The Heidi Thorne Show

Does the World Really Need Your Memoir or Biography?| Episode 156

I get many inquiries from authors who want to write a memoir, autobiography, or family biography. But they've never written a book before. Here's how and why I discourage them from doing so.

Blog: Do You Really Need to Write a Memoir or Biography?

YouTube video:

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

0:11 What are legacy books?

1:09 What's the problem with memoirs and biographies?

2:18 "My first, and maybe only/last, book."

2:58 The words-per-pound problem

5:04 Why memoir and biography authors don't care about the market

5:59 What memoir and biography authors really want... and how to get it

7:56 The video alternative

Skills Self Published Authors Need to Have | Episode 155

Writing is only one of the skills you need if you want to become a self published author. Surprisingly, writing is the easiest of the skills. The rest? Well, they'll challenge you. Find out what skills you'll need to develop for self publishing.

Blog: What Skills Do Self Published Authors Need to Have?

YouTube video:

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2:19 They don't know what they don't know about self publishing

3:12 Self published authors need to be entrepreneurs

3:58 Skill: Self editing

4:21 Skill: Choosing a business model

4:47 Skill: Book production and quality control

5:18 Skill: Basic accounting

6:12 Skill: Book marketing and sales

6:50 Skill: Emotional skills

7:16 Where to learn these skills

8:00 What impatient self published authors want, but what they really need

8:58 The one self publishing skill you shouldn't outsource


Want to Sell a Lot of Your Self Published Books in Bulk Orders? | Episode 154

I occasionally get inquiries from self published authors who want to sell large quantities of their books to organizations such as schools or corporations. These are referred to a bulk book orders or volume sales. Here's what you need to know about making these sales.

Blog: Selling Bulk Orders of Your Self Published Books: What You Need to Know

YouTube video:

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0:45 What is a bulk book order or volume sale?

1:29 Author copies don't earn royalties

2:04 Why you might not want to offer a discount

4:14 Shipping and sales tax issues for bulk book orders

5:30 Challenges of selling bulk book orders

Self Publishing a Book Series | Episode 153

A book series can be challenging for self publishing. I discuss what you need to know before you make a commitment to doing a series.

Blog: Self Publishing a Book Series: What You Need to Know

YouTube video:

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0:42 When should you start a book series?

1:07 Why new authors have trouble with book series

1:39 The sequel problem with book series

2:30 How many books should be in your book series?

6:33 Tips for branding your book series

9:53 Should you tell readers your book is the first in a series?

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