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Reading and Writing in Digital Contexts. Leitura e produção textual em contextos digitais
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Author Earnings report - GoodEreader.com

Author Earnings report - GoodEreader.com | Litteris | Scoop.it

Author Earnings is an extensive report that looks at Amazon e-book sales and the digital publishing industry at large. The February 2016 report has just been released.


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Penelope's curator insight, February 9, 8:45 PM

 

4 of Amazon’s overall Top 10 Best Selling e-books were self-published indie titles. Think there is room in that piece of the pie for your own self-published novel?

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the original article: http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/february-2016-author-earnings-report-is-now-available

 

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Self-Publishing Pros And Cons From Expert Writers

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Consider self-publishing your own book? Experts share their self-publishing tricks, and how self-publishing stands up against the traditional route.


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"Print on demand has completely changed the way we think about books" - YouTube

See more architecture and design movies at dezeen.com/movies In this movie made as part of our print-on-demand project, Blurb founder and CEO Eileen Gittins ...

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How to make a lot of money in indie publishing (and how to go broke).

How to make a lot of money in indie publishing (and how to go broke). | Litteris | Scoop.it
This past month I’ve been thinking big and buying up online platforms related to publishing and book design.
My little blog gets some traffic, and my book cover design business is doing fine — I just want to be a bigger player.
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Why Bestselling Authors Give Away Their Ebooks For Free

Why Bestselling Authors Give Away Their Ebooks For Free | Litteris | Scoop.it
Last year, author Robert Galbraith published The Cuckoo’s Calling, and, in spite of high critical praise, the book was met with little fanfare from readers. In fact, during its first four months of release, the book only sold a measly 1,500 copies.


Months later, it was announced that “Robert Galbraith” was a pseudonym for J.K Rowling, the bestselling author behind the Harry Potter series. Once audiences discovered Rowling had penned The Cuckoo’s Calling, sales of the book skyrocketed, pushing 225,000 copies sold in a single month.


These sales numbers reveal the important role that author branding plays in selling books. And with the recent shift towards digital publishing and online selling, it is now more important than ever for authors to build a strong fan base. Fortunately, the Internet has created many opportunities for authors to reach readers who might be interested in their books.


Authors Build Their Brands


So what are authors doing to reach new fans and build their brand? It turns out the list of activities is quite large and truly benefits avid readers.


Providing Direct Access


Many authors maintain blogs, email lists, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts for loyal followers to keep up with their latest news and releases. Using these channels, authors communicate with fans, listen to feedback, and even offer special contests. For example, novelist Danielle Steel hosts an official webpage and writes a monthly newsletter to her fans, discussing what she is working on. 


Running Giveaways to Build Lists


One of the most effective ways authors grab attention is to give away a limited number of copies of their book. Often they’ll ask readers to join their mailing list to receive the freebie. The most effective platform for these giveaways is Goodreads, which was acquired by Amazon in 2013.  Goodreads also allows readers to connect with friends, get book recommendations, and peruse book ratings.


“With free promotions, you are bringing in entirely new fans, those who are browsing for ‘free’ and would have never encountered your work otherwise,” said Noah Lukeman, a literary agent, author, and industry thought-leader.


Promoting Through Flash Sales


In a recent Forbes.com article, branding expert David Vinjamuri called flash sales a “powerful tool” for authors looking to build a following. Many authors, for example, will discount the first book in a series, hooking readers early through a price promotion. Additionally, authors may use promotions to prime the pump for a new release by discounting older titles.


Here at BookBub, we understand how powerful flash sales can be. Our service works with authors to promote their limited-time deals, matching ebooks with highly engaged readers. And so far, authors are having big success.


“I think limited-time price promotions — mine are often 24 hours —  are a fabulous way to help gain visibility for my books,” Bella Andre, an independent, bestselling romance author who has used our service a half dozen times over the past year, said in a recent interview.


Along with the branding benefits, fantasy author Lindsay Buroker recognized the value in attracting eager, bargain-minded readers that use the service. “You don’t have to please everyone to do well as an author these days; you just have to please a core group of readers who will go on to become true fans,” Buroker said.


Readers Benefit


Years ago, shopping for books meant going into your local bookstore, speaking with an employee, and getting recommendations for books they had on the shelves. But times have changed in the publishing world. And whether you like it or not, the number of bookstores is declining, and online sales and eBooks are taking over.


As mentioned above, authors and publishers are turning to new methods of connecting with readers to promote their works. For the most part, these changes are benefiting readers greatly.


Social sites allow readers with unprecedented access to their favorite authors. And flash sales lower the financial commitment needed to try a new author or book. 


We’re excited to be at the forefront of all the change in the industry, helping authors find new fans, and helping our millions of happy readers discover great new books. 


To learn more about our daily email alert service, visit BookBub.com.
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How to make an eBook

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I've had a lot of success with eBook publishing and I get asked a lot about the mechanics. Here's my version- your mileage may vary! It's worth noting that since I originally wrote this lens, the web has changed. There are now far far more u...
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Book Marketing Tips For Self-Published Authors | BookBaby

Book Marketing Tips For Self-Published Authors | BookBaby | Litteris | Scoop.it

Publishing veteran Carl Lennertz discusses book marketing vs. publicity and where self-published authors should spend their money.


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Pen Names: Do They Help or Hurt Your Book Marketing Efforts?

Pen Names: Do They Help or Hurt Your Book Marketing Efforts? | Litteris | Scoop.it
Freelance writer and author, Jennifer Mattern, discusses her reasons for choosing pen names for some of her writing projects.

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Best free online graphics editors for making your own book cover designs

Best free online graphics editors for making your own book cover designs | Litteris | Scoop.it
So here’s an interesting problem: self-publishing is exploding globally.
People want to publish quickly and cheaply. Formatting can be automated to some extent.
But getting a high quality book cover is still really hard.
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My Self-Publishing Journey: Putting Together My A-Team

My Self-Publishing Journey: Putting Together My A-Team | Litteris | Scoop.it
While you don’t have to hire editors or use beta readers before you self-publish, a book without all that hard work feels, to me, a bit like a novel without a cover -- incomplete and still in development.

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KindredReaders's curator insight, April 29, 2014 11:22 AM

Helpful advice on why and how to hire the support you need to succeed.

Andrew Nathan's curator insight, May 4, 2014 11:53 PM

Interesting thoughts on self-publishing. Especially now, as I look to self-publish a few books as well.

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Are a you a Wantreprenauthor? (aka: Is vanity killing your publishing?)

Are a you a Wantreprenauthor? (aka: Is vanity killing your publishing?) | Litteris | Scoop.it
A lot of indie publishing gurus talk about being an Authorpreneur or Entreprenauthor – basically referring to the importance of treating your writing and publishing as a business.
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