Tag Archives: self-publishing

Why you should never try and get your books in bookstores or libraries

The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries. That claim is false. While theoretically your books can be ordered by libraries, it’s unlikely they will – you need to get them reviewed by MG/YA book reviewers or big organizations. You can advertise in magazines and ... Read More »

The Cardinal Sin of Self-Publishing

I see a lot of inexperienced authors saying things like, “If that crappy book can sell a million copies, mine will do way better.” This post will break down all the errors in that statement. Firstly, it’s good to know your competition. But you also need to respect it. Authors who make statements like that often haven’t even read those books they are denigrating; ... Read More »

The horrible hidden truth about self-publishing that nobody wants you to know

UPDATE: I made a video talking about this stuff but it’s down at the bottom of this post. Scroll down to see it.      I’ve been self-publishing for about a decade, and have sold thousands of books. I haven’t made a living (yet), and like most self-publishing gurus and experts, I make my living in services rather than with ... Read More »

How to publish a book in 2016 (and make it a bestseller)

It’s a new year! In 2015 I decided to focus on my writing, and this month I’m gearing up to launch my first fiction. I’ve been posting a lot of advanced Amazon hacking and guerrilla book marketing stuff on my blog, but I realized that’s too much for people who are still struggling to finish their first book, get it ... Read More »

Can Hugh Howey teach us anything about book cover design?

Today I saw that Hugh Howey had posted an article on book cover design. “That’s cool,” I think. Hugh Howey is one of the most successful self-publishing authors in the world. He started out with pretty unprofessional book covers that embody the design tastes of most indie authors (they focus on scenes and symbolism and details, instead of being simple ... 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 »

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