Don’t fall out of your chair in surprise, but I’m uploading a new show. A mere six months after I recorded it. There’s some useful information (if I do say so myself) that should still be relevant today.
Thanks for checking it out, and thank you to those who have stopped by and listened and commented over the last few months as well. I’ll try to get caught up with things around here.
Episode 7 was supposed to be about the “pros and cons of writing a series,” but I decided to start out talking about the various promotional tactics I’ve tried in the last year (including what’s worked and what was kind of a waste of time and/or money), and that ended up taking up the whole show. I also forgot I was trying to work on cutting out my “you knows,” and they take up way too much space in the recording. Someday I’ll get this speech stuff down. So, anyway, Episode 8 will be about publishing in a series, and that’s already recorded, so it’ll be up before long.
In episode 6, I talked a lot about how much my sales improved after making the first ebook in my series free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Well, this is all of the stuff I tried before that (I didn’t want you to think that all I’d done is make a book free). With much of this, it’s about doing a little bit here and there and eventually reaching a tipping point. So, here’s a show all about the “little bit here and there” that I’ve done. I’ll now stop using quotation markets and get the show going:
- What’s an Amazon Rush and does it still work? (Post mentioned: Amazon Sales Rank Explained)
- Listmania at Amazon
- Posting your book-release news on forums (MobileRead, Nookboards, Kindleboards), yay or nay?
- Advertising on Goodreads (my epic blog post on How to Set up a Goodreads Pay-Per-Click Advertising Campaign from last year)
- Publishing a free short story to increase sales of a non-free first novel
- Other advertising I’ve tried (Kindle Nation Daily, Ereader News Today, Pixel of Ink)
- Submitting to review blogs
- Should you do book trailers or anything else on YouTube? Here are my little self-publishing-related video skits that I made using Xtranormal.
- Book blog tours, pay or organize yourself?
- Guest posting (Include links back to your site in your guest posts/interviews — have you read my article on search engine optimization?)
- Asking if I could advertise on blogs in my niche (by the way, I mentioned wondering about the rates to huge, popular sites like i09.com in the podcast, and I’ve seen found out that advertising starts at $25,000. *faint*).
- My short-lived Kindle Geeks blog.
- Giveaways on the MobileRead forum using Smashwords coupons.
- Passing out flyers/business cards at conventions.
- Twitter tactics that work for me
- The Facebook fan page and why you want to have one
- Starting a newsletter
- The power of writing more books
- How my podiobook has helped bring in more readers
- Book giveaways on Goodreads
- The benefits of testing price points, covers, blurbs, etc.
I’ve written a bunch of self-publishing-related articles on my author blog since the last podcast. Here are some you might find useful:
- Getting Your Self-Published Book into the Library, Interview with Librarian Marlene Harris
- Using Kickstarter to Fund Self-Publishing Projects
- Ebook Pricing for Short Stories and Novellas?
- Ebook Pricing: Why 99 Cents Might Be a Mistake for You
- What Can We Learn from JA Konrath’s $140,000 Sales Month?
- Guest Post: A Checklist for Self-Publishing by Rose Andrade
- Guest Post: Finding Success with Serialized Ebooks
- The Importance of Keeping in Touch with Fans (and how to find them in the first place)
- Should Authors Add a Paypal Donation Button to Their Sites?
- Adventures in Business Card Creation