*Disclaimer: I realize there are inconsistencies in the formatting of this post. Please bear with me as I completely overhaul Finish That Novel! and eventually move it to its new home over the coming months! Reviews of your book (if you’re lucky enough to get them) can offer a world of insight about you, your … More 5 Reasons to Read Your Reviews
Every year, I look forward to attending the online self-publishing conference called Indie Author Fringe. And every year, I’ve had fun entering the amazing drawings at IAF, and I’ve won some pretty amazing prizes. I recently redeemed my free ebook formatting from Vellum. I chose a serial I’d written on a blog in college–not something … More Pros And Cons of Professional Book Formatting
Things have changed a lot for me over the past couple years. I went from being a hopeful author with no books published to speak of to being an Amazon best-selling author and making guest appearances on blogs and podcasts. My book Automaton has already given out over seventy copies this month alone (despite having no … More The Myth of The Well-Written Bestseller
It’s been old news for me since Friday night–my book got rejected by Kindle Scout. It held on much longer than I had expected, but what I didn’t expect was the sudden wave of realizations that hit me moments after I got the email. I’ve been thinking about this the wrong way, for the most … More 5 Things I Learned After Kindle Scout Rejected My Novel
The campaign is over. The final day added 22 additional hours on Hot and Trending, and ever since I received news that the editors are now looking through it, I’ve been terrified to check my email in case there’s a rejection note. I’ve read about people getting rejected about this point, so I guess I’m … More My Adventures With Kindle Scout: Crossing My Fingers
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
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.
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
I’ve been building quite a bit of recognition lately, and it’s a mixed bag. People have expectations, and I need to be careful to keep my writing quality at its best and to work to keep improving. That makes writing harder since I find myself pushing myself instead of writing for fun. I also have … More What I Learned from Writing Anonymously
When I was trying to find reviewers for my novel Automaton, there was one thing that they mentioned repeatedly as convincing them to read the book–the blurb. It wasn’t a traditional blurb. I had heard recently that book blurb and description experimentation is a great thing and will get you noticed easily. It was easy for … More How to Improve Your Description Copy to Sell More Ebooks: 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)
With all the crazy twists and turns my own writing career has taken lately, I don’t have the luxury of writing posts regularly. I’m planning a new showdown post on Yarny vs. LitLift, which I’ll write when I have time (and am not already sick of typing), but in the meantime I’ll try to keep … More 5 Ways to Save Money On Self-Publishing–Curated Post
The self-publishing community has been in an outrage lately over Kindle Unlimited’s decision to base payments on how much of your book has been read instead of the fact that someone downloaded it. Many authors hate that decision with a passion. I think it’s actually a good thing. Here’s why. First, let’s take a look … More Kindle Unlimited’s Decision: Why It’s Actually A Good Thing
I’m an active supporter of self and independent publishing. Writers should have a say in how much control they want to have in a book, and investing money in your writing should be treated the same as investing money in a small business. It’s not self-centered. It’s entrepreneurial (hence the term “authorpreneur” to refer to … More Self Published, or Vanity Press? The Difference
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
I’ve self-published several of my own novels, but as a reader I usually cringe at the thought of reading those written by others. As a writer, the self-publishing world is full of promise, excitement and adventure. As a reader… it’s nothing more than a dump of rejected and amateurish failures of wannabe writers who can’t … More 5 Ways to Make Your Indie Novel Stand Out
Introducing the perfect writing formula! Three steps to writing and publishing the novel of your dreams! Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup sugar 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup cold water Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees … More 3 Steps to The Perfect Novel!
A few days ago, I received my discounted copy of my latest book from Blurb. Blurb, though usually known for their excellent photo album printing service, has recently started to reach out to self-publishing writers and now prints traditional paperbacks as well. They provide their free writing and formatting software, BookWright, on their site and … More Blurb And BookWright Double Review