I’m a big fan of helping indie authors – I don’t think anyone can call me selfish with my time or resources (I give away a lot of both, freely). But I also don’t retweet other authors very often. In fact, I actively purge my feed of book promotions or spam. And I unfollow authors
I wrote a huge book launch post a couple weeks ago about the launch of my first ever fiction. I still feel exhausted, even though I haven’t done all that much in the last couple weeks. But now it’s time for part two: what happens after launch. Basically, I want my book to stay in
Persistence is not noble. This is the issue where I divide from most other leaders in the field – most creative people tell you to just keep creating. Keep doing the work. Don’t worry if the market isn’t responding. Don’t worry if nobody gets it. If you feel inspired to create, just make what you
After running Creativindie for over five years, I’m finally building up my autoresponder sequence… this is one of the emails. I’m starting to think towards my next non-fiction book, Paid to Create, and might use some of the same material there. A lot of writers and artists have trouble finishing the work. They get stuck
I talk a lot about book marketing on this site, but I’m not very organized… so I went through and picked some of my favorite posts. There’s a LOT of content here. For the most recent stuff, you should Click Here to search the site for new posts on book marketing. Also, you should grab Book
I was trying to unsubscribe people who never opened my emails, but screwed something up with Mailchimp segmentation. I was trying to clean things up, but made a big mess. I’ll try to figure it out asap! UPDATE: So I was using Mailchimp segmentation to try and get rid of some of the emails that
Today I chatted with Michelle Madow and Leia Stone about their recent book launches – since we all launched a book on 1/26th, it’s been fun to see how our different marketing choices, platform and audience has impact the success of our books. Here’s a list of topics we cover: Pricing – free, 99cents,
I used Kickstarter on my first non-fiction book. I very barely succeeded raising less than $1000. Here is how it works: you basically promise a copy of the book and any extras. You give bigger/more fun prizes depending on donation amount (these aren’t really “donations” – people expect to get something in return). You...
Hitting #1 in the Free categories on Amazon isn’t that hard. It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t qualify you as a bestselling author. Hitting #1 in the Paid categories is harder, but not that hard. I did it today with 64 sales. I’m a bestselling author on Amazon right now. And some of my books
Free book launch cheatsheet: This was my first ever book launch, and I’ve learned SO much since then… click here to download my companion workbook for the Guerrilla Publishing book… it has all my best book marketing strategies and some step by step book launch timelines you can use. Firstly – this isn’t...
For a couple years I’ve been telling authors to publish like a business: put out a “minimal viable novel” and get some feedback before betting the farm. Finish 5 chapters before writing the whole book. If you can’t get real readers to love the first 5 chapters, writing the rest is a waste of time.
I have something to say and I feel it needs to be said, though I’m not sure what exactly it is. On the eve of publishing my first fiction, I’m coming to terms with the potentiality of failure, and it’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever known. Maybe it’s because I just watched Me