Indie Author Weekly Update – April 12, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

This week’s Indie Author Weekly Update has a whopping six suggestions for you to read. Learn to write a memoir that sells, set up automated emails (it’s easy!), and ponder your purpose. I hope you like all of them!

Memoirs that Sell

How to Write a Memoir: 14 Tips for Writing Memoir That Sells by Anne R. Allen: “It is true that memoirs are problematic. They’re devilishly difficult for a new writer to do well, but they’re what newbies usually write. The urge to put our own life story on paper is the most common reason people start writing. Adult education programs and senior centers everywhere offer courses in “writing your own life.” And there’s the old adage that says everybody has a book in them—their own life story.”

Marketing

5 Ways to Market Your Audiobook Without Ads from Jane Friedman’s Blog: “Some authors and publishers seem to believe that by the simple act of making an audiobook available for purchase, there will be numerous purchases. Yet, as with all types of books, yours is merely one of many thousands published each year. You must make listeners aware that your product exists. Here are 5 different ways to do that without advertising.”

13 Email Marketing Statistics That Are Shaping 2019 and Beyond by Convince & Convert: “Email has been around since the 1970s, but it’s still extremely effective, even with younger audiences. It’s sure to remain an integral part of your marketing strategy this year and into the future.”

How to Set Up Automated Emails for Reader Magnets  from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center and by Rachel McCollin: “It’s nice to give your reader fans the personal touch. However, in this blog post, Rachel McCollin makes the case that a little automation is a good thing. And she takes us through a step-by-step process to set up automated emails delivering your reader magnets, so you never have to lift a finger again.”

Beta Readers

Where to find beta readers for your book by Sandra Beckwith: “Last week, I had a conversation with a client about what he referred to as “peer reviewers” for his next book. That gave me pause, because peer reviewers are usually used with academic or scientific works, and his is neither. I asked if he meant “beta readers.” While peer reviewers read for factual accuracy, beta readers aren’t limited to “peers” and can be from your target audience. “Beta readers” was, in fact, the term he meant to use.”

Find Your Purpose

This is How To Find Our Purpose by Rachel Thompson: “Many survivors (and people in general) tie our jobs with our purpose. One does not have to equal the other, though it can. This is a Western way of thinking – we equate what we do for a living with our purpose in life. However, the two can be entirely different.”

Quote of the Week

The art of writing fiction is to sail as dangerously close to the truth as possible without sinking the ship.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – April 5, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

This week’s Indie Author Weekly Update includes posts on Audiobooks, marketing, and information on how to secure book reviews. Enjoy them all!

Audiobooks

Why Indie Authors Should Publish Audiobooks – and How To Do It – Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center by Amy Shojai: “Don’t yet have your books on audio? Wondering whether it’s worth the investment of time and money? ALLi Professional member Amy Shojai,who writes fiction and non-fiction on animal themes,  makes a persuasive case for taking the plunge into audio and suggests different options.”

Brand Protection

Author Brand Protection: Monitoring Your Online Reputation by Dave Chesson: “Over the course of my author branding series here at BookWorks, I’ve explained and explored the importance of creating a powerful author brand that accurately and beneficially represents you and your writing. Now, you’ll want to maintain that sterling reputation, by monitoring your online presence and interactions for author brand protection.”

Get Those Book Reviews

Ways to Get Book Reviews: The Power of Recommendation by Penny Sansevieri: “Personal recommendations account for 95% of all book sales. That’s a powerful statement, and it really speaks to the fact that people like what other people like. So, when authors ask me if book reviews are still a great way to sell a book, I always say ‘yes’ because great book reviews really tap into the power of the personal recommendation. Which brings us to the inevitable—how to get book reviews?”

Book Marketing

Book Marketing: World Book Day Visits for Indie Authors from Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center: “In today’s post, British children’s writer Sue Bough shares her first experience of marking World Book Day in a local school, where she had great fun gathering feedback from young readers, learning important marketing lessons for future reference, and working alongside bestselling children’s authors on an equal footing.”

Start with Your Accordion Mostly Closed from TheBookDesigner.com and by Beth Barany: “When I was starting on my path as a novelist, I just dove right in, but I had no idea what I was doing. It was scary but I was determined to stick with it, no matter what. Soon I found roadmaps of sorts to guide me along my way. I didn’t know if these “how to” guides would get me to The End but I persisted.”

Quote of the Week

Write about only three things_ what you love, what you hate, and what you’re deeply conflicted about.

 

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Are You Ready for Book Marketing? Take This Quiz

Are You Ready for Book Marketing? Take This Quiz

Book marketing involves so many steps.

When people come to me, they erroneously think that all they need is social media marketing.

