Why I Don’t Care About Amazon Best Seller Rank | Episode 182

Authors, especially those who are self published, can obsess over their Amazon Best Seller Rank (BSR). But they shouldn't. I explain why.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/AT_atQ0OIkw

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

0:16 The question that sparked the Amazon BSR discussion

0:39 What is Amazon Best Seller Rank?

1:54 Author Central shows your Best Seller Rank, but not much else

3:16 How your Amazon BSR can improve with no sales

4:07 Amazon Best Seller Rank is impossible to control

5:04 How Amazon BSR varies over time

6:51 Don't play games to improve your Amazon BSR

7:53 How to measure your book's sales success on Amazon

9:08 How to connect with Heidi

Self Publishing Coloring Books and Activity Books | Episode 181

Self publishing coloring books and activity books can be a way for self published authors to expand sales. I share tips for using Kindle Direct Publishing to self publish coloring books, along with inspiring examples of authors who have used KDP for their coloring books.

Note: For my audio podcast listeners, I highly recommend that you check out the YouTube video for this episode because it shows some great examples of self published coloring books. Also, check out the links to these authors' work.

Blog: Self Publishing Coloring Books and Activity Books: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/aobVS

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/UXjIAcui0Xo

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

0:14 Coloring book history and opportunities for self publishing

1:32 The adult coloring book trend

2:36 What should the subject of your coloring book be?

3:17 Using Kindle Direct Publishing to self publish your coloring book

5:54 Tips for coloring book artwork

7:34 How should you price your coloring book?

8:09 Inspiring examples of authors who self published coloring books on KDP (links to their websites are below)

11:56 How to connect with Heidi

Links to featured authors who used KDP for their self published coloring books:

To listen to the audio podcast of The Heidi Thorne Show, visit https://heidithorne.podbean.com OR subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Amazon TuneIn Radio. This is Episode 181.

Audio Podcasting, Video Podcasting, or Both? | Episode 180

Should you do an audio podcast, a video podcast, or both? I discuss the merits of both formats, along with my personal experience using them.

Blog: Audio Podcasting Versus Video Podcasting? Should You Do Both? http://hub.me/aoaL2

Udemy course: How to Self Publish an Audio Book https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-self-publish-an-audio-book/?referralCode=75A2310A555CB12AFE4C

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/EZBEkPP0czc

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

0:24 Growth of audio podcasting

2:05 Why audio podcasting is challenging

4:32 About video podcasting

6:05 YouTube as a video podcast platform

7:29 Which is better? Audio podcasting or video podcasting? Or both?

7:46 Comparing my audio and video podcast experience

9:42 Why authors shouldn't offer books as podcasts

10:19 How to connect with Heidi

Why Multi-Genre Books Don’t Work | Episode 179

Multi-genre books are like mixed media art, combining multiple materials or styles. They are experimental and done intentionally to create new forms of expression. However, for some authors, multi-genre books are a symptom of their muddled writing motivations and inexperience. I explain.

Blog: Why Multi-Genre Books Don't Work http://hub.me/aoacf

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/9zbzuwzLVP8

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

0:17 The memoir how-to book?

1:39 Why would authors want to do multi-genre books?

3:29 Autofiction, the multi-genre genre

4:42 Killing 2 audiences with 1 book

5:30 The one question multi-genre authors can't answer

6:14 Marketing challenges of multi-genre books

7:42 How to connect with Heidi

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