book publishing

How to format your book’s sales page listing on Amazon.com (through KDP or Author Central)

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 can only use the html …

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The confusing double standard between indie and “normal” publishing (as it pertains to book cover design)

DIY book cover design template in MS Word

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 “retro” styled, because it’s cool to be …

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DIY December – Can you tell these book covers were made in MS Word?

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 as well so I can …

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Book marketing secrets you need to know before you publish

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exactly revolutionary, but after reading everything else available, I’ve realized a lot of advice for indie authors is outdated, disorganized or just plain wrong.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 authors, often suggesting simple, small changes that double …

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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 artists, because they probably spend …

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How to really write a press release (that actually sells books), plus some free PR templates

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 I used www.alexa.com to find out. …

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Everything you wanted to know about advertising your book (book promotion through Google, Facebook and More)

online book promotion guide

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. As they say on their …

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How much will you spend self-publishing your book? Please leave feedback!

Recently a lot of my authors have been sending the printing requirements for the small presses and publishers they’ve signed up with. These are author services companies, that usually charge a huge up-front fee (average $1000 for ebook publishing, $3000 for ebook and POD print book). But since these publishers and small presses have really ugly cover design options and …

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A simple and bizarre trick to help you write and edit your book (by switching between creativity and laser-focused attention)

I know one of the biggest challenges for writers is A) coming up with creative ideas for their writing and B) going back through their writing to self-edit, rewrite, improve and restructure. These are vastly different skills which need vastly different mind-sets. But there’s a simple and easy trick you can use to switch between them. I’m reading Imagine, How …

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