How many times have you picked up a book and immediately knew it was self-published? You may not be sure how you knew. It might have been the design. Maybe you spotted glaring errors. Or possibly there was just an unprofessional look to it. Don’t let that happen to your book. There is absolutely no reason indie authors and publishers shouldn’t produce books that look as sharp and professional as the books produced by major publishing houses. It just takes effort, attention to detail, and a commitment to avoid the errors self-publishers often make. Let’s look at the most common self-publishing mistakes and how to avoid them.
I’m a problem solver. I like minor problems with simple solutions. On the other hand, I love to study. I have three master’s degrees, and I’m always reading something. Maybe you’re like that, too. If you can get your love of studying and your problem-solving mentality to meet for coffee every week, you’ll come to enjoy this whole marketing venture you’ve taken on as an author. At least, that’s my experience. I call it the Ph.D. approach to book marketing because it’s an approach to problem-solving that drags on like a never-ending Ph.D. But the benefit is that, as long as you’re still studying, you’re still learning and growing. You’re getting more and more familiar with the art of marketing. And that’s going to be far more helpful than a short-sighted approach.
As independent authors and writers, it’s easy to get into the weeds with our files, organization, and structures with our writing. One thing is clear, writing is hard work and we need all the help we can get to find our voice, get organized, and stay productive in our writing projects. For years, I’ve used a program called Scrivener. It’s a powerful writing software for authors I’ve found for many types of writing. It’s helped me stay organized and maintain an outline while I write. It allows me to review previous drafts all from one window, never having to leave the software.
Today you’ll learn how to sell more books with Amazon Ads for authors. I’ve been in publishing long enough to remember the good old days of self-publishing eBooks; back when Amazon’s KDP service was launched, it was an indie author’s dream. Not only could you easily publish a book, but writers were making thousands of dollars a month doing it—quite easily.
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As a Christian author, it is vital to understand how Search Engine Optimization SEO techniques drive traffic to your website? If you’ve been blogging for some time, you probably know what SEO is and how important it is to rank your website. Today, every business has gone online, and the competition to the top spot of the search engine results pages (SERPS) is becoming tougher.
Why should you enter a book award contest? There are many book award contests you can enter as an indie author. Book contests can expand your advertising reach.
Every Christian author needs a book marketing strategy, and if you wrote a book you might have been interviewed on a podcast. Have you thought about publishing your own podcast? This is a great way to expand your marketing since your guests will bring their audience to your show. You need to understand what it takes to create a podcast. This article will give you a few things to think about if you want to learn how to start a podcast. For more tips about branding and show format, look at The Five Simple Steps to Create a Podcast.
After self-publishing my first Christian book, I was challenged with how best to market it. I explored several options and asked many people about book marketing. Several people advised me to enter book contests, as this was a great way to increase my visibility as an indie author.