We’re enjoying incredible late-summer weather here in Northern California, and I hope you are too. Even sitting by the pool or down at the beach, you’ll want to spend a little time catching up with some of the best blogging from this past week. And don’t miss my announcement down below.
Joanna Penn on The Creative Penn
Goodreads For Authors with Patrick Brown
“If you’re starting out on Goodreads, you have to have a regular member account anyway, which can then be turned into an author page. But don’t stop using it as a reader. You should be a reader first and be an active part of the reader network. Don’t talk about your own books at the beginning. Contribute useful content, which are book reviews and comments on groups and engagement around books.”
Holly Brady on HollyBrady.com
How To Approach a Bookstore: Tips for Authors
“‘We want the topic to be right for our store and for the local market. If an author who lives out of town approaches us, she has to convince us she has a tight support network in the area. The book also needs to have good design, sturdy binding and high production values.'”
Martin Crosbie on Indies Unlimited
Are You Publishing to Connect with Readers or Just to Publish?
“The only books that don’t need to be edited are the books you’re having printed to hand out to family and friends. Usually, they won’t care; they’ll still be impressed. If your dream, however, is to build your career beyond that circle and reach readers, editing is mandatory.”
Stephanie Chandler on Authority Publishing
Social Media for Authors: How to Use Promoted Posts on Facebook
“While Facebook argues that their algorithms are in place to improve the user experience … the overwhelming feeling in the business community is that Facebook limits the reach in order to drive ad sales. While there are some things you can do to boost exposure … you will never reach your entire audience organically. The only way to significantly increase exposure to individual posts is to utilize Facebook advertising.”
Corina Koch MacLeod on Beyond Paper Editing
Weathering a File Storm: 6 Principles for Managing Book Files
“If you’ve hired an editor to do some work on your manuscript, and if that work requires more than a copyedit … files will be flying around. Truly. You will find yourself in a file storm. So, how do you tame that tempest, and keep track of all the versions of your book’s files?”
Also of Interest
Molly Greene on Molly Greene: Writer
How Self-Published Authors Can Improve Our Industry
“I asked a group of well-known thought leaders to weigh in regarding what indie authors could do to improve the self-publishing industry…. I received some great feedback, as you will see. Read on!”
The Self-Publishing Roadmap Registration Opens Tomorrow (+ Video)
I’ve just posted a desktop video I made answering many of the questions people have left on the blog and the pages of the training videos released earlier this week.
If you missed any of the videos, catch them now before they go offline at the end of the week:
Self-Publishing Roadmap Q&A Video
8 Keys to Self-Publishing Success Today
Self-Publishing Mistakes, Screw-ups, and Disasters
The Self-Publishing Blueprint
Course registration opens tomorrow, and I’ll be sending a link to the Registration Page to everyone on my early notification list, as well as throughout social media.
I’m very excited to be able to take another group of authors through this in-depth, streamlined course in modern book publishing. Unlike so many other courses I see online, we don’t concentrate just on e-publishing or print on demand.
That’s because, with over 30 years experience in book publishing, I know there are as many different kinds of books as there are authors, and many of them cannot reach their potential with just those methods.
It’s also why I include a personal, one-on-one consultation with every author who takes my full training course, because that’s how the information and training in the course become actionable and specific to your own book.
Really, there’s nothing else like it, online or off.
You can check it out when it goes live tomorrow. Just watch your inbox for an email or a blog update or a Tweet from me with the link.
And if you have any questions about the course or the training videos let me know in the comments.