This Week in the Blogs, July 4 – 10, 2015

by | Jul 12, 2015

Lots of great information in the articles I’ve selected for you again this week including how keywords and categories and ebook subscriptions work on Amazon, how to design an e-book cover using Canva, and much more. I’m sure there will be something of value for you in these articles whether you’re a complete newbie to self-publishing or you’ve done this a time or two.

Shawn Inmon on Indies Unlimited
If I Was Starting Over as an Indie Publisher
“I’ve been publishing for just under three years now, so although not a grizzled veteran of the publishing wars, I’m not a noob, either. Like most of us, I hang out in a lot of the places writers gather: internet message boards, Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, Google+ groups, etc. It seems inevitable, when I meet someone who is new to self-publishing, that I get some version of this speech: “You were lucky. You got in while “free” was still a goldmine/when reviews were easier to get/when the competition wasn’t so tough.””

Penny Sansevieri on Writer Unboxed
Demystifying Keywords, Categories, and Themes For Amazon Indie Authors
“To most indie authors, Amazon is really confusing. There seems to never be a clear path to success and once there is some clarity, the path changes yet again. If you feel like this, take heart. Though Amazon is tricky, it’s not a total mystery.”

JA Konrath on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Ebook Subscriptions Q & A
“Q: Joe, I hate Amazon, and I hate their new Kindle Unlimited terms.
Joe sez: Opt out. It’s voluntary.”

Carla King on Self Pub Boot Camp
Canva’s new free, ready-to-edit ebook cover
“Canva announced their ready-to-edit ebook cover designs this month. Take a look and you’ll find a bunch of templates pre-filled with images, fonts, and graphics.”

Shari Stauch on Where Writers Win
Envision Your Author Success with a Vision Board!
“Have you ever built a vision board? If you haven’t, and need a break from the work-a-day of writing and author marketing, vision boards can be fun and useful tools to lend clarity to the vision you have for yourself as an author.”
 
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