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How can I make my self-published memoir a big seller?

It’s doable but very hard. It takes a combination of good things, some not much in your control. A starting definition is required: what is a “big seller”? Almost everybody will agree that if your book has “many, many thousands of sales; royalties in six-plus figures; a book-based movie, and spin-offs of book fame like […]

How to calculate your 2015 monthly Amazon-based royalties

This was a gnarly problem earlier. Whether it was you alone closing your books at the end of the month or you had to calculate royalties for all of the authors in your publishing crew, it was a brainbuster to figure out where or how the Amazon outlets shared the good news. It’s better now. […]

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 in e-publishing, fiction, Kindle, niche publishing, open publishing, publishing, self-publishing, small publishers, webmarketing, writing | Comments Off on How to calculate your 2015 monthly Amazon-based royalties

Also use Nook Press to publish your own book–free!

I’ve been selling my e-books through Nook Press for four years and it’s a good way to get your book posted for sale at Barnes and Noble, which runs it. (Its platform was earlier known as Pubit!) It’s probably the easiest free ebook press site to use. (The others most used are Kindle and Smashwords.) […]

Thursday May 21st, 2015 in blog, Blurb, digital publishing, e-publishing, iBook, Kindle, Kindle, Lightning Source, LSI, Lulu, niche publishing, Nook, Nook Press, novel writing, open publishing, publishing, self-publishing, small publishers, Smashwords, webmarketing, writing | Comments Off on Also use Nook Press to publish your own book–free!

Can we sell two new books by using 12,200 jumbo postcards?

At 11” x 6,” the postcards are big enough to cover other books already on the potential buyer’s desk. But the real issue is, are the cards clever enough to lovingly pick the buyers’ pocket? Said another way, it will cost us about $6500 to get the sales missive done right and delivered on time. […]

Multiply your book’s sales by turning your book into 6

Here’s how that works. Let’s say that you have written a book that is 240 body-copy pages long, excluding the front matter, table of contents, bio, and index. Let’s also say that before you wrote the book you created an outline. That outline included an intro/explanation chapter, four systems chapters (each including a different concept […]

Sunday March 1st, 2015 in articles, book title, digital publishing, e-publishing, editing, empire building, iBook, Kindle, Kindle, LSI, niche publishing, Nook, open publishing, publishing, self-publishing, small publishers, Smashwords, writing | Comments Off on Multiply your book’s sales by turning your book into 6

4 proven ways to sell 75%+ of your freelance writing

MAGAZINES and NEWSPAPERS   1. Here is the two-item formula for selling nonfiction copy to magazines and newspapers: (a) You sell more than 75% of your freelance writing by writing only when you have better than a 50% chance of a sale, and (b) You have better than a 50% chance of a sale by […]

How much money do you actually earn selling through Amazon and LSI?

“Is it worthwhile selling your book through Amazon or Lightning Source?” has to be an early question that a niche publisher must ask. “And how much worthwhile?” That’s important because my niche publishing firm already sells 85% of our products directly to our target niche, much of that through its associations. ———- A pinch of […]

Thursday February 12th, 2015 in articles, digital publishing, e-publishing, Kindle, Kindle, Lightning Source, LSI, Nook, pre-testing, publishing, self-publishing, small publishers, Smashwords, writing | Comments Off on How much money do you actually earn selling through Amazon and LSI?

Great way to find your Smashwords earnings!

I’m a publisher with a stable of six gifted authors, so knowing how many books each of them have sold at any particular time is a pesky problem. Especially if they want to know their Smashwords sales, where we had to wade through a mind-boggling list to make even an approximate tally. Until now it […]

Thursday January 29th, 2015 in article writing, articles, book title, digital publishing, e-publishing, Kindle, Lightning Source, LSI, magazine articles, niche publishing, Nook, open publishing, publishing, Smashwords, writing | Comments Off on Great way to find your Smashwords earnings!

Want to read all your favorite blogger said about “X” topic?

Rarely, but always surprisingly, a reader of my blog asks me how they can read everything I’ve shared about a particular topic. (I bite my tongue not to ask, “Really? Why?”) Yet rather than grill them why, or suggest that they have far too much loose time on their hands, this is what I do, […]

Thursday January 15th, 2015 in digital publishing, e-publishing, editing, freelance articles, Kindle, Lightning Source, LSI, niche publishing, proofreading, public speaking, publishing, small publishers, Smashwords, speaking, webmarketing, Word Press, writing | Comments Off on Want to read all your favorite blogger said about “X” topic?

Where self-publishing and ebooks stand in late 2014

(1) “Ebooks have grown exponentially and reached a healthy balance by 11/14,” says Mark Coker, head of Smashwords in a no-nonsense delivery at BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Assn) on Nov. 8. Here is a much-abbreviated summary of Mark’s very enjoyable 10-point presentation. When Mark began Smashwords, about it 8 years ago, ebooks accounted for […]

Wednesday November 19th, 2014 in articles, Blurb, digital publishing, editing, fiction, iBook, iPad, Kindle, Lightning Source, LSI, Lulu, niche marketing, niche publishing, Nook, novel writing, open publishing, pre-testing, publishing, small publishers, Smashwords, webmarketing, writing | Comments Off on Where self-publishing and ebooks stand in late 2014