We all know writing takes a lot of practice, and a lot of patience while you build up your skills (not to mention building up a thick skin). With that in mind, and while more and more people are working on their novels, I've rounded up some resources that help writers hone their writing skills. First up, Live Write Thrive has a great post about how writers can say more with … [Read more...] about Writing and Editing Your Work
By Cristian Stanciu Did you know two thirds of online activity revolves around watching videos? You probably knew that a lot of all internet traffic is video traffic nowadays, but didn’t expect it to be that much. YouTube is one of the biggest examples that has over a billion users and more than 500 million hours of videos are viewed on it every day. And Facebook … [Read more...] about Guest Post: 5 Ways to Sell More Books and Reach More Readers with Video Marketing
It's Monday! I've got more resources I've rounded up throughout the week, and some insights into how this pandemic has changed a few of the industries us authors work in. Industry Changes To start, advertising in the podcast space has changed a lot in the past month, and is continuing to change. So if you're a podcaster in addition to being an author, apparently now's a good … [Read more...] about Navigating Changes and Creating Content
By Maja Talevska Ever since Amazon took over the online space, the total market share for online sales rose from about 5% in the '90s to 12% in 2019, according to stats about online versus in-store shopping. This change has affected the way people shop for books too. Giants such as Amazon have freed the authors from traditional publishing routes and gave them the power to … [Read more...] about Guest Post: How Much do Americans Spend on Books?
Today's post is another roundup of resources for authors during these crazy times. Since we're all physically distancing, it's a good time to step up your digital content game. What does that mean? The Book Designer's post about it being a wide virtual world is a good start. There are all kinds of ways to chat online, connect with readers, and go live. Digital also includes … [Read more...] about Authors: Step Up Your Digital Content Game
I don't know about you, but I've slowed down a lot in the past few weeks. I find myself juggling different kinds of tasks. Instead of trying to squeeze in more meetings and emails and embark on small projects with quick wins, I'm chatting with my family more, trying out new recipes, and keeping my house much cleaner. (Also I, like apparently many others, have been using my … [Read more...] about Give Yourself Some Space and Time
How's everyone doing? In California, we've been sheltering at home for a few weeks now, and adjusting to all the changes. If you're looking for something to do, or new resources to help you cope, I've found a few (below). Writing Lots of people have been finishing their novels while staying at home. If you have a book you've been meaning to get out, now may be a good time. … [Read more...] about Writing, Reading, Listening While Sheltering At Home
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 on how to find reviewers and contact them. Funds for Writers and … [Read more...] about Indie Authors: An Overview of Book Reviews
Direct marketing is powerful. There's a reason so many people say "the money is in the list." If you can build a mailing list of people who like your work and are willing to pay for it, then it becomes much easier to sell your books and have bigger book launches. With that in mind, here are some tips and resources on how to build a strong mailing list: Setting Up Your List … [Read more...] about Setting Up and Building an Email List
By Heather Redding We get it. You’re an author and not a salesperson, which could be why you’d rather be writing than promoting your books. Engaging in book promotion isn’t the only way to attract your target audience, though. Instead, you could focus on using your knowledge and expertise to educate people and naturally draw them into your world of books. Content … [Read more...] about Guest Post: 4 Content Marketing Tricks for Authors to Attract More Readers
By Marissa DeCuir As a reader of Digital Pubbing, you likely already well know how to access ebooks and audiobooks. But not all book lovers are as attuned to finding their next digital read, and figuring this out can be daunting. Our newly launched #BooksForwardHelpline walks readers step-by-step through the downloading process and options for various e-reading … [Read more...] about Guest Post: #BooksForwardHelpline teaches physical book lovers how to download ebooks, audiobooks
Stay safe, and stay sane. I hear these words more and more lately, and I think it's succinct and meaningful. I hope everyone who reads this is healthy and doing well. One thing I've been able to do as a result of sheltering in place is read a lot more. If you're looking for some inspirational stories or tips or even some random tidbits, then I've got a list for … [Read more...] about Staying Sane By Reading and Learning
It's well known that a good book cover is a key component of selling a book (aside from having a great story, of course). But with so many books out there for readers to choose from (especially now that indie authors as well as traditional publishers are now making high quality book covers of similar caliber, according to Publishing Perspectives) what can make your cover stand … [Read more...] about Indie Authors: What’s in a Book Cover?
Over the next few weeks at least, it's all about social distancing. I recently posted some tips and tricks I've picked up working from home. This is seems like an opportunity to work on other platforms as an indie author, and creating content for people who are spending more time at home. If you know me, you know I'm a podcaster so this may not come as a surprise. Here's a … [Read more...] about 253 Resources About Podcasting, Audiobooks, and Smart Speakers (All the Audio!)
By Dave Brown Thanks to social media, becoming a successful self-published author, YouTuber, or content creator is possible. Not only does it allow you to stay in touch with your audience, but expand your reach day by day. In this blog, we cover six essential social media strategies that can work for any independent publisher. 1. Set SMART KPIs Make sure that your KPIs … [Read more...] about Guest Post: 6 Social Media Strategies for Independent Publishers