How to Get the Most Out of Your Author Blog When Self-Publishing

Every self-publishing author can benefit greatly from having their own engaging blog

Every self-publishing author can benefit greatly from having their own engaging blog

A blog is an essential part of your website. Unlike when you post content on your website, blogs can have a much more engaging and navigational feel, and since they’re designed to please the eye with a clean, organised layout, you don’t have to worry about tidying it up like your website.

Most blogging platforms such as Tumblr (note: this is more of a photo-based platform and not so good for text-based blogging), WordPress and Blogger, do so for free, too – so there’s no reason to not have one.

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How to Get the Most Out of Self-Publishing With Your Author Website

If you don’t yet have an author website and are wondering what kind of content, be it text or images, will be best to help promote your work when visitors stop by, then this self-publishing article is for you.

Your website’s content, layout & visuals say a lot about a self-publishing author – so it’s a good idea to optimize yours

Your website’s content, layout & visuals say a lot about a self-publishing author – so it’s a good idea to optimize yours

I’ll begin by saying that I’m no design expert or computer wiz – the content and layout advice I will be dispersing is purely based on my own trial and error experiences, and more importantly what I have found to be popular (based on visitor feedback).

So what about the website itself? If you’re not fluent in html (computer code) and are a bit reluctant to try your hand at designing a website from scratch, how do you get started?

Well, there’s always the option to pay somebody to do it for you. There are plenty of good designers out there on the web. My website was created for me since I had no experience in this area – but in the not too distant future I’m planning to create my own with the help of a company called WordPress to make my self-publishing journey a bit simpler. Continue reading

How to Stop Stressing About Your Self-Publishing Sales Ranking

I’ll admit I used to have an addiction. A sales rank checking addiction (better known in the self-publishing world as SRC). If you have something similar, don’t go and hassle your doctor – it’s something you can learn to control yourself!

Over-worrying about your self-publishing sales ranking can encroach on your writing time before you know it

Over-worrying about your self-publishing sales ranking can encroach on your writing time before you know it

When I first published my novel ALEX on Amazon, checking my sales was just a novelty thing, a hobby – but as I became increasingly serious about my self-publishing efforts I found myself checking a little too often. OK, it was a lot. I wanted to know how my book was doing all the time – what the number was next to that hash tag, if I had any new reviews, comments and so forth.

I just couldn’t stop refreshing that page and so, like any bad habit, knew I had to knock it out the park – but I found that this one needed a massive swing to send it sky high. Bad habits are usually not only bad for you, but also waste hefty amounts of your time – and if you’re an author with readers awaiting your next book, you’ll know just how precious that time is!

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Twitter Indie Author Marketing – The Complete Quick Guide for Beginners

If you’re a self-published author trying to further your ebook marketing strategy with Twitter but are baffled by the platform, then this article is for you. It’s basic stuff, yes, but when it comes to Twitter it’s best to start off small. I myself found the platform to be quite a fickle beast to begin with!

Twitter can be a baffling social media tool for beginners - especially if you're trying to promote your indie novel

Twitter can be a baffling social media tool for beginners – especially if you’re trying to promote your indie novel

If you don’t know about the marketing powers of Twitter yet, my Quick Reasons Why Authors Should Embrace Twitter article is there for your consumption. I’ll briefly mention that I’m no expert on Twitter – I’m just writing about my own experiences and what has worked best for me.

Firstly, in a nutshell, what the heck is Twitter and why on earth do you need it?

Nutshell answer: Twitter allows you to build book buzz by growing a network of readers (Followers); reader interaction and an active, engaging and informative profile will help achieve this.

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Quick Reasons Why Self-Publishing Authors Should Embrace Twitter

Though Twitter is an invaluable free tool which can do absolute wonders for your self-publishing sales, I have to admit to being baffled by it to start with. In fact, it took me a while to get rolling.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with the platform, your self-publishing success can improve incredibly with Twitter

After you’ve familiarized yourself with the platform, your self-publishing success can improve incredibly with Twitter

All those Tweets, Retweets, Hashtags, weird little links – what’s that all about? And to be honest, I didn’t really care to find out, either. It seemed like a real enigma, like Facebook’s mysterious cousin.

That was until I actually forced myself to jump in and add it to my self-publishing marketing campaign. Now, I must say that Twitter is not the simplest of social networking platforms to fathom – maybe it was just me? – but it’s well worth your time.

Did I mention it has over 1.1 billion users throughout the world? (That got my attention rather quickly too when I heard it!)

Twitter is like Facebook, but…somehow totally different. Its social networking purpose remains the same, at least. You have a profile, a handle (username), and you can communicate with people (your Followers). Continue reading

Never Forget Front & Back Matter When Self-Publishing

Front & Back Matter should never be overlooked in self-publishing

Front & Back Matter should never be overlooked in self-publishing

So you’re all set and ready to start some ebook formatting? You’re finally at the stage where you can stop thinking about writing for a while and concentrate more on getting your work out there.

Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back. In fact, invite the whole street round to pat you on the back – you deserve it. But before you go any further with your self-publishing, ask yourself this: Have I added Front and Back Matter?

I must confess that after having meticulously proof-read and re-drafted my own book over and over, to being less than enthusiastic about writing up yet more Continue reading

Self-Publishing Guide Coming Soon

Hopefully sharing my self-publishing experiences will help other new authors

Hopefully sharing my self-publishing experiences will help other new authors

This week I’ve finally reached the conclusion that I’m going to have to start writing up some articles on the self-publishing process. This is because I simply don’t have the time to answer everyone’s emails about ebook formatting, conversion, marketing, and so forth.

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