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 […]

Making your own author website

    Part 30: quickly create your own author website via Blogger, Joomla or WordPress to act as a focal point for your writing and publishing.   Okay. By now you’ll have a number of pages on various websites and social media platforms (Amazon, Amazon Author Central, Goodreads and Facebook, at least). Your own author […]

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 […]

Uploading to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, part 1

    Part 21: upload your MOBI ebook to Amazon and write the marketing copy which will help to sell it.   Compared to the rest of the publishing process, uploading to Amazon is a fairly soothing experience. It’s the one area where an author’s hand is held rather firmly by Amazon, so instead of […]

Cataloguing in publication (CiP)

    Part 20: learn how to submit your ebook to cataloguing in publication databases.   This article deals specifically with Australian publishing matters. If you are a reader from the United States, a similar scheme is run by the National Library of Congress. Agencies in the United Kingdom and Canada also record CiP details. […]

The ISBN and ASIN

    Part 18: should you assign an ISBN to your Kindle ebook?   An ISBN is a 13 digit number which uniquely identifies books and book-like products around the world. An earlier version of the ISBN had only 10 digits, but these are now obsolescent and can be upgraded to the new format. Each […]