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Killing Your Sales One Shot at a Time

Killing Your Sales One Shot at a Time | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it

Over the last month or so, (I suppose because I was preparing for the “Think Like a Publisher workshop) I started noticing how indie writers shoot themselves in the foot as far as sales. And not just once, but often so many times that it guaranteed that no sane reader (past family and friends) would pick up their book.

 

And they did it all purposefully. And were often very proud of the fact that they did what they did, having no idea what their decisions were doing to their sales.

 

I call that “Shooting Yourself in the Foot.”

 

You hold the gun, you aim at your own foot, you pull the trigger. You have no one to blame but yourself when you indie publish.

 

So, let me detail out a few of the “shots” I have seen indie writers take at their own feet lately.


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Self Publishing Tips: The Pros and Cons of Self Publishing | WritersDigest.com

Self Publishing Tips: The Pros and Cons of Self Publishing | WritersDigest.com | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
Here are the pros and cons of self publishing and traditional publishing, something every writer should consider before taking the leap in either direction.
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How to self-publish an ebook

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Interested in self-publishing an e-book? CNET Executive Editor David Carnoy offers some basic tips for e-book publishing and lays out your best options for publishing quickly and easily. Read this blog post by David Carnoy on Fully Equipped.
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The Prosers: The Chaos Method of Book Editing

The Prosers: The Chaos Method of Book Editing | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
A good plot should be out there where your characters will trip over it, get so frustrated with it that they kick it and break their toes. You know things are working when plot lines start whacking into each other like pool balls.
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Can Facebook Hold Your Fan Page Hostage? Fallout from the IPO Debacle & How It Affects YOU

Can Facebook Hold Your Fan Page Hostage? Fallout from the IPO Debacle & How It Affects YOU | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
One of the reasons WANA methods are so powerful is that WANA focuses on people and relationships, not technology. Here’s the thing. To say the Internet changes a lot is like saying that Lady ...
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It’s OK to Leave Stuff Out. In Fact, It’s Better | Jane Friedman

It’s OK to Leave Stuff Out. In Fact, It’s Better | Jane Friedman | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it

It’s OK to leave stuff out. You have to, because if you don’t, you’ll never get to the real story you want to tell.

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Obsessing Over Your Manuscript’s Size | Jane Friedman

There are few things more obsessed over by writers than word count: required word count, in-progress word count, goal word count per day/week/month, words that were cut, words in the final version.

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Perfecting Your First Page: 3 Tasks or Exercises | Jane Friedman

Perfecting Your First Page: 3 Tasks or Exercises | Jane Friedman | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it

Here are 3 of the best exercises or tasks you might undertake when thinking about your first page and how you can improve it before sending it to agents or editors.

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Quick and Dirty Formatting

Quick and Dirty Formatting | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it

I’m writing this to mainly help one person’s request on formatting their book for publication on Kindle, but I’m hoping this might be useful to a few others as well. This will be a broad, basic, step by step process to try and catch most common formatting errors. Long as nothing’s completely bizarre with your Word file, this should get a nice, clean upload.


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Don’t Eat the Butt #4–Real Writers Never Struggle

Don’t Eat the Butt #4–Real Writers Never Struggle | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it

There is this pervasive myth that real writers are these born geniuses who gush forth brilliance and never need to rewrite, revise or, sigh…start over. It is a LIE.

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Top 5 Reasons to Self Publish in March

Spring, the season of rebirth, is almost here. Why not start off your spring with the “birth” of your self-published book and go from hopeful writer to published author? Here are five r...
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How Amazon Saved My Life

How Amazon Saved My Life | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
How did I end up on my own? It began when I couldn’t get my first YA book, Relatively Famous, published, despite getting stellar feedback from editors and nearly selling the film rights to a teen pop star.
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44 Essential Twitter Hashtags Every Author Should Know | Author

44 Essential Twitter Hashtags Every Author Should Know | Author | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
It's not enough to be on Twitter. As an author, you need to be using Twitter hashtags to help use your time wisely. Learn how.
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Content Abundance

What We Talk About When We Talk About Content Abundance | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
For a couple of years now, people like Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, and Brian O’Leary at Magellan Media, have been talking about the implications of content abundance. I don’t know if they would agree, but I would argue that content abundance is the single biggest threat and the biggest opportunity facing traditional publishing. I’ll explain why I think so in a minute.
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Harry Potter for Writers: Guest Post: J.K. Rowling's Writing Process in Her Own Words, part 1

Harry Potter for Writers: Guest Post: J.K. Rowling's Writing Process in Her Own Words, part 1 | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
As a writer, I am as much drawn to J.K. Rowling as I am to her books. The books came first but my interest in Rowling as a person and as a writer followed very quickly. As a reader, I would love to have read these books when I was young as much as I love reading them today. For one thing, they’re very British. And their inventiveness is legend. But as a writer, what inspires me more than Rowling’s imagination is her intuitive approach to the construction of the plot, and her self-confidence in her ability to tell a story.
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Learning to Drop the Donkey–Is Perfectionism Killing Your Career?

Learning to Drop the Donkey–Is Perfectionism Killing Your Career? | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
All of us want to do a good job. We want to put our best foot forward. We all say that we want feedback and critique, but deep down, if we are real honest, we want people to love everything we say ...
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Is Your Work Commercially Viable? | Jane Friedman

Is Your Work Commercially Viable? | Jane Friedman | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it

Writers often ask, “How do I get published?”

But I don’t like to answer that question until I know what exactly they’re trying to publish. I’d say at least 50% of new writers are attempting to publish a work that would be deemed commercially unviable by a Big Six house, at least as initially conceived.

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Writer Unboxed » Should You Focus on Your Writing or Your Platform?

Writer Unboxed » Should You Focus on Your Writing or Your Platform? | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it

It’s a debate that might span eternity: how much time should you devote to writing versus platform building?

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Writing a book doesn’t make you an author.

Writing a book doesn’t make you an author. | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
A twitter stream or a hardback tome: which makes you more of an author? Fifteen years ago, becoming an author meant following a fairly straightforward, established path. 1) write a book, 2) get an ...
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The New Age of Self Publishing

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Digital self-publishing has changed the way artists and creative industries reach their audiences. Prior to the explosion of the Internet, publishers and distributors controlled the marketing aspects of many of the creative ...
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11 Keys to Self-Publishing Success

11 Keys to Self-Publishing Success | Self-Publishing Success | Scoop.it
Anyone can self-publish, but only those who take responsibility will succeed.
Here are 11 trends that will determine the few who get through the gate and find success:
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