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

This week Bryan is back and shares some great words of wisdom at the end of the show! Claire is very engrossed in her new nonfiction book on indie author alignment that we can’t wait to hear more about. Be sure to leave the show a review on Apple Podcast. This week’s winner is Dan Thompson. Thank you to our featured Patrons - 60 Second Tarot, Writing the Past, and Cops And Writer’s: Crime Scenes And Investigations. Top Tips of the week include what print-on-demand is right for you, how to use social media to connect with readers, and what you need to write a good author biography. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what you need to know about rights licensing for indie authors, how to improve your writing, what the pandemic has impacted pricing for ebooks, why to consider going global, and why Audible is getting backlash over their return policy. Question of the Week: Do we think audible will change the audiobook return policy? Why or why not?

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This week Bryan is prepping for his Amazon Ad Profit Challenge and has an offer available until October 26th. Claire is joined by Trixie Silvertale author of the Mitzy Moon Mystery Series. Be sure to check her out at the links provided below. This week’s winner is Matthew Herrmann please send Bryan an email to claim your prize. Thank you to our featured Patrons - The Efficient Writer, The Life Actionbook, and The Darby Shaw Chronicles Box Set. Top Tips of the week include what Draft2Digital is doing with notifications, why to consider having your own brand, and what what three myths you need to know. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include whats wrong with Amazons Kindle Create formatting tool, why Google Play is paying authors more, how to know if the holiday season is a good time to launch your book, why there is a problem with changing your ebook title, and why you need some self care as an author. Question of the Week: What’s something you could batch schedule that would help free up some mental space for writing?

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It’s Bryans birthday! This week we have a great show for you don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcast. This week’s winner is Pockets McGee. Thank you to our featured Patrons - The Life of Magdaline Slatewood, The Reluctant Detective, and How to Write Manga. Top Tips of the week include what 5 rules every author should know when it comes to social media, how to expand your income with premium products, and what free indie author conference is coming up. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why Barnes & Noble’s Nook library is down, whats new with KDP, why you should look into digital streaming, how to figure out what kind of launch best suits you as an author, and what Facebook is adding to Admin Assist. Question of the Week: What part of your automated marketing or online presence might benefit from adding a little human touch to it?

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This week Claire is joined by Ines Johnson, be sure to check out both of their youtube channels! We have a great show for you, don’t forget to leave a review on apple podcast. This week’s Best Page Forward book description winner is Patrick O’Donnell. Thank you to our featured Patrons - How to Sex Your Snake, Guild of Tokens, and Dorothy and the How to Self-Publish A Children's Book. Top Tips of the week include whats new with Amazon’s Kindle Create, why you should give Etsy a shot to sell your books, and how to better understand Facebook ads. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what’s new with library ebook checkouts, how indies are feeling about awards, what streaming platform for audio and ebooks has come to an end, why you should look into when is the best time to send emails to your lists, and why Amazon is recommending epub files. Question of the Week: If you were to win any category for your book in an indie publishing awards ceremony, what would you want that category to be?

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This week Claire is back and we have a great show for you! This week’s Best Page Forward book description winner is Bradley. Thank you to our featured Patrons - The Busy Busy Author, Leading Effectively, and Dorothy and the Cane of Destiny. Top Tips of the week include why you should have a positive mindset this upcoming season, what tricks you should know about social media to help your engagement, and how you can keep your writing momentum strong. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what’s new with Audible, how Facebook Ads are changing, how to market your book, why the pressure is on for Barnes and Noble, and what indie authors need to prepare for when it comes to Amazon. Question of the Week: Looking back, what was the best use of your marketing time during your first year publishing?

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This week Bryan is joined by Patrick O’Donnell’s and Jim Kukral! Bryan has a Book Description webinar this Thursday on the 5 mistakes authors most commonly make with their book descriptions, be sure to check that out. Check out Patrick’s website at the link provided. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Lisa M. Lilly. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Email Lists Made Easy for Writers and Bloggers, Kiss Kill, and The Sell Smarter Collection. Top Tips of the week include what to know about Kindle Daily Deals, how to find the perfect audiobook reader for you, and what Dave Chesson is sharing about Amazon categories. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how much writers can work and still be considered freelance, who is interested in buying Simon & Schuster, why Amazon’s Audible Escape subscription service is being discontinued, why 20BooksTo50K indie conference is being cancelled, and what strategies you can learn to keep yourself sane as an author. Question of the Week: What are you going to do to connect with the people that you want to connect with this year via the internet since there are no in person events?

