The Heidi Thorne Show

Audiobook News: Audible Captions Case Update and New ACX Audio Analysis Tool | Episode 130

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:

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

0:10 Update on Audible Captions case

3:19 New ACX Audio Analysis Tool

Previous YouTube video for background on the Audible Captions case:

Udemy course, How to Self Publish an Audio Book

Networking for Authors audiobook and Kindle eBook on Amazon, Audible and Apple Books



Interview with Editor and Author Shayla Raquel | Episode 129

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.

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Time-stamped show notes (click time-stamp to jump to that part of the video on YouTube):

0:10 Author Shayla Raquel joins the show

1:10 Shayla's book, The 10 Commandments of Author Branding

1:52 Shayla Raquel's writing, editing, and community service work

3:59 Does your book stink like rotten eggs?

7:42 Why Shayla loves constructive criticism

9:36 The First Commandment of Author Branding

14:02 Authors' privacy and social media concerns

22:48 Why Shayla no longer recommends book launch teams

28:13 How to connect with Shayla Raquel

Want to connect with Shayla?

Has Your Self Published Book Become Irrelevant? | Episode 128

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:

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

0:38 Is your book topic outdated?

1:39 Does fiction become irrelevant?

2:48 How do you know if your book is irrelevant?

4:21 Why a book series can become irrelevant

5:27 Is a book the best way to deliver content?

9:30 Taking advantage of hot publishing trends

Blog post: Has Your Self Published Book Become Irrelevant?




Kindle Create New Features for 2020 | Episode 127

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).

YouTube video:

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

0:39 Kindle Create has been updated

1:51 Front matter features

2:11 New: Book manuscript file should be chapters only

4:10 Changes to chapter formatting

5:20 Back matter features

7:25 Changes to Kindle Create for print editions

9:11 Problems with Kindle Create for print

Udemy course, How to Self Publish a Nonfiction Kindle eBook Like a Pro

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

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