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Author of Self-Publishing Manual, Dan Poynter, has died…

The author of the best-selling Self-Publishing Manual, Dan Poynter, has died. We were “in the trenches” writing friends and I already miss him, in part because it was Dan’s turn to buy lunch. So will thousands more whose lives he touched and changed. He had been quite ill for a while, seemed to be improving, […]

Writers: How to Write in Financial Comfort Even in Old Age!

There are ways to do what the title says—and about 1000 other ways that guarantee writing penury, most about as lucrative as begging for or selling writing pencils on the street! I’ll not foul this blog by describing how you can find cliche distress or dangling destitution—poverty you can find on your own. Or it […]

With a novel, why not cash in with five more wee books?

With a novel, why not cash in with five more wee spin-off books? The easiest way to get more people to buy your novels is to tell a super tale, then expand that with even better tales, inflating your reader’s enthusiasm and their caring for your characters, their loves and travails, for their dreams or […]

Someone from China wants to use your URL. Hmm…

Since my company produces products for K-12 school administrators, dentists, writers, publishers, and treasure hunt planners, you can count the number of sales that we have made to China on no fingers. So you can imagine my surprise when a firm from Singapore emailed me that a person was interested in registering my URL in Asia […]

Friday August 7th, 2015 in articles, blog, blogging, China, digital publishing, open publishing, URL, URL shakedown, URLscam | Comments Off on Someone from China wants to use your URL. Hmm…

Promoting Your Own Seminar: Planning and Implementation

To promote your seminar other people must know about it. Making them aware of its existence can cost you more that all of your other costs combined. So success with self-promoted seminars is directly related to how you inform potential participants, its cost, and the sign-ups resulting from that information. Some things help before you […]

The most important / most profitable reason to self-publish

I enjoy and learn a lot from Bob Bly’s frequent missives. (See www.bly.com). We sort of walk and work the same side of the street regarding professional writing and publishing, and we both agree on the importance of strategizing first, then following up with processes that work. So the other day when Bob offered five […]

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!

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