You’re not doing marketing wrong; you’re doing the wrong marketing. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over our combined twenty-five-plus years of helping authors, it’s that most people don’t hate marketing; they hate the marketing they are forced to do.
In the hushed solitude of the writer’s room, the clatter of keys is the only sound. The author weaves worlds from nothing but creativity and caffeinated determination, crafting tales that possess the power to transport readers to distant realms. Yet
Since Amazon launched the earliest version of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in 2007, the business giant—which controls an estimated 50 percent or more of the online retail market in the US already—has maintained an unwavering influence over the self-publishing industry.
At the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the global association for professional self-publishers, one of our ongoing campaigns is what we call Self-Publishing 3.0, or SelfPub3 for short. The seismic shifts that the self-publishing sector has seen over the past
Having coached more than six thousand individual authors, I see burnout on a daily basis. The biggest cause of burnout in this industry is not overwork. It’s unrealistic expectations. Let’s look at the mental math involved. One work equals one
Anthea Sharp is a USA Today bestselling author of YA Fantasy, GameLit, and Steampunk. Her books are filled with magic, adventure, characters you can care about, and a touch of romance. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, and she’s been an enthusiastic indie author since 2011, when she left tradpub and jumped into the new world of publishing. Wow, things have changed in the last dozen years! She can hardly wait to see where they go next…
Ember Casey is the USA Today bestselling author of over forty contemporary romance novels. She also writes interactive fiction, poetry, and serial stories (where she branches into fantasy romance under the pen name Ember Blackthorn), and she’s always looking for new ways to tell stories. She’s the founder of the Writing and Selling on Fiction Apps group on Facebook, a community where authors can discuss strategies for publishing in this world of new media.
Becca Syme (MATL) is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and has been coaching success alignment for more than a decade. She is the author of the Quitbooks for Writers series and the popular Write Better-Faster course. She also writes mystery novels in her spare time and lives on one of the thousand lakes in Minnesota.
Malorie is the author of over 127 books built in a far-reaching sci-fi universe she named Aeon 14. Over the past few years her focus has shifted to helping other authors achieve their goals via improving their launches and marketing. Together with her wife, Jill, they run The Writing Wives.
Dan Wood is the Chief Operating Officer at Draft2Digital, where he has spent the last 9 years helping authors publish their books to stores, libraries and subscription services worldwide. During this time, he has had the privilege to present at conferences across the world and speak with thousands of authors at various stages in their careers. With their acquisition of Smashwords, Draft2Digital now distributes over 900,000 books. Dan is also a Co-Host of the Self Publishing Insiders Podcast.
Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith has published over two hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres.
At the moment he produces novels in five major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the old west, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, and the superhero series starring Poker Boy, and the highly acclaimed puzzle mystery series The Cold Poker Gang.
His monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly, consisting of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and each month has over 60,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.
Hey guys, what’s up? My name’s Ines.
I’m a television producer/writer turned romance novelist. My path to becoming a full time author wasn’t a smooth one.
After pulling in an annual income of three and four figure royalties for years, and suffering through low or no reviews, as well as lackluster sell-through from book to book, I finally figured out what readers wanted.
Now I teach fiction authors how to write more bingeworthy books using pacing techniques from episodic television structure. Unlike other plotting courses, the Page Turner Pacing course helps writers craft their own plotting system that’s tailored to their subgenre, so that they can increase sales by giving their specific readers the compelling, quality stories they crave in a timely manner.
Mark is a writer, editor, professional speaker, and bookseller with more than thirty years of experience in the book industry as a writer and industry professional. A huge advocate for how technology can further empower authors, Mark has been lucky to be at the helm of bookselling as is transitioned from a print-only game to one that embraced digital publishing. He is the author of more than forty books both indie published and traditionally published. But more than all of that he is primarily a passionate storyteller and book nerd.
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