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

 

Do You Understand Your Author Relationship with Amazon? | Episode 150

Barely a week goes by where I don’t see some “I won’t work with Amazon” outburst from an author on social media. I think the problem stems from them not understanding their author relationship with Amazon. I explain that relationship in this episode.

Blog: Do You Understand Your Author Relationship with Amazon? http://hub.me/anFPS

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/9DeLsovldPE

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

0:11 "I won't work with Amazon"

1:15 Your author relationship with Amazon

2:50 Tech headaches you avoid when working with Amazon

7:08 Avoid customer service issues when working with Amazon

8:49 Will I ever quit working with Amazon?

 

Using Photos in Self Published Books: What You Need to Know | Episode 149

Be careful with photos in your self published books! A question from an author forum prompted me to share these tips to help keep you out of copyright hot water, save money, and provide a better user experience.

Blog: Using Photos in Self Published Books: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/anBev

U.S. Copyright Office Circular 15a on Duration of Copyright: https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ15a.pdf

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/V5eyhwYwnpI

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

0:12 One rule of thumb for using photos

1:07 What about "old" photographs and images?

2:25 Why you need permission to use photos

4:50 Your headshot and book cover photos

6:22 Stock photography issues

8:10 Photo quality that's needed for print books

8:29 Photo issues for eBooks

10:46 How photos can make your book outdated

13:19 Photos for fiction books? Nonfiction?

14:18 Take a tip from the big trade publishers

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