Thursday, September 21, 2017

Self-publishing is all about publishing for free (CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing) and doing your own marketing. 

Self-publishing is viable and you can make money self-publishing eBooks and paperbacks. “The Kindle Effect” in Fortune magazine reports that “eBook self-publishing has become a $1 billion industry” So-called independent books are increasingly landing on bestseller lists, and are optioned to be Hollywood movies. 

Petersen Press Senior Editor Lorraine Crews says indie authors drive 20% of all eBook sales. “They’re selling better than traditional authors,” she says.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Publishing with Amazon's CreateSpace and KDP For Free!

There are two different ways to publish a book with Amazon at no cost to you.

Authors are at the heart of CreateSpace does. Their innovative free tools and top-notch professional services make publishing and distribution easier than ever. Plus it pays to self-publish with CreateSpace. Their royalty structure provides industry-leading economics, putting more in your pocket. With CreateSpace, manufacturing and shipping is completely taken care of. Your book remains in-stock, It is printed on-demand when customers order. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Six reasons why you should self-publish your book.

1. You have a story to tell.

Now there is no excuse to keep it all to yourself. Get it on Kindle and let your story have a chance to be read. Even if only one solitary reader reads it, your story will have at last been given life.

Rejection letters from literary agents will be a thing of the past as soon as you self-publish. And don’t forget to give the postman a signed copy, because he will never deliver another rejection letter to you.

2. You write in an unusual genre.

No one has been interested in publishing your work because it doesn’t fit a standard genre. Self-publish and you will discover that there are people out there who share your point of view, or interest. You never know unless you try.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Six Secrets to Boosting Your Presence on Amazon

It’s a challenge for any self-publishing author to get noticed and stay relevant in the Amazon Bookstore. When sales are flagging, how do you get the ball rolling again? Usually the secret to getting something done is to do it yourself.

If not many readers are buying your book, buy it yourself. Several times a year, purchase several copies of your own book from Amazon; five books each quarter is a good guideline to follow. This approach serves two purposes: It gives you a temporary boost in sales ranking to boost your profile; and it provides you with author copies you can use to promote your book in other ways.

Coming after the break are some smart ways to put those books to use in your overall marketing approach:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Writers need to overcome self-limiting beliefs that stand in their way.

Despite the amazing opportunity that self-publishing presents, some aspiring writers are held back, not by the physical act of writing, but by myths they tell themselves. For many, the challenge is not finding time to write, it’s overcoming self-limiting beliefs.

Myth 1: Shyness: “I’m afraid to share my thoughts with the world”
When I first started blogging in 1989, I published what I wanted about writing because I was an early Internet expert. I didn’t worry about the reaction from readers might be. In fact, of the 26 blogs I have had through the years, I have shut off comments.