The Heidi Thorne Show

What are Low Content Books? | Episode 108

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.

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

0:11 The low content book trend

0:41 What is a low content book?

1:50 Examples of low content books

5:45 Do low content eBooks work?

7:34 What about low content custom card decks?


Blog: What are Low Content Books?


You Wrote a Book. Now What? | Episode 107

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.

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

0:11 Publishing questions from those "asking for a friend"

2:08 Getting your book manuscript together

3:59 Why your book manuscript needs to be in one document file

4:35 Why authors are in sales

5:43 Traditional publishing path

11:13 Self publishing path

Blog: "You Just Wrote a Book. Now What?"

Links for my Udemy courses on self publishing. NOTE: The discounts mentioned in the podcast and video have expired.

How to Self Publish a Nonfiction Kindle eBook Like a Pro

How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon


Rant: KDP versus IngramSpark | Episode 106

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.

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

0:11 Hot debate in self publishing: KDP or IngramSpark?

1:45 KDP advantages and challenges

10:57 IngramSpark advantages and benefits

16:39 Why doing both KDP and IngramSpark doesn't make sense

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

Rant: Kindle Direct Publishing POD Printing Problems? | Episode 105

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.

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

0:11 Self published authors complaints about "defective" printing

0:59 Why I'm qualified to talk about this topic

3:01 Print on demand technology

3:56 My experience with KDP print on demand book printing

4:29 What quality can you expect from KDP print on demand

6:34 Authors' unrealistic printing expectations

8:27 Protective varnish coatings for your books

12:15 Print on demand may not be right for your book

12:46 Avoiding the masterpiece "trophy book" problem

13:55 How Amazon supports you and your book for print quality

15:02 Don't listen to judgmental family and friends

15:54 Putting the print quality issue into perspective for self publishing

Blog Posts on POD and printing:


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