My guide for new self-publishers is now available in paperback! Pick up your copy in time for the holidays!
This week Lucy Adams joins me on the blog to share her insights on what to do when you just plain don’t feel like writing, even though you know you need to in order to meet your goals. Take a look below at what she has to say.
Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell More Books on Kindle – Nick Stephenson
This book has great ideas on how to build your mailing list. It’s targeted toward new authors, but the system he suggests really can only be done by authors with 2-3 books who are willing to offer one for free. Either way, I’m definitely going to try this method. I’m curious to see how it plays out.
One of the only things I disliked about this book was his suggested email sequence. He discusses how it’s important to not spam your readers, but then he goes right into a FIFTEEN email sequence that does precisely that. As a reader, when I sign up for an author’s mailing list, I quickly unsubscribe if I get 15 automated emails “welcoming” me.
Other than that, the book offered a great way to gain mailing list subscribers and dives into further detail about how to establish a relationship with your reader instead of selling to them all the time.
What I Found Most Helpful: Nick Stephenson talks about establishing a relationship with your reader so you’re not always selling yourself. People are more likely to want to support you if they look at you as a friend rather than a salesman. That’s one thing I’ve got to keep in mind and work on with my readers.
You see the Big 5 publishers do it all the time. Books in the bestseller lists on Amazon or Barnes and Noble are often preorders. You think it’s a pretty sweet deal to have people buying your book before its even done. You work better under pressure, right?
Well isn’t this the most obvious title ever. Sure, you hear some people claim that “money can’t buy happiness” and while I believe that’s true to an extent, money can buy A LOT.
For those starting out in self-publishing, it seems that the only way to get an audience to promote your books to is to blog. You hear some authors who blog and seem to have great success with it and you figure it can’t be that hard. You think, “Maybe I should take up blogging to help build an audience before I publish?” The short answer is you shouldn’t. There’s a but in there, which I’ll explain.
Until recently, I haven’t thought about the worldwide appeal of my books. I didn’t even really think about where my books were sold so much as how many books were sold.
Among the laundry list of things each new author “has to do” in order to be successful, social media is one that comes up often. You may be stressing about figuring out how to tweet or trying to decide what to share to Facebook. And Instagram? Forget it.
One of the goals I set for myself for 2016 was to get my books in physical bookstores. Or at least try. I actually forgot about this goal (whoops) until I was editing The Independent Author: Year One. I touch on the results a bit in that book, but I wanted to dive into the topic further here.
It’s been over two years since I first started the blog. Initially called “The Independent Author,” I’ve recently renamed it “Go Indie” for a snappier title.
It’s been just over a year since I first began publishing and I thought it’d be appropriate to put everything I’ve learned in my first year into one book. That way, aspiring indie authors who use the Go Indie blog as a resource to plan their debuts won’t have to search through my site in order to find whatever it is they’re looking for.
Not only does the book collect my posts from throughout my first year of publishing, but I’ve updated each post with a reflection after a year in. My opinion of some things changed, my opinion of others didn’t. Basically, in that year I’ve gained perspective and have further defined what type of author I want to be.
Go Indie: A Guide to Your First Year Self-Publishing is now available across all major ebook retailers. Paperback and audio will soon follow, so stay tuned for the details.
Thinking of self-publishing? Do you have a great book but not sure where to go from here? You’re not alone. Every day, authors are deciding to self-publish with varying levels of success.
Fantasy author David Neth shares his first year experience as an indie author including his mistakes, successes, and plans to grow his business in his second year. Using his journey as a case point, you’ll learn what worked and didn’t work for one author so you can determine what will work for you.
With chapters on writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and everything in between, Go Indie breaks down a typical first year for an indie to help you go from aspiring writer to published author.