As I mentioned in last week’s post on “How to Claim Your Author Page on Amazon Author Central”, over 15% of your book’s sales will probably come from Amazon if you’re the author of a nonfiction book and over 50% for a novel.
Since so much of the sales for your book will Continue reading
Over 15% of your sales will probably come from Amazon if you’re the author of a published nonfiction book and over 50% of your sales for a novel, so your Author Page on Amazon should be as polished and professional as possible.
Amazon gives authors Continue reading
Many traditional publishers have been in business for decades and have policies and audit procedures in place that eliminate most opportunities for errors ranging from minor spelling mistakes to costly legal issues such as defamation, invasion of privacy, or failing to acquire permissions.
In addition, the mere fact that a traditional publisher has chosen Continue reading
Doing more than one of the jobs involved in publishing a book is not easy. Handling every aspect well is nearly impossible.
Very few people have the time or skills required to Continue reading
Now that online book retailers are generating 50% or more of fiction sales and 20% or more of nonfiction sales, having reviews posted on the page for your book on those sites has become very important.
At the same time, it is nearly impossible Continue reading
One of the key determinations each author should make is their initial target market. While many authors would like to think that every reader would be interested enough in their book to purchase it, few have enough money to make every reader aware of their book via marketing.
Determining your initial target market should be a ruthlessly Continue reading
In this era of online images and videos, content creators (aka writers) continue to find new ways to communicate that help satiate the demand for visual inputs that can be easily shared.
As words have become images, the term “infographic” was coined to describe a graphic visual representation of information that is Continue reading
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shares in his TED Talk on “Flow, the secret to happiness” that people report they are most happy when they are doing challenging work and believe they have the skill necessary to do it well. If the work is not quite challenging enough then they feel they are in control but not as productive as they would like to be. Continue reading
As I was listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s TED Talk on “Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce” I was struck once again by his ability to teach by telling stories with humor and surprising insights. I enjoy his style of presentation more than others, but based on what I learned in his talk, I would have to conclude that other people do not share my preference–and that is a good thing. Continue reading
As an author, what have you accomplished in the past few weeks and what have you left undone when it comes to writing and getting published? What goals have you accomplished recently? What is stopping you from finishing or perhaps even starting your book? Continue reading