Are people reading more or less? And what book format (print, eBook, or audio book) do they prefer? I think you'll be surprised, even a bit concerned, about the research I report on in this video. But I do offer a way to future proof your self publishing efforts.

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

 

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/3BVBhpMzGTc

TikTok is an emerging social media (?) platform that is short, vertical video content. It's gaining a lot of popularity with younger audiences. But is it worth using for business and for building your author brand? I share my experience with TikTok so far.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/by4zosSmjjA

Blog: What is TikTok? Is It Worth Using for Business? http://hub.me/amZFA

The debate about the new Audible Captions feature has gone to court! I share my thoughts on why I don't think it's that big a deal... and the BIG question at the heart of it all. So where do you stand?

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/QPXFYs7DH7Q

Find my audio books on Audible: https://www.audible.com/author/Heidi-Thorne/B005G8AXT4

 

They sound like a self published author's dream! Low content books can be an alternative self publishing profit center that provide additional value for your readers, too. Find out what low content books are in this episode.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/1HIUbw8TUWg

Blog: What are Low Content Books?

 

I often get inquiries that ask,"My friend (or family member) just wrote a book. What should they do next?" Whether these folks are truly asking for a friend, or "just asking for a friend" because they don't want to tell me about their own plans, they're asking a loaded question! So in this episode, I share a quick overview of the two primary publishing paths, traditional and self publishing.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/P0wYjD_U2r0

Blog: You Just Wrote a Book. Now What?

Discount links for my Udemy courses for self publishing:

How to Self Publish a Nonfiction Kindle eBook Like a Pro or use Promo Code PODCAST

How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon or use Promo Code PODCAST

 

The debate continues! Which is better? Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) or IngramSpark? Both have merits. But I rant on the concerns about them that may be non-issues for most self published authors.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/64wR7rDFn08

Blog: Kindle Direct Publishing versus IngramSpark: What You Need to Know

When self published authors complain about the quality of their print on demand (POD) books that they get on KDP, do they really know what they're talking about? As someone who has worked in the publishing and printing realm for years, I discuss setting realistic expectations for your book. See the links below for more reading on the topic.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/g6A3P7y591c

Blog Posts on POD and printing:

Types of Book Binding (with explanation of POD) https://owlcation.com/humanities/Types-of-Book-Binding 

Kindle Direct Publishing Print Quality Concerns for Self Published Books https://hubpages.com/literature/Kindle-Direct-Publishing-Print-Quality-Concerns-for-Self-Published-Books 

 

My new book, Understanding Your Creativity: Discover the Internal and External Factors that Affect Your Creative Life, is available now in print, Kindle eBook, and audio book on Amazon, Audible, and Apple Books. I hope you'll check it out. Thank you for your support!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VYTDFYB

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07WJYCSRD/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-160904&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_160904_rh_us

 

Do readers really judge a book by its cover these days? I contend they don't. I explain why in this rant on self published authors' obsession with book cover design.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/0kHh0nAv_K4

What if you sell your books off Amazon on either your own website or at events and expos? Should you pursue getting unverified purchase book reviews from them? I discuss these reviews in this episode.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/IQJtm1IFgsQ

 

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