Indie Author Weekly Update – July 14, 2017

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Today’s Indie Author Weekly Update is packed with posts from across the internet, including from Dave Chesson, Joel Friedlander, Sabrina Ricci, and others. Learn about book marketing, creating a website, and so much more!

Indie Author Updates

CreateSpace vs KDP Print from Dave Chesson: “If you ever published a Kindle book on Amazon, chances are you also created (or contemplated) a print version of your Kindle book and published via CreateSpace, Amazon’s print-on-demand (POD) platform. In the summer of 2016, Amazon launched a 2nd POD platform – “KDP Print” – right in the KDP backend that most authors use to publish Kindle books. At that time, only a limited number of authors were invited, but on February 15, 2017, KDP Print – still in Beta testing – was opened to the public.”

140 Tools and Resources for Building Your Author Website and/or Blog by Sabrina Ricci: “Author websites and blogs are important components to building an author platform. With that in mind, here is a list of resources that can help you set up and optimize your site.”

15 Free Resources For Every Stage In An Indie Author’s Journey – Digital Book World  from Digital Book World: “For Indie Authors, there are a lot of elements to master on the journey from ‘I’ve got a great idea for a book’ to ‘have you read my latest book?’ Happily, the internet has made it easier than ever to avoid the trials and tribulations of corporate publishing, and put the control firmly back in the hands of the creators. To make your journey a little easier, I’ve collected the very best resources and tools that will help you get this done. From sites that inspire you to write, to creating your final ebook design – even how to publish an ebook, it’s all the information you’ll need to get started.”

Audiobooks are the Fastest Growing Book Market: How to Get Your Book Recorded via Anne R. Allen: “Audible/ACX offers options. Producer/narrators sometimes work for a royalty, sometimes for a previously determined rate based on the length of the final production, and occasionally for a hybrid deal involving a bit of both.”

World’s Shortest Book Marketing Plan by Joel Friedlander: “Welcome to the world of book publishing. When you decided to self-publish you became an author-publisher, and that implies a higher level of seriousness and responsibility than someone just messing around by putting a book out. That’s why you need a plan for how to sell your book, even before you publish it. What you need is a marketing plan.”

The Most Powerful Writing Tools For Bloggers: Mac, PC, Mobile & Online  by Adam Connell: “As a blogger, words are one of your greatest assets. Having the right tools can ensure you never forget ideas and that your copy is optimizedto drive engagement with your readers. Use this list as a starting point to discover your next favorite writing tools. Try them out at your own pace and see which ones fit your workflow and writing style.”

7 New Twitter Features (and 4 Others You May Have Missed) from HubSpot: “In an industry fixated on rapid growth, any slowdown in user acquisition or monetization sounds alarms. And Twitter, whether it likes it or not, has been sounding a lot of them lately. After a few years of stagnant monthly active user growth and disappointing the market, Twitter has been on an upswing thus far in 2017 — beating investor projections by generating more money and adding more new users than initially anticipated. In the face of a negative narrative, the company has been quick to take action and focused predominantly on changes geared toward the user — and it seems to be working.”

Quote of the Week

You fail only if you stop writing.

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances 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, 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.

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