”

Of Note:

Author, professor, and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison died on August 5. She was a brilliant writer who taught me so much in her novel “Song of Solomon.” Be sure to read one of her novels.

Toni Morrison Quote - “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

 

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Ryshia Kennie 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Book Launch Case Study with Mike Sahno

Book Launch Tips with Mike Sahno

I met Mike Sahno on Twitter and was impressed by his book launch success. So I asked him to share his experience so that you could learn his tips. Here is our interview.

When did you start writing? And what was the experience?

I wrote a lot of poems and songs in high school and college. Everyone knew me as Class Poet or Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine. I was a real literature fanatic. I tried my hand at a few short stories in college, but I didn’t really know what I was doing. It wasn’t until I finished graduate school that I started writing my first novel, Brothers’ Hand.

I’ve always been in love with the experience of having written. The actual writing time is often torturous.

How long have you been using social media to reach your readers?

I didn’t even know how to enroll readers at all until 2016 when I started my own publishing company to publish my first three novels. I’d been on Twitter for a year by then, but again, didn’t know what I was doing.

Which platforms do you use regularly?

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. I also have a LinkedIn profile for my publishing company, but I don’t expect to get many fiction readers on that platform. You never know, though.

Soon after you launched your book, Whizzers, your Amazon ranking in your categories was phenomenal. (Mike’s rankings for his categories were in the low one hundreds.) Please detail every step you took in terms of prelaunch, presales, and formal launch. What did you do and what was your approach? Did you release any advanced reader copies?

Mike Sahno Amazon Rankings

I certainly didn’t do it alone! One challenge I’ve faced all along has been my unwillingness to join the KDP world on Amazon. I’m sure I’ve paid the price by going wide, but I’m not comfortable with Amazon “giving” me an ISBN or having any control over when I can publish my books on other platforms. I’ve read some negative feedback on their POD service, too, and that was a deal-breaker. I’m a stickler for high-quality print for the paperback versions of my books, and IngramSpark has been solid in my experience.

Whizzers by Mike SahnoFor Whizzers, I put more time, effort, and money into the entire launch process than I had with the other novels. I’d learned lessons about how hard it is getting book bloggers or reviewers, so I reached out to well over a hundred to set up a blog tour to run from 7/19-7/31, with the actual publication coming towards the beginning of the tour, on 7/21. I also invited a zillion people to an in-person launch event on 7/20. Lastly, as a follow-up to the initial launch, I’m running a marketing campaign to get Whizzers into as many libraries as I can.

At writer’s conferences, experts encourage writers to form a VIP list or street team and dedicated readers who will spread the word online about our new books. Do you have a street team?

I do, and here’s where I answer the rest of the previous question! I went through my contacts list, including some fellow authors I’ve connected with on social media, and invited many people to join my launch group. That group is a separate segment of my email newsletter list, so they’re getting my regular emails and special messages just for them, with unique content. I also created a private Whizzers VIP Launch Group on Facebook.

 I made ARC’s available to the entire launch group, and I put the novel up for pre-order a good month before the publication date.

 There were a few glitches: for one, I tried to roll out a cover reveal in stages on social media to build interest in the book. By the time that got underway, IngramSpark had already sent the book data to Amazon, so Amazon was already listing it. If someone wanted to see more than, say, 2/3 of the cover, or whatever I was revealing, all they had to do was find it on Amazon!

I hear some authors complain that readers are unable to leave reviews on Amazon. Has that been a problem with any of your readers?

So far, so good, but the jury is still out. A couple of people have messaged me that they submitted reviews, but they’re not up yet. However, Amazon hasn’t sent them an email indicating it rejected their reviews.  I find Amazon’s review process to be wildly inconsistent. Sometimes a submitted review goes up within hours; other times, it takes days.

Do you think that your master’s degree in English helped you to become a better writer?

Absolutely. I know it’s common now for folks to become very successful with little to no formal post-secondary education. But I familiarized myself with much of “the canon,” plus a good deal of lesser-known European literature, around 30 years ago. Balzac, Proust, those kinds of writers. People can read all this stuff on their own, but I benefited from those lively discussions with professors and other students. Also, I’ve worked full-time as a writer since 2001. I think that, for me, there’s a real benefit to that combination of education and practical experience.

