Inspired by a guest post on Kindlepreneur, I invited two authors on today’s podcast to discuss creating hardcover versions of their books to sell on Amazon. The two platforms for doing so we’re looking at are Lulu and IngramSpark. Both have pros and cons we’ll discuss on the show, but depending on your niche,…Read More
Even the most nit-picky of writers needs someone to look over their work from time to time. Having a proofreader means there is an extra set of eyes and, in many cases, a fresh set of eyes that might catch things that, as the writer, you might not.
Caitlin Pyle is a proofreader for books and teaches others to become proofreaders. Not only has proofreading become her full-time job, but it has also helped her and her proofreading students make connections to other authors.Read More
The font you use on your book cover plays a big part in the success of your book and how well your cover resonates with your target market. And one of the major elements to consider when designing your book cover is your font choice. It can be tempting to put a lot of emphasis on using a fancy font with lots of elements to make the title, subtitle and/or author name pop on a cover, but there’s a fine line between awesome and cheesy.
Derek Murphy, who helps writers with publishing and book marketing, is our guest on today’s episode to talk about what you should be thinking about when picking fonts and designing the title, subtitle and author name on your book cover.Read More
Before releasing your book to Amazon, it’s important to test your book cover, title and description. Even if you think you have the best cover, tile or description, you may be surprised to find out that what you think is great may not work in the market or for potential readers who happen to…Read More
Audiobooks are big, and they’re only getting bigger. In 2016, the annual sales of audiobooks were 2.1 billion dollars, and sales increased to 2.6 billion dollars in 2017. (Source) With podcasting also on the rise, it looks like audio is where the market is flooding to right now for content consumption. At the same time,…Read More
Playster is a growing subscription-based service that allows you to download unlimited music, movies, books, audiobooks and games for a monthly fee. For customers, it’s a great deal and it means you don’t have to worry about credits or paying extra like with Audible for audiobooks. While it’s good for the consumer, it’s also great for authors, as well.
Our guest this week is Kevin Tumlinson from Draft2Digital who talks about the benefits of making books available on Playster, as well as assuaging any fears authors might have about not getting paid for their work.Read More
Amazon may seem like the be-all-end-all when it comes to book sales, but there are a number of other markets and new ones emerging that can benefit your book sales. Spreading your books to these markets can help you not only make money with your book, but also help increase reader familiarity with your name and books.
Today’s guest, Tracy Cooper-Posey, has had her books listed on a number of different sites, as well as her own website, and encourages authors to focus their marketing efforts on getting their books on as many platforms as they can. She talks about some of her favorite platforms and ways you can increase sales on them.Read More
Have you ever wondered how self-published authors get a hardcover version of their book on their book’s sales page? I know I did. As you may already know, Createspace and KDP are print-on-demand distribution services that can hanldle making your paperback books. But there’s no option for print-on-demand hardcover books within Createspace or KDP, which forces us…Read More
A common question from authors is about pricing their books. There are five major things to take into consideration when setting your price: Competition analysis; Analysis of KU and Kindle Direct prices; Target Demographic; Future Book Sales; and Launch Prices.
Patrick King is the guest for this episode, and he’s had first-hand experiences testing prices and seeing what sticks.Read More
The first time I put my book on Amazon, I didn’t think to put much time into writing the description because I didn’t think it was very important, but when Amazon came out with Amazon Marketing Services, the importance became more apparent. I could see when people saw the cover and title on…Read More