The Heidi Thorne Show

Self Publishing Fan Fiction - What You Need to Know | Episode 202

The whole subject of fan fiction (or fanfic) puts me into a panic. Let me explain why and share a few things you need to know.

Blog: Self Publishing Fan Fiction: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/aozsY

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/9AeALOgEaF8

 

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

0:15 Why fan fiction makes me panic

0:58 What is fan fiction?

1:49 Is fan fiction legal?

4:58 What about fan fiction contests?

5:36 Doesn't fan fiction help you get noticed?

6:12 What about fan fiction based on public domain content or IP?

7:07 Why do you want to do fan fiction anyway?

8:35 How to connect with Heidi

 

Should You Do a Pre-Order for Your Self Published Book? | Episode 201

Doing a pre-order for your self published Kindle eBook is pretty easy. But does it really provide any advantages? I discuss.

Blog: Should You Do a Pre-Order to Market Your Self Published Book? http://hub.me/akFk3

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

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

0:15 New Pre-Order report in KDP Reports Beta

1:04 What is a book pre-order?

1:56 Why would you want to do a pre-order?

3:39 Are there any advantages to offering a pre-order for self published books?

6:30 How to connect with Heidi

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Traditional Publishing AFTER Self Publishing | Episode 200

Some self published authors really want to be traditionally published authors. But does self publishing get you any closer to getting a book deal or agent representation? I discuss pursuing a traditional publishing path AFTER you've become self published.

Blog: Traditional Publishing After Self Publishing: What You Need to Know http://hub.me/akTzM

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/0MoMPlSv-YU

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

0:56 How a self published author friend got a traditional book deal

1:53 How can you show traditional publishers your book idea has a market?

4:30 How to connect with Heidi 

Print Books, eBooks, or Both? | Episode 199

Should you do a print book, eBook, or both? I discuss how to choose the best formats for your self published books.

Blog:

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/5g0P7i__rTY

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

0:14 Book format purchase stats from 2020

1:37 Looking back at digital publishing history

4:52 Another reason to do both print and eBook: More sales

5:24 When doing only an eBook makes sense

6:56 What to consider when choosing book formats

8:31 Why audio books are a new format to consider

9:10 How to connect with Heidi

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

What is a Backlist Book? | Episode 198

Backlist book titles can represent a valuable part of your self publishing empire. I explain what a backlist title is, and how to promote it.

Blog:

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

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

0:16 What is a backlist?

1:28 What is a frontlist?

2:20 Why backlist titles are valuable

4:23 Backlist book marketing vs. book launch marketing

7:36 More sales and marketing strategies for backlist books

8:54 Advertising for backlist titles

11:54 How to connect with Heidi 

Are Your Books in a Seasonal Sales Slump? | Episode 197

Authors may not realize that the reason they're not selling books is seasonal. I explain the seasonality of sales and why it should matter to authors.

Blog: How to Plan for Sales Slumps http://hub.me/afDaY

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/te7MGGJyy9g

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

2:47 How do you know if your book sales are in a seasonal slump?

5:01 Why is book seasonality important for authors?

7:24 Recommended Udemy course: How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon

8:20 How to connect with Heidi

Udemy course, How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-sell-your-self-published-book-on-amazon/?referralCode=CC4046D09C80264BC0BE

Kindle Vella: What Authors Need to Know | Episode 196

Kindle Vella is an episodic or chapter-by-chapter reading program available from Amazon. But is it worthwhile for self published authors? I explain what we know so far about Kindle Vella.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/oiDwm9e-rPI

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

0:31 What is Kindle Vella?

2:16 How does Kindle Vella work for authors?

4:46 How can authors earn money with Kindle Vella?

8:10 Do I recommend Kindle Vella for authors?

9:28 How to connect with Heidi

Do Amazon Sponsored Brand Ads Work for Authors? | Episode 195

In 2020, Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) introduced a new Sponsored Brand advertising product. Does it work for self published authors? I discuss my experience and experiments with Amazon Sponsored Brand ads.

Blog: Using Amazon Marketing Services to Advertise Your Kindle eBooks: What I've Learned http://hub.me/alEwV

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/I_qPwtz2zYw

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

0:36 What are Sponsored Brand ads on Amazon?

2:06 My experience using Sponsored Brand ads for books

4:38 How and why AMS sponsored ads have changed

6:28 Should authors still use AMS ads?

7:03 How to connect with Heidi

Should You Rewrite Your Self Published Fiction Book? | Episode 194

Let’s explore why authors may feel compelled to rewrite self-published fiction works and whether it’s advisable to do so.

Blog: Should You Rewrite Your Self-Published Fiction Book? http://hub.me/aop6F

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

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

0:37 Why do authors feel compelled to rewrite their fiction books?

1:34 Perfecting the past

2:56 Genre trends

4:04 Cultural and societal trends

5:21 Historical novel issues

7:10 Fiction rewriting approaches

8:40 How to connect with Heidi 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 194.

Self Publishing Craft Books: What You Need to Know | Episode 193

I'm amazed at the creativity of so many crafters, needleworkers, and artists. Some of these talented individuals have taken to offering their how-to information to others, sometimes for money, sometimes for free on social media. If you're one of these crafters interested in sharing and selling your project ideas, and you want to do a self published craft book, there's a lot you need to consider. I discuss.

Blog: The Challenges of Self Publishing a Craft Book http://hub.me/alnxA

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/urS7VWGUTFo

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

0:51 Instructions for instructions

2:20 Using pictures in craft books

4:11 Use black & white or color images in craft books?

7:10 What about craft eBooks?

9:09 A BIG no-no for craft books

10:37 More legal issues with craft books

11:58 Challenges of craft books for kids

12:55 Amazon or Etsy for selling your craft books?

14:32 Heidi's new eBay profile (thornecomm) for crafting books

15:15 How to connect with Heidi

Heidi's eBay link: https://www.ebay.com/usr/thornecomm

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