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We sat down with book editor Rebecca Heyman from Reedsy.com to discuss how to find quality book editors and cover designers using Reedsy.

Direct download: reedsy_fini.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

Are you the kind of person who doesn’t want to miss anything in the realm of self-publishing? If so, then the best way to stay ahead of the game is to subscribe to as many indie author sites as possible. There are a lot of sites out there. These blogs are educational, inspirational, entrepreneurial, or a mix of all the above. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve had your head in the sand for a while, here’s a list of the top 30 sites you can follow to learn more about self-publishing.

Direct download: part2_30authorwebsites.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

Are you the kind of person who doesn’t want to miss anything in the realm of self-publishing? If so, then the best way to stay ahead of the game is to subscribe to as many indie author sites as possible. There are a lot of sites out there. These blogs are educational, inspirational, entrepreneurial, or a mix of all the above. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve had your head in the sand for a while, here’s a list of the top 30 sites you can follow to learn more about self-publishing.

Direct download: part1_30authorwebsites.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Most people learn by asking questions. When you request information from an intelligent individual, you’re likely to pick up some new advice or skill that will help you to advance your knowledge. But what if you already know a lot about a given subject like self-publishing, and you simply have yet to apply what you’ve learned? What do you do then?

The trick is to ask yourself the right questions. Using targeted self-publishing questions, you can evaluate yourself on what you still need to accomplish to become a more successful author. Here are 50 questions that’ll help you determine what else you need to do to improve your chances of self-publishing success.

Direct download: 50_questionsplatform.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

The stigma of self-publishing is gone, but not all the myths have been forgotten. New authors learn about self-publishing in many different ways, but unfortunately, not all of those channels are accurate or legitimate. Additionally, many trad pub authors and members of the population at large are just as unaware of the realities of indie authorship. Check out these 25 self-publishing facts that 99 percent of people don’t know.

Direct download: 25_dontknowselfpub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

You’ve probably heard the advice enough times to be sickened by it. The pundits say that if you can eke out two hours of writing time per day, you’ll have no problem publishing a few books every year. When most normal people try to find that extra time in their schedules, they can’t help but laugh. “Two hours per day,” they say, “I’m lucky if I can find 10 minutes.” That being said, if you want to make writing books a part of your life, then you’ll need to carve out regular time every day to put pen to paper.

It’s easy to get into a productivity rut. When life gets jam-packed with work and family obligations, 10-minute tasks can easily turn into half-hour endeavors. This problem is universal, but most people never squeeze out the necessary time to fit in creative work. You have to strive for better to be a writer. Here are five ways to carve out two hours of writing per day.

Direct download: eekout2hoursday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

It’s tough to tell where you get all of your assumptions. Maybe you heard something about selling books during a writing conference presentation and it stuck deep within your brain. Perhaps you read something online and it seemed too true to be fake. No matter where you got your information, whether it’s correct or far off base, it’s pretty clear that your mindset makes a major impact on your ability to sell books.

There are dozens of tactics that can improve your sales, many of which we’ve covered elsewhere on the Author Marketing Institute, but it’s often a combination of tactics and what you believe that propels you to success. If you already know all the right things to do, then the last step may be to get your mind right. Here are five false beliefs about selling books that you should change to become more successful.

Direct download: 5mindsetchanges.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Writing can take a lot out of you. If you’re putting in two to four hours of first draft copy each day in the midst of everyday life or a full-time job, then interacting with fans on social media for 30 minutes may feel like genuine torture. So many authors dread responding to emails and spending their time on Twitter that they fail to forge deeper connections with their fans. Over time, the writers who make a concerted effort to bond are the ones who come out on top.

Fortunately for the social media-phobes out there, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook are not the only ways you can reach out to fans. You can also make connections using the practice of micropublishing. In a post on her blog, publisher Jane Friedman said that authors can stop thinking of social media like work if they see it more as a form of publishing. This is one heck of a mindset change for authors who’d rather be creating than interacting. When you can combine both together, you’ll be able to find creative fulfillment in your connections. Here are six ways you can use this concept to becoming a marketing artist.

Direct download: 6waysconnectreaders.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

With Author Marketing Live Virtual having drawn to a close, there are a lot of new authors out there who are ready to take the next step in their careers. Conferences, whether they’re in-person or virtual, are highly touted as leaping-off points for indie authors to earn more money and build their businesses. There are several benefits authors can expect to experience from most well-run events.

Conferences teach you new information that you can immediacy apply to your own business. Some of this knowledge is simple to put into practice. Other parts will take time to integrate, but these tried and true methods are more than worth the time, energy, and money you’ve put into the event.

The presentations made by multiple bestselling authors will also motivate you to succeed. After all, they’ve given you the key to the castle, and if you work hard enough, then you’ll be able to waltz right in. There’s also a sense that if these speakers could do it, you can do it too. That’s powerful motivation to tap into on mornings or nights when you don’t feel like putting in the effort.

New tactics and a healthy dose of motivation are well-known benefits of conferences, but there are some lesser-known attributes that can give you a boost as well. Here are four benefits to keep in mind as you assimilate the info from Author Marketing Live.

Direct download: 4benefitsauthorconf.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

We live in an immediate gratification kind of world. When you put money or time into something like self-publishing, you probably want to see a return on investment right away. This is the way most of the world currently thinks, but unless you start thinking long-term about your business, you’ll miss out on several opportunities to create a career for a lifetime.

Writing a book and publishing it professionally is one step in a very long process. You can’t take a look at three months worth of sales and make much of an assessment of how your business will progress from there. That makes certain things like determining the value of your time spent very difficult to do. Instead of refreshing your sales stats or trying out dozens of tweaks that you read about on some blog, you should plan for the future. Here are four steps you can take today that will help you solidify your self-publishing pursuit going forward.

Direct download: 4longtermselfpubstrat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EDT