Category Indie publishing

#BookBub Featured Deal – final analysis

I fully admit to having had my heart in my mouth when I hit ‘send’ on the payment for this deal. It was a LOT of money, $704, to be precise. I also admit that despite applying for a Featured Deal several times a year for several years, I still dithered about accepting it when […]

The Five Most Common Publishing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

The offered guest post that didn’t arrive last week, has now arrived. A dead laptop is something I’ve had experience of, so Desiree has my sympathy and understanding. Here is her post, with lots of helpful advice, especially if you have yet to take the plunge and self-publish your book. Perhaps you’ve just completed NaNoRiMo […]

The Holy Grail of Book Advertising

OMG! After years of applying, I FINALLY SCORED AN ALL-REGIONS BOOKBUB!!! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me explain. Inclusion in the BookBub Featured Deals newsletter is the Holy Grail of book advertising. Actually getting one is roughly as difficult as getting a publisher. You can make your own BB ads […]

New Release: GET THE DRAFT DONE by Charles F. French #writing books

Are you one of those aspiring writers, who would really love to write a novel, but you aren’t quite certain if you can tackle something that daunting? If that’s you, then check out this neat new helpful book by Charles F. French, hybrid author and English professor. From the author: “Instead of thinking about doing […]

How to add categories to your book on Amazon

Have you ever noticed that some books seem to be in lots of Amazon categories, and not just the two KDP allows you to choose when you publish your book? [If you’re not even sure about those two, take a look at this article:¬†https://selfpublishing.com/how-to-publish-a-book/ ] Did you know you can add your book to more […]

#Amazon amalgamates US & UK reviews?

This week, while checking something on my Amazon UK book page for THE PRINCE’S MAN, I got a shock. Instead of the 49 reviews it’s had for some time now, suddenly it was showing 77! I know it’s selling steadily, but that’s a lot of new reviews all of a sudden, and I was eager […]

Reblog: (More thoughts on) How to Develop Your Brand as a Book Author

Nicholas Rossis published this post around a week ago, and I kept it on file, knowing I was about to write a post on the same topic, but with a different slant. SO, here is another take on author branding, to expand on the topic further: via How to Develop Your Brand as a Book […]

REPORTING #20BOOKSEDINBURGH – How do you build an author brand?

First of all, why should you build a brand? Aren’t authors all about writing books? Brands are for merchandise, aren’t they? Well, no. Not these days. Or perhaps a better way to look at it, is that authors (and our books) ARE merchandise, or at least, merchandisable. In fact, taking it a step further, if […]

Book launch strategies – what’s working in 2019 #20BooksEdinburgh

One of the biggest ongoing challenges for indie authors is keeping up with the ever-changing world of marketing – ad sites change, algorithms change, what worked last year (or last month) is no longer effective. It’s a frustrating reality of the publishing world, but once you’ve decided to embrace the job, you need to keep […]

Reporting #20BooksEdinburgh – Networking for authors

Continuing with my notes from the 20BooksEdinburgh conference, I’m going to cover a topic that came late on the second day – BIG MISTAKE – this should have been the opening presentation! I know it would have been helpful to me. Put me in front of a large audience, and I can lecture just fine. […]