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Self-published books becoming best sellers

Self-publishing allows writers to use ingenuity and self-promotion to be discovered by readers

Self-publishing allows writers to use ingenuity and self-promotion to be discovered by readers

There is a sea change underway in how some authors are published. Self-published books have made their way onto best-seller lists and the distribution model is attracting more established authors, the New York Times reports.

The Times article overviews how big publishing houses including Penguin and Harlequin are now operating divisions focusing on writers that are willing to forego an advance in exchange for a greater share of the overall profits. More than 250,000 self-published books are now produced annually, and while many may never be well read (or read at all), a quarter of the most popular titles sold on Amazon were self-published.

“While self-published authors get no advance, they typically receive 70 percent of sales. A standard contract with a traditional house gives an author an advance, and only pays royalties – the standard is 25 percent of digital sales and 7 to 12 percent of the list price for bound books – after the advance is earned back in sales,” the Times article noted. Romance and science fiction topped the charts, according to the report.

Another avenue of opportunity is using self-publishing to distribute backlisted books that have gone out of print. A 2011 Forbes article cited authors making greater royalties off of out of circulation titles than when they were in print. But many services are geared toward novices. A quick Web search turns up a bevy of sites dedicated to the practice including independent publishers. There are also guides to self-publishing and services to assist writers that aspire to make their first bestseller or just have their voices heard.

There might be some gimmickry, but it makes perfect sense to use the Internet to disrupt how books are distributed.  The model at least provides another option that casts off reliance on publishing houses’ marketing promises, agents, and other middlemen that reduce payback for what could be years of work. Maybe publishers will innovate their own services in response.

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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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6 Easy Steps To Book Your Author Blog Tour

6 Easy Steps To Book Your Author Blog TourIt’s pretty common knowledge in the publishing industry that most book signing tours don’t generate big bucks for new authors. Sure—book tours can stir up buzz and interest. But most of the time, bookstore tours are put in place only after an author has established some kind of meaningful reputation that can translate into lines that wrap around the store.

These days, there’s a new way of connecting with readers that doesn’t involve brick-and-mortar book signings: blog tours. A blog tour is when an author does a series of interviews or guest posts on the blogs of book readers and reviewers. Blog tours are fantastic for author self-promotion.

Most of the time, blog tours are synchronized with book releases so that writers can sell more copies of their books. Blog tours can be inexpensive, fun, and rewarding!

How To Set Up a Blog Tour To Promote A Book

There are many ways to kick off your promotional blog tour. You can:

  • Hire a publicist to nab spots on popular blogs.
  • Hire an established and reputable book blog tour company (NOTE: There are unscrupulous companies that claim to get gigs for their clients on dozens of blogs, many of which lack a meaningful audience or are owned by the companies themselves).
  • Set up blogging dates yourself.

If you’re a DIYer and want to book a blog tour without having to pay for publicity help, here are the five steps that will get your book on great blogs.

1. Start reading book blogs. Do your research and narrow your focus to those blogs whose audiences are active readers in your genre. Make a list and track the blog’s attributes, audience participation, readership, and proclivities. HINT: Establish a clear minimum number in your head for the number of blogs that you’d like to appear on.

2. Establish a relationship. If possible, begin leaving comments on the blogs you like. Visit regularly. You may need to demonstrate your genuine appreciation of the blog before you’re invited to appear on it. Use Twitter and other networks to give shout-outs to blogs you like.

3. Write up a pitch plan. Some bloggers have writers beating down their door, begging for reviews and free promotion. You’ll need to make yourself stand out with a personal touch as well as an incentive. Are you willing to give away free copies of your book? Is your idea of what you’d like to “do” on the blog consistent with what the blogger is already doing? Are you willing to do interviews or only guest posts? Will you host the blogger on your author blog in exchange?

4. Draft your “nice to meet you” letter. Reach out to the blogger via a personal email when possible. Be kind, flexible, and maybe a little deferential: you’re asking to be invited to the party, after all. Express your appreciation for the blog and volunteer to host a giveaway (should the blogger believe that his/her audience would benefit from your visit to the blog).

5. Follow instructions carefully. If a blogger agrees to host you, be sure to follow directions. Also, include links to your social networks and author website in your post—just don’t overdo it.

6. Set up your blog calendar. On the days that your blog post is to appear on each guest blog, be sure to put in an appearance that day. Leave comments, interact with readers, thank the host for having you. Then, if you’re running a contest, follow up as soon as possible by sending out the prize.

When Your Author Blog Tour Is Over

Be sure to thank your host for his/her willingness to help you; you might even want to mail out a little thank-you gift. Then, keep your contacts well organized so that when you have another reason to do a blog tour, their contact information will be at your fingertips.

