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

This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include Spotify having a new tool to help you promote your audiobooks, there's a new link tool for authors, and this one features books, and how easy it is to get an Epub on your Kindle. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include Amazon having some new KDP reporting features for you, that authors can be artists and good business people, what Amazon lawsuit is back on the table, building an on-brand author brand, and how to write more when the holidays say 'write less'. Question of the week: Do you plan on changing your writing routine over the holiday, and if so, how?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Claire’s book, Reclaim Your Author Career, is available: www.books2read.com/RYAC. Guest, Chelle Honiker of indieauthormagazine.com and Authortechsummit.com. Top Tips of the week include new features in Vellum that make your book's messaging clear, how our own Bryan Cohen has Amazon's official stamp of approval, if you need author copies of your print books, you need to order today, what Amazon's layoffs mean to the publishing business, and TikTok took our advice and started selling direct! The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include news about Ingram's new ad platform, how Google is giving Spotify what Apple won't, why authors are abandoning Twitter and starting from scratch, the latest scams hitting Amazon authors, and to sell your books and serials by chapter, books, or subscription. Question of the week: What are you plans for selling direct? What does that look like specifically?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Claire’s book, Reclaim Your Author Career, is available: www.books2read.com/RYAC. Amy Teegan’s books: www.amyteegan.com. Top Tips of the week include how to be alerted when your book price or reviews change, the ABCs of publishing, and why less is more when it comes to your writing. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include news about Ingram's new ad platform, how Google is giving Spotify what Apple won't, why authors are abandoning Twitter and starting from scratch, the latest scams hitting Amazon authors, and to sell your books and serials by chapter, books, or subscription. Question of the week: What is the next step for your book marketing beyond publishing on the major retailers?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Claire’s book, Reclaim Your Author Career, is available: www.books2read.com/RYAC Sign up for Bryan’s webinar. 2023 Success, happening this Thursday: https://bryancohen.lpages.co/succeed-in-2023 Top Tips of the week include the best options for dictating your book in 2022, how one author added 3,000 email subscribers in three months, and why exercise helps you write better. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why the court blocked the Big 5 book merger, why one veteran author says the Big 5 no longer matter, that avoiding decisions can help you write more, why Spotify and Apple are pitched for battle, and Amazon has a new program to incentivize book buying. Question of the week: What is a story from your life that you could bake into your welcome sequence?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Our Webinar is on Thursday! https://bryancohen.lpages.co/supercharge-your-story-nov22/ Top Tips of the week include the benefits of author collaborations, how the type of author you are can determine the success of your career, and what lessons you can take from the publishing process. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why more book sales data isn't always better for authors, how Audible has changed their return policy and neither authors or readers like it, that TikTok wants to challenge Amazon and sell physical products, what the 6 Figure Authors are doing to revive book sales, and what Goodreads is doing to your Amazon books. Question of the Week: What do you think is the deal with the Goodreads ratings on Amazon pages? Why would Amazon do that?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how (and why) to put your book into more categories on Amazon, how BookFunnel is improving the reader experience again, and ways to market print books from successful authors. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include some new audiobook promotional opportunities are here (but hurry), what (or who) makes a best seller, that you should keep writing, even with chronic illness, Amazon's latest problem affecting your book sale, and why most authors fail (and how not to). Question of the Week: Outside of the promise of money or public success, what makes you keep writing instead of quitting?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Author Ad School is now open for $100 off! Https://AdSchool2022.com Top Tips of the week include why the basics matter with book marketing, the 10 Commandments of Writing, and how to get out of your stuck ways. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what successful authors have in common, and what you can learn from them, Amazon is having lots of hiccups, but what can you do, An AI copyrighted art for the 1st time, Hallmark is outta here, but I hope not before Christmas movie season, and how to recover from an Amazon suspension or termination (first, just breathe). Question of the Week: What is one commandment you live by as an author?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. 5-Day Author Ad Profit Challenge starts today! Sign up at https://AuthorsAdvertise.com Top Tips of the week include why editing is a must have if you're thinking of your writing as a business, where to go to learn all about romance. Romance books, at least, and how to make your cover stellar! The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include whether NFT books can really be a thing, why you shouldn't bother to find a publisher, why free data is worth every penny, why BookTok promoters are ignoring a big new feature, and there’s a new way to track your Amazon sales conversions. Question of the Week: If you’re going to use the Amazon Attribution links, HOW are you going to use the data you collect from them?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Author Ad Challenge starts Oct 12th! You can join here: https://AuthorsAdvertise.com Top Tips of the week include why your book isn't for everyone, and that's a good thing, how beta readers can hurt, but also help at the same time, whether authors should be seen marketing their books. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how D2D is making proofs and author copies easier for non-US authors, how TikTok is changing book covers, how to leap ahead of the Big 5, protecting yourself and your audiobook using Findaway Voices, why genre doesn't matter except to your readers. Question of the Week: What’s your process for using beta readers?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how you can master your series while prepping for NaNoWriMo, how to find your next non-fiction niche to write in, why your prologue could be hurting your sales. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include Amazon fixing the ebook return problem, how BookFunnel can help you deliver lots of books at once, how Amazon Ads can help readers find your book, the biggest problem that keeps books from selling, how France is fighting back to protect its indie bookstores. Question of the Week: What is the next step Amazon can take to help authors succeed?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Last call: Claire’s Reclaim Your Author Career Coaching is open. Go to https://www.ffs.media/coaching to enroll before it closes. Top Tips of the week include relieving the pressure of being an author, riding the algorithms to sell more books, and how to survive your first 1-star review. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how Amazon is letting sellers 'talk' to customers, the way to securely deliver ARC copies that can't be pirated, the solution to Apple's demands, the mystery behind a mysterious new movie, based on a mysterious new book, and from an even more mysterious author, and that books are getting smaller, and maybe that's ok. Question of the Week: What do you think (or want to believe) is behind the mystery of author Ellie Conway? #whereisellieconway

