Bummed me out a bit, when I decided I better do it — I so wanted to spend a bit of time with other category info sources I feel that I’ve been neglecting a bit too much lately.
Can’t be helped, I figured. Backlog’s just way too big. I’d hate to see all that good, useful info go stale and get tossed out.
Being an indie author and trying our hand at self-publishing, particularly on the Kindle platform (free!), certainly seems to be the topic du jour in our circles, much like blogging was not all that long ago.
But that’s not really bad news, even if you have no interest in writing, publishing and selling your own books. One look through today’s quite limited selection should tell you the field covers pretty much everything wordpreneurs are involved with — writing, design, product development, marketing, webdev, yada yada.
Whatever your interest, you go through this Indie Author & Publishing stuff, good chance you’ll learn something useful for your own needs.
Maybe explains why I spend a lot of time with this info and its sources, and why I can hardly make a dent in this particular category’s content “to post” backlog.
No worries though — I’ll continue doing what I can to mix it up as we move forward. It’s not like book publishying’s the only thing I’m interested in. 😉
Enjoy today’s featured selections!
5 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Published My First Book
“When I published my first book in 2013, I’d had a website and two blogs for two years. And I’d been using social media for two years. Sounds good, right? … Not exactly.”
Five Reasons To Promote Your Book
“Many writers detest promoting their books, but it’s a necessary evil if we want readers. Too many of us indies publish our books, promote them for a few weeks, leave them to flounder and then fade into obscurity.”
How Authors Can Build An Indie Empire – How You Advertise Matters
“Have you ever heard of a loss leader? The grocery store has 18 eggs for just 75 cents! Limit 3! You would never pass up that deal, even though you are clever and know it’s just a trap to get you to come into the store and buy a bunch of stuff marked up enough to make up the difference in the cost of the eggs.”
How To Find And Work With A Book Cover Designer
“You want the best possible cover for your book. And if you’re self-publishing, you do have to go through this process, because designing your own book cover is a bit of a no-no unless you have some book design chops, which let’s face it, most of us don’t.”
Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes
This valuable free ebook is perfect for front-end Web designers looking to branch out from building static sites or simple PHP-based projects into the world of WordPress theme development.Download
Content Marketing: 11 Steps to Engage, Entertain, and Inform
This free guide will show you step by step how to keep your audience engaged, entertained, and informed with your content.Download
Small Business Guide to Facebook Marketing
This free guide teaches you what you need to know to make Facebook part of your digital marketing.
The Ultimate WordPress Guide
Learn how to master WordPress in the next 30 minutes.
Set up your blog or website on a WordPress platform.Download
Indie Author/Publishing cont.
How to Get Hordes of Subscribers With an Easy Opt-In Gift
“If you want to ramp up your subscriber numbers, you need to offer an attractive gift for your visitors in return for subscribing.”
Marie Force: Building a Self-Publishing Empire
“The first thing was write series, which have been a critical element in growing my following. Right now, I’m juggling six different series, four of them self-published…”
Marketing Copy: The First- Versus Third-Person Debate
“[H]ave you noticed the accelerating trend toward first-person marketing copy? i.e. taglines or back cover copy written from within the point of view of one or more characters?”
Reviews and What To Do With Them
“[T]he fact is that there are those potential readers who use reviews to make their buying decisions. At the very least, reviews can help tip the balance for a reader debating over their purchase…”
The perfect crimes: why thrillers are leaving other books for dead
“For years, crime fiction titles have topped the bestseller lists and library lending tables. That sales of the genre have now overtaken general fiction, as revealed at the London Book Fair… comes as no surprise to its readers, practitioners, critics and industry professionals.”
Understanding Your Ebook Formatting Options
“[W]hat I realized was that ebook formatting isn’t nearly as scary as I thought. In fact, I actually fell a little in love with the process. We have a lot of options…”
What Are “Also Boughts”? And How Can They Help You Sell More Books?
“You may have heard authors and other publishing professionals talk about the Amazon algorithm and how it impacts their books. In this article, we break down what an algorithm is, how the Amazon algorithm works and how it impacts you as an author.”
Why Do Writers Need a Platform? What IS a Platform?
“The platform [is] the number of people who recognize your name and attach descriptors and emotional experiences to it… If brand is what people know, then platform is how many people know .”