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This week we have a great show for you, we’re talking a lot about timelines. Don’t forget to check out Claire's new course and Bryan has a webinar next Thursday on the 5 mistakes authors most commonly make with their book descriptions so stay tuned for more info on that. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Chez Churton. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Doubt The Stars, Leah’s Choice, and Plague at Snake Creek. Top Tips of the week include why to think about putting out a Christmas-related book, what getting some time in nature can do for you, and how connecting with new people helps your marketing. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what author Joanna Penn has learned in her nine years as a full-time author, where is Goodreads going, why you need to put in the time to market a good book, what Amazon’s new book clubs feature does, and why Facebook ads are getting cancelled. Question of the Week: Looking back on a timeline of the last six years of your successes and failures, what important insights or perspective can you take away from it?

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This week Claire has an AMA coming up on September 10th where she will be answering all story questions and questions about her course so don’t miss out on it! We’ve got a great show for you. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcast. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Darren Sapp. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Inharmonic, DEAD STILL, and Pendant. Top Tips of the week include how to get a good cover for bargain prices, everything you need to know about author mailing lists, and why Pinterest could be the marketing tool your looking for. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include whats happening with Amazon’s shipping, what lessons authors have learned during the pandemic, why there is a need for virtual bodyguards for online events, what Amazon is doing to their buy button, and how a free book in your series can help you. Question of the Week: What’s one positive thing you’re experiencing that you wouldn’t have experienced were it not for the pandemic-related changes to the world?

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This week we get to hear about Claire’s new Super Charge Your Story Course that just launched so be sure to check it out. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcast. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Dave Core. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Not Write Now, Kept In The Dark, and Excelsior. Top Tips of the week include what four things you need for a perfect cover, why Apple Books is promoting “First in a Series Free”, and what a standing desk can do for you. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why Powell’s Books is pulling out of Amazon, what tips Chris Fox has for making your characters feel real, what’s next for Spotify, why publishers booksellers and authors are joining forces against Amazon, and how self confidence can help you grow as an author. Question of the Week: Do you think Amazon warrants some kind of anti-trust action and should be split up into different companies to further competition? And how might that affect self publishing in the years going forward?

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This week Bryan and Claire share their Self-Publishing Live experience with us. Claire has a new course coming out on August 31st and Bryan teases a new webinar coming in September. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcast. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Chez Churton. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Call of Dust, Outage Boxed Set Books 1-3, and Win For Love. Top Tips of the week include what you need for a good sales funnel, where to find a free critique for your book, and what you should know about Boook.link. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why we are saying our goodbyes to KOLL, what is happening on September 3rd, how you can create comics and role-playing games, how you can spice up online book events, and what is Audible launching for just $7.95. Question of the Week: If you were to receive a machine-based data report/diagnosis of your book, how would you treat the issues as a soulful, creative writer?

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This weeks show is coming to you from Self Publishing Live! Bryan and Claire are so excited to be here. We have a great show for all of our listeners. Top Tips of the week include what new tool BookBub has to offer for audiobooks, why internal links might be the new up and coming feature, and what you can gain from translating your books. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what quiet time can do for your writing, why you should know several ways to bring in money as an author, how your daily writing habits make a difference in your books, why understanding your readers is an important part of being an author, and what Best Page Forward’s Bryan Cohen has to say about writing compelling stories. Question of the Week: How do you get buy-in from the people you love that your non-typing writing time is also valuable to your process and career?

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This week we have a great show for you, don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcast. Claire is still running a free Indie Author Alignment: 5-Day Foundation course. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Sara Prow Blackard. Thank you to our featured Patrons - A Band Director's Guide to Everything Tuba, Faster Than Falling, and The 30-Day Femme Manifesting Game. Top Tips of the week include how writing short fiction is good for getting started and book sales, what Abacus can do for you, and what you should know about pre-release campaigns. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include who’s reading what, how Dan can help you start writing the book you’ve always wanted, why the sales of romance novels go up during global downturns, how you can spice up online book events, and what year has been the best for print and ebook. Question of the Week: What could you share through video that would forge a stronger connection between you and your readers?

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Bryan is back and we have a great show for you this week! Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Don’t forget that Claire is running a free Indie Author Alignment: 5-Day Foundation course. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Eve H. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Symphony of the Wind, Trauma-Sensitive Early Education, and 

The Strange. Top Tips of the week include why asking yourself hard questions can lead to the best marketing plan, how making writing a habit and not a task changes your outlook, and why to use sweepstakes in your marketing strategy. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why it is important to know what your goal is, what getting fresh eyes on your manuscript can do for you, should cancel culture be cancelled, why author Patrick Rothfuss is taking some heat, and why you should retain as many rights as possible. Question of the Week: What’s something you could stop doing that’s not moving you toward YOUR definition of success, and what’s something you like doing that you could replace the old thing with?