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. The Kickstarter Webinar with Russell & Monica is Thursday, September 15th. You can sign up at https://bryancohen.lpages.co/kickstarter-webinar/. Claire’s Reclaim Your Author Career Coaching is open. Go to https://www.ffs.media/coaching to enroll. Top Tips of the week include why you should stop kidding yourself that multitasking works, why authors should use Kickstarter, and how slow writing can lead to writing success. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include Bookfunnel's new sample feature and how it can help sell books, how Big 5 publishing's own stats are making Big 5 publishers look bad, why showing your work can bring you business, how Spotify plans to sell your audiobooks and whether you should let them, and the new minimalist writing tool on the market. Question of the Week: When you’ve been able to focus on a project, what have you usually had to do to make that happen?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include a few good reasons to do a preorder, the best reasons to step away from your computer and write more, and how to gift your book to fans, friends, and reviewers. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how those books get onto the bestsellers table at your local bookstore, the new marketing subscription to help sell your books, where to go to learn the best in author tools, how Gen Z is making romance more popular than ever, and how to last for the long-haul in publishing. Question of the Week: In the coming years, what’s something you would consider doing to tap into the growing marketing of Gen Z readers?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how easy and quick it is to set up your own author page on Amazon, how habits that once served us can be working against you, and there's a new print book formatting tool in town, and it's free. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include making smart decisions about what NOT to do as an author, a great way to make BookBub ads quicker and easier, why author myths could be holding back your author career, why Brandon Sanderson is the biggest threat to traditional publishing, and what Amazon ordering fewer books means to publishers. Question of the Week: What’s a myth you held when you started indie publishing that you’ve since dispelled?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to quickly recover from common author mistakes, to edit faster by playing a game, and to anticipate objections for your non-fiction books. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how an author found success on Vella by letting readers help her choose the adventure, how ScribeCount is making Ingram more accessible, how one reader learned that people really do care, why Barnes & Noble might not stock certain books, that fair use isn't always cut and dried. Question of the Week: What’s a situation where you had to do damage control with your book and how will that experience inform how you handle it in the future?

