Indie Author Weekly Update January 6, 2017

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 Indie Author Weekly Update

I hope you enjoy this installation of the Indie Author Weekly Update. I’ve got quite a potpourri for you. Don’t miss Jane Friedman’s look at platform building as well as Joanna Penn’s video on looking forward to accomplishing your goals in 2017. Both are great pieces. There are many great posts in this week’s update and I hope you have time to check them all out.

On a more personal note, I hope you had a lovely holiday break. I know that I did. And best of all, it’s been raining here in Northern California, where we’ve suffered a terrible drought in recent years. So that’s cause for celebration, right? Okay, get busy and enjoy the weekly updates!

Indie Author Updates

Building a Platform to Land a Book Deal: Why It Often Fails from Jane Friedman: Platform, in a nutshell, is your ability to sell books based on your visibility to the intended readership. If you’re a total unknown, then you may be turned down for lack of a platform to support your book’s publication.

Where To Turn For Advice When You’re Self-Publishing a Book  from The Write Life: “When I decided to self-publish my first book, I set out to learn all that I could about publishing and book promotion. My first resource was the internet. And I saw all kinds of wondrous claims there: Publish a book without all the hard work.”

The Importance of Revisiting and Refreshing Backlist Titles  from Digital Book World: “We previously talked about what makes good metadata: writing effective copy to sell your book and doing what you can to help customers actually find that book. While these are good practices to start with going forward, there is also a need to revisit the backlist often with these same ideas in mind.”

Plan To Achieve Your Creative Goals In 2017. Webinar Replay with Joanna Penn: If you haven’t planned your goals for 2017 yet or determine what your goals are and how you’ll schedule time for them, this is the video to watch by Joanna Penn. It’s a wonderful, lively gift from Joanna.

Self-Published eBooks are Coming Soon to a Library Near You  from The Digital Reader: “Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news about txtr, Smashwords announced  a new partnership with Overdrive today. At long last, authors and publishers can now use Smashwords to distribute their titles to the king of the library ebook market.”

Why Do Tweets Go Viral? Our 10 Most Successful Tweets and the Psychology Behind Why They Worked from Buffer: “I didn’t quite find the holy grail for tweeting, though I did discover several elements that lead to successful tweets. I’d love to share all my findings with you and how you can replicate their success by understanding the psychology behind why they work.”

 Quote of the Week

Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.

Chris SymeDon’t miss my conversation with social media expert Chris Syme on January 10 at 11 am Pacific Time. Chris is principal of the award-winning CKSyme Media Group in Bozeman, Montana, a strategic communications agency. She has 20+ years of experience in communications from marketing and media relations, to radio and newspaper, to crisis management and teaching. Come and learn how you can spend less time on social media without sacrificing results.

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Frances CaballoThe author of this blog: Frances Caballo is an author of eight books on social media and a 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 and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. Her social media books include Social Media Just for Writers (new edition available soon) , The Author’s Guide to Goodreads and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. 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.


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  1. The Smashwords/Overdrive thing is from 2014. And self-pubbed books are still not represented in libraries in large numbers because the Overdrive TOS for libraries is draconian.

    The big library news of 2016 was Kobo/Rakuten buying Overdrive. There’s hope we can get into libraries through Kobo now, instead of being forced into the awfulness that is Smashwords.

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