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The Friday Five: Indie Publishing News to Know (February 5th-12th)

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We know that being authors, you are busy writing. So we’ve rounded up the top 5 articles that indie authors were talking about this week.  Now you can spend five minutes catching up on industry news and the rest of your day doing what you do best, writing. 1. No Pie For You The February Author Earnings report was released on Monday of this week.  It shows a shrinking slice of market share for traditional publishers and a growing share of Amazon ebook sales going to indie authors. There's lot of great data included the report and we'd recommend you give it a skim at the least. Another...

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The Best Podcasts for Writers

The Best Podcasts for Writers

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What better way to stay close to your craft than by listening to a podcast about writing and publishing while you're on the move. Here are the best podcasts for writers, listed in alphabetical order, as vetted by the Written Word Media Team. Yes, this means we listened to them all to make sure they were deserving of your valuable time ;-)...

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5 Ways to Avoid Getting Your Book Suspended on Amazon

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In an effort to ensure better quality eBooks for their customers, Amazon will be alerting authors by email to errors in their ebooks and in some cases placing error messages on content with reported issues.  These error messages will remain until a new version of the eBook is updated with all mistakes corrected. That isn't to say you won't be informed and given time to make adjustments, but these messages are the first penalty in Amazon's quality control efforts if you do not make corrections to your manuscript after you have been notified by Amazon. If you do not react to their messages they may...

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Writer’s Resolutions: How to Start 2016 on the Right Page

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It's that time of year again. Time to look back on the departing year and set goals for the year ahead. Here are our tips on how to reflect and resolve as an author: Thank your Readers Now is the perfect time to thank the readers who have supported you all year. Send an end of year email to your fan base thanking them for being a subscriber and reader. Share some of your successes from the past year and give your readers a glimpse into what to expect from you in 2016. Grade Yourself Take a few hours to analyze your performance in...

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A Thank You to Our Authors and Publishers

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As the year comes to a close, all of us at Written Word Media would like to thank you, the dedicated authors, publishers, and creators that give the gift of books to the world. We hope you enjoy this video as an expression of our gratitude. We wish you all a happy holiday season! View it on Youtube...

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Holiday Book Marketing: An Author’s Guide to Black Friday and Beyond

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The holidays are a magical time, and not just because of gumdrops and snowdrops and red cups at Starbucks. We, as marketers, love the holidays because people are in buying moods. Authors can take advantage of the mass shopping mentality to acquire new readers, maximize revenue, and sell more books. The downside of holiday marketing? Everybody's doing it. On your average Friday, you're competing with a few brands and businesses for the attention of readers. On Black Friday, you're competing with everyone from Apple to Zappos. Ads are more expensive and your readers' inboxes are jammed with sale announcements. The downside sounds pretty...

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Author Education Survey

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We received lots of positive feedback from you on the recent Facebook Ads webinar that we held. We'd like to continue offering education sessions like these to our author community. Tell us which topics you'd like us to cover by taking the very brief survey below. ...

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Webinar: Facebook Ads for Authors

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Our mission at Written Word Media is to empower authors to reach their audience. The way we do this is to continually build the reader audience for each of our sites. The primary way we reach our readers is by sending them a daily or weekly email filled with fantastic books that they will love. We know using services like ours are an effective tool for authors to reach an audience and sell more books. We also know that Written Word Media is not the only tool you have as an author in your marketing arsenal. Other effective tools that are working...

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