Tag Archives: Indie publishing

Is a FREE promo still worth doing? #bookmarketing

In the past, FREE promos saw huge downloads and, although it costs plenty to advertise a free book (sometimes more than a reduced price book!), still provided a good ROI (return on investment) as a result of sales of the author’s other books, especially if the free book was #1 in a series. I’ve seen […]

7 steps to Creating a Boxset #Indiepublishing

Why create a boxset? 2 reasons spring to mind: First step For me, the first step was coming up with a title for the boxset. It hadn’t occured to me before that it would have to have a title different from the first book in the series, and that took a bit of thinking. I […]

Traditional or Indie publishing – which is right for you?

I’m in the process of giving my blog a spring clean, deleting old, out-of-date posts and generally tidying up, and I thought it would be fun to share this, my very first post! I wrote this back in 2013, prior to self-publishing my first novel.  Have my opinions changed since then? Take a look, and […]

3 ways to make your book more attractive to readers #marketing

This post is for the writer who has made the decision to try self-publishing their novel, but hasn’t yet taken the plunge. Many people are put off at this stage by the figures – I looked it up and discovered the startling figure of 48.5 million books for sale on Amazon. So how on earth […]

Traditional #publishing v Indie (Independent)

I know this is an old topic, but as the world changes, so too do these type of perennial discussions. I joined (yet another) Facebook group a while ago – THE WRITER’S FORUM – and was gobsmacked to discover the level of ignorance about the publishing industry amongst new writers. I guess I’ve been at […]

Are you making the most of your Amazon Author Central account? #EditorialReviews

I’m assuming you have your Amazon Author page set up? If not, then do so right away! Your author page is where customers can find all your books in one place, and links to your blog too. They find it by clicking on your name, on your book’s sale page And this is what it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 things to do for paperback formatting #publishing #indiepublishing

I’ve been unable to write creatively for some weeks now due to high stress levels, and the ill-health those visit upon the body, so when I haven’t been in the throes of a migraine I’ve been tackling the production of the paperback version of THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE. Under normal circumstances, I would have done this […]