Everything I know about indie publishing

    A lecture on ebook publishing I prepared for a tertiary seminar on publishing. It’s been a few months now since my last post, but this isn’t the kind of site where I promise to deliver three weekly updates, only to disappoint with the inevitable absences. Google Analytics tells me that people come here […]

15 thoughts from an Amazon indie publisher

    Part 31: a list of advice from a moderately successful and anonymous Amazon author.   Over a year ago, even before I’d thought about publishing an ebook myself, I stumbled across a thread about Amazon and ebooks on a literary forum. The writer talked it up as a moderately successful indie publisher, and […]

Managing social media, part 2

    Part 29: determine which social media platforms are the right ones for you to showcase your writing and ebooks.   Social media platforms are not identical. Some are busier than others, and some will be a better fit for your style of promotion. Frighteningly, these are about half of the platforms you could […]

Managing social media, part 1

    Part 28: use social media platforms to effectively gather and retain fans, followers and friends who are interested in your writing.   In terms of results versus distraction, social media is a two edged sword for writers, and how well it works for you will largely depend on the skill with which you […]

How to get ebook reviews, part 2

    Part 27: a review of ebook review sources for indie publishers and emerging authors. (We have to go deeper.)   This article rates the usefulness of commonly mentioned ebook review sources and four Google shortcuts which might get your ebooks in the hands of trusted reviewers a lot quicker than by traditional searching […]

How to get ebook reviews, part 1

    Part 26: to sell ebooks, you need reviews, which is not as simple as it sounds.   Good reviews are vital for the indie publisher. The consensus is that Amazon shoppers will not buy items, including ebooks, which lack reviews. I know from my own online shopping habits that I’ll seek out items […]

Amazon Author Central

    Part 23: use Amazon Author Central to enhance the appearance and functionality of your ebook’s webpage.   Amazon Author Central is an optional service allowing authors to add content to their book’s webpage. When I say ‘optional’, I mean (like keywords) the mandatory kind of optional. You’re mad if you don’t take the […]

Cover design, part 1

    Part 16: decide if you have the skills to design your own ebook cover, or whether you should hire a designer.   Picture your own actions, the last time you entered a physical bookstore. Did you move through most of the store? Which section did you go to first? How long did you […]

Preparing the NCX file

    Part 15: use my example NCX template to add an NCX file to your own ebook.   Almost there! The NCX file controls the Kindle’s navigation through the chapters of your ebook. Without it, the ‘go to’ feature won’t allow readers to navigate directly to your table of contents. Instead, that option will […]