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What metric would be a business changer for you if Amazon could provide it? Bryan is out this week and H. Claire Taylor is joined by Becca Syme of the Better-Faster Academy. Claire is running a free Indie Author Alignment: 5-Day Foundation course. She also has a preorder for her Supercharge Your Series course and the offer ends August 1st so make sure to check those out! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Flyover. The Top Tips of the week include why less is more when it comes to marketing, what will you tell readers when they ask why they should buy your book, and how walking can benefit your brain. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what increases in earnings are coming from indie publishing, why book cover designers are speaking up, how the lockdown sparked a popular genre, why you should enroll your books via eBook, and what has Amazon added into their Ads Dashboard. Question of the Week: What metric would be a business changer for you if Amazon could provide it?

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There are many different ways to promote your book, what is one five-minute task that you could do today to promote your book? This week we have a great show for you! Don’t forget to leave us a review on Apple podcast. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Steph Pajonas. If you become a Patron of the show you will now get access to the show 8-12 hours earlier then when it airs! The Top Tips of the week include what ten marketing hacks bestselling author Zoe York is giving to you, how to create content that will attract your ideal reader, and why pre-orders may be hurting you instead of helping you. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to avoid getting scammed by a vanity press, what new service NetGalley is adding to their lineup, what publishers look for when deciding which book to bet on, how BookBub’s new feature “related authors” could be beneficial to you, and where Kobo Plus is being launched next. Question of the Week: What is one five-minute task you could do to promote your book today?

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What are some ways that you can you prioritize some long-term reader farming instead of only focusing on short-term reader hunting? This week we have a great show for you! Don’t forget to leave us a review on Apple podcast. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Nalani Sheils. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Blogging for Authors, Shadow Raiders, and Guardian of the Grail. The Top Tips of the week include what myths you should know about publishing, how to find the perfect book cover just for you, and why practicing getting into states of focus is important. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what genre of print books are increasing in sales, why you should check out some of the newer ebook distributors, what new update is coming to the copyright process, why sustainable marketing is a lot like farming, and what new feature Facebook is launching for page owners that is similar to Patreon. Question of the Week: How can you prioritize some long-term reader farming instead of only focusing on short-term reader hunting?

 

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We all have mental blocks, what are some that are holding you back from your upcoming projects and why are they having that effect? This week we have lots of great tips to share with you! Bryan’s Free 5-Day Amazon Ad Profit Challenge starts July 13th so make sure to check it out and H. Claire Taylor just released her last Jessica Christ book! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Kenesha W. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Sell More Books With Less Social Media, Nightblade, and Leaving Eva. The Top Tips of the week include what getting reviews on your book can do for you, why authors are upset with Lulu, and why a book launch includes marathons, sprints, and pounces. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include who has managed to become the fifth largest bookstore chain in the US, why Walmart pulled Kobo reader displays from it’s stores, how Ingram is keeping up with the surge of print-on-demand books, what advice Kristine Kathryn Rusch has for traditional authors, and how to keep up with everything you need to do as an author. Question of the Week: What mental blocks do you think are holding you back from your upcoming projects and why do you think they're having that affect?

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At what point in your Sales Page/Amazon Listing do you think you're losing your non-readers? What can you do to solve this problem? What was your process for coming to this conclusion? This week Bryan is getting ready for The Free 5-Day Amazon Ad Profit Challenge that starts July 13th. H. Claire Taylor also has some exciting things in the works for this summer, make sure to join her list. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Liz Alton. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Embracing the Magic, More than Monsters, and God and Gigs. The Top Tips of the week include what to do when thinking about going wide, where to submit your film ideas for Netflix, and why you should think about marketing your book first before anything else. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what is happening with The Internet Archives, why Apple is being targeted for their Apple tax, why Author Alexandra Duncan cancelled her own novel, what influences a reader to pick up their next book, and why you shouldn’t be afraid of going wide. Question of the Week: At what point in your Sales Page/Amazon Listing do you think you're losing your non-readers? What action do you think you should take to fix it? What was your process for coming to this conclusion?

