2014 Top Websites and Blogs for Self-Publishing Authors (according to Google)

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When I was putting together my ebook “100 Publishing Questions Answered” someone asked me for a list of the best blogs and websites for indie and self-publishing authors. I didn’t have one handy, so I thought I should make my own. However I decided NOT to make a curated list. Which means, instead of trying to determine which websites have ... Read More »

The really weird thing about “book marketing” experts

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Self-publishing is big business. And most self-published books don’t sell – for a variety of reasons, but mainly because: 1. There isn’t any market for them; they were written without considering the genre readership. 2. They are poorly designed. 3. The authors have no platform (blog, traffic, followers, email list, etc). And that’s why authors spend a lot of time ... Read More »

4 reasons why your Twitter book promotion campaign is guaranteed to fail

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In my books I urge against marketing your books on Twitter, or paying anybody else to do it for you. I’m annoyed by the hundreds of misguided tweets shouting and bouncing all over my Twitter feed like “Sexy, hot, 5star reviewer says ‘Must Read!!’ On sale now #99 #kindlebooks #amreading #bestseller” And recently I was also pretty critical of book ... Read More »

What happened to Createspace’s book cover design prices? (How much does book cover design cost?)

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I’m thinking of raising my prices again, and looking around to check the “going rate” for book cover design. On my book covers site I make a big deal of pointing out that my covers are cheaper than createspace’s $1049 Custom Cover Premier Plus. But I just checked and that cover design option has disappeared. They used to have an even more expensive illustrated ... Read More »