As an indie author, what steps are you taking to sell more books? How to sell more books is the continual question for authors and so I hope this week’s indie author weekly roundup will provide some answers for you.
Don’t forget to sign up for next Tuesday’s Conversations with Frances when I’ll be interviewing blogging and self-publishing expert Joel Friedlander. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask him anything you’d like as well. So join us October 4 at 11 am.
Indie Author Updates
10 Things Authors Need to Stop Doing on Social Media Immediately from Digital Book World: “Almost every author has been told at some point, “You gotta get online and promote.” But only a small percentage of authors have actually been coached on social media best practices, resulting in hundreds of authors using social media completely wrong and turning readers off rather than attracting them. If you are guilty of any of the following social media practices, for the sake of your readership, please stop immediately.”
4 Mistakes Every New Writer Makes (and How to Avoid Them) from Jeff Goins: “As a writer, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. After five books, more than a thousand blog posts, and over a decade of blogging, I still mess up. And making mistakes is a good thing, because it means I’m still writing. If you’re not messing up, then you’re not doing your work. You’re not pushing yourself to the utter limits and testing what you’re capable of. You’re just playing it safe.”If you’re not messing up, then you’re not doing your workClick To Tweet
13 Easy Blog Ideas for Novelists from Chris Well: “It can be tough for novelists who want to use a blog to gain new readers. Most advice for blogging authors is only practical for nonfiction authors. So, what can a novelist blog about to build a crowd of the right kind of readers? Glad you asked! Here are some suggestions…”Incorporate Goodreads into your marketing plan Click To Tweet
How to Make the Most of Goodreads Giveaways by Penny Sansevieri and from Digital Book World: “Authors looking to boost book promotion efforts should consider incorporating a presence on Goodreads. It’s an established site filled with potential to really boost book marketing plans. In fact, some authors have elevated this to an art form and have become Goodreads rock stars. Once you’ve established yourself on Goodreads, adding Goodreads giveaways to your marketing plan is a solid next step.”
Note: To learn more about Goodreads, pick up The Author’s Guide to Goodreads: How to Engage with Readers and Market Your Books
The six titles that are shortlisted are:
• Mona Awad for her novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, published by Penguin Canada
• Gary Barwin for his novel Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada
• Emma Donoghue for her novel The Wonder, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
• Catherine Leroux for her novel The Party Wall, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Lazer Lederhendler
• Madeleine Thien for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
• Zoe Whittall for her novel The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.