Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is August, 2016. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books.
A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded.
See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated.
J.M. Ney-Grimm presents Do Goodreads Giveaways Work? posted at J.M. Ney-Grimm, saying, “Goodreads announced in April that 50 million book reviews had been posted by readers on its site. There’s no doubt that many, many readers frequent Goodreads. How does an author catch their attention?”
Eric Z presents How to PAINLESSLY create a CreateSpace book: The simplest and fastest way without any software! posted at Zbooks.co, saying, “When you’re done with this massively helpful tutorial you will be able to make and publish a book on CreateSpace so fast and easy you’ll be surprised, and the coolest thing is: we don’t need any software!”
Carla King presents Blasty, Piracy & Phishing on the Wild Wild Web posted at BookWorks Blog, saying, “BookWorks Tech Expert, Carla King explains how to remove pirated books from the internet and how not to end up a ‘phish’.”
Deborah Jay presents Do you think your writing isn’t good enough? Dealing with your fears Part 1 posted at Deborah Jay – Mystery, magic and mayhem, saying, “As someone who uses a fair bit of performance psychology in my day job, I’ve found it translates well from sport, to writing, helping people deal with and overcome their doubts. This is the first of a 3 part series, and the links to the other parts are at the end of the blog.”
Marketing and Selling Your Books
Ben Zackheim presents Twitter Cards for Authors posted at The Author Helper, saying, “This is a 10 minute video tutorial that shows authors how to take advantage of Twitter’s engaging product, Twitter Cards.”
Chris Well presents How can an unknown author publicize a book? posted at Build Your Brand with Chris Well, saying, “An author might assume that publicity and media attention are out of reach. But in today’s world, there are more opportunities than ever before to generate your own publicity. Drawing on 30-plus years of experience working inside the media, I share some basic rules of the road to help authors use publicity to build their platform.”
Daley James Francis presents The Awesomeness of Instagram for Indie Authors posted at Daley James Francis, saying, “I want to help indie authors to promote themselves in the online world in cool and interesting ways.”
Dave Chesson presents How to Validate Your Book Idea posted at Kindlepreneur, saying, “What if I were to tell you there is a way to validate your book idea and ensure there is a hungry market who wants it BEFORE you actually write your book? There is and in this article, I’ll show you exactly how you can do book marketing research and have a better chance at sales success on Amazon.”
Erica Verrillo presents Promoting Your Scifi or Fantasy Novel on Social Media posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “If you have self-published a fantasy or science fiction novel, you can promote it for free! Here are 22 social media sites geared specifically to Indie scifi and fantasy writers, as well as dozens of SFF hashtags, Facebook groups, sub-Reddits, and more.”
Frances Caballo presents Have You Seen These Social Media Tweaks posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “Have you noticed all the changes happening on social media? Facebook is making most of the tweaks, but I’ve seen modifications in other places as well. In this post, I thought I’d share a few items I’ve noticed that may convince you to use Pinterest, buy a Facebook ad, or just take note of what you can do these days on different platforms. Let’s get started with my miscellaneous observations.”
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