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This week we have a great show in store for you. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. We welcome Phoebe Ravencraft as our Co-host. She's the author of Fiction Blurbs The Best Page Forward Way and Editor in Chief of Best Page Forward. Top Tips of the week include the history of blurbs and why they still work today, all the parts of a book, and why you need to know them, and how to manage your screen time as an author. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why AI's can't copyright their work. Even with human help, what Kate Bush's success tells authors about rights, how one librarian is fighting back against book banning activists, that Amazon has a big problem with fake books on its platform, and about D2D's new partnership with Humble Bundle. Question of the Week: If you had to choose between earning some money now but losing future rights, would you take a chance on keeping all of your rights (with no guarantee of a future payday)?

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This week we have a great show for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast! Top Tips of the week include how to make your newsletter easier and more effective at the same time, what crazy way an author got some attention for his book, and how to take a summer road trip and keep up your writing. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to get to know your reader to sell more books, how a 30 year old author makes $97k with books about money for young women, what's so special about Chuck Tingle's Big 5 book contract, where to find a great opportunity for anyone who loves books and bare feet, and how textbook publishers want to use NFTs to charge students for used ebooks. Question of the week: How have you gathered information or otherwise found creative inspiration from your roadtrips?

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This week we have a great show for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast! Top Tips of the week include why you should consider selling direct, how insecurity is the creativity killer, and why every decision you make could make your writing harder. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what new features the Google play store has, how an indie author is seeing his novel come to television, data guy is back and selling his company, why the Internet free library case could have huge copyright implications, and how you and your author career will die if you refuse to change. Question of the week: What are some tricks you’ve found for managing decision fatigue in your writing life?

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This week we have a great show for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast! Top Tips of the week include how to market your series slowly, deliberately, and effectively, how to see how far you've grown as an author, and what spot reviewer services aren't legit. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what is a great way to take stock of your author business, how one SciFi author org is opening up to more members, what to do to maximize Google Book sales, how to be more inclusive of disabilities in your author business, and how Penguin is fighting off the DOJ to make the Big 5 the Big 4. Question of the week: When it comes to the idea of reviewing your old writing, do you feel more like Bryan and like the idea, or do you feel more like Claire and not want to touch that with a 10ft pole? Why?

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This week we have a great show for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Author Ad School is now open through July 25th and Claire's Kickstarter ends July 21st at midnight, you can visit the links in the show notes! Top Tips of the week include how to have a guilt free summer even if you don’t write, how to find the best keywords for your books, and how to give your backlist a kick in the pants! The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to finish your first book, how BookTok and other influencers can help sell books, what author is making his living by doing less, what new reality show is following writers writing their books, and how ALLi is trying to track indie author sales and successes. Question of the week: If you had to pick one project to give your full attention to, which one would it be and why? Which projects would you let drop?

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This week we have a great show for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Claire's Kickstarter is live, you can visit the link in the show notes! Top Tips of the week include how to record your own audiobook, how to use Facebook's new Pages to your advantage, and why connections can be the best way to market. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to learn from another author's mistakes, how LGBTQ is taking the book world by storm, how to make Vella work for you, how to make Patreon work for you and your readers, and what's the big news for authors at Wattpad. Question of the week: What platform has caught your interest lately, and why are you thinking about hopping on?

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This week Claire is joined by author Nikki Haverstock! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Claire's Kickstarter is live, you can visit the link in the show notes! Top Tips of the week include whether you're addicted to productivity, how BookBub's preorder alert can help you sell books, and how to get the word out on your audiobooks. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how Spotify is planning to play your audiobooks free with ads, how one author's pivot led to six-figures, how to save taking your print books wide, how to show off your Vella stories on your Author Page, and what the end of Mobi files means for you and your readers. Question of the Week: Do you tend toward Toxic Productivity? If so, what are some of the signs that you notice, and what do you do when you notice them?

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Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. You can find Claire, Bryan and Monica’s Kickstarter links in the show notes. Top Tips of the week include how to have more pen names on Amazon, what is the new title trend that has your protagonist's name all over it, and why emailing more often might boost your open rates and sell more books. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what turns faithful readers off and makes them stop reading your books, how Goodreads is finally changing, what is Tertulia, how Spotify plans to use AI voices, and how B&N is highlighting indie books. Question of the Week: In the style of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” what would your own “Person Doing a Thing” title be like if you were the title character?

