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How I got 8500+ new readers on my email list in 1 week with KingSumo and Rafflecopter (giveaways for authors)

Update: I got about 20,000 new subscribers this month running giveaways. I also got about 10,000 new likes and followers on social media. They aren’t cheap, but they are soooo powerful. Now I’m using giveaways to drive book launches and get more book reviews… I’ll post more on that later. This month I’ve been playing around with contests using Rafflecopter ... Read More »

How to us “taster texts” & “nibble novels” to build your list and grow your author platform

If you’re any kind of writer, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “show don’t tell.” It basically means, don’t tell readers what happened, or why it matters, or how the characters feel about it. You need to demonstrate those things with good writing, and by letting the scene and action and characters show readers what’s happening directly, without you getting in the ... Read More »

AuthorHouse’s Tips on Cover Design Demonstrates their Terrible Covers

I’m finishing up a Udemy course on book cover design and uploading some videos to YouTube. My videos aren’t very professional or well done, and I don’t have a lot of followers, but at least my cover designs don’t suck. This video from AuthorHouse, on the other hand, uses dozens of very ugly, unprofessional book cover designs as examples of “Good” ... Read More »

Representing Indie Authors at the 2015 London Book Fair

This isn’t my first book conference, but I’m definitely an outsider here. The London Book Fair is the first book fair I’ve been to that’s firmly for publishing professionals. As a concession to the self-publishing authors who have won themselves a piece of the publishing pie, the London Book Fair has provided a whole corner for indie authors to share ... Read More »

7 Things Indie Authors are Doing RIGHT (some positive reinforcement to support your confidence)

Recently I posted an article/video called “The #1 Thing Indie Authors are Doing Wrong” – I didn’t expect much traffic but actually people have been sharing it quite a lot. So I watched my own video and I heard a lot of negativity. It’s frustrating, for me, and anybody who works in the publishing industry, to face an ever-increasing torrent ... Read More »

Reputation vs. Relevancy: understanding website traffic

There are a lot of authors who have no idea what to do with their website. And I’m not just talking about design (though I have in other posts, because it’s important). So I thought I’d raise the subject of reputation vs. relevancy, hopefully to clarify how people are finding you. Reputation If you build your reputation, people know about you. So ... Read More »

The #1 things most self-publishing authors get wrong (mistakes to avoid).

This month I published over 100 YouTube videos. I’m getting a little more confident, though I tend to ramble. In this one I discuss common self-publishing mistakes you should avoid that I see most indie authors screwing up. Here are some of the things I talk about. Ugly website Ugly book cover Spamming people Overprotective of their content Paying too ... Read More »

How to set up a website funnel with WordPress to build loyal readers and sell more books.

I’ve written before about author websites but now that I’ve started making videos I can offer a more ‘hands-on’ approach. I volunteered to fix Randall Wood’s website, which was an eyesore: his books are already doing well but I knew he could be selling twice as much if he fixed up his website and his marketing funnel a little. As ... Read More »

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