Challenges of Self Publishing Children’s Books | Episode 160

Children's books seem so simple, right? But don't let that fool you! Children's books are a huge challenge, especially for self published authors. I share what you need to know about taking on this daunting type of project.

Blog: Writing a Children's Book Challenges http://hub.me/akUhN

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/uhpMy5z-nTY

Timestamp show notes (click on a timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:10 Doing a children's book is tougher than it looks

1:01 The issue of age appropriateness for kids' books

2:16 Grade reading level and readability testing

3:29 A children's book is not always a picture book

4:23 Children's book illustration issues

6:07 Content maturity issues for kids books

6:56 Marketing issues for children's books

7:36 Hire a children's book editor

8:53 Is traditional publishing a better choice?

What If Another Book Has the Same Title as Yours? | Episode 159

A self published author was concerned to discover that a new book with a very similar title was appearing before hers in search on Amazon. She feared that this other book would take away her visibility on Amazon and Google, even though hers was published much earlier. Were her fears justified?

Blog: What If Another Book Has the Same Title as Yours? http://hub.me/anLe7

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/586ZiPg2j7M

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:11 Are authors' fears of other books with similar titles to theirs justified?

1:03 Books with the same title may not be the same

2:22 In US, titles are not copyrightable, but may be trademarked

4:02 Why I'm not concerned about similar titles on Amazon or Google

6:27 Readers want you and your book, not any book with the same title

How to Self Publish a Cookbook: What You Need to Know | Episode 158

Are you a great cook or chef who wants to self publish a cookbook? Then this episode is for you! I discuss all the issues you'll need to address for your self published cookbook project.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/yqeKzA5HlgI

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view that segment on YouTube):

0:32 First step in writing your self published cookbook

1:44 Photo issues for self published cookbooks

2:46 Color or black & white printing?

4:12 Paperback or hardcover cookbook?

6:20 Kindle eBook cookbooks?

7:18 Copyright issues with cookbooks

9:19 Allergen, health and nutrition info?

9:56 Using brand name ingredients?

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Self Publishing a Co-Authored Book: What You Need to Know | Episode 157

Collaborating on a book can be a fun and fulfilling project between family, friends, or colleagues. But co-authored books add several issues to all the challenges of individual self publishing. I explain.

Blog: Self Publishing a Co-Authored Book: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/anKqg

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/cVM0--d0ctM

Timestamp show notes (click timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:32 What is a co-authored book?

3:12 Why self published co-authored books are messy

6:20 Real-life example of a co-authored book project gone wrong

 

Does the World Really Need Your Memoir or Biography?| Episode 156

I get many inquiries from authors who want to write a memoir, autobiography, or family biography. But they've never written a book before. Here's how and why I discourage them from doing so.

Blog: Do You Really Need to Write a Memoir or Biography? http://hub.me/anJ36

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/eh3PpjpgL0U

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:11 What are legacy books?

1:09 What's the problem with memoirs and biographies?

2:18 "My first, and maybe only/last, book."

2:58 The words-per-pound problem

5:04 Why memoir and biography authors don't care about the market

5:59 What memoir and biography authors really want... and how to get it

7:56 The video alternative

Skills Self Published Authors Need to Have | Episode 155

Writing is only one of the skills you need if you want to become a self published author. Surprisingly, writing is the easiest of the skills. The rest? Well, they'll challenge you. Find out what skills you'll need to develop for self publishing.

Blog: What Skills Do Self Published Authors Need to Have? http://hub.me/anJYp

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

Timestamp show notes (click timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

2:19 They don't know what they don't know about self publishing

3:12 Self published authors need to be entrepreneurs

3:58 Skill: Self editing

4:21 Skill: Choosing a business model

4:47 Skill: Book production and quality control

5:18 Skill: Basic accounting

6:12 Skill: Book marketing and sales

6:50 Skill: Emotional skills

7:16 Where to learn these skills

8:00 What impatient self published authors want, but what they really need

8:58 The one self publishing skill you shouldn't outsource

 

Want to Sell a Lot of Your Self Published Books in Bulk Orders? | Episode 154

I occasionally get inquiries from self published authors who want to sell large quantities of their books to organizations such as schools or corporations. These are referred to a bulk book orders or volume sales. Here's what you need to know about making these sales.

Blog: Selling Bulk Orders of Your Self Published Books: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/anJET

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/MsyJjga6ZDI

Timestamp show notes (click timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:45 What is a bulk book order or volume sale?

1:29 Author copies don't earn royalties

2:04 Why you might not want to offer a discount

4:14 Shipping and sales tax issues for bulk book orders

5:30 Challenges of selling bulk book orders

Self Publishing a Book Series | Episode 153

A book series can be challenging for self publishing. I discuss what you need to know before you make a commitment to doing a series.

Blog: Self Publishing a Book Series: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/anIkF

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/x2qBs2l8x_M

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view that segment on YouTube):

0:42 When should you start a book series?

1:07 Why new authors have trouble with book series

1:39 The sequel problem with book series

2:30 How many books should be in your book series?

6:33 Tips for branding your book series

9:53 Should you tell readers your book is the first in a series?

What are the Best Niches for Self Publishing? | Episode 152

“What are the best niches?” This is understandably a question that many self published authors have. We want to make sure that we get a return on our self publishing investments. But this is not an easy question to answer. I discuss what a “best” niche is and how to find ones that are best for you.

Blog: What are the Best Niches for Self Published Books? http://hub.me/anHAP

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/VRj10yw-tGo

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:36 What is defined as a best niche?

3:56 The best niche for your self published books.

4:17 Your best niche might not be best for sales.

6:29 How to evaluate your niche on Amazon.

9:52 How to keep up with publishing trends and news.

 

 

Don’t Get Suckered Into Impossible Dream Book Writing Projects | Episode 151

Almost everyone seems to want to write a book, though not everyone can or should do it. As a writer, author, or editor, you could get trapped into fulfilling someone else's book writing dream. I explain the issues surrounding these impossible dream projects, as well as how to avoid getting suckered into them.

Blog: How to Handle Book Writing Requests that are Impossible Dreams http://hub.me/anGEV

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/2sETZvNWCNI

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:11 Everyone wants to write a book, but some can't or shouldn't

0:40 Real life examples of impossible dream book projects

4:13 Biggest problems with these book projects

5:12 The legal issues with these books

6:32 These book dreamers need ghostwriters

7:55 Authors and writers are not charities!

8:13 Why and how dreamers impose on writers

10:10 What book dreams really want

12:31 Thinking outside the book

 

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