The Sell More Books Show: Book Marketing, Digital Publishing and Kindle News, Tools and Advice

We addressed the Amazon-Hachette situation again this week with a good old fashioned rant. We also talked about KDP Select Countdown Deals, building your mailing list with Noise Trade and creating an attractive book page with Bublish. Other topics included selling local, the new Ask the Author feature on Goodreads, whether or not indie publishing is a good business model and a study on authors making living on indie publishing. 

What You'll Learn: 

  • How Bryan hit the top 25 in the Amazon Kindle store
  • How to use a rolling KDP Select Countdown Deal
  • What some authors are using to build their email lists
  • How to create a book bubble and how it could help you
  • The top Kindle ebook reading city in the U.S. 
  • Why Jim agrees with J.A. Konrath on the Amazon-Hachette matter
  • What makes indie authorship a good business model
  • How many authors are earning a living through Kindle  
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On the new, tech-savvy episode of the Sell More Books Show, we talked about how technology is changing the self-publishing industry, from War and Peace on smartphones to George RR Martin writing on an MS-DOS computer. Other stories included our tip of the week, a controversy at a New Orleans writing conference, a change in the print-on-demand business model and Hugh Howey's latest Author Earnings report. We also shared Chris Well's awesome sounders for our top five news. 

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This week we talked in depth about Amazon monopolies and a large study on different author marketing methods. Other stories included our tip of the week, Sony bowing out of the ebooks business, similarities between high-earning authors and the number of indies topping the bestseller charts. Jim challenged listeners to get the show a top 5 news bumper and Hugh Howey as a guest.

What You'll Learn

  • How to use Smashwords for pre-sales
  • How to track your promotional campaigns on amazon 
  • How to use short stories to gain new readers
  • What Sony could have done to compete with Amazon
  • How Amazon is throwing its weight around with publishers
  • What six-figure authors have in common
  • How many indies make up the bestseller lists on Amazon
  • Why indie authors should be encouraged from new tracking numbers
  • Author Steve Scott's 16 methods for promoting his latest series
Direct download: show6a.mp3
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We welcomed Amazon Top 5 Horror Author J. Thorn as our first ever guest for this week's show. We talked at length about giving value today, whether its through social media accounts, promotional methods and book discovery services. Other topics included our new Top Tip of the Week segment, ISBN numbers, venture capitalists, BookBub, writing rules to live by and the new #AmazonCart service. 

Direct download: SMBS_Ep_5_5614.mp3
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