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KDP 101: The Right Way (and the Wrong Way) to Get More Page Reads

KDP 101: The Right Way (and the Wrong Way) to Get More Page Reads

We are often asked how an author can increase their page reads, and there is plenty of (unscrupulous) advice out there about how to artificially inflate your numbers.

Don’t do that.

You’ll anger your readers, trash your reputation, and end up kicked off the platform.

There’s a right way (and a very wrong way) to increase your page reads.

When is the Best Time to Publish Your Book?

When is the Best Time to Publish Your Book?

‘When is the best time to publish my book?’

There are – without doubt – good times and bad times to sell books. If you read enough posts from established authors you will become familiar with two phrases, one being ‘summer slump’, the other being ‘Kindlemas’. Let’s take a couple of minutes to discuss each of these.

5 Ways to Promote Your Book

Self-Publishing 101 Promoting Your Book

You wrote your book, packaged it just how you wanted, researched keywords, priced your book and it’s now available for sale on Amazon—perhaps other stores too—worldwide! Congratulations!

But what now? How can you give your book the best opportunity to succeed?

KDP 101: Your Kindle Direct Publishing Questions Answered

KDP 101: Should I Enroll in KDP Select?

You’ve likely encountered the words “KDP” and “KDP Select” a few times in trying to get a handle on the intricacies of self-publishing. You might know that whether you enroll in one or the other affects your royalties, and whether someone can “borrow” your book, and whether you can publish your book in other stores... 

But if you've ever wondered what each one means, and how it all works, this post is for you!

Guest Post on The Author Studio: The Subtle (But Common) Mistake That's Killing Your Book Sales

Woman holding a Kindle eBook reader

As self-published authors we can sometimes have an uphill climb to convince potential readers that our book is worth a look. Despite some high-profile self-published successes out there, there is still considerable stigma around self-publishing.

The beauty of self-publishing is how easy it is for any author to publish their work. But too often, we forget that just because anyone can do it, doesn’t mean anyone can do it well. 

Self-Pub 101: How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish?

Self-Pub 101: How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish?

It’s a question we get asked often, and see asked just about everywhere -

How much does it really cost to self-publish a book?The answer, like so much in life, is “it depends”.

Quite honestly, there really is no limit to how much you could spend on self-publishing your book.

There is, however, a floor. If you have a book that you’d like to publish yourself on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, etc. in ebook and print, you can do it with a budget of exactly $0.

Cheese, Texas, and Promoting Your Book

Cheese, Texas, and Promoting Your Book

Two recent events have got me thinking about self-publishing - a dream about cheese, and a trip to Texas. 

Why am I talking about cheese and Texas in relation to self-publishing? And how can they help you think about promoting your book?