When self published authors complain about the quality of their print on demand (POD) books that they get on KDP, do they really know what they're talking about? As someone who has worked in the publishing and printing realm for years, I discuss setting realistic expectations for your book. See the links below for more reading on the topic.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/g6A3P7y591c

Blog Posts on POD and printing:

Types of Book Binding (with explanation of POD) https://owlcation.com/humanities/Types-of-Book-Binding 

Kindle Direct Publishing Print Quality Concerns for Self Published Books https://hubpages.com/literature/Kindle-Direct-Publishing-Print-Quality-Concerns-for-Self-Published-Books 


My new book, Understanding Your Creativity: Discover the Internal and External Factors that Affect Your Creative Life, is available now in print, Kindle eBook, and audio book on Amazon, Audible, and Apple Books. I hope you'll check it out. Thank you for your support!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VYTDFYB

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07WJYCSRD/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-160904&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_160904_rh_us


Do readers really judge a book by its cover these days? I contend they don't. I explain why in this rant on self published authors' obsession with book cover design.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/0kHh0nAv_K4

What if you sell your books off Amazon on either your own website or at events and expos? Should you pursue getting unverified purchase book reviews from them? I