This Week in the Blogs, May 12 – 18, 2013

by | May 19, 2013

Well, that certainly was some party last night, and that’s why these links are a bit late today. No matter, when you see what these bloggers have for you this week. Well worth the wait. In the meantime, if you need me I’ll be recuperating outside. Have fun.

Mark Coker on Smashwords
New Smashwords Survey Helps Authors Sell More eBooks
“As I mention … it’s helpful to imagine dozens of levers and dials attached to your book that you can twist, turn and tweak. When you get everything just right, your book’s sales will increase through viral through word-of-mouth. In my Secrets book, I refer to these tweakable things as Viral Catalysts. A Viral Catalyst is anything that makes your book more available, accessible, discoverable, desirable or enjoyable to readers. This survey attempts to identify Viral Catalysts…”

Miral Sattar on MediaShift
The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book
“Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, then formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it. Below, I break down the costs of how much professional services will cost you for a high-quality book.”

Orna Ross on Jane Friedman
Should You Self-Publish? 15 Questions
“Regardless of your primary motive for writing, you must have a marketer‘s sensibility. You may not use marketing terms, but you will not survive, never mind thrive, if you are not attuned to the needs of your readership or don’t communicate with them.”

Kimberley Grabas on Your Writer Platform
13 Blog Post Blunders You Should Avoid (And What to Do Instead)
“So why are some blogs incredibly successful, while others limp along for a few months and eventually fail? What can you do to ensure your blog is one of the success stories?”

Cody Wheeler on Live Hacked
How to Run a Contest for Your Book
“Rather than just going for the run-of-the-mill, “toss out a few emails” promotion, I coupled the KDP promotion period with a contest featuring an Amazon Kindle HD giveaway. Here are the results, and the blueprint on how you can do it too.”


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  1. Kimberley Grabas

    Thanks for including my post in your round up, Joel!

    I missed a couple of these articles this week, so thanks for making it easy to catch up!


    • Joel Friedlander

      Kimberley, you consistently turn out useful, well-organized, and well-written posts, it’s a pleasure to link to them.


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