Please vote for my Kindle Scout Campaign here through 2/06/16: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB If you’ve noticed a distinct lack of articles here recently, it’s because I needed some time off. Kindle Scout campaigns are a ton of work and stress, and it’s hard to stay focused on what’s important vs. what really won’t matter in the end. … More My Adventure with Kindle Scout: Re-Vision
Please vote for The Grim Reaper: And Company! here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB Going into this, I knew there would be high points and low points. A few days ago was a high point. Today is a low point. The paid advertising has ended and I’ve exhausted my ideas. Yesterday I even started a Facebook game (totally unsuccessful) and … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Desperation Sets In
Please vote for me at: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB The Powerball lottery is really high right now. I mean, really high. $1.3 billion, to be exact. And people around me are starting to get antsy about it. Most people have at least one or two tickets or are joining in a pool to split winnings. I’ve heard of some … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout: The Dark Side
Vote here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB This is day three of my Kindle Scout campaign. I’ve tried every publicity method I could think of and am starting to get a feel for what works. I’ve done multiple posts on all my social media accounts, I’ve printed out business cards with the info and handed them out (with the immense … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Day 3: Bill Goodwin
I’m losing track of what part I am at this point. Today is the first day of my campaign on Kindle Scout. All day I’ve been passing the link out, sharing on social media, and brainstorming of ways to get word out.
I’ll admit, I’ve been too busy for blog posts lately. Writing and editing and more editing has kept me working full-time–but with a temporary lull and a new publishing adventure on the horizon, I’ve decided to try to keep a small log regarding this new phenomenon called Kindle Scout.
I’ve been meaning to actually write an article myself over the next few weeks, but it’s getting obvious that I’m still too busy. That being said, one of the hardest parts of self-publishing or publicizing a novel is finding good images. That’s an issue I run into every time I write something (even a blog … More How to Find Images for Your Book Marketing Campaign–Curated Post
One of the more difficult aspects of self-publishing is deciding your price. If you price your novel too expensively, no one will want to buy it (especially if you don’t have a fan base). If you make it too cheap, people might overlook it–worse yet, it will be hard to promote your novel at such … More Promoting Your Series: Free Vs. 99¢: Curated Post
They might be cheap and all over the place as far as the Internet is concerned, but I still like to take fun quizzes from time to time. Here’s a quiz for writers from Author Marketing Experts Inc. which I found to be pretty accurate judging from my experience. Tips for taking it include being … More Do You Have What it Takes to Be A Successful Author? Quiz: Curated
Podcasts are the newest evolution in the world of radio. I only started listening to some last year, and have my first official podcast interview on the Speculative Fiction Cantina on October 9. I’m nervous about it. Radio is never something that I thought I’d get involved with as a writer, but it is true–podcasts … More Why Podcasting Interviews Are Essential for Authors: Curated Post
I have learned recently that one of the best ways to get publicity for a book, whether independently or traditionally published, is to have it read over by some legitimate book reviewers. It’s a terrifying experience (as I can tell you in detail here) but absolutely worth it. Here is a terrific Q&A from ALLi’s … More Book Promotion: How Not to Annoy a Book Reviewer (Curated Post)
I never bothered going out of my way for reviews until very recently. After all, I was using keywords for optimization, and if people liked the books, they would doubtlessly write reviews for them. Right? Who even reads reviews anyway, except for the authors?
The past few months have been insane, but it is good to be back after a longer-than-expected hiatus! I thought setting Automaton up for publication would be the hardest part, formatting it and submitting it to different sites. Yes, it was exhausting, but I didn’t know what else would take the brunt of my time and energy … More 5 Things I Learned by Organizing My Own Book Blog Tour
A few weeks ago, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as an ebook on pre-order. Ebook publishing has gotten streamlined to the point where the entire publishing process can take under an hour. Upload your files, click a few spots, and your book is available to the masses! Why would you … More Top 3 Reasons to Put Your Ebook on Preorder Status
Like it or not, your novel fits into a genre. Even if it’s not so-called genre fiction. And your genre (and knowledge of that genre’s market!) will play a huge part in your success as a writer. It’s easy to feel like genres are just another way of categorizing novels and putting them into boxes, … More Genre Matters: What’s Your Market?
This is probably going to be my last post of 2014, so I thought it would be a good time to give a shout-out to my top ten posts of the year and announce a few goodies at the end of this particular post. Let’s start with number ten! 10: Almighty Internet: Your Novel’s … More Top Ten Posts of 2014
A few months ago I published an e-book for the first time, my NaNo novel Mostly Human. I was using Kindle Direct Publishing, which I’m a big fan of as both a reader and a writer. During the publication process, I had the option to join Kindle Select, which would mean more publicity, higher ratings… and … More Kindle Unlimited: Blessing or Bane to Indie Authors?
You’re a writer. Not–necessarily–an artist. You’ve spent long hours poring over your great work of fiction and have edited it to near perfection. You want to publish it independently… but then you realize that you have no idea what to do for a cover. You’re not a designer. You don’t know fancy photoshop tricks or … More How to Get An Awesome Cover (For Free)
Recently the music industry has been struggling around a growing problem in the age of the Internet: piracy and online sharing. Singer Taylor Swift chose to pull her music from many online sharing pools, while other artists such as Amanda Palmer practically welcome what others consider piracy–because hey, it’s free publicity. It’s an issue that … More Know Your Rights: Online Sharing, Royalties, And Indie Publishing
As a writer, your passions are probably directed largely toward, well, the writing of your book. Editing happens next, and then–hopefully!–publication. After all that, you would think that you could easily just sit back and relax while others read and discover your masterpiece as it magically appears on store shelves. Your work is done! Well, until … More Almighty Internet: Your Novel’s Publicity