We hear that it’s essential to publish a lot of books as quickly as possible. How do you feel about that advice?

I think it depends on your goals. For me, I would say the opposite is true: take the time required to create the best possible lasting work of art. It might be two years. It might be seven. Each of my first three novels took around seven years since I was working full-time when I wrote them. If someone wants to churn out a product quickly to make a buck, that’s their prerogative. But if I want to create novels that will outlive me, I can’t write them that fast. 

Have you considered writing a series? It seems as though your books are quite disparate.

It’s a great business model for a writer, especially when you can hook a reader with a freebie to introduce them, and they’ll want to buy all the others. But I don’t have it in me to write that way. I could crank out some genre fiction, and I’d probably make more money, but I’d hate every minute of it. My models are more like John Gardner, who wrote Grendel, John Fowles, of The French Lieutenant’s Woman fame. William Styron. I’m not saying I’m in the same league as those guys, but I aspire to that kind of greatness.

Do you already have an idea for your next book?

I have two works in progress, and they’re about as disparate as you can get. Once the dust settles on this Whizzers launch, I’m going to play around with them and figure out which one it will be. Whatever it is, it’s going to be different!

Mike Sahno: I’ve always been in love with the experience of having written. The actual writing time is often torturous.

 

 

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Born in Bristol, CT, Michael J. Sahno began writing stories at an early age. He obtained a Master of Arts in English from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY at the age of 24, going on to become a full-time professional writer in 2001.

Since founding Sahno Publishing in 2015, he has gone on to achieve national and international recognition, gaining over 20,000 followers on Twitter and publishing and selling four novels both in the U.S. and abroad.

Sahno has ghostwritten books for entrepreneurs in the U.S., and continues to electrify audiences with his story and his natural gift for entertaining while informing. He is available for professional speaking engagements upon request.

Frances Caballo

Author of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – August 2, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update 8-2-19

This week’s Indie Author Update has so much super information to help you succeed as an indie author. Be sure to check out master blogger Anne R. Allen’s advice on author blogs. She has a stellar blog herself. David Penny also has some advice that makes so much sense for the indie author. Well, just read all of them if you can.

Elevator Pitches

Razzle-Dazzle: The Art and Craft of the Elevator Pitch by Ruth Harris: “What works on Broadway in the hit musical, Chicago, also works for selling a book because you do want a reaction that will be passionate.”

Indie Author Book Promotion

Put Readers First – an Essential Ingredient of Successful Book Marketing – from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center and by David Penny: “When I started self-publishing historical novels in 2014, I connected on social media with a frenzy as I attempted to persuade people to buy my books. Oh, I was a good social member and didn’t spam my titles, but I had made a big mistake with who I was connecting to.”

5 Best Book Promotion Strategies for Romance Authors by Penny Sansevieri: “Romance writing is such a unique market. We know it’s busy and popular, but your readers are also veracious. They read a lot, and they love discovering new authors. Romance authors have been given a wonderful opportunity to really speak to readers on a very personal level, and every element of their book promotion must reflect this. Every time they purchase one of your titles, they’re inviting you into their lives and admitting their (sometimes very secret) fantasies and desires!”

Amazon Advertising

Amazon Advertising Insights with Black Books – Podcast by Joanna Penn and with Russell Blake: “Surf the changes and get to grips with Amazon Ads — or outsource them if you’re ready to. Some hard talking — and encouragement — with Russell Blake today, as well as tips from Michael Beverly.”

Author Blogs

Blogging Is a Potent Tool for Author Platform Building – from BookWorks and by Anne R. Allen: “If you tell your non-writing friends you’re thinking of starting a blog, somebody is sure to tell you that blogging is “totally over.” Just give them an indulgent smile. People have been declaring blogging dead pretty much since it started. Google “blogging is dead” and you’ll see thousands of entries. But it turns out the blog is a pretty resilient medium.”

Quote of the WeekQuote: the best writing advice is also the best life advice_ remember that nobody else has any idea what they’re doing, either.

 

 

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Well written, well researched – well thought out. This book is a must have!

Ryshia Kennie 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – July 26, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

It was fun reading the posts below for this week’s Indie Author Update. Be sure to read the post explaining how to use Canva.com to create book trailers or any type of video for that matter. It’s a great primer.

