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Ten Things to Never Say to a Writer

Ten Things to Never Say to a Writer | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
"You Know, I Wanna Write A Book Someday." They say this to you with this wistful gleam in their eye, as if writing is just a hobby, like it's just some distant silliness that they'll get to when th...
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Independent Publishing and DMCA Abuse, or "How a Scammer Got My Book Blocked with Very Little Effort"

Independent Publishing and DMCA Abuse, or "How a Scammer Got My Book Blocked with Very Little Effort" | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
Okay, I’ve got a story. It's a sort of scary one. I think independent/self-publishing authors need to know about it, and telling it carefully and correctly is also important for my own situation, s...
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I have been trying to write for a while now. Do you have any advice?

I have been trying to write for a while now. Do you have any advice? | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
joseph-the-mop said: I have been trying to write for a while now. I have all these amazing ideas, but its really hard getting my thoughts onto paper. Thus, my ideas never really come to fruition. Do...
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The 11 Ingredients of a Sizzling Book Description

The 11 Ingredients of a Sizzling Book Description | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

There are only three things you need to do to become a multi-platinum, world-conquering ebook tycoon with a fleet of yachts and sales figures that would make James Patterson spit with envy:

 

Get people to look at your book pageConvert them into a paying customerKeep them coming back for more

 

Yep, that’s all you have to do!

 

There is no magic formula for making this happen. But you can give yourself a much better chance of breaking into the upper reaches of the Kindle chart by making sure you get the important things right. One of the most vital of these is your book description – which comes under the conversion point above. When you have that potential reader on your page, their mouse hovering tantalizingly-close to that ‘Buy’ button, they will be looking at a few elements: the cover, the reviews, the sample…and the description.

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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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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2015

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2015 | Indie Writing | Scoop.it
Whether you want to laugh, learn or be inspired, we’ve got you covered with this year’s list of the best websites for writers.
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Create a Brand for Your Books

Create a Brand for Your Books | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Every company has a brand. The most successful have a brand which is instantly recognizable. Recognition creates a sense of comfort in customers. It's origin, the Latin word recognoscere , means "to know again, to recall to mind".

So when someone is miles from home in a strange city and they find a Starbucks, they get a sense of familiarity. They know they can go in and order their favorite coffee and it will taste exactly like it does in the Starbucks at home. Just seeing that brand identity will make them recall the last time they were in a Starbucks enjoying their favorite coffee.

We fear the unknown. We are attracted to the familiar.

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The Name Game

The Name Game | Indie Writing | Scoop.it

Legacy publishers have no vital role. In fact, they’re being the opposite of vital; they're actually harmful. Through their actions--price fixing, collusion, refusing to negotiate with Amazon, treating most authors like shit--they are disintermediating themselves. They are the living definition of shooting themselves in the foot.

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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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