Au contraire.

Social media alone won’t cause your books to start flying off the proverbial bookshelf.

So, take this quiz and see if you’re ready to tackle book marketing on your own.

Did You Write the Best Book You Possibly Could?

Yes, book marketing starts with your book. If you wrote a historical fiction novel, how well did you research it? Did you hire the absolute best editor you could afford plus a copyeditor?

And did you attend writing workshops to hone your craft?

Who Created Your Book Cover?

book coverIt’s best if you don’t rely on Fiverr for your cover. And it’s best if you don’t use a photo you took.

Subscribe to TheBookDesigner.com. Every month, Joel Friedlander, a book designer, judges submissions from writers.

By reading his reviews, you’ll learn a lot about good and bad covers, and you’ll glean names of good book designers. Or, you can ask Joel for a recommendation. That’s how I found mine.

Book Marketing Essential: Choose the Best Amazon Categories

Amazon categoriesYou could upload your book to KDP if you’d like and select your own categories. Before doing that, I suggest you conduct some research.

Selecting your keywords and categories is critical to being found on Amazon. So, make your selections carefully. Here’s a post by Kindlepreneur with Dave Chesson on how to find the best categories: Secret Method to Choosing Amazon Book Categories in KDP.

Are You Planning on a Preorder

Preorders are de rigueur these days.

When you schedule a preorder for a month, you are building sales and then when your book is available to download, you’ll have a boatload of reviews.

All those reviews boost your book in Amazon’s search engine.

Can People Listen to Your Book?

audiobookThese days, it’s important to publish your book in as many formats as possible.

You want your readers to be able to read a paperback, download an ebook, listen to an audiobook, or enjoy a boxed set.

I’ve had clients who have only had their books formatted into paperbacks. Guess what kind of book sales they had? Yep.

No amount of social media marketing can help an author who doesn’t take advantage of all the ways that consumers buy books these days.

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Indie Author Weekly Update – February 15, 2019

Indie Author Weekly Update

Welcome to the Indie Author Weekly Update. I hope that you like how I’m categorizing my roundup now. This week’s categories are eBooks, book marketing, audiobooks, BookBub ads, and online book tours. Ostensibly, I could have added BookBub ads and online book tours under book marketing but I wanted to make sure that those particular blog posts stood out.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Indie Author Update and that you have a wonderful weekend.

eBooks

eBook Distribution Round-Up with Comparison and FAQs by David Wogahn: “eBook distribution options in 2019 have expanded greatly the past two years. There are scores of online eBook retailers around the world and eBook aggregators abound to help self-publishers easily make their book available for sale.”

Book Marketing

Best Practices for Authors Looking to Optimize Their Marketing Strategy by Kimberley Grabas: “It’s an unfortunate truth that writing a good book doesn’t guarantee an author’s success. With so many others vying for readers’ attention, it’s important to implement an effective marketing strategy. Various brands rely on best practices instilled by a Facebook advertising specialist or Instagram expert to promote their products, and authors may consider doing the same to attract a broader audience.”

Street Teams: How to Run a Smooth and Successful Campaign from TheBookDesigner.com and by Angela Ackerman: “The prospect of a book launch can be intimidating. In today’s post, guest post author, Angela Ackerman, shares many tips about how to work with a street team to make your book launch a success. You won’t want to miss this article.”

AudioBooks

Understanding Audiobook Production: An Interview with Rich Miller from Jane Friedman and by Kristen Tsetsi: “Like many indie authors grateful for new outlets for their work, I was drawn last year to the world of audiobook production. This was thanks in large part to the recommendation of author friend Ian Thomas Healy, who’d had a positive experience adapting his work for audio. His personal history with it, combined with the rise in audiobook popularity, led me to follow Healy’s example and create an audiobook at ACX, Amazon’s audiobook production platform.”

BookBub Ads

How To Sell Books In 2019 (Part 4) by David Gaughran: “Welcome to the fourth part of my series on how to sell books in this year we have all agreed to call 2019 – despite what can only be described as rather shaky ground. And while we’re on the topic of letting dates slip, sorry about the delay in getting the final episode of this mini-series to your inbox. I handed BookBub Ads Expert to the editor yesterday – finally! – and that was taking all my time. More on that below.”

Online Book Tours

How to Run Your Own Online Book Tour and Save Money! by Penny Sansevieri: “We’ve all heard about an online book tour, also often referred to as a book blog tour. They’re a great book promotion tool (if done right) and can really enhance the exposure for your book with readers connected to these blogs. But where do you start? Let’s dig in!”

Quote of the Week

Indie Author Weekly Update

 

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, building their platform, and finding new readers. 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.

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