This Week in the Blogs, August 1 – 7, 2015

by | Aug 9, 2015

The process of writing and self-publishing a book can sometimes be overwhelming, but remember, slow and steady wins the race. Check out this week’s articles for some great insight and ideas to help keep you on course.

Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s Blog …WITH RUTH HARRIS
Your “LOOK INSIDE!” Book Preview: Will it Turn Readers Away or Close the Sale?
“Often a book intrigues me enough that I click through to look at the book’s full details on the retail site. But I almost never buy. Sometimes the full blurb or a review will stop me, but 90% of the time, it’s the sample chapters that turn me off.”

Nina Amir on How to Blog a Book
Blog a Romance or Horror Novel
“You might assume that only nonfiction writers blog books. Not true. Novelists also blog books. They claim it makes them better writers and helps them produce more compelling manuscripts. And they blog novels in a variety of genres, including romance and horror readers, and benefit in the process.”

Mike Shatzkin on The Idea Logical Company
The publishing world is changing, but there is one big dog that has not yet barked
“Recent data seem to show that, for the publishers, the growth in the retail ebook market has slowed down or stopped (at least for the moment), while Amazon’s ebook sales apparently continue to grow. The share of the market controlled by the publishing establishment — the Big Five publishers and others — is starting to be slowly eroded.”

Warren Adler on BookBaby Blog
CONFRONTING BAD BOOK REVIEWS
“…how does a novelist whose work is presented to the scrutiny of allegedly influential reviewers react to those who trash their book?
Think of the horror of being on the receiving end of such book reviews after perhaps years of composition and effort. What must this do to the author’s aspirations, vanity, self-worth and, in a practical sense, sales, career hopes and legacy?”

Big Al on Indies Unlimited
What Readers Want – Series vs. Standalone Books
“An author asks, “Do readers like series with the same characters or should I be looking to start fresh with each new project?””

Live Webinar Wednesday with Yaro Starak

This week I wrote about 22 ways a blog can help you sell books.

I know this stuff because I’ve been blogging for 5 years and my last book went right to #1 on Amazon in several categories even before it started shipping.

Yaro StarakBut a blog can mean so much more to you and whatever you’re trying to do in the world. Not to mention the difference it can make to your income.

I’ll be telling more of this story Monday, but I wanted you to know about a special live presentation I’ll be doing on Wednesday.

You’ll get to meet Yaro Starak, the Australian entrepreneur who taught me how to build my blog back in 2010, and helped make it into the site it is today.

This is the first time, to my knowledge, that indie authors will be shown the direct relationship between self-publishing, blogging, and internet marketing. This is crucial stuff if you want to be successful and make money online.

So make room on your Wednesday schedule. Here’s the link to register for the webinar. Like all webinars, seating is limited, so go over and grab your space now.

How to Sell Thousands of Copies of Your Book Using Your Blog

Don’t miss it. I’ll see you Wednesday!

(Even if you can’t make it to the live event, you should register because we’ll be sending out a link to a replay after the webinar.)

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