40 Self-Publishing Resources, Tools, and Assets To Accelerate Success


As much time as we writers spend alone behind our computers tap, tap, tapping away, one thing is certain: we just can’t do it alone.

The business of writing, designing, editing, publishing, marketing, and selling your books requires the kindness of strangers — or at least a little help from your online friends who offer various products, services, and insights to help you stay focused, motivated, and up-to-speed on the ever-changing self-publishing landscape.

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71 Insanely Useful Book Marketing Ideas For Self-Publishers

Boom!

Your book is finally written, and it’s freakin’ amazing (if you say so yourself).

You’ve sent it off to the editor for a spit and shine.

You’ve created a kick ass cover that looks, well, bestseller-worthy.

You’ve uploaded that sucker to Amazon, and you’re just waiting for the dollars to start rolling in and the readers to start punching in 5 stars and rave reviews.

But instead of that lovely sound of “cha ching,” all you hear is radio silence. Crickets. The vast void of nothingness.

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How To Self-Publish A Book Without Overwhelm, Confusion, And Self-Doubt

There’s a statistic floating around the internet that 81% of Americans want to write a book, but only a small percentage actually do.

I’m sure most Americans would like to exercise regularly, but according to the CDC, only 20.6 percent of people meet the total recommended amounts of exercise.

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10 Simple Steps To Writing A Book (We’ve Sold One Million Copies Using These Steps)

10 steps to writing a book FI

Whether you’re a professional, a blogger, a consultant, a homemaker, a retiree, or anything else — you can learn how to write a book.

Now before you think, “I can’t write a book. What would I write about? Who’d want to read a book I’ve written?” — please hear me out.

I never thought about writing a book either, but as of today, I’ve written more than 20 books over the last year 3 years. I’m not sharing this to brag, but just to let you know it can be done, even if you don’t think of yourself as a book writer.

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How To Become A Better Writer

I write six days a week an average of 3000 or more words a day.

This writing includes blog posts, books I’m working on, as well as materials for self-improvement courses I create. That adds up to about 936,400 words a year.

According to Amazon’s Text Stats feature, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words. So I’ve written the equivalent of over 14 books in the past year. (I actually did write and publish 8 books this year.)

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6 Eye-Opening Reasons Authors Need A Blog


Are you hoping to build a business around your books?

Or are you already an “authorpreneur” looking to grow your business?

If you want to scale up your business, then yesterday was not too late to start a blog. If you haven’t started a blog, you’re definitely leaving money and opportunity on the table.

It used to be you could publish your books on Amazon and wait for their giant marketing machine to do the work for you. But now — not so much. Amazon has tightened the screws on self-published authors to ensure quality, and there is simply a lot more competition vying for readers’ attention.

As an author, if you want to sell books, you need to build your own base of loyal fans who want to read what you have to say. Give away a lot of great content first so your followers get to know and trust you, and then they become more willing to spend money on your content.

Successful online businesses operate in a social media driven environment which demands interaction and engagement. A blog is just the place to offer your readers exactly what they want — useful information presented in an authentic, engaging way, that improves their lives and builds your credibility and ultimately your bottom line.

You give them tons of quality content, and they can interact with you directly through comments and questions right on your blog. And this translates into happier customers and more sales — of your books, as well as any other related products you create.

A study by Bain and Company reveals that “customers who engage with companies over social media spend 20% to 40% more money with those companies than other customers.” Says Wendy Lea, CEO of Get Satisfaction (a social business consultancy), “Now, your bottom line is riding on your ability to deliver excellent service while you are meaningfully engaging customers.”

If you need more convincing, here are 6 reasons all self-published authors need to start a blog:

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