By Buck Flogging Hmmm. How to write a nonfiction bestseller. I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes for a bestseller lately. Since late May I’ve overseen the promotion of hundreds of books, and I feel like I’ve gotten really good at predicting what’s got that certain Jenna Said What, and what doesn’t stand a […]Read full article.
Earlier today, the Amazon Books Team issued a statement clarifying its “objectives,” i.e. reconfiguring its position on paying authors in light of the whole Hachette payment/book removal scandal. To start off, here’s the statement in its entirety: With this update, we’re providing specific information about Amazon’s objectives. A key objective is lower e-book prices. Many […]Read full article.
By Buck Flogging I’ve noticed several of the articles on Amazon’s bold decision to offer a subscription for unlimited eBook downloads seem to claim that this move is “bad for authors.” That’s probably because these articles were written by people who aren’t authors or publishers and certainly not indie authors. We’ve published 40 books here […]Read full article.
There are basically two ways to publish a book. One is to go the traditional route where you pitch your idea and yourself to a publishing company through what’s called a book proposal. It works kind of like this… Let’s say you wrote a zombie novel. Excellent choice. Zombies are in right now. Good timing. […]Read full article.
It’s gotten increasingly easy over the past decade to self-publish a book. Before the rise of Amazon to prominence in the bookselling market, and later Amazon’s Kindle store, the vast majority of authors either published through a formal publishing company or not at all. Authors were at the mercy of what publishing companies deemed as […]Read full article.
Well there’s a bunch of obvious stuff. Hopefully you don’t even need to hear those things, but I will idiotproof this post a little and state the common sense stuff plainly: Build up a big, loyal audience first. Be a social networking dynamo. Be able to write really well. Have an awesome book cover. Price […]Read full article.
This is a guest post from the awesome author Michelle Saint-Germain. If you’re a writer and interested in writing for us, give us a shout. Are you launching a book soon or thinking about launching a book? If so, you might be looking into marketing strategies. Your book won’t sell if people don’t know it’s […]Read full article.
Amazon lets you choose 7 different keyword phrases for each book. These keywords make it more likely that someone who is looking for your topic will discover that you have a book for sale. These keywords show up in Google as well as in Amazon’s search function. While your keyword selection isn’t of life and […]Read full article.
While it’s not much more complicated than shoe-tying or crotch-scratching, there are a few tiny tricks that can help your book get more sales when it comes to choosing the right category. An extra book sale a day makes a huge difference when compounded over a time span of many years, so little things like […]Read full article.
Most of the civilized world has no idea how people make money blogging. They’ve heard that some people make money blogging, sometimes a lot, but they aren’t really sure how. Unless you are an active internet entrepreneur of some kind, the ins and outs of making money as a blogger just don’t enter into normal […]Read full article.