The last time I added a book to Amazon (2011) things were a little different, and I had to learn to tricky, not-quite-html code. But the situation has improved. From what I understand (as of Nov. 2013) or so, you can login to Author Central and manage your book description, but on Author Central you
The confusing double standard between indie and “normal” publishing (as it pertains to book cover design)
Something interesting I thought I would bring up, because I encounter it often in my work with indie and self-publishing authors. If you do a search for “best cover designs”, you’ll routinely see covers that designers love – like on this page. And they are very clever, very clean and simple, usually “flat” or...
I’m about ready to launch a package of DIY book cover templates in MS word, to give indie authors and affordable options for high quality cover design. I’m trying to bulk upload to Pinterest (where “DIYdecember” is trending) but alas, Pinterest is fickle, so I’m going to upload some of my favorites on this page
I’m writing a book on book marketing. It’s not exactly revolutionary, but after reading everything else available, I’ve realized a lot of advice for indie authors is outdated, disorganized or just plain wrong. Which is why most indie authors are terrible at promoting their own books. Since I’ve worked with hundreds of...
Dasher was drunk, and he was being an asshole again. “I raise you, ten gingersnaps and three candycanes.” We were playing Texas Hold’em. There was a six, four, three and two showing. Dasher looked over-eager and pleased with himself, so I was pretty sure he had the straight. Normally I might have just given in,
Tonight after reading some of Gary V.’s new book Jab, Jab, Jab, Punch I followed his advice and searched Twitter for “book cover design” – by way of which I discovered Alastair Humphreys’ invitation for someone to redesign his book cover. I wasn’t familiar with Alastair so I would have passed the opportunity...
On my book cover design site, I sometimes offer to do free makeovers for indie authors – on the condition that I get to make what I want, and that they don’t get much say in the creative process. It’s fun for me and often takes less than an hour, and if they like what
Can introverts be successful authors? How do you build a platform around your writing when you like to be alone
I have a suspicion, or maybe more like a prejudice, that all the best writers and artists are introverts. We are proud and independent, we like to spend time on our own with our own ideas, we excel at keeping ourselves entertained with the creative production of our own worlds. I distrust extroverted writers and
I tend to make business cards when I’m just starting to write a book. The reason is, every time you talk to anybody about what you’re working on, it may sound dumb or just be an idea and they will forget all about it. Unless you have a business card. In which case you can
This article is older, make sure you read this new one about a more recent press campaign. I just finished a rather long post on book advertising – in it I mentioned a mediocre book promotion blog making a lot of money on book advertisements. I was curious what sort of traffic they get so
Everything you wanted to know about advertising your book (book promotion through Google, Facebook and More)
I’m a casual browser of book marketing and promotion sites. I also deal with a lot of authors asking about book promotion companies and services. In general, I say to steer clear. Paying someone else to market your book is a losing gamble, and you’ll very rarely make even a fraction of your money back.
I used to be a full-time editor. Since then, I don’t often read amateur/mediocre books. I rarely have time to read as it is, so I only read brilliant, perfected writing. Unless I’m helping somebody out with a review, cover, or something else – in which case the book may be suffering from common rookie