What You Need to Sell More Books - Basic Overview

Posted On: 2014-08-06
By: Rachel Thompson

There are a number of components to create an 'author platform,' and because this is a quick overview, I suggest you do some further reading and research to suit your particular goals and projected business plans. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There is always something extra or more we can be doing to connect with readers. But that's the main component you want to keep in mind: building your platform is about building relationships and connecting with readers. It's not the hard sell!

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Biggest Mistakes of Self Publishers

Posted On: 2014-07-30
By: Mercedes Tabano

Did you know that most self-published books won't sell more than twenty copies in their lifetime? That's a depressing statistic. Numbers like that aren't' even enough to buy a decent dinner for two, let alone build the life your dreams. So what mistakes are they (and you) making that could kill your indie author career?

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The Dangers of Digital Sharecropping

Posted On: 2014-07-23
By: Mercedes Tabano

Do you remember learning about sharecropping in school? It's where a people worked farmland for a landlord. The landlord lets them keep some of the money for their hard work, but took most of it for himself. Then, the landlord would eventually kick the people off and leave them with nothing for their years of toil. Fortunately, we've come a long way since then. Or have we?

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Licensing 101: What Every Author Should Know About Images

Posted On: 2014-07-16
By: Mercedes Tabano

Have you heard the story of the $2,000 image? It goes like this; an author finds the perfect picture for their book. They look for a copyright mark and don't see one, so they use the image. However, it turns out the image was copyrighted. Now, they owe the copyright holder $2,000 when they could have licensed that image for $2. So what went wrong?

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Find The Perfect Names For Your Characters...

Posted On: 2014-06-25
By: James Duncan

Attention all fiction writers: this issue contains brilliant character-naming advice from a big name in the self-publishing world (James Duncan). Read on and use these tips to give your characters dimension and make them more interesting to the reader!

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Optimize Social Media So That It is Worth Your Time

Posted On: 2014-06-18
By: Rachel Thompson

Is social media a complete waste of time and money when it comes to selling books? Is there a measurable ROI (Return On Investment)? Every day, someone asks me this question and of course, there

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The True Costs of Self-Publishing

Posted On: 2014-06-11
By: Mercedes Tabano

We've all heard the success stories of authors who started with nothing then sold thousands of books on Amazon. But is indie publishing something you can really start with no initial investment? The answer might surprise you.

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Are Your Book Links Affiliated? If Not, You Must Read This!

Posted On: 2014-06-04
By: Cole Lakes

Do you want to earn more money through something you're already doing? Seems like a silly question with an easy answer, but unfortunately not a lot of authors realize it's actually possible - and super simple.

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Should You Sell a Book for 99 Cents?

Posted On: 2014-05-28
By: Mercedes Tabano

99 cents has been touted by marketers as the new free, especially among Kindle books. New indie authors are encouraged to jump start sales by selling their books for 99 cents.

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Creating The Perfect Title

Posted On: 2014-05-21
By: Ashley Zee

It's not easy creating an eye-catching title that stands out from the competition and maximizes the power of internet/Amazon searches to your advantage. Many authors completely butcher their titles; with a bit of research, you can create powerful titles that help sell your book.

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Six Reasons to Have a YouTube Presence

Posted On: 2014-05-14
By: Mercedes Tabano

Indie authors know about blogging for their books, they know about building community with Facebook, they know about KDP promotions, press releases, and paid ads. But surprisingly, very few of them know about YouTube. Of course, they know about YouTube, but not as a channel to promote their businesses. If your book doesn't have its own YouTube channel, here's why it's a must have.

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Creating Book Trailers Without a Video Camera

Posted On: 2014-05-07
By: Ashlee Zee

The fear of being on camera is one of the reasons indie authors give for not having a trailer for their book. Another is not having access to a decent video camera. While most people today do have built in video cameras on their smartphones, it produces a less than professional video. So how is an indie author supposed to create a video trailer without a video camera? There are several ways.

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Create Book Trailers For Free

Posted On: 2014-04-30
By: Mercedes Tabano

There are many ways to create a book trailer. Most involve specialty tools, technical skills or a lot of money. However, if you don't have a lot of money, skills or tools, there are still ways you can create a book trailer for free. Here are some of the best resources for creating your own free and easy book trailers:

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