I hope you benefit from all of the posts below. Have a great weekend!

Social Media

15 Twitter bio ideas and examples to attract new followers from SproutSocial: “When it comes to your social media bios, are you putting a good bit of thought into writing a creative and engaging intro? If you just treated it as an afterthought or rushed to finish, there’s a chance it’s probably not as strong as it could be.”

Book Marketing

13 Ways to Use a Book Award for Marketing from TheBookDesigner.com and by Sandra Beckwith: “When one of indie kid lit author Cat Michaels’ books wins an award, she doesn’t just pose for a grip and grin at the awards banquet. Michaels, who has won four book awards in the past two years, makes sure her audience hears the good news, too.”

How to Increase Your Global Reach from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center: “In today’s encore post, Alison Clifford, author member shows you how to increase your global reach. Many self-publishing platforms have an extensive world-wide reach for potential sales. But what should authors think of in order to be global and create a global audience?”

Fast and Easy Book Trailer Videos Using Canva: A Step-by-Step Guide – Publishing services for self publishing authors and businesses by Manon Wogahn: Videos are one of the best and most popular new mediums for connecting with your audience. For example, on Facebook videos perform better than any other content types, generating 59% more engagement.

Indie Author Publishing

Why Self-Publishing Authors Should Consider Establishing Their Own Imprint from Jane Friedman’s blog and by David Wogahn: ” Since 2012, the year I began working exclusively with self-publishers, I’ve helped more than 100 authors create self-publishing imprints. Some of these were formed as corporations and LLCs, but most were in name only. The common thread between all of them—one of the earliest decisions made—was to choose a name under which to buy an ISBN, short for International Standard Book Number, a unique number assigned to every published book.”

Quote of the Week

A writer’s duty is to register what it is like for him or her to be in the world.

 

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Well written, well researched – well thought out. This book is a must have!

Ryshia Kennie 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – July 19, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

This week’s Indie Author Update is filled with lots of great tips to help your market your books. There are posts on blogging, email marketing, self-publishing, and more. Personally, I love the variety in this week’s blog posts. I hope you feel the same way about them. Enjoy!

Blogging

5 Tips for Popular Posts on Your Author Blog from TheBookDesigner.com and by Shelley Sturgeon: “You’ve heard it over and over and over again. Having a popular author blog can be a key ingredient of a successful author platform. A successful author platform can be key to being a successful author—translation: selling lots of books!”

Email Marketing

How to Grow Your Email List from Convince & Convert: Growing your email list and getting your readers to opt-in is getting harder and harder these days. Why? Because web users have less time to read your blogs due to the abundance of content these days. And they are even less willing to become your regular readers and subscribers.

Instagram Stories for Indie Authors

Are you using this engaging Instagram feature? See this article about how authors are using stories to reach readers! from BookBub Partners and by Julia Hansen: “Instagram is a popular social network with over 1 billion active users on the platform each month. Of those, 500 million use the Instagram stories feature every day. Similar to Snapchat, Instagram stories let users capture and share photos, videos, text, and other features that can be viewed in a slideshow format. These stories appear at the top of users’ Instagram feeds and disappear after 24 hours unless the creator saves them to their profile as a ‘Highlight.'”

Self-Publishing for the Indie Author

Wattpad: What Self-Published Authors Need To Know by Writer’s Relief: “Launched in 2006, Wattpad is a free online publishing platform with over 70 million writers and readers. … Most recently, Wattpad has caught the attention of HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Paramount Pictures, and NBC, among others.”

Indie Author Business

Encore Month: Indie Authors Broaden Your Business from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center & by Karen Myers: Authorpreneur Karen Myers explains why your need to keep learning and broaden your business activity to remain vibrant, profitable and dynamic. She draws on examples of opportunities she has seized upon to grow her expertise, her reach and her reputation.

Quote of the Week

Anais Nin quote

 

Want to know all of my best social media marketing tips? Get a copy of Social Media Just for Writers.

Social Media Just for Writers 2nd Edition

Well written, well researched – well thought out. This book is a must have!

Ryshia Kennie 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She wrote several social media books including 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 and building their platform. Her clients have included authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for her free email course. And follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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