Rant: Do You Really Need Book Cover Feedback? | Episode 86

Something that just drives me nuts on social media is when self published authors post a photo of their proposed book covers for feedback. Why does that bother me so much? You'll understand why from my rant in this episode. And you might think twice about doing it for your next book. I also offer tips on properly getting feedback for your cover.

Blog: Do You Really Want Feedback on Your Self Published Book Cover? http://hub.me/amHDn

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/T5skln9Lvz8

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

0:13 How self published authors drive me nuts on social media

1:19 What authors really want when they post book covers on social media

2:29 Why authors post book covers to reassure themselves

3:32 Why book covers aren't as important as they used to be

5:59 Posting your book cover for feedback is not book promotion

7:32 How to get genuine feedback on your book cover

8:33 Don't ask your friends and family for feedback

9:50 The focus group problem with feedback

10:22 How people really decide to buy your book


What If Amazon Went Away? | Episode 85

There's a scary thought for self published authors! What would you do if Amazon went away? While that's really unlikely for the foreseeable future, it doesn't hurt to think about it. I offer tips for future-proofing your self published books.

Blog: https://toughnickel.com/self-employment/Self-Published-Authors-What-If-There-Was-No-Amazon

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/BvsGt82vc6w

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

0:13 Why Amazon and KDP are excellent for self publishing

1:31 What if Amazon went away? Lessons from Sears

3:12 How can you protect your book investment in Amazon and KDP?

4:34 ISBN number issues in a non-Amazon future

7:20 Look for non-exclusive agreements and copyright protections on non-KDP platforms

7:59 Selling your books in a non-Amazon world

9:28 2 ways to future-proof your self publishing investments

11:43 Announcing Udemy course, How to Sell Your Self Published Books on Amazon

Link to Udemy course, How to Sell Your Self Published Books on Amazon (note that the discount mentioned in the episode has since expired):




Survey: What Doesn’t Motivate Authors to Self Publish? | Episode 84

In past episodes about the Thorne Self Publishing Survey, we talked about what drives authors to self publish. But what doesn't motivate them to take that route? I have to confess that I can totally relate to their answer. And what doesn't motivate is just as interesting as what does!

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/8tpDHhwEF04

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

0:26 Factors that do motivate self published authors

0:46 What doesn't motivate self published authors?

1:07 Authors who don't know why they want to self publish

1:27 Social comparative factors that don't motivate authors

4:28 Why social comparative factors don't motivate authors

7:10 Introducing Udemy course, How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon


Link to Udemy course, How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon:



Why Is It So Hard to Make Money from Self Publishing? | Episode 83

Selling self published books is tough. And it's getting tougher. In this episode, I share three mega trends that are affecting how much we make from self publishing.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/dqjmJPg0HO4

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

0:31 3 mega trends impacting self publishing income

0:49 Mega trend #1: Too many books

3:49 Mega trend #2: Competition from other content

5:17 Mega trend #3: Subscriptions

7:00 How Kindle Unlimited pays royalties to authors

8:54 How can you beat these trends?


Do Self Published Authors Still Consider Traditional Book Deals? | Episode 82

With self publishing being easier than it's ever been in history, do self published authors still consider pursuing a book deal with a traditional publishing company? I share results from the 2018 Thorne Self Publishing Survey. And is there any justification for pursuing a traditional book deal these days?

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/cf0zUOuW_h8

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

0:36 How many self published authors consider traditional book deals?

1:47 Considering traditional book deal before or after self publishing?

2:45 Do authors who haven't self published yet consider traditional book deals?

3:47 What do authors expect from traditional publishing book deals?

7:43 Announcement on Self Publishing to Make Money book

Want more surprising survey results? Get the full report on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MH8T9YG

Also, get a copy of my book, Self Publishing to Make Money: What You Need to Know, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NXW57RW

The audio edition of my book is on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07PQSZNVL/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-145994&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_145994_rh_us

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