Self-Publishing Author: 4 Fast Tips Boost Your Publishing Program

If you’re a self-publishing author, you’re busy. Not only do you write your books, you need to promote them, and manage your business as well. Recently Melissa, one of my writing students, told me that although she’s hired a virtual assistant, she’s overwhelmed. She said: “My VA handles my Facebook group and social media posts, and that’s great. I’ve looked … Read more

Book Marketing That Works, With Free Worksheet

If you’re struggling with book marketing, you need simple tactics which work. Why simple? Because complicated promotions take time away from your writing. Self-publishing is a balancing act. You need to create books to self-publish, plus you need to market those books. Back in 2020, we posted Book Marketing Ideas: 10 Savvy Ways To Sell More Books. They’re the marketing … Read more

Kindle Vella (New): Amazon Publishes Your Serial Fiction

Amazon has launched a new publishing service, Kindle Vella, for serial fiction. Authors write serials, KDP publishes them; readers pay for serial episodes via “tokens.” As Amazon reports in the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Help files, currently Kindle Vella is only available to US-based authors. If you’re outside the US, I wouldn’t worry; Amazon launches in the US first, then … Read more

Book Marketing Research: Sell More Books, Starting Today

If you’re a self-publishing author, you struggle to find time for book marketing. Writing fills your “spare” time, especially if you’re combining self-publishing with a full-time job and looking after your family. Sooner or later however, you’ll decide that you must market your books so that readers can find and enjoy them. You’re conflicted. With just 24 hours in each … Read more

Write A Cookbook (Even If You Can’t Cook)

Recently a writing student told me she wanted to write a cookbook, but she couldn’t get started yet: she needed to master cooking first. After all, if she couldn’t create a recipe, she couldn’t write a cookbook… Could she? That got me thinking about the elements of great cookbooks. Yes, they contain recipes, but they also contain something else which … Read more