Recently I figured out that far more people are searching for “how to write a book” than “how to market a book” – because far more people want to write books than people who actually finish writing one. The insight I gained from that was, I can’t just be targeting clients and customers where I want
Writing fiction is hard. I’ve said before that I don’t suffer from the insecurity most writers face when writing, because I know that my books will sell (because I’m writing them specifically to satisfy a target audience). But the truth is, I still flounder halfway through every book and doubt whether or not I can
UPDATE: after several months of work, we just launched a brand new 3D book cover mockup tool, and it’s amazing. Scroll down for the direct link (it’s free). I’ve been trying to find a way for authors to make better graphics for a long time – for book covers mostly, but also for book promotion
I’m a slow writer… I published two books in January but have been mostly brain-dead since. I even pushed back the preorder for my next book… but now it’s got to get done. To encourage myself to write more in March, I’m sponsoring a writing challenge. Two months ago I was on a cruise with
There is a demand for publishing short stories, but the money is in ebooks. Specifically, Amazon’s “short reads” section, which is broken down by reading time for books less than 100 pages. This week I got to peak at a report from k-lytics.com, who analysed more than 14,000 books to assess the commercial attractiveness of
I’m not a fast writer. And I’m not a pantser. I need to outline first and no exactly what happens in the story. But once I have that part, the problem becomes motivating myself to sit down and fill in the outline, consistently. I usually feel drained after writing for 15 minutes, and if I
I’ve been making a living online for almost a decade, but I still have trouble pricing my services and offers. I usually focus on making everything a good deal. I include lots of bonuses and options to make the value seem incredible. I also tend to price low. This is probably a mistake. I see book
I don’t always share income reports, and I wasn’t really going to talk about how much my books earn until I hit 10K a month in revenue, but I think it’s also important to point out that my methods are working. 5K a month from Kindle books is nothing to sneeze at, and
I tend to go overboard with my courses and tutorials, and am trying to simplify. Today I’m at the San Francisco writer’s conference and I keep finding myself repeating my book launch formula to authors. I told one writer, “Authors don’t like book marketing because they think it means telling strangers about your...
This isn’t actually a huge deal, but my recent book on book marketing isn’t doing so well (ranking at around 5ok). But that’s embarrassing because books about book marketing should do well, right? I mean, if it’s a good book and they guy knows about book marketing, it should be smoking! But that’s not true,
My friend Ricardo from Reedsy just sent this awesome infographic. It covers the basics of work with a designer, but misses some of the important stuff (what is a cover that sells? What actually goes on the cover?). They address some of that in the actual article on cover design – and the main advice is “hire
Last year I reported on how Kindle’s new page-flip feature might be screwing up earnings for authors in KU. Since then, things have improved somewhat for some authors, while others are still seeing fishy things happen with their page reads. So how do you disable page reads for your book altogether so you can stop worrying...