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by dgaughran
March 23rd, 2012, 10:10 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Self-Publishing Basics
Replies: 5
Views: 1543

Re: Self-Publishing Basics

I certainly think the right attitude is essential. You can't fob readers off with sub-standard work, you must only publish your best. And you must present your work in the most professional manner you can to give yourself the best shot. For me, that means professional editing, cover design, either l...
by dgaughran
March 22nd, 2012, 11:05 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Self-Publishing Basics
Replies: 5
Views: 1543

Self-Publishing Basics

To counter some of the misinformation about how “difficult” or “expensive” self-publishing is, and to try and keep writers from the clutches of disreputable, incompetent, and/or overpriced self-publishing “services” I’ve put together a short 3,500 word primer on self-publishing basics. Obviously, th...
by dgaughran
March 20th, 2012, 3:56 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The historical Spanish obsession with the purity of blood evolved into an elaborate caste system which reached its apogee with the colonization of South America and the subsequent intermingling of settlers with both South American Indians and imported African slaves, all of whose mixed offspring nee...
by dgaughran
March 19th, 2012, 4:29 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Self-publisher Lindsay Buroker was recently approached by 47North, one of Amazon's new imprints. Today I have a fantastic guest post where she reveals how you can position yourself to receive such offers (and the advice is great for everyone, even those who don't want any kind of deal). Oh, and she ...
by dgaughran
March 16th, 2012, 7:17 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have put together a special sale for St. Patrick's Day. 30 great books from 26 different authors - all reduced to 99c for this weekend only. All genres are covered - romance, science fiction, thriller, historical fiction, literary, paranormal, fantasy, and more! - from bestsellers to undiscovered ...
by dgaughran
March 14th, 2012, 5:53 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The first wave of self-publishers who signed up to KDP Select have either come to the end of their 90-day exclusivity period or that day is fast approaching, and many are wondering whether to re-enroll in the program or to begin uploading to the other retailers. In January, I featured Sarah Woodbury...
by dgaughran
March 14th, 2012, 9:58 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Self-publishers often complain that they find it much, much harder to make sales on other retailers like Barnes & Noble. Today I look at why. And the answer is quite simple: Barnes & Noble make it very difficult for readers to find indie books. I argue that this strategy is as harmful for Barnes & N...
by dgaughran
March 12th, 2012, 12:49 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

There has been a lot of talk recently about the changes that have taken place over the last two years in the business side of publishing. Today, I have a fascinating guest post from indie author Matthew Iden who examines how the digital revolution may be changing the very way we write (and, ultimate...
by dgaughran
March 10th, 2012, 12:03 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The President of the Authors Guild, Scott Turow, published a letter yesterday calling on the Justice Department to halt its investigation into (alleged) e-book price-fixing by five of the largest publishers, and Apple. This is my response. Scott Turow: Wrong About Everything http://davidgaughran.wor...
by dgaughran
March 8th, 2012, 8:28 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: seeking additional input about beginning publication steps
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

Re: seeking additional input about beginning publication steps

Marty,

I responded to a lot of this in your other thread here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4616

In short, you need to reevaluate your priorities and schedule.

Dave
by dgaughran
March 8th, 2012, 12:12 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.
Replies: 66
Views: 14233

Re: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.

It has been a couple of months since I did a sales report, so I thought it might be a good time to share what kind of value I’m getting out of my pimp suit. For anyone looking for numbers with lots of zeroes in them, or tales of battling with household names at the top of the charts, I have a warnin...
by dgaughran
March 1st, 2012, 2:04 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Many Amazon customers (and writers) confuse the Popularity List with the Bestseller List. Today, I explain the differences between the two, get to the bottom of exactly why sales can spike so dramatically after a free run, and explain how the algorithms which feed into the Popularity List greatly fa...
by dgaughran
February 24th, 2012, 12:07 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Some of you may have been following Tony James Slater's amazing free run to the top of the charts in the US and the UK, followed by a stunning bounce up the paid charts. He's here today to explain how he did it, and I spill the beans on first meeting Tony two years ago at a boozy conference in York....
by dgaughran
February 21st, 2012, 9:43 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: seeking advice
Replies: 6
Views: 2290

Re: seeking advice

Hi Marty, I think you need to switch around your priorities a little bit. Unless you are big on the speaking/con/festival circuit, or write specialized non-fiction, or photobooks or anything like that, the overwhelming likelihood is that you will make far more from e-books than print. With that in m...
by dgaughran
February 20th, 2012, 11:42 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 327639

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Should you do a print edition? Should you bother with a mailing list? Which ads are worth the money? Is it worth running a limited time sale? How do you go about setting up all this stuff? All these questions, and more, answered today. Print Editions, Mailing Lists, Special Offers, Donations & Ad Sp...