The COVID 19 coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone and everything for even self published authors. I share some observations and news, along with tips for adjusting your self publishing efforts during this time.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/S5kxnDsKiSQ

Blog: Instagram Live and Facebook Live: What You Need to Know Before You Hit the Go Live Button

Udemy course: How to Self Publish an Audio Book

Book (Amazon Kindle eBook or Audible audio book): Understanding Your Creativity 

 

Libraries are a valuable community service. But that doesn't mean they're a great venue for your self publishing efforts. I rant on why that is.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/VvFqd21sBkM

Blog: Are Libraries Helpful for Self Published Book Promotion?

Giving away a signed copy of your book sounds like such a great promotional idea, right? Wrong! I explain why, and offer an alternative, in this episode.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/1dJo4fK5sM8

Blog: Why You Might Not Want to Do a Book Giveaway Promotion for Your Self Published Book

Creating branded merchandise (also known as promotional products, branded merch, or swag) for your self published book could be a losing investment. I explain why and offer a print on demand alternative to consider.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/w6vU53Fe2EM

Blog: Book Promotions Using Swag: What You Need to Know

 

Are your sales and royalties dropping because your book or series needs some repackaging, like a new book cover? I discuss how to decide if that's the reason for your sales slump.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/PC-t7SydNsQ

 

 

Audiobook news for authors! The Audible Captions case has settled (well, mostly). And the new ACX Audio Analysis Tool can help you publish your audio book more confidently.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/70VtJfBJaSo

Previous YouTube video for background on the Audible Captions case: https://youtu.be/QPXFYs7DH7Q

Udemy course, How to Self Publish an Audio Book https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-self-publish-an-audio-book/?referralCode=75A2310A555CB12AFE4C

Networking for Authors audiobook and Kindle eBook on Amazon, Audible and Apple Books https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084D4HZTR

 

 

This is a very special episode of the podcast! My fellow editor and author friend, Shayla Raquel, joined me for a conversation about author branding. She is the author of The Ten Commandments of Author Branding and the novel, The Suicide Tree. Links to Shayla's books and website--and her great resources!--is provided below.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Does your book stink like rotten eggs?
  • What author branding really means.
  • Why authors are afraid to be themselves on social media.
  • Why Shayla no longer recommends book launch teams, and what to do instead.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/PofTD3F--m4

Want to connect with Shayla?

Are sales for your self published book lagging? Is that just the natural falloff that happens with books? Or is it a sign that your book is no longer relevant and market-worthy? I explain how books can become irrelevant, and things you can do about it.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/n1uxJAR8S5U

Blog: Has Your Self Published Book Become Irrelevant?

 

 

The Kindle Create ebook and print book formatting tool from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) just keeps getting better and better... and it's free! I review some of the new features that I discovered and tried while creating my latest book, Networking for Authors (available on Amazon; link below).

Audio podcast is on...
* Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-heidi-thorne-show/id1374386847
* Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5mEGmjjXKjZxL4g4O4JDxi
* Podbean https://heidithorne.podbean.com

Udemy course, How to Self Publish a Nonfiction Kindle eBook Like a Pro
https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-self-publish-a-nonfiction-kindle-ebook-like-a-pro/?referralCode=B0919FA7E454FEA26B72

Book: Networking for Authors: How to Build Your Fan Base and Book Sales through Networking (Amazon)

Your book idea isn't that original. There, I said it. But on the odd chance that your idea is "original," that doesn't mean your "unicorn" idea will make sales. Plus, you have the "no shoes" problem. I explain all of this in this episode.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/NLcZu_652OY

 

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