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Do you have an area of your publishing or marketing that's fallen flat? What can you do to change your course of action to improve it? This week Bryan is joined by MM romance author Quinn Ward. Don’t forget to leave a review on the show! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Margaret McGriff. Thank you to our featured Patrons - The Secret Blush, Gone, and What Sells Books. The Top Tips of the week include how to stop social media from distracting your writing time, what to know about a new survey from bookcareers.com, and tips for proofreading your own writing. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what marketing tips you should know, what Barnes & Noble has to say about e-books, how self-help author Marc Reklau went from $800 per month to over $35,000, how the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect the business of publishing, and why indie authors are changing the publishing industry. Question of the Week: What's one area of your publishing or marketing that's fallen flat? How can you change your course of action to improve it?

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We talked about growing our email list, what’s one activity you could do regularly grow your list by 10% in the next 30 days? This Thursday is Bryan’s Blurb Webinar make sure to check it out at the link below and H. Claire Taylor is releasing the third book of her Kilhaven Police series! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Lisa M. Lilly. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Cowgirl, Unexpectedly, A Dragon among the Eagles: A Novel of the Roman Empire, and The Ten-Year Turnaround. The Top Tips of the week include what to know about using someone else email newsletter, why to consider using a sensitivity reader, and where to find tools for outlining your novel. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how writing a novel is a lot like a romance, what vanity press is according to ALLi’s John Doppler, how to market your audiobook, what you need to know about Amazon’s branding, and how to get the most out of email lists. Question of the Week: What's one activity you could do regularly that would grow your email list by 10% in the next 30 days?

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What's one opportunity you can employ for you to earn more than the usual $2.99 from your biggest fans? This week Bryan is back and getting ready for a live Book Description Demo next week while H. Claire Taylor is getting back into the swing of things and finishing up her last Jessica Christ book! Remember that she is still offering a 20% discount on her story alignment course when you use the code SMBS. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Kelsie Stelting. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Wanderer's Escape, Unfrozen, and Hypercage. The Top Tips of the week include what kind of personality do you have according to mystery author Greta Boris’ quiz, what to know about SEO, and where to find free educational opportunities. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what to know before writing a book with a friend, why you should do some homework and math before deciding where to publish, how thinking of your writing like a business will set you up for success, what advice author Jenny Madore is giving us, and how the publishing world could be changing. Question of the Week: What's one opportunity you can employ for you to earn more than the usual $2.99 from your biggest fans?

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After listening to the discussion about how to use keywords and key phrases in your book description, what's the first step you're going to take toward optimization? This week H. Claire Taylor is joined by Monica Leonelle be sure to check out her series The Productive Novelist. H. Claire Taylor is still offering a 20% discount on her story alignment course when you use the code SMBS. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Christopher Wills. Thank you to our featured Patrons - The Cordova Vector, The Thing Speaks for Itself, and Kick Author Overwhelm to The Curb. The Top Tips of the week include what words you should be adding to your blurb, what new feature IngramSpark is offering, and how to successfully enter into a collaboration. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what genre is rising in sales, why Internet Archive is facing some serious trouble, what four types of books are we seeing a surge in, how to use Kobo’s cost-per-click to distribute your book, and how author RJ Blain upped her typical sales by over $30,000 in less than one month. Question of the Week: After reading about how to use keywords and key phrases in your book description, what's the first step you're going to take toward optimization?

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You are running an awards show for your genre, what would you call it and why? This week Bryan is having a FB Ads Webinar with Alana Terry and H. Claire Taylor is getting back into her writing groove! Don’t forget to leave a podcast review. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Kori D. Miller. Thank you to our featured Patrons - What Am I?: A Collection of Traditional Word Riddles – Deluxe Edition, Ships of My Fathers, and Somebody's Darling. The Top Tips of the week include what to know when it comes to pricing your books, why you should be asking questions before writing a guest blog, and how many words should you be writing. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include whats going on with Wolf-Kink Erotica, why self-help books are doing so well right now, how you now have the opportunity to sell your books on Instagram and Facebook, why to get yourself ready for Kobo, and why the RWA has retired their RITA award. Question of the Week: If you ran an awards show for your genre, what would you call it and why?

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In the show we covered Series Page promo ideas, will you be trying them out? Would this preform well for you? How might you incorporate this into your promo schedule? This week Bryan is offering a special discount on his course that expires 5/20 and H. Claire Taylor is giving us a pro tip so make sure to listen for it at the end.This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is J Bennett. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Dad’s Girls, Vanguard: The Complete First Season, and 31 Days of Wisdom. The Top Tips of the week include how Joanna Penn edits, what programming tools you need to look into, and why you should add more categories to your book. This week we have an honorable mention and that is I Will Survive. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why ebook and audio sales are seeing a dramatic increase, what World Media is doing to support authors, why do over 80% of authors quit within 3 books, why you should be marketing your series page instead, and how BookBub is allowing you to customize your ad campaign. Question of the Week: Will you try out the Series Page promo idea we discussed during the show? How might you incorporate this into your promo schedule and how well do you think it would perform for you?

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What is keeping you from producing audiobooks? If you already have audiobooks, what made you decide to pull the trigger and how did you make the decision between profit share or all up front? This week H. Claire Taylor is joined by author Nathan Van Coops! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Christopher Willace. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Call of Dust, Twins of Prey, and Monkey Justice. The Top Tips of the week include why you don’t need a Mac to go direct with your books on Apple, how to keep all your publishing eggs in your own basket with direct selling, and what to think about when it comes to turning your book into audio. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include who was the mystery donor that helped UK bookshops weather the coronavirus pandemic, sales success tips from author Adam Geen, why you should check your emails if you saw some unusual activity with your Kindle books, how author Adam Fletcher is earning a full-time living off of a genre that practically doesn’t exist, and what Amazon sales ranks currently are. Question of the Week: If you already have audiobooks, what factors did you consider to decide between profit share or all up front, and how did you decide when to pull the trigger? And if you don't have audiobooks yet, what factors are keeping you from feeling like now is the right time to produce them?

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Everyone has a reason for starting, what is your "why" behind writing and publishing your books? Bryan and H. Claire Taylor are feeling good this week and want to remind you to leave a review on the show! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Lars Hedbor. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Inharmonic, Achieve Anything In Just One Year, and Flotsam. The Top Tips of the week include what Amazon is doing for European Union marketplaces, how to get a review on your book the easy way, and which company takes an additional cut before pricing your book in the catalog. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to help your local bookstores stay afloat, who’s sales is the coronavirus boosted, what author Steven Higgs is doing to earn $21,000 this month, who is doubling ACX, and what great tips Author Megan Erickson is sharing. Question of the Week: What's your "why" behind writing and publishing your books?

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What is one non-writing task that you could spend just one hour a day on for the next week, that could have the most impact on your publishing career? Bryan's Amazon Ad School Course just concluded and he had an awesome turnout! H. Claire Taylor wanted to remind everyone that she has some free recourses on tips for writing and marketing as well as coming up with author strategy available on her website so make sure to check those out. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Dave Core. Thank you to our featured Patrons - The Silent Marriage: How Passive Aggression Steals Your Happiness, The Avant Champion: Rising, and Rebel Song. The Top Tips of the week include where you can find a free guide with advice tailored to authors of every level, how really knowing your genre well can help in writing to market, and why setting up your writing space ahead of time is setting you up to conquer new challenges. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include could Google Books really be opening up or are they pulling our leg, who is making the decision to stop paying royalties for books downloaded with a promo code, what author John Van Stry did because he felt it would help the author community, why we should continue to keep distributing to Barnes & Noble and keep some faith in them, and what cozy mystery author C.S. Woolley is claiming to be worth the time investment for the results she is seeing and will continue to see. Question of the Week: What non-writing task that you spend just one hour a day on for the next week would have the most impact on your publishing career?

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How does the painfully long wait time on ACX approvals affect your publishing plans and what could you do to mitigate or even capitalize on this new reality?Bryan's Amazon Ad School Course is now live. You can get 30 days of direct email support and lifetime access to the Amazon Ad Profit Challenge at SellingForAuthors.com/April20 This week H. Claire Taylor is joined by author Jami Albright who is also an Indie publishing coach so make sure to check out her website. Claire is still running a promo on her story alignments with he code SMBS. All link will be provided for you. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is S.A. Schneider. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Black Shadow Moon: Stoker's Dark, Twisting Fate, and A Christmas Gift. The Top Tips of the week include what could be better for you than an author website, what can help you build stronger reader connections, and what playing a metadata game can teach you. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why library supporters are calling authors and publishers greedy, how Ingram’s LightningSource could become the new normal, what drastic changes are happening to people in the Amazon Associates affiliate program, could Amazon be struggling during this pandemic, and who’s two week standard processing time has turned into seven weeks. Question of the Week: How does the painfully long wait time on ACX approvals affect your publishing plans and what could you do to mitigate or even capitalize on this new reality?

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What is something that you could do to enhance your marketing, publishing, writing, or service that would also increase your energy (i.e. you really like doing it!)? Bryan’s 5-Day Amazon Ad Profit Challenge is live and its not to late to join, check it out. Claire gave us a 20% off coupon for her Story Alignment Course which is code SMBS don’t let it go to waste! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Connie B. Dowell. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Carnal, Character Sketch & Color, and The Perfect Death. The Top Tips of the week include how popular authors are using Instagram and Twitter to help promote new book releases, what special offers Print on Demand service Ingram Spark is running, and what new software you can use to polish up your grammar in your online writing apps. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why indies might find this a good time to go wide, how regular email contact with your readers can be a more affective way of advertising than social media, what very quiet landmark deal was made between Apple and Kindle, are print books being considered an essential during this time, and who you can contact to help you understand Amazon Ads and make them seem less intimidating. Question of the Week: What is one thing you could do to enhance your marketing, publishing, writing, or service that would also increase your energy (i.e. you really like doing it!)?

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Only choosing one, at this stage in your author career, are you trying to improve your ROI or scale up your existing ROI? Bryan’s 5-Day Amazon Ad Profit Challenge is back on April 13th don’t miss it! Claire also hinted to us that she will be putting another workshop together! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Darren Sapp. Thank you to our featured Patrons - The Last Verdict, Divorced Dad: Kids are Forever, Wives are Not, and Sanyare: The Last Descendant. The Top Tips of the week include where you can find some financial help during this time of crisis, why you should limit or force yourself when it comes to being creative, and how this might be your time to dip your toes into Facebook ads. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how you can not only order your favorite fast food with Postmates but a book as well, what Amazon is now doing about pre-orders and delays, which horror and thriller author achieved a four-figure profit with Amazon Ads, what genre of books are are seeing a spike in sales, and who reached dolphin status of 50k sales in one month? Question of the Week: At this stage in your author career, are you trying to improve your ROI or scale up your existing ROI? (And remember, you can only choose one or the other)

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What is something that you as an author could “take a loss on” now that could possibly build your audience later on? Bryan’s 5-Day Amazon Ad Profit Challenge is back on April 13th don’t miss it! Get a story alignment consultation with Claire to get your story fixed up and save $149 through April 4th when you use the code FOURFOUR. All the links for these will be available to you. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Chez Churton. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Jaded: Luke, Hook's Daughter: The Untold Tale of a Pirate Princess, and How to Pick Up Women with a Drunk Space Ninja. The Top Tips of the week include how starting a daily blog might keep your creative brain rolling and keep you from feeling burnt out and ready to quit, why readers are saving nineteen dollars and ninety-eight cents with Amazon, and how bad reviews can possibly help your books sell. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how accurate are the numbers in the Bookstat list, what Amazon is now replacing with Amazon Charts Top 20 Books, what novelists are doing on social media to promote their colleagues during this time of cancelled book tours, what genre of books are rising in sales and which aren’t, and where are Amazon promo codes going? Question of the Week: Putting yourself in the shoes of early ACX, what could you give away or take a loss on now that might help you to build your audience later?

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With the current crisis going on, as an author what are some things you may be able to do to help your readers out? On today’s show Bryan is joined by Alana Terry, a Christian suspense writer and teacher for authors on paid advertising. They want to wish everyone peace an good health during these times! Alana has her course up as a pay what you can and a portion of the proceeds will go to helping out during this time of the Covid-19. Be sure to check out Claire’s free supercharge your protagonist workshop, she also has a sale right now on her story alignment consultation so be sure to also check that out and use the code FOURFOUR by 4/4/20. All the links for these will be available to you. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Liberty Speidel. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Get it Done, The House, and Dark as the Grave. The Top Tips of the week include how taking the sidebar from your blog can help you start up your author website, what you can gain from using a writing prompt regularly, and how easy it is to turn your book into the latest EPUB 3.0 format with Daisy.org. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how PublishDrive is making it easy for authors to publish your print and digital and audiobook formats, why something as simple as asking readers to review your books can make a huge difference, whats causing Macmillan to abandoned its unpopular ebook embargo, who is announcing that their entire library of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazine articles will be free for 30 days, and ACX is doing to help out due to the impact of Covid-19 to the creative community. Question of the Week: What are some ways that you feel like you as an author could help your readers handle this crisis?

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When working from home do you have a certain routine that helps you “get out of your pajamas” and start your work day? If so, what is it? Today is the final day of Bryan’s Blurb Bonus Package with Best Page Forward so make sure to check it out and H. Claire Taylor has a free chat on April 2nd talking about supercharging your protagonist, there are only 10 seats available so grab yours soon! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Blaine Moore. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Thawed: CRYERS Book 1, How To Drive Your Next Car Deal: The How-To Guide To Negotiating A New Car Deal, and The Tilt. The Top Tips of the week include how being quarantined may lead you to writing your best work like Shakespeare, why “writing crap” is a common tip amongst successful romance authors, and how putting on some pants can encourage you to get to writing. This week’s honorable mention goes to Amazon being flooded with coronavirus books. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what is the future of coronavirus vs authors, publishers, and booksellers, how learning the skills of publishing and web designing can save you lots of money, why British company DeepZen is already ahead of the game, why the UK government is saying goodbye to the 20% VAT, and what finding your niche can do for your book sales according to children’s book author Melissa Torres. Question of the Week: When you work from home, do you have any routines to make you feel like you have transitioned to the professional period of your day or do you just get into it and mix it up?

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The last calendar year has been filled with many different events, say you could create a subgenre based on a specific one, what would it be?  Bryan has a Sell More Books Forever Webinar this Thursday so be sure to check it out and H. Claire Taylor has a pre-order up for a new pen name! This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is S. A. Schneider. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Where The Leaves Wither, The Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction, and 5 Numbers of Destiny. The Top Tips of the week include why calculating math might be worth it for your read-through rates, how your not so happy ending books can partake in the hottest new literary genre, and why to start thinking about copywriting. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to make your non-writing tasks a bit easier, what is causing the Big 5 to possibly turn Big 4, why you should consider alternate plans when it comes to the London Book Fair, how tweaking and relaunching ‘failed’ books may start to earn you some money, and how Indie author M.R. Mathias went from being in a Texas prison to writing dozens of books that have totaled over $1 million through amazon book sales. Question of the Week: If you could create your own subgenre based on events of the last calendar year, what would it be?

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The first quarter of 2020 is almost over, what will you be doing in the second quarter of 2020 to market your books? Maybe something out of your comfort zone? Bryan mentions that he will be having a book description webinar coming soon and H. Claire Taylor is recruiting people for her new class. Be sure to check out Kirsten Oliphant's Launch Class. This week’s Super Charger Story Course Winner is Dan Thompson. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Woodpecker Wars: Celebrating the Spirituality of Everyday Life, Taking Charge: Making Your Healthcare Appointments Work for You, and The Final Arrangement. The Top Tips of the week include what is causing Indies to give up on google, how you can use content marketing to market not only non-fiction but also fiction, and why your best promotional tool is your readers themselves. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how Hachette’s 2019 revenue increased by 5% over 2018’s revenue, why Publishers Weekly believes Amazon Publishing has come out on top, how authors can learn from the marketing mistakes from the movie Birds of Prey, what is being done about book scams starting on April 27th, and why Hachette, Amazon, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin US are all pulling out of the London Book Fair. Question of the Week: What are you going to do to market your books in the second quarter of 2020? If you try something outside of your usual comfort zone, what will it be?

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What crazy and fun way would you try to promote your book if money wasn’t a concern? How would you go about it? Bryan announces that he is going to be getting back into non-fiction this year and H. Claire Taylor shares with us that she has been putting up medium posts on author and story strategy as well as writing productivity. This week’s Happy Books Review Winner is Darren Sapp. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Nolan Walker And The Superiors Squad, Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live, and WordPress Security 101: How to secure your website against hackers. The Top Tips of the week include how to look out for yourself to prevent getting scammed, what Matthew McCreary’s five step process is to writing a book, and where you can find the best apps for writing projects. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why authors in the US income will continue to decline, how your biggest obstacle when it comes to writing productivity may just be yourself, how self-publishing can lead to more money and flexibility, what you can do to get your short piece of fiction shared with the public, and why Indie author and mentor Chris Fox funded a role-playing game version of his bestselling space fantasy series that is now over 133% funded. Question of the Week: If money weren't a concern, what wild and fun activity would you want to try to promote your book? And how would you get started?

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What challenges do you think you'd face as part of the adaption if you could acclimate a story of yours into any other medium, what would it be and why? Bryan and H. Claire Taylor are feeling very grateful to be able to talk to all the listeners every week whether it be diving deep into some big controversy or diving deeper into ideas relating to self-publishing. This week’s Happy Books Review Winner is Ethan Jones. Thank you to our featured Patrons - Removed, A Curse upon the Saints, and If You Give a Guy a Beer. Tickets are available for Self Publishing Live. The Top Tips of the week include how to get the most out of any author conference, why scheduling time to write is so important, and how getting your books into a library can create a domino effect. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how you can hire the right person for the job using self-publishing service providers, why self-publishing is also learning publishing and marketing for yourself, how to get books in the mail that you might have never considered, how learning to master ads will help you not suck at marketing, and where you can find a new documentary about self-publishing. Question of the Week: If you could adapt a story of yours into any other medium, what would it be and why? What challenges do you think you'd face as part of the translation?

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When AI learns to write a novel that's identical from human novels, how do you think that the writing world will shift? Bryan and H. Claire Taylor are getting things done and checking things off of their to do lists. This weeks Happy Books Review Winners are Jon Auerbach & Bethany Tucker. Thank you to our featured Patrons - One Survivor, Citizen Second Class, and Jasper Kaine. The Top Tips of the week include why you should have a copyright notice and a reservation of rights, why to consider donating a copy of your children’s book to Diverse Book Finder, and how to give your print books a new look. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what new technology will be affecting the writing world, how we know that the author business is continuing to grow, which transcription service is the best fit for you, why many people are not happy about how Barnes & Noble and Penguin Random House celebrated Black History Month and how author Jayne Hawke recovered from burnout. Question of the Week: How do you think the writing world will change when AI learns to write a novel that's indistinguishable from human novels?

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What joyful moments have you had that led you to today in your publishing career? Bryan and Claire are in the same room! Thank you to all of our Patrons! The Top Tips of the week include how Booksprout is your cure all, why you need to join Brandon Sanderson’s class, and what is the best tool to write in. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how you can still be frugal when it comes to editing, how to hire a ghostwriter, what the numbers say about libraries and other activities, why Author Chris Fox didn't love his cover, and why you should write what you love. Question of the Week: Looking back on your writing and publishing to this point, what are three moments that brought you incredible joy in the smaller milestones that led you to where you are today?

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What would you want your readers to expect from you? Bryan is finally taking a rest day! Claire’s party is this week! This week’s Happy Books Review Winner is Garett Robinson. Thank you to our featured Patrons: Dad's Girls, The Outline Book, and Cubicle Jail to Laptop Lifestyle. The Top Tips of the week include how to recover from a failed book launch, how you can still make a living in indie, and what you need to be productive. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what the Macmillan boycott has done to the bottom line, why you may want to get into self-help books, what procrastination may actually mean, how author Steff Green earned $200k, and what is changing with Penguin Random House. Question of the Week: In your ideal world, what would your readers' expectations be about what you write, how often you release it, what you price it, and how often you get in contact with them?

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How would your work change if you shifted your focus? This week is the final parts of Bryan’s Amazon Ad Challenge it's never too late to follow along! Claire is getting her launch party ready! This week’s Happy Books Review Winner is Linda Fausnet. Thank you to our featured Patrons: Grand Theft Auto and Other Misdemeanors, Angelborn, and Time Code. The Top Tips of the week include how to edit your book faster, why you need to reach out to your superfans, and what ads are the best. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what new law has hit Missouri, how the lawsuit with Audible turned out, why Amazon ad school may be a great call for you, how author Howard Tayler sees success, and why your word count may be falling short. Question of the Week: If you changed your focus from looking for productivity to meaning, what would you stop doing and why?

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What do the next four years look like for you? This week is Bryan’s Amazon Ad Challenge its never too late to follow along! Claire is finishing up her series up! This week’s Happy Books Review Winner is  Bill Cokas. Thank you to our featured Patrons: The 30-Day Writing Challenge, Stalked, and SMART Social Media. The Top Tips of the week include what you need to do to sell your book, why Instagram is your friend, and how the public domain has changed. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include was has changed in the RWA, how Janna Penn manages her time, why getting a coauthor may refuel your fire for writing, who will be charting books, and what S.W. Hubbard is going to do in 2020. Question of the Week: When you think ahead to what you'll have accomplished in four years, what will you do to get the most out of your awesome backlist in 2024?

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What will your new year’s resolution help your productivity? You’re going to learn a little more about our new host Claire. How she spends her days and what she's done this year! This week’s Happy Books Review Winner is Jerri Williams. The Top Tips of the week include how to promote your new book, how StoryOrgin can help you track yourself, and what Kells Mcphillips recommends to keep up the productivity. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why Refined Fool Beer is the place to publish, what ebooks lost out on in the 10s, what scam you need to avoid, why the Rita Awards were cancelled, and why you shouldn’t be like Laura Burton. Question of the Week: Going into 2020, what changes will you make to your routine to save more time and get more accomplished?

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What is Jim going to do with all this new free time? Episode 300 is here! We say goodbye to Jim and welcome Bryan's new co-host. The Top Lessons we learned, Consistency is Key, Be UnSkippable, and Reward fans with Callbacks. An honorable mention goes to how to get your books viewed. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why writers aren’t able to keep up, how amazon made this author raise her price, what has happened since Christmas in the romance novel world, why Author Brady Frost did better than expected, and what changes are coming for Rakuten. Question of the Week: What do you think Jim will do with his Tuesdays now that he's not recording the Sell More Books Show?

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