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

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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On our final show of April, we discussed how a publishing contract compares with self-publishing and why selling direct is something to strive for. This week's topics included reality competition shows for writers, the level playing field for self-publishers, the recent layoffs at Kobo, the scenarios in which a publishing contract make sense and selling directly to your readers. 

Direct download: SMBS_Episode_4.mp3
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On this episode, we talked about the importance of authenticity in your writing and your social media. This week's topics included American and German ebook reading statistics, book subscription services, social media post length and James Patterson's writing tips. Jim made a big announcement: Author Marketing Live!

Direct download: SellMoreBooksEp3Final.mp3
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This week we discussed foreign translations and the top stories in self-publishing. This week's topics include indie books in libraries, the dominance of romance authors, tablets, working hard and KDP's new sales dashboard. Also, Jim destroys Bryan in a nerd-off. 

Direct download: Show2Attempt1.mp3
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For our inaugural show, we talked a bit about ourselves before launching into the latest news of the week. This week's topics include indie bookstores, instant paperbacks, Amazon keywords, ACX in the U.K. and the Self-Publishing Podcast's new Kickstarter project. 

Direct download: show1Attempt3.mp3
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