By Joel Friedlander
Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for September, 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.
C. S. LAKIN presents How to Market a Book: 15 Book Marketing Stategies posted at The Self-Publisher, saying, “You write books because you love to write, right? But without following through with marketing, selling, and advertising, your book won’t be discovered. You may be saying, “I’m no good at marketing or sales. I’m a writer! I don’t know how to market a book.” I hear you. But the reality is, no matter how good your book may be, you’ll never achieve your goals unless you take these all-important next steps seriously. The good news is, marketing doesn’t have to be as scary as you might imagine.”
Nate Hoffelder presents Authors & Zoom posted at Anne R Allen’s blog, saying, “Do you need to get better at online events? Here are a bunch of tips I learned!”
Belinda Griffin presents 5 Things To Do Once Your Book Is On Amazon posted at SmartAuthorsLab.
Book Design and Production
Glenna Collett presents Design a workbook posted at Book Design Made Simple, saying, “Workbooks and coloring books are still in vogue, and they can be a great way to reach an audience. In this article we help you find the right trim size, colors, cover design, typefaces, and printer. We even show you how to construct those triple write-on lines for kids.”
Helen Vdovychenko presents How to Design a Book Cover: The Only Guide You Need posted at MiblArt blog.
Nate Hoffelder presents Four Ways to Screw Up Your Book Cover posted at Create If Writing, saying, “The first (and a lot of time only) place readers will see your book cover is on a screen. You need to make sure your cover looks good there, and here are four questions you should ask.”
Lisa Poisso presents Productivity for Fiction Writers: September 2020 posted at Clarity, saying, “Even if the story you’re working on today never gets published, in light of all the little pleasures and hobbies that people indulge in that make life worth living, isn’t this creative effort one of the brightest points in your life?”
Lois Hoffman presents Why Self-Publishers Should Copyright Their Work posted at The Happy Self-Publisher, saying, “Fellow writers, there’s never been a better time or greater need to take control of your own creative and professional life. There is a sentiment running through modern life that all information should be free. This really broke into the mainstream collective consciousness in the later 1990s when the creation of Napster allowed users to digitize their CDs and vinyl albums, and share those files at will. The result was the near-total annihilation of the recorded music industry. Now musicians who used to be able to sell records — and earn a lot of revenue doing it — have had to rely on live performance revenue to make a living. There is an important lesson here for other creatives.”
Sarah Bolme presents Does Your Book Title Grab People’s Attention? posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Your book title is extremely important. In fact, studies show that your book’s title is the first thing people consider when learning about your book.”
Terry Whalin presents The Challenge for Every Learner posted at The Writing Life, saying, “Editor and author Terry Whalin knows “knowledge of power” and he explains in this article it only becomes power if the learning moves into action.”
Marketing and Selling Your Books
Cate Baum presents How To Get An Agent For My Book – Part One: The Submission Letter posted at SPR, saying, “Part One of a series with Two and Three linked.”
Cate Baum presents How To Rank Higher on Amazon Without Selling Books posted at SPR.
Frances Caballo presents 5 Basic Rules of Social Media posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “At its essence, social media is social. So, to use social media and not allocate time to engage with readers and colleagues, well, it’s antithetical to the very premise of social media. Take Twitter, for example. It began as a texting platform. Sure, it’s matured, evolved, and changed. You can include images and video now, and you can even advertise. But at its essence, it’s still a medium for conveying messages. This premise is true with other social media platforms as well.”
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