By Joel Friedlander
Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for November, 2020. 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.
Glenna Collett presents Book Distribution 101 posted at Book Design Made Simple, saying, “You’ve published a book, or you will soon, and you need to get it into the hands of readers. But how? We explain book distribution basics.”
Nate Hoffelder presents eBook Piracy: How to Respond If Someone Steals Your eBook Online posted at Florida Writer’s Association, saying, “Piracy is a pain, but fighting it does not have to consume your every waking moment. This post will help you manage your piracy problem with a minimum of effort.”
Jay Artale presents Using Bargain Booksy to Promote your Nonfiction Book posted at Birds of a Feather Press, saying, “Bargain Booksy is an inexpensive book promotion site for newbie authors, and ideal for promoting nonfiction. Find out how to go about planning and scheduling your event using Amazon, and how to master promotional pricing strategies for this niche.”
Book Design and Production
Sarah Bolme presents How to Spot a Self-Published Book posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “After viewing hundreds of self-published books, I can almost always tell if a book is self-published upon first glance. While self-publishing no longer carries the stigma it did a decade ago, if you are interested in your book being part of the overall book market—meaning selling beyond Amazon—then having a book that conforms to industry standards is important.”
Cate Baum presents Infinity Publishing’s Authors FastPencil Issues – What to Do posted at SPR.
Marketing and Selling Your Books
Belinda Griffin presents Social Media Won’t Sell Your Books – 5 Things that Will posted at SmartAuthorsLab, saying, “Social media is not the best tool for selling books, although it’s where many authors start. Here are 5 alternative things to focus on.”
Frances Caballo presents Blogs for Authors posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “I infrequently assess the author blogs I read and provide a list of my favorite for my readers. This year’s list has some newcomers (to the list not to the writing/book marketing world). I hope you subscribe to these blogs and enjoy them as much as I do. Of course, TheBookDesigner.com figures among them.”
Gladys Strickland presents Repurposing Content Guide for Authors posted at Creatively Sustainable, saying, “How many ways can you repurpose content you have already created? Maybe more than you think.”
Ivelisse Rodriguez presents 4 Easy SEO Tips for Writers and Authors [+Successful Examples] posted at Digital Pubbing.
Nate Hoffelder presents How to Sell eBooks on an Author Website: The Beginner’s Guide posted at The Digital Reader, saying, “Everyone says that authors should sell ebooks on their website, but how exactly do you do that? This beginner’s guide will help you get started.”
Sarah Bolme presents Marketing Ideas for the Technology-Challenged Author posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “One of the questions that I frequently encounter when I speak at writers conferences is: “I’m not tech savvy. Are there other ways to market a book besides social media?” My answer is always “of course”. Social media is just one tool in an author’s marketing toolbox. There are numerous tools in a toolbox. Over reliance on one tool is not good.”
Tony Riches presents Using Photofunia To Create Content For Social Media posted at The Writing Desk, saying, “This is a free site with a good range of easy to use templates for authors – had I’ve had good results with noticeably increased sharing of tweets with these images”
Writing Tools and Tips
Alexa Whitewolf presents Editing Fiction: When to DIY and When to Outsource posted at The Writer’s Cookbook.
Dave Chesson presents 5 Editing Services For Authors That Are Worth Your Time posted at IndieReader.
Andy Maslen presents How to create a coherent crime series posted at Authors A.I. Learning Center Blog, saying, “Hybrid author Andy Maslen explains how sticking to the conventions – and avoiding the cliches – can make your crime series more engaging for readers”
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