QUESTION: Do you like the idea of doing a blog tour?

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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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Publishing Wars: Traditional vs Self

Living in Other Worlds: The Life of a Fantasy Writer

Maybe some of you have been waiting for this one. And after a long, busy week (where I may or may not have forgotten to post yet), I’m finally going to tackle the subject.

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Now, before I begin, I want to start off by saying I am not an expert and anyone who claims to be an expert (unless they have legitimate credentials and experience) is really not. There is blog after blog filled with writers rambling on about self-publishing and traditional publishing. They claim to be experts. Most aren’t. So don’t take what you read and think it the absolute truth (this just so happens to be a smart thing to do with just about everything).

Let’s look at a quick list of pros and cons.

Traditional: They have editors to look over your work, some (note some, you still have to do promotion yourself) publicity that will work…

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle [Kindle Edition]

An author’s guide to writing, publishing and promoting your Kindle book

By: Deborah H. Bateman

About the Book

Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on KindleSelf-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle is a Kindle eBook about how author Deborah H. Bateman went from being a blogger to a published author using Kindle Direct Publishing. Deborah tells a little about her journey from blogging to becoming an author and also shares the steps to writing, publishing, and marketing a book with Kindle Direct Publishing in order to empower other authors, and aspiring authors to publish their books.

Benefits of Reading: Self-Publishing Simplified

  • You will be led to consider what your passion is.
  • You will learn about building an online platform.
  • You will learn the elements required for a Kindle eBook.
  • You will learn step-by-step how to publish a Kindle eBook.
  • You will learn how to market your book once it is published.
  • You will learn about the Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program.
  • You will learn how to promote your book for the KDP free days.
  • You will be encouraged to write, publish, and promote your book.

About the Author

Deborah H. BatemanDeborah H. Bateman is an Author, publisher, blogger and website designer. Deborah was born and raised in South Carolina, where she still resides with her husband. She has two beautiful daughters and five precious grandchildren. Besides writing and publishing books, Deborah enjoys cooking, interior decorating, and crafts.

Deborah has published five books in the Daily-Bible-Reading Series, they are: “The Book of Ruth: A Story of Love and Redemption,” “The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor,” “Beatitudes: How to Live a Blessed Life,” and “Finding Our Identity in Christ,” “The Book of Ezra: A Story of Provision and Protection,” and “Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet.” She has published one book about self-publishing. It is called: “Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle.”

Deborah is the founder of Christian Daily Resources, a Christian online ministry dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word”. Deborah is the author of Daily-Bible-Reading blog and Bible Verse Tweet blog where she shares daily Bible studies and Bible verses. at: http://daily-bible-reading.com and http://bibleversetweet.com Also, you can check out her website at: http://ChristianDailyResources.com. Deborah looks forward to “Sharing God’s Word” with you.

Check out Deborah’s author site at: http://DeborahHBateman.com/. Deborah also has a blog on her author site where she shares self-publishing tips, digital publishing tips, indie publishing tips, book marketing tips, writing tips, and social media tips check it out at: http://DeborahHBateman.com/blog

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Amazon, kindle, Self Publishing

 

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How To Publish On Amazon Using KD

Michael J Holley - Writer

Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 21.35.38When I was planning out how much time I would need to publish my Christmas book, The Christmas Number One, I assumed I would need 2 days to publish on Amazon through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). That was thankfully over-estimated by a long way. It’s easy, quick, and if you have everything ready that I’m going to tell you about now, then you can do it in 30 minutes maximum.

It was so easy, in fact, that I was worried that I had done something wrong. In order to use KDP you must register first. This doesn’t take too long and it’s the usual stuff. (Make sure that you have your bank statement to hand in order to complete the international codes for your bank account) After you have registered, there are only 9 Sections to complete, and I’ll go through all of them here with you.

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Right, all that out of the way: Have at it, gentle reader, and tell me which books you loved and why. And don’t forget to share this with your friends!

Author, Book, E-book, Forbes, Guardian, self publish, Shopping, Suw Charman-Anderson

Self Publishing Advocate

Originally posted by Suw Charman-Anderson on Forbes.
Suw is one of the Social Media Poineers in UK. She’s also a contributor on Firstpost.com, Computer Weekly, CIO Magazine, and The Guardian under the Social Media and Technology category.

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to ask you, dear reader, what your favourite self-published book of 2012 is. What have you read that set your toes on fire? What gripped you? Excited you? Had you reading under the covers by torchlight (or kindlelight?) until three in the morning on a school night? I want to know!

To take part in the ad hoc and very unscientific survey, please take a moment to fill in this short form.

A few groundrules before you do, though:

1. You’re only allowed to suggest one title.
2.  That title must have been published this year.
3.  If you are a self-published author…

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