One of the most
powerful things you can do to improve your book sales on Amazon is to
choose the best category for your book. It is amazing what a few tweaks
and changes can do for your book rankings. Read
The master of the horror genre, Stephen King, knows a thing or two about
the hard work of writing. King has written over 50 books and knows that
it takes sacrifice and dedication. “I start work on a project, I don’t
stop, and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to,” says King. “If
I don’t write every day, the characters begin to stale off in my mind...
I begin to lose my hold on the story’s plot and pace.”
Most accomplished authors agree that writing needs to be a regular
discipline. For many that means a daily regimen of writing, say, 500
words or maybe a chapter. Often that leaves precious little time for
But there’s another important component for writing success–reading. As
BookBaby blog contributor Dawn Fields puts it, “Reading is an essential
job for writers. It is not a pastime but an obligation.”
Her recent blog post offers five important reasons why spending some of
your invaluable “off-writing” time reading about the craft and process of
writing can be instrumental in your development as an author. You can read all about it here.
After you’ve done the hard work of finishing your book, you owe yourself
a vacation. To help you choose your destination, here’s a recent New York Times
feature on some of the world’s most fabulous book stores.
You need to
create a brief and compelling author bio for use on your website, book
jacket, and press releases. We take a look at the key elements of an
interesting bio, and what should be omitted. Read
Early-bird registration for the Independent Authors
Conference is ending soon. Still on the fence about coming to
Philadelphia? Take a closer look at these three sessions that will give
you the tools needed to be a more successful author.
Self-Publishing Boot Camp
Carla King will whip your book into shape and cover a gauntlet of topics
including book creation, distribution, formatting and conversion, and
social media marketing. Enlist for Boot Camp
How to Build the Right Relationships to
Become a Recognized Thought Leader
Elizabeth Marshall will share current case studies and proven strategies
you can use to develop the right relationships for your book and business
in her interactive presentation. Learn how to lead
My Parents’ Experience with Traditional
Publishing Led Me To Self-Publishing
Scott Bilker learned a lot from his parents’ success with traditional
publishing. Using that wisdom, he has sold over 225,000 books and now he
is going to share what he learned with you. Gain more knowledge
Imagine you’re reading this email while finishing a family brunch at a
local restaurant. The bill comes—it’s $50. You’ve enjoyed the service and
want to leave a generous $15 tip. So, $65 in all.
You put a $100 bill on the table and then walk out the door. But wait, what
about the extra $35 you’ve left behind?
This is exactly what many self-published authors are doing with their
book distribution plans. They’re literally leaving money on the table.
How? By having Amazon as their sole eBook or Print On Demand retail outlet.
Mind you, Amazon needs to be an important part of any book sales
strategy. But industry and BookBaby stats show that Amazon only claims
about 65% of the international book retail market. By ignoring other
outlets like iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and others, you’re losing
out on a lot of potential readers.
In one of my recent BookBaby blog posts, I highlight the number one
mistake that self-published authors make when deciding where to
distribute their books. You can read it here.
And one more thing: Check out this post from Atlas Obscura
about some beautiful miniature books that are worth sacrificing your