Category: The Process

Announcing the Self-Publishing Help Page

As I’ve used this website, on and off, to chronicle my experiences publishing my own fiction, I’ve noticed that posts related to self-publishing advice attract the most readers. (I wish more people were interested in the actual results of that work, but oh well.)  So I’m making a small change in the organization of this site that I hope will make a big difference for those readers.

I’ve created a hub page, to act as a central repository of all the stuff I’ve posted on the subject, as well as some key reference pages I’ve found elsewhere on the internet. As always, I want to emphasize that the advice I’m pointing to are things that have worked for me. There is no one right way, but I hope to at least give you some ideas to explore.

The hub page is a work in progress. You’ll see some incomplete sections, with just placeholders for information that I will add in the future. But I thought as I start revisiting different topics as I work on publishing my next novel, I might as well document it and add it to the page. And I’ll keep adding links as I find good advice on the internet.

Click here to check out the self-publishing help page


To Go Kindle Select or Not Go Kindle Select?

Time to tackle the burning question for indie authors: Should I go exclusive with Amazon?

For any self-published indie author, Amazon is a big factor in many decisions.  I’ve written before about the 800 lb gorilla that is the Amazon review.  The reason Amazon is so important to reviews is the same reason it’s so important to an author’s sales strategy: it’s the single biggest distributor of books, especially e-books. And with their Kindle Select offering, Amazon offers marketing and sales incentives in exchange for not distributing your e-book with anyone else.

So, the question boils down to, do I want to get a bigger slice of a smaller pie? What’s an indie author to do?


How Authors Can Succeed with Amazon Marketing

Sooner or later, anyone in self-publishing needs to deal with marketing. It’s a topic that we all know is supremely important, yet many indie authors (me included) dread. So it’s a good thing there’s expert advice out there to help, including today’s guest post. I’m very excited to have Rae Steinbach of Taktical Digital explain the keys to that all important toolkit for promoting your book: Amazon Marketing Services.


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