As I mentioned last issue, I have a massive backlog of content to share with you, and I really do need to clear that out. The new stuff just keeps piling on, and I want to get to them as soon as I can.
That’s just the stuff that made the cut, too. You should see the reject pile.
I tend to follow a LIFO system to manage this content, but that’s just a guideline. I’ll jump around as I feel like it. Basically, I aim to pump out issues that are interesting and informative, and preferably with a good mix of topics categorically. So jumping around on the content timeline isn’t unusual. I even reject more content that made it through the initial cut, and still that backlog of good content doesn’t really shrink all that much.
Indie Author/Publishing just happens to be the largest category on my internal content to do list. That’s not a reflection of the available content out there, of course, just more of an indicator of the kind of content I spend a lot of time on.
Not that there’s a shortage of other category content on the queue — they’re nice and healthy, even with me not working them too much. If people are still wondering what’s so great about the Net, they’re really not paying attention.
Well, let’s do what we can for now to consume these tasty morsels from the Indie Author/Publishing plate. Enjoy!
11 Tips for Successfully Working With a Cover Designer
“You want a cover for your book that is attractive to the readers in your niche, category, or genre—and one that does a good job of selling your book. That’s usually going to mean hiring a professional designer.”
Author PR: Do’s and Don’ts in Pursuit of Media – Part One
“One of the fastest ways to find new readers is to get in front of an audience that someone else has already built. This includes broadcasters, podcasters, bloggers, and anyone else who has built an audience that knows, likes and trusts them.”
How To Improve Your Author Website
“Every author — independent, traditionally published, or otherwise — needs a website. A Facebook page doesn’t count, nor does a Twitter or LinkedIn profile. In today’s dynamic and competitive book market, you need a space that provides a complete picture of what you’re offering.”
Is an Aggregator Right for You?
“A publishing aggregator is a service that lets you upload your manuscript in one place, and then distributes your work to multiple channels—the retailers who sell you work, such as Apple iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, and more.”
Paying for Author Services Does Not Equate to Vanity Publishing
“I’d like to make the case for effective deployment of paid services as essential for serious authorpreneurs. While I’m at it, I’ll explain why it’s not a black and white situation.”
Publishing is a Business: 10 Tips to Protect Your Creative Self
“Whether you plan to start your own self-publishing business or join the traditional publishing world, you need to be aware that you’re stepping into a harsh marketplace.”
Sometimes You Gotta Take a Risk
“I love [my] traditionally published books and loved writing them. But it’s pretty satisfying to see books that were rejected by my publisher actually surpassing these novels in such a short time.”
The Indie Book Publishing Industry Will Flourish
“[T]here are now literally hundreds and hundreds of new paying book promotion sites on the Internet that have started up since I did, with new ones appearing every day.”
The surprisingly simple solution to improving book exposure
“So how demoralising is it when you launch your book and it quickly disappears into the depths of Amazon’s bottomless rankings?”
Trad vs. Indie Publishing: A False Dichotomy
“Traditional or Indie/Self publishing? I’m endlessly astonished at the bitterness of the debate—which often erupts into open war—between supporters of these two camps.”
What Is Patreon And How Can Indie Authors Use It?
“Patreon is growing every day as an alternative income method for creators. But how exactly does Patreon work? And how can indie authors use it to bolster their writing income?”
Why Getting Your Books into Libraries Matters
“There are over 4,500 books published every day. And if you want a long career as a successful author, it’s not wise to assume you don’t need to take advantage of ALL the relatively free book marketing opportunities available to you.”