How to change your book’s price on Amazon KDP depends on whether or not you are enrolled in KDP Select. In this article we walk you through the steps required to set your Kindle book to free in two scenarios: if you are enrolled in KDP Select and if you are not enrolled in KDP […]
Once you’ve written a book and published it as an eBook, how do you find readers? That is one of the key questions all authors ask. You’ve put all of this work into a story: Now what? There are a variety of tactics available to authors to help you spread the word about your book, […]
A few weeks ago I attended a media training event with panels presented by journalists from national news outlets (NPR, Associated Press, Mashable, Techcrunch, Time Warner News Broadcasting). These journalists are the ones who are writing and reporting on stories, and the people we are all trying to reach. Here are their tips for how […]
Kindle Unlimited (KU), a subscription service through Amazon that allowed readers unlimited access to books for just $10 a month, was unveiled by Amazon in July 2014. The reception by readers was mostly positive, finally a Netflix for Books! The reaction from authors and publishers was mixed. Kindle Unlimited was doing to independent authors what Spotify […]
Staying connected to readers and making sure that you can interact with them isn’t just a necessity in this industry, it’s vital. Social media has given us some incredible opportunities, as authors, to be able to stay in touch with readers. Quite honestly, not only does interacting with readers on social media help me as […]
Smashwords released the findings of their fifth annual 2016 Smashwords Survey this week. The survey takes a data-driven approach to identify potential best practices that can give authors an incremental advantage and identifies habits of the most successful authors. Mark Coker has done a great job of summarizing the key takeaways here. If you’re going to read one article this week, the survey findings should be it.
Having a great author website is an important step toward becoming a successful author. If you’re doing it right, you will increase your audience, grow your engagement, and look more professional. How do you do it right? What do the best author websites have in common? Here are the 7 website design features that all good […]
Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, had an article in Publisher’s Weekly touting the benefits of giving away free ebooks as a marketing strategy. The New York Times ran an article this week on the booming romance novel market and how it’s impacting male cover models.Authors and publishers are getting their giggle on today with various April Fool’s stories.
This post appeared on April Fool’s Day 2016. In an unexpected show of unity, President Barack Obama and current GOP front-runner, Donald Trump, met to share their opinions on the state of the publishing industry. On the front steps of the Library of Congress, the message from opposite ends of America’s political system were surprisingly similar. “It’s true, […]