A Brief Look at the State of Self-Publishing

Less than a decade ago, self-publishing, or indie publishing, had a stigma. Indie authors in general were seen as authors who couldn't get past the gatekeepers, and they weren't good enough to be traditionally published, so they weren't real authors. Now, the stigma is for the most part gone. However, it's still hard to be an …

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Guest Post: 9 Tips to Help Ensure E-Book Success

By James A. Rose - InstantPublisher James A. Rose gives tips on how to be more successful when it comes to selling ebooks. Indie e-book publishing has exploded in the past five years or so and for good reason. It is the best method for new authors on a limited budget to introduce their book to …

Indie Authors: Gathering Data and Marketing Your Work

You may already know, but I'm a big fan of data. It's so useful, and can help streamline and make book marketing so much more effective, among other things. One great way to collect data is to do surveys. One great example of how survey data pays off is musician Jim Bianco's album, Cookie Cutter. NPR …

What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 3

A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and …

What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 2

A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and …

What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 1

A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the first in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games …

Indie Authors: Finding Your Audience

It's not the most glamorous aspect of indie publishing, and it's definitely hard work, but finding the target audience for your book is an important step when it comes to successfully self-publishing. Knowing your readers and who may be potentially interested in what you have to say can make marketing down the line much, much …

Ebook Review: The Hybrid Author

The Hybrid Author by Dianne Sagan A publishing industry in constant change, authors find themselves trying to make decisions about whether or not to self-publish or traditionally publish. Now you have a book that explains the Hybrid Author path.  What it is.  What the options are.  How to decide.  Including interviews with C. J. Lyons, J. …

Issue #40 of Self Publishing Carnival of the Indies!

Every month, Joel Friedlander posts a collection of informative blog posts about self publishing on his site, The Book Designer. This month, my blog post by guest author Ron Glick about using Kindle Countdown deals was included! You can check it out, along with all the other awesome posts, in this month's issue of Self Publishing …

Freebie Strategies for Indie Authors

UPDATE: Author David Gaughran has also kindly answered a few additional questions.  Using free as a tool can be very beneficial to authors. When Amazon first started their KDP Select program, many authors were able to take advantage of the five freebie days offered during every 90-day exclusivity period, and shoot to best-selling status. However, Amazon has …