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Ebook Sales Down? Here Are 15 Tips!

Ebook Sales Down? Here Are 15 Tips! | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

It happens to everyone.

Sales slump. Riding high in April, shot down in May.

No one knows why some titles sell and others don't, or why some sell for a while and then taper off. My own experience defies any long tail explanations. Sales tend to fluctuate, and I'll see spikes on titles I released back in 2009. Some of my ebooks have broken the Top 100 many times over many years, proof that there is no such thing as "backlist" when ebooks are forever. Your title is brand new to someone who has never seen it before.

A decline in sales is natural. So natural that I wrote about it back in 2010.

But what can a writer do when sales begin to flounder, other than panic, get depressed, and curse the universe?

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Author Question: Would it be okay for me to just abandon an existing series?

Author Question: Would it be okay for me to just abandon an existing series? | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

That depends. What do you mean by "okay"?

Are you talking about the financial aspect, or branding issues, or some sense of moral obligation?

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Author Question: Should I save up five books and publish them all on the same day?

Author Question: Should I save up five books and publish them all on the same day? | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Some people have reported great results from publishing five books all on the same day.

However, I don't recommend uploading 5 books at once, unless you're an experienced publisher or have a publishing Obi-Wan Kenobi / fairy godmother / team of marketing ninjas.

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Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos | Science

Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos | Science | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
The reason typos get through isn't because we're stupid or careless, it's because what we're doing is actually very smart.
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Ugh. Do I really have to write a series? (Part 2)

Ugh. Do I really have to write a series? (Part 2) | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

No, you don't have to write in a series, or even more than one book.

You could just write one fantastic book that goes viral and hits the big time on your first shot. That really is the best way to kick off your career!

But for those of us who don't get a debut viral hit, writing in a series is a smart option. (See Part 1.)

Reason #2 for writing in a series: IT'S WHAT THE READERS WANT.

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My journey - how I failed up and arrived at the 1/1/1/5 strategy

My journey - how I failed up and arrived at the 1/1/1/5 strategy | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Keep writing, but keep your eyes open. Stop yabbering about how stupid everyone else is. Focus on making yourself smarter. Let go of the anger. Let go of false beliefs. Think bigger than a prawn.

Beware the lucky and the optimistic. The lucky may not be able to replicate their success. The optimistic are just...well... I suppose they're nice enough. In private, they cry the hardest.

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Self-Publishing Secret #6 - The best book launch strategy is NO book launch strategy

Self-Publishing Secret #6 - The best book launch strategy is NO book launch strategy | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

I don't have a book launch strategy. There are things I do on launch day, but none of them are magical.

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Self-Publishing Secret #4 - Buy a Kindle e-reader

Self-Publishing Secret #4 - Buy a Kindle e-reader | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Amazon is the biggest ebook market. There are certain subtle things about reading an ebook that you must experience yourself in order to understand.

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Self-Publishing Secret #2 - Use Amazon's public rank on any book to find a popular genre or subgenre

Self-Publishing Secret #2 - Use Amazon's public rank on any book to find a popular genre or subgenre | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Common advice given to self-publishing authors is to "find a popular subgenre" and fit yourself in.

But how will you know which subgenres are popular? Amazon will show you.

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29 Words That Mean Something Totally Different When You're A Writer

29 Words That Mean Something Totally Different When You're A Writer | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
It's been a highly productive day.
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Tattooed Writer's Method For Making Sales...

Tattooed Writer's Method For Making Sales... | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Anyone who knows my history in writing and self-publishing knows I am not an overnight success. It has taken me 3 years of hard work to get to where I am today…and there is still a long road ahead. :)

I like to think that during those 3 years, I have gained some knowledge about how to sell books. Not the only way to sell books, but a way.

A lot of the people who email and message me are writers just starting out on their journey or writers who aren't getting the sales numbers they want and are ready to try something different.

So, for what it's worth, here is Tattooed Writer's Method For Making Sales.

From what I have learned, I believe this method would give a writer the best chance to make sales, gain readers and earn some money. It should also give a good return on investment. But remember, no method can promise overnight success.

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Write Romance? Get Your Beat Sheet Here!

