self-publishing

Pronoun is dead: this is why the best self-publishing services go out of business

  What’s Pronoun and what does it matter? Today was supposed to be the day I share testimonials from students and start wrapping up my course launch – but instead it’s important to comment on what’s going on with Pronoun. If you haven’t heard of Pronoun yet, it’s an ebook distribution platform like Smashwords and Draft2Digital. It’s not perfect, but ... Read More »

How to write like JK Rowling and get your book in the world’s most beautiful bookstore

  Porto and Harry Potter This month we’ve been travelling through Portugal, seeking out JK Rowling’s favorite writing spots for inspiration. Rowling started planning Harry Potter in Porto, and it’s easy to see the connection. The university students wear black capes, and Porto is home to the “most beautiful bookstore in the world” – Livraria Lello. You may not know this, ... Read More »

Kindle Direct Publishing paperback option is (nearly) unusable, stick with Createspace for print on demand

Recently I decided to change titles of my book; doing so with the Kindle version was easy, but you can’t change titles on Createspace (because it’s linked with an ISBN number) so I thought I’d try moving the print version to KDP instead. I’ve tried KDP’s paperback option several times but have always given up in frustration… nevertheless I tried ... Read More »

ALL self-publishing is a SCAM. It’s “impossible” to earn any money!

The title of this post is tongue-in-cheek, but it highlights an important issue. A lot of authors have been burned by predatory publishing companies, marketing firms or services promising the world and delivering little. Usually, authors spend way too much on their first book and see no results, then spend two years figuring out what went wrong, before finally learning ... Read More »

How to get more customers and clients (by meeting them where they are)

Recently I figured out that far more people are searching for “how to write a book” than “how to market a book” – because far more people want to write books than people who actually finish writing one. The insight I gained from that was, I can’t just be targeting clients and customers where I want to reach them. There’s a ... Read More »

How to disable page flip in Kindle ebooks (without Vellum)

  Last year I reported on how Kindle’s new page-flip feature might be screwing up earnings for authors in KU. Since then, things have improved somewhat for some authors, while others are still seeing fishy things happen with their page reads. So how do you disable page reads for your book altogether so you can stop worrying about it? Many authors have ... Read More »

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