Now on to some serious wordpreneur stuff.
While doing my regular rounds this past week through various online forums for indie authors, I saw no less than five rants — well, whines really — about the authors’ failure at selling any of their books.
Nothing unusual about that kind of whining. What caught my attention this time, however, was this: Every single one insinuated Amazon was at fault and to blame for their inability to sell their stuff.
All those other competing authors and their books and marketing activity had nothing to do with the fails, I guess.
Nor did those crappy homemade covers, those poorly written blurbs, those inadequate keyword selections, yada yada.
One guy even threatened ultimatum-style to quit the indie authoring game. Um, OK dude, we’re devastated.
I’m not really sure where I’m going with this observation — I’m still quite firmly planted in the “WTF people?” head-shaking stage — probably in awe of all that oozing entitlement.
Is it more info you need? There’s no shortage of that, as you can see in every Wordpreneur Reader issue. Or maybe you just like things handed to you. I think I’ll vote for the latter.
Well quit it. We’re all in the same boat. That “I can’t afford it” excuse when someone points out your covers suck and your work needs professional editing? That doesn’t fly either. Skip Starbucks every now and then like many of the other authors do. Or whatever. No excuses, Grasshopper — it’s all on you.
Indie stands for independent, you know that, right?
Well, on that pleasant note, let’s do some reading. Have fun!
8 Steps Towards Marketing Your Brand Better Online
“[Y]ou need to make sure that your website is getting the basic things right. If it’s not, then you’ve clearly got a problem that needs to be addressed.”
Best Inbound Marketing Tools for Success
“The goal of inbound marketing is to attract the attention of potential prospects via the use of content, before they even think of buying the product/service.”
The Automated Emails Your Business Needs Now
“Automated emails provide lasting, ongoing results and increased productivity. Manually sent emails like newsletters and promotional sends often only deliver benefits for a short window.”
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“I’d argue that people hate irrelevant, salesey, spammy, lazily-written emails. But if you do them right, people will actually ask for more.”
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5 Business Ideas for College Students
“No need to pay any fees for rent or labor – all that is catered for by the company that’s hosting your virtual shop.”
Apply These 6 Techniques To Save Money for Your Business Startup
“[T]o fund your own business, you have to overhaul your savings habits and get a better grip on your financial situation.”
Entrepreneurs Should Always Be Dabbling in Side Businesses. Here’s Why.
“New technology is making it easier than ever to test a new business idea. Simply create a landing page, send traffic to the page and see if people click the ‘buy’ button. It’s that simple.”
The Creator of WordPress Shares His Secret to Running the Ultimate Remote Workplace
“Instead of offices, Automattic provides workers with a $250 a month stipend to spend at co-working spaces, or in a Starbucks.”
A Smarter Author Platform for the Digital Era of Publishing
“While numbers are still a surface-level indicator of your platform strength, it’s too easy to boost social media activity in an artificial way, leading to numbers that are fairly meaningless.”
How to Start a Facebook Group as a Self-Published Author
“‘Sure, I know the author of that book. We’re in a group together on Facebook.’ … As a self-published author, chances are good there is someone out there (or a bunch of someones) who would love to say that about you…”
How To Write High-Volume Fiction In A Sustainable Way
“[I]f you’re going to produce a lot of books, they should be in a high selling genre in a series. So that’s kind of a given that I always assume people know…”
The 10 Real Secrets of Nonfiction Publicity
“Just look at the dozens of book marketing titles, each with its own angle. Social Media is the answer. Being famous is the answer. Powerful content is all that counts. Answers, answers, and more answers. None of them tell the whole truth.”