Write Romance? Get Your Beat Sheet Here! | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—write a 50K word novel during November) starts today, and while I plan to continue blogging throughout NaNo, I wanted to make sure I gave you something good to keep you happy during my crazy month. […]
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Synonyms for "said"

Synonyms for "said" | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
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How I've Launched My Last Four Books Into The Top #1,500 (With No Ads)

How I've Launched My Last Four Books Into The Top #1,500 (With No Ads) | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

A couple of people have asked me to lay out my launch strategy. I started writing and it got quite long, so apologies for that. It was quite a useful exercise for me to set it out, and I hope you can get something from it, too.

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The sequence of launching a book in three stages.  Seems easy to follow.  I will definitely check it!

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Author Question: Should I switch genres? Is switching genres bad or good for indie authors and self-publishers?

Author Question: Should I switch genres? Is switching genres bad or good for indie authors and self-publishers? | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

I've written in at least 6 different genres so far. If I'd stuck with my first one, you would never have heard of me, and this blog wouldn't exist.

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Self-Publishing Secret #8 - You will feel like quitting

Self-Publishing Secret #8 - You will feel like quitting | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Self-publishing will still exist tomorrow. If you decide it's not worth the personal sacrifices to take a shot, there's always the guitar.

Know this: It is SO NORMAL to feel like quitting, experienced authors will forget to mention it, because they're sure it must be common knowledge to everyone.

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Gimme Another Reason to Write in a Series (Part 3)

Gimme Another Reason to Write in a Series (Part 3) | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

If you're searching for more evidence that you should write in a series, that in itself might be proof.

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Why do I have to write in a series to be successful as an indie author? (Part 1)

Why do I have to write in a series to be successful as an indie author? (Part 1) | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Please note: You don't HAVE TO write in a series to be a successful self-published author.

You don't have to do anything.

However, most indie authors who've achieved high volume, sustainable sales (i.e. not just a single hit book) do so with one or more series, not stand-alones.

So, why is this? There are a few reasons.

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Self-Publishing Secret #7 - Your step-by-step guide to launching your self-publishing author career

Self-Publishing Secret #7 - Your step-by-step guide to launching your self-publishing author career | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
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Self-Publishing Secret #5 - The secret formula is 1/1/1/5

Self-Publishing Secret #5 - The secret formula is 1/1/1/5 | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

I've dabbled in many genres myself, and I've studied the careers of a number of successful self-publishers.

There are no guarantees, but I do have a formula that has a strong correlation with success.

The formula is: 1/1/1/5


1 pen name for each genre, and
1 series about
1 protagonist
5 books long, minimum.

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Self-Publishing Secret #3 - Network publicly, and also privately, with a group of authors at your level

Self-Publishing Secret #3 - Network publicly, and also privately, with a group of authors at your level | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

I'm a big fan of message boards. I've met some incredible people through them, and it's great fun to participate by helping others.

Definitely find some time to network publicly. If you think of it as "learning by helping others," you'll probably get a lot further than if you think of it as "spamming people with my books until they buy some."

Don't limit yourself to public forums, though. If you meet people you click with, stay in touch with them via email, or form small, private groups on Facebook or Google+.

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Self-Publishing Secret #1 - Imagine you're a terrible writer

Self-Publishing Secret #1 - Imagine you're a terrible writer | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

We both know you're a good writer, or maybe even a great one. You wouldn't try to do this thing if you weren't confident.

But, for a minute, pretend you're terrible. Imagine you suck at storytelling, writing, editing, everything.

Now that you're terrible, what would you do to make sure your self-published books sell?

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How I Wrote 400K Words in a Year

How I Wrote 400K Words in a Year | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
Unless it’s your profession, writing every day seems impossible. But with the right tools, it’s entirely doable. Here’s how.
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How BookBub’s Selection Process Works - BookBub Unbound

How BookBub’s Selection Process Works - BookBub Unbound | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
Digital book marketing insights from BookBub, the leading service for eBook price promotions. Trends we’ve identified to help our partners market and sell their books.
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Diary of an Author, Day 1

Diary of an Author, Day 1 | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Woke up. Googled self. Found a new positive review. Sent quote on to publicist.

 

Compiled all quotes ever received and sent to publicist. Just in case she lost the last quote. Cc’d to editor, and editor’s assistant. Bcc’d to self, in case they pretend they never received them later. I will know.

 

Put the best 25 quotes in my e-mail signature, and the signature for all of my Yahoo loops.

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