Metadata is very important when it comes to categorizing and even marketing and finding readers for a book. Now that EPUB3 is around, authors/publishers can add really granular data to ebooks, which can help define target audiences, among other things. Continue reading
For indie authors, it’s good to have options. This means making your book available in multiple formats: ebook, audio, and print.
Just a few years ago, financing your own print books would have been either very expensive, take up a lot of garage space, or both. But now there are companies that offer short runs or print on demand, which significantly cuts down costs and eliminates the risk of ordering too many physical books. Continue reading
For indie authors, it can be harder to sell print books than ebooks. But, there are a number of opportunities and methods authors can use to sell print books, and even get their books into bookstores. Continue reading
Not everyone will like your book. And sometimes, you may end up with a one-star review. I’ve been there, and initially it feels like a punch in the gut. So what’s the best way to deal with a negative review? Respond? Ignore? Take the feedback into consideration? Continue reading
Originally posted on my author site on 11/17.
I am a TV addict.
I have a spreadsheet that tells me what channel and time all the current shows I watch air. My husband set up a DVR that can record up to 4 shows at once, though that’s not always enough. I know the dates of all season and series premieres.
Yes, I know I’m a nerd but I love TV. TV is a writer’s medium, and in a way many shows are like books or book series (some shows are even based on books: Game of Thrones, The 100, the Marvel shows based on the comics, etc.). Dramas have strong story arcs, and are similar to serials. Sitcoms are often witty and full of puns.
I’ve been trying to find ways to make my TV watching productive. So far I’ve written one book (How I Met Your Media) and written for a handful of websites. For now I think I’ll keep my observations to this blog.
Aside from the writing, I enjoy seeing all the connections, and watching the careers of some actors, writers, and other creators evolve and grow.
This fall season, there are two current shows that have caught my interest as a writer. They are HBO’s The Comeback, and Showtime’s Web Therapy. Both star Lisa Kudrow, who also created them (and a few actors appear on both shows, which is always exciting to see). Continue reading
Thanksgiving is almost here, so I’m going to keep this post short and simple. One way indie authors can expand their market and increase their sales is to offer their books in multiple languages. Continue reading
Mike Hartner is the author of I, James, an historical fiction/romance novel about a young boy ripped from his family. Here’s the official description:
James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?
Read on for Hartner’s interview with me, as well as for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Continue reading