More Indie Publishing Tips

Don Massenzio is not only a great author; he’s an excellent advisor too! Thank you, for your very helpful and informative tips on indie publishing, Don!

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TandEFor me, indie publishing has consisted of a lot of trial-and-error to determine what things work and what things do not. Unlike other types of sales and marketing, as an author it is not only about selling books, but, to some degree, you are selling yourself. This is something I’m extremely uncomfortable with, but I’ve found some ways to adjust my approach to make it more tolerable.

This list consists of some of the things I’ve tried that have worked for me. Your mileage may vary.

Hard sell concept.

  • Blatantly asking people to buy your books doesn’t work. Instead, I’ve tried to use my blog, Facebook, and other social media to try to convince people that my work might be worth checking out. I do this by trying to entertain or teach with the material I post.

wordofmouth

  • Word of mouth is extremely important. Your existing readers are your best salespeople. I like interacting with them…

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Finding the Best Freelance Fiction Editor

Steven Capps has published an interesting and helpful blog post about editors and how to find them. Thanks so much Steven. This helps many of us.

Steven Capps

Welcome back to the blog! Before we begin, I want to highlight a few things that are not quite relevant to today’s post, which will be focused on how to hire a goodfreelance editor. If you are only here for that info, go ahead and scroll down. If you enjoy the content, I would love for you to hit the follow button just below the comment section. No pressure, and if this is the worst thing you’ve ever read, I’ll go sit in the corner of shame.

For everyone still reading this intro, I am assuming that you are one of the regulars, so thank you again for all your support. A few weeks ago, I posted a few episodes of a podcast, though it pittered out because in the subsequent interviews there was a super annoying static that I only recently fixed. Obviously, I couldn’t post these because…

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…Author, Frank Westworth reveals some of the dangers lurking for we scribblers…

Seumas Gallacher publishes a guest post, written by wise, unique and gifted author Frank Westworth. Thank you Seumas and Frank to provide us with this article of warning!

Seumas Gallacher

…any seriousHarley-Davidson rider, who also writes great books and gets playing blues guitar, automatically commands my attention… Author friend, Frank Westworth, is no exception in that regard… have a read of his WURDS of wisdom…

Unsafe Spaces

Frank Westworth’s new crime-thriller, ‘The Redemption Of Charm’, arrives at the end of March. In the meanwhile he ponders a topical peril of political correctness…

Writers have a problem. Readers. OK, so writers have many problems, among them … readers. What do readers do which is a problem for writers? Surely they’ve paid their sixpence, bought the book, and everyone is happy. What can possibly go wrong? What goes wrong is that readers sometimes read the books they’ve bought. No no, do not doubt me, for I know this to be true. It gets worse. After reading some of the book some readers write to the writer – to the author…

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Publishing a book with KDP Paperback (Beta) #amwriting #KDP #SelfPublishing

G. L. Cromarty provides us with a blog post about publishing a book with KDP Paperback (Beta). Thank you for this helpful and informative article!

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MY EXPERIENCE WITH KDP PAPERBACKPUBLISHING (BETA)

There is a new option with Kindle direct publishing to add a print book along with your ebook through their site. Formerly, most people would add a print version of their book via CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon. Now you have the option to do this directly via KDP Paperback (beta).

I have no experience with CreateSpace, but prior to deciding to go with KDPPaperback (beta) I had looked at this option. In summary, CreateSpace is a separate company, although owned by Amazon. You need two accounts, one for CreateSpace and one for KDP, and if you are entering tax and personal information for payments, you will need to do all this twice.

It’s my understanding that not all KDP users have the ‘Print Book’option yet, but that may have changed over the last couple of months (See KDP Print – Amazon is…

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Video: Basic Setup Process of a Book on Createspace

Rachael Ritchey has taken time to provide us with a step-by-step guide to use CreateSpace. I’m thrilled and I’m sure many other debut novelists are too! Thank you so much Rachael!! You rock!

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I know it’s been too long since I last touched on this great series: How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing, but life hasn’t slowed down all summer long! 🙂 I’ve finally got a video tutorial put together for you on the basics of setting up a Createspace account and first book for publishing.


Here are the picture steps to walk through. Really, everything here is fairly self-explanatory. If you have questions, please ask and I’ll help you find the answer.  🙂

  1) Sign up for the free account then log in w/your email address and password.

Step 01


2) Add New TitleStep 02


3) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate info. (Red * means info is required)Step 03


4) Now you get to add your author name (pseudonym if that’s how you roll!) and other pertinent info.

Step 04

5) Publication Date is NOT required right away! 🙂

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6) ISBN

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