Social Media: Choose It and Use It, Self-Publishers!

by Carla King (@CarlaKing), founder of Author Friendly
Readers use social media to review, recommend, and talk about books. Beyond user posts and comments, prominent bloggers use social media to post and promote their reviews and recommendations, making it a rich source of discovery for your potential readers. Simply put, social media is a goldmine for authors.

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DIY Tools and Services to Help You Write Your Book

by Julie-Ann Harper, Managing Director and founder of Pick-a-WooWoo Publishing Group and Authors Wish
Self-publishing is booming and with this transition comes a plethora of organisations worldwide offering author services to writers. But what if your budget doesn't extend to a professional editor, typesetter, cover designer, and so forth? Does this mean your book will not meet industry standards, be of poor quality, or sadly never be published? Absolutely not.

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How to Develop an Author Website and Blog

by Carla King (@CarlaKing), founder of Author Friendly
In this wired-in era, you practically don’t exist if you don’t have a website. Your author website is the center of all activity for promoting your writing. Done right, it provides the foundation for success in marketing and promoting your books. For authors, your best brand is your name, so make your author name your domain name.

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Create a Strong Author Platform with Free Content

Building a strong author platform can start with free content. Every word you write is a tool for promoting your brand and driving book sales. While it may sound counterintuitive, giving away your writing benefits you in the end. The main principle of marketing with free content is that all publicity is good publicity. The more you get your name and writing out there, the easier it is to create brand recognition and gain a following.

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The Benefits of Professional Editing

Some indie writers use beta readers and colleagues rather than professional editing and proofreading services, because it can be far less expensive to go without formal edits, and many indies—understandably!—would like to ease the costs of professional edits. While starting with beta readers is a fantastic idea, going without professional book editing altogether is a mistake.

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4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform

For some writers, building a strong author platform comes naturally, but for others, this extroverted activity of networking takes a lot of work. Whether it feels comfortable or not, the reality is that an author’s work needs to reach the right community of readers to be successful. This means that one of the most important aspects of book marketing is building relationships with people who will promote your book.

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How Much Should My Book Cost: Pricing Your Book

When you embark on the journey of getting a book published there’s a lot to consider and one of the things that should be on your priority list is how much you’ll be pricing your book for, which is a key piece of your book metadata. The editors of traditional publishing houses must fill out a profit and loss spreadsheet (P&L) before they can even acquire a book, let alone publish a book. The P&L determines what decisions they need to make in order to turn a profit on the book they hope to add to their list. One of the best places to start when determining the profit goals of your book publishing endeavors is to seriously consider how you'll be pricing your book.

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Book Distribution as an Afterthought

I’ve written and presented many times on the value of using print on demand (POD) as a means to get broad book distribution in bringing your book to the global marketplace while reducing your overall financial risk. This is especially a good path as a new author with a first book where the demand is unknown.

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Facing Up to the Importance of Your Author Photo

If Helen’s face could launch a thousand ships, why can’t yours draw a few good readers? Get tips for author photos to help build your author brand.

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How to Sell Your Book to Bookstores

by Cynthia Frank, president of Cypress House
Much as writing books is a passion and business for authors, selling books is a passion and the only business for independent booksellers. And while independent bookstores are known for being wonderful community gathering places with staff that genuinely care about the book industry, that doesn’t mean they can do it all for the love. They still need to sell books. Everyone has to make a living in this business, and this is what the independent booksellers need your book to be in order for both you and them to succeed in selling it.

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