Indie Authors

Content or Keywords? How to write a book subtitle or tagline that grabs readers by the throat

The title of this post is a little too violent, but it exemplifies the purpose of this post: your subtitles and taglines need to engage readers. Firstly: a subtitle is usually what goes on a non-fiction book, and non-fiction book readers are mostly looking for information and content, so you need to focus on keywords (sort of, more on that later). A …

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7 things about writing I learned from Jonathan Franzen

I spent the day at the Budapest Book Fair listening to Jonathan Franzen talk about birds and writing, and making jokes that nobody laughed at because they were waiting for the translation to come through their headphones. I jotted down a few pearls of wisdom that should be useful to writers everywhere. #1. Writing is an experience, not a performance This …

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7 foolproof design tips to crush your book cover design

I was chatting with friends at the London Book Fair when one of them reminded me of a presentation on book cover design; which I felt duty bound to attend. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much, since I consider the cover design strategies I recommend for indie authors to be avant garde and not mainstream. But Damien Horner (@Damienhorner) delivered a 5 minute …

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A serialized fiction growth-hacking technique for fiction writers

Most book marketing tips and strategies are for non-fiction authors. When publishing experts are asked, “well what about fiction writers,” the answer is usually, “um, I don’t have experience with that, but it should work too.” Here’s how to sell books: build a platform and an email list. BUT HOW?! Usually by giving away a lot of free stuff or some …

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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 …

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Tattoos for writers (#amwriting)

I’ve wanted tattoos on my forearms or hands for a long, long time. I used to say, “I’ll get them done when I never have to consider getting a job or employment.” I passed that mark some time ago (I haven’t been employed for almost 5 years). But then I just didn’t know what to get. I thought about my …

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How to hack your way to the top of any Amazon bestseller category with free and cheap books

I keep telling people to make their books free, followed by 99cents, and they keep ignoring me. So here’s a short case study to show how freaking effective pricing hacks can be for dominating Amazon.   Take a look at #2 up there, the “Feel Good Myth.” Prime real estate you couldn’t even buy – top of the bestseller lists, …

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This is why book marketing packages don’t work

I see a lot of small publishing companies and book publicity “experts” offering book marketing packages that look something like this: Standard Author website Fan e-mail list for your website Social media accounts with weekly updates (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+) Search engine optimization Book listing on Goodreads, Shelfari, and other book listing sites Amazon book promotion and management News …

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6 reasons why everyone is totally wrong about author websites (and it’s killing your book sales!)

why everyone is wrong about author websites

If you are publishing a book and thinking about getting an author website designed, you probably having something fancy in mind – something glossy and sleek and professional, fully customized to match your brand and genre and book. Something totally amazing. Because that’s what all the bestselling authors with big platforms have. And so author website making companies usually offer something …

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