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Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. You can find both Claire and Bryan’s Kickstarter links in the show notes. Top Tips of the week include how to avoid author burnout in three ways, why you need a book pricing strategy, and how to find an author group for you. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why it's a mistake not to think of your writing as a business, why Kickstarter is a perfect second stream of income for authors, what are the pros and cons of small claims copyright court, how to do a Kindle Countdown for the world not just US and UK, and what Spotify and Findaway have in store now that they're official. Question of the Week: What do you usually price a book at for launch, and based on today’s discussion, would you consider changing that pricing strategy in the future?

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Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. You can find both Claire and Bryan’s Kickstarter links in the show notes. Top Tips of the week include what are the ultimate audiobook tips, what you need to know before changing genres, and how James Patterson is so prolific. This week dHonorable Mention is Y2K all over again. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what Spotify's audiobook plans mean for authors, why authors are getting fed up with hybrid publishers, what's up with Wattpad these days, how a Top Gun copyright lawsuit could affect authors, and what audiobook creation advice Findaway Voice's best authors have to share. Question of the Week: Have you written in more than one genre, and if so, did you run into the similar issues of extra time being required to start out?

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Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. You can find both Claire and Bryan’s Kickstarter links in the show notes along with Bryan’s Free Email Class. Top Tips of the week include how to choose the best proofreading software for you, whether blogs are are good for authors, and how to spot a bad author contract. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how free books sell books, how an author's own writing may have led police to her crimes, what indie authors are doing great on Kickstarter, why readers can't buy your Amazon ebooks easily anymore, and what to give on Father's Day for a dad who wants to tell his story. Question of the Week: What spellcheck software have you used? How do you use it? Where in the editing process do you use it?

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This week Bryan is joined by Becca Syme! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include how to choose your next email service, where to find the perfect author podcast for you, and how to maintain your hope and drive for the long-haul. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what indie authors are doing to make it big with Amazon, how to prove you’re not a hack writer, where to find a children’s book store that’s indies only, how to vet a traditional publisher, and which book has been printed and bound using fireproof materials. Question of the Week: If you could choose any of your books to be your biggest success story ($50k+ per year in book sales), which would you choose and why?

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This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include what unusual ways to make crowdfunding work for you, how bad marketing can be worse than no marketing, and what makes a good book fail. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to avoid failing as an author, why bookstores are being told to ban books, why you should write even when things are bad in the world, how KDP's reports have changed to give you more updated information about your books, and why Amazon has updated it's stance on low-content books. Question of the Week: Based on this week’s audience targeting discussion, who are you writing your current book for?

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This week Claire is joined by romantic comedy author Rich Amooi! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include how to get your books into libraries, how to reboot a dying series, and why you should consider writing in a series. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include when to ditch the day job, Amazon KDP is able to print in Poland and Sweden now, what is better than 5-star reviews, how to have someone run your ads for you, and how one publisher is embracing TikTok. Question of the Week: What strategies have you used to cope with those harsh 1-and 2-star reviews?

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This week we have a great show for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include how to best find and use keywords to sell more books, why to create and distribute a hands-off mystery box, and why you should write and market in more than one genre. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to plan for the worst, whether to refresh or republish your book, how changes to Android and Apple could affect in app book sales, what those rank numbers really mean, and why Creative Commons might be more trouble than it's worth. Question of the Week: Do you have a backup plan if sales dip, and if not, what do you think you’d try so you could still progress in your self-publishing career?

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This week Claire is joined by author Jamie Davis! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include how to spot book problems, what you shouldn’t do with social media, and what new feature Dropbox has. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to make your backlist work for you, how KU readers are helping your reviews, what KU bonuses are changing, why Modi files are on the outs, and how groups have the power to sell books. Question of the Week: Do you think traditional publishing is going to change its mindset about backlist vs new release? And how are you leveraging your backlist at the moment?

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This week Claire is joined by author Jamie Davis! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include how to spot book problems, what you shouldn’t do with social media, and what new feature Dropbox has. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to make your backlist work for you, how KU readers are helping your reviews, what KU bonuses are changing, why Modi files are on the outs, and how groups have the power to sell books. Question of the Week: Do you think traditional publishing is going to change its mindset about backlist vs new release? And how are you leveraging your backlist at the moment?

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This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include when are the best times to post on social media, when to delay a book launch, and whether you should sell direct from your site. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what the next 10 year of publishing will look like, how to avoid junk marketing scams, where another ship full of books is stuck, how to cope with and manage chronic pain that affects your writing, and what author summit you won’t want to miss. Question of the Week: What do you think publishing will look like in 2032?

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This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to revamp your backlist to increase sales, your ideal role at book events and conventions, and how a daily theme can help you write more. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include Why authors should have multiple streams of income, why you should find the best writing group for the stage of your author journey, how a new coffee shop is helping writers write, what ACX's big tax reporting change means to authors, and how Kickstarter is changing the tide in the publishing industry. Question of the Week: Getting started in publishing, what side hustles did you work (or are you still working) in order to fund your business?

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The challenge is on and you can join in! You can find Bryan’s Author Ad Challenge in the links provided as well as Claire's Author Motivation series. Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to have a home-brewed writer's retreat, how to copyright your book, and whether you should accept a Kindle Daily Deal. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include whether hacking your productivity is a good idea, what new Kindle Vella feature will help engage your readers, what you can do tonight to start writing more tomorrow, what Barnes & Noble did to their audiobooks, and what print being down means for publishing. Question of the Week: How might you or will you use the new poll feature offered in Kindle Vella?

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This week we have a great show in store for you! Be sure to check out Bryan’s Author Ad Challenge on April 12th. Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to get your book rights back, what advice NOT to take to succeed, and why to give your book the cover it deserves. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why everyone is upset with ebook returns, how traditional publishing is out of step with royalties, how not to pay taxes twice, why you can't buy an ebook in your reading app anymore, and what to consider when hiring a relative as your author assistant. Question of the Week: Have you ever updated your book covers, and if so, how has it impacted your sales and conversion rate? 

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This week Bryan is joined by James Blatch! Be sure to check out the Self Publishing Show LIVE on June 28th-29th. Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include When you need permission to quote something, Why you can use those 50 reviews, and how Al can write with you. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include Why you might want to avoid some social media, how Vellum can help you make better box sets faster, which indie author got a tv show from one of his oldest books, how Brandon Sanderson gave back to the author community, and how far indies have come. Question of the Week: What's a tool you think is undervalued that you use everyday with your books and/or marketing?

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This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook! All the links will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how a free challenge can help you kickstart your next book, why to start your own community as an author, and how to know which books and genres are selling right now. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to measure your success as an author, how Sanderson's Kickstarter is threatening Traditional Publishing, how your print on demand books are actually Made on Demand, why people are quitting traditional publishing, and how you can support Ukrainian authors. Question of the Week: How do you know when you’re a successful author?

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This Thursday Bryan has a webinar on Book Marketing Makeovers! Join Claire's motivational mail series as well as the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook! All the links will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. The winner from our contest is Jay S. Willis! Top Tips of the week include what to expect when hiring an editor, whats the difference between sales and marketing, and why it’s good to have a sensitivity reader. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what the best hashtags for authors are, how to use BookBub ads on your books, what messages should you be sending during a world crisis, how to advertise your trad pub books on Amazon, and how Booktok is reinvigorating Barnes & Noble? Question of the Week: What is something you can email to your readers during a world crisis that

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This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and check out Claires Motivation Series! All the links will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to passively market your book with your backmatter, when and why to brand your books, and how creating every day help you write more. This weeks Honorable Mention is Books On Tape. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how people feel about Brandon Sanderson killing it on Kickstarter, how creeps are mistreating female authors, how reading a book can help Ukrainian refugees, what to do to start mastering deadlines, and why Amazon is abandoning it's brick and mortar stores. Question of the Week: What is your opinion on Brandon Sanderson raising 26 million on Kickstarter, and what is a marketing lesson you could learn from his campaign?

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Bryan has a webinar with Mel Cooper on mastering your book launch! Join Claire's motivational email series as well as the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook! All the links will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include why to watch out for free fonts, whether a standing desk is worth the investment, and how to promote on Instagram without freaking out. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what big brands can teach authors, how to make money on YouTube with Audiobooks, why you might want to revisit your first book, what Amazon is doing to review scammers, and how to sell on Kobo? Question of the Week: Do you change your writing position from time to time, or are you chained to the desk, and what could you do more of? 

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Be sure to join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook! We are hosting a contest and the winner will win Claire's Supercharge Your Story course. All you have to do is share the group! Go check it out at the link provided! Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include whether blurbs really sell books, when to stop writing a series and when to keep going, and what three steps it takes to finish your book. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what to do if you’re burned out, who has a new marketplace to find your narrator, why Vella is now available on Android and some Kindle devices, why robots can't own their own work, and what is an easy way to sell direct? Question of the Week: Are you writing a series and what kind of factors will you consider for deciding when to end it?

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Be sure to join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook! We are hosting a contest and the winner will win Claire's Supercharge Your Story course. All you have to do is share the group! Go check it out at the link provided! Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to quickly grow your Bookbub followers, how to make your editing better and faster, and how teaming up with other authors can grow your reach. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what three things authors need to stop saying, where Amazon makes it's real money, how SFWA is opening up it's membership to more authors, where to get the self-esteem boost you need from a good team, and can you turn your passion into your work? Question of the Week: What methods do you use to interrupt cycles of negative thoughts?

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There is over 600 members in the new group, The Sell More Books Show Afterparty! Go check it out at the link provided! Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how your brand makes a promise to your reader, what is a new way to sell your audiobook direct, and why a slow author site could mean trouble. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how a big acquisition could change the industry, how to reframe your negative self-talk to sell more books, why Amazon is paying over 2 million and shutting down a selling service, how to delay a preorder and not be banned from more, and how you can make an AI audiobook using Google. Question of the Week: How do you think the D2D acquisition of Smashwords will effect the industry or your business in particular?

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There is over 500 members in the new group, The Sell More Books Show Afterparty! Go check it out at the link provided! Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include why promoting sequels will help sell your series, why to consider an editor, and why you should start your email list. This weeks Honorable Mention is Indie Inspired. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how one intrepid author broke into the library with his book, how Amazon changes glitches are ruining indie launches, why 'no offense' is no defense, how newsletter swaps can grow your list, and how to make your Facebook ads more effective. Question of the Week: What is the most covert, sneaky, and generally ineffective way you’ve tried to market your book?

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We have a discussion group! The Sell More Books Show Afterparty. Go check it out at the link provided! Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include why introverted authors need people, how to run a successful online book event, and how to address your winter writing blues. This weeks Honorable Mention is All in the Family. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why 80/20 marketing means more success, what is the latest bestseller list scandal, why mixing long and short term marketing is best for success, when it's ok to reedit your first books, and how high POD prices are going. Question of the Week: Which are you focusing on more right now, “Boom” or “Bloom” or both, and why?

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This week Bryan is joined by author Phoebe Ravencraft! We have a great show in store for you! Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include what is the new free book promo site, when to promote and when to wait, and how to be productive by getting out of your own way. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to choose a book title that sells your book, who's reading more and in what formats, what is the new romance book subscription service, how your goals can help you write your book, and how authors and how to sell direct and why. Question of the Week: What do you do to counteract the sinister voice in your head that tells you that you can't do something?

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This week we have a great episode in store for you! Be sure to check out Bryan’s Ad Challenge that starts today, the link will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to enjoy work more, why small habits create huge opportunities, and how to choose the best outlining software for your book. This weeks honorable mention is The Sleep Solution. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what advice Jane Friedman has for new authors, how to get a new book category created, who was scamming publishers out of prerelease manuscripts, wether Apple is getting into the audiobook business. and what happened in Vegas... with authors.. Question of the Week: What do you do to get more hours and improve the quality of your sleep?

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This week we have a great show in store for you! Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how authors can be protected from hackers, why recommending other books can sell your book, and why you should see if your book will sell before you even write it. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what's happening to Amazon authors, big tips for your 2022 author business, what are the expert author predictions for 2022, what it means to you that books are being released in the public domain, and how authors and publishers sunk Ukrainian ebook pirates. Question of the Week: After the holidays, what changes are you considering for your business in 2022 to move closer to your idea of success?

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