Indie Authors and Book Reviews

Book reviews are an important part of an indie author's strategy. Reviews can let potential readers know if they want to purchase your book, and they can also help you improve your work.  The Creative Penn offers advice for getting reviews if you're an unknown author. The idea is to get a team of people …

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Finding Your Audience and Appealing to Them

Pretty much everyone can agree that having a marketing plan is essential when it comes to publishing your own books. And the first step in creating that plan is finding your niche and your audience.  This isn't always easy to pin down. One thing you can do is create user personas. Xtensio has a user …

Guest Post: How YouTube Helps Your Social Media Marketing

By Katherine Lane It has become more convenient today to give people a lasting impression about you on social media through the different online platforms–that is, depending on what you are into. Facebook is not the only one that offers the opportunity for Internet marketing. Using another platform like YouTube, for instance, can become a …

Guest Post: 5 Money-Saving DIY Design Tricks for Self-Publishers

You decided to put your thoughts to paper and have a manuscript that you deem worthy of publication. However, you do not want to pay a company to use expensive and proprietary software to make your book stand out among the rest of the books on a book store shelf or on Amazon. Here are …

What Indie Authors Can Learn From Other Industries

As an indie author, it can be fun (and helpful) to learn about what's going on in other industries. Joe Wikert outlined on DBW what publishers can learn from the podcast model, by offering easy subscriptions (which could arguably be similar to subscribing to blogs or newsletters), delivering content on a regular schedule, and delivering …

140 Tools and Resources for Building Your Author Website and/or Blog

Author websites and blogs are important components to building an author platform. With that in mind, here is a list of resources that can help you set up and optimize your site. Setting Up Your Website Find Available Domain Names on Namestation "+300 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs & Startups" on Medium "11 Essential Elements …

Tips for Recording and Publishing Your Own Audiobooks

It's no secret that audiobooks are growing in popularity, and are becoming part of the self-publishing process. An op-ed in the New York Times wrote about the benefits of listening to stories: I listen the way I read books as a child, as if I were there watching. The author becomes more transparent, the characters more real. …

Indie Authors: Where Do You Get Your Industry News?

As an indie authorpreneur, it's important to stay on top of the latest trends, not only in self-publishing, but in the publishing industry as a whole. Here are some sites and blogs that I read regularly. Some of them cover the publishing industry, including news, book deals, and job moves. Others give updates on the …

Indie Authors: An Overview of Book Reviews

Sure, we all know that getting authentic reviews, and ideally that are 4- and 5-stars, is a key component to a book's success. In fact, you need a certain number of 4-star reviews just to be considered for a BookBub promotion. Because of this, there are tons of resources online that give indie authors advice …

Indie Authors: Book Promotion Tools and Tips

Marketing is a crucial part of book publishing. If no one knows your book is out there, how can you expect people to read it? With that in mind, here's a compilation of tips and tools that can help you with your book promotion efforts. Book Promotional Tools BookPromotion.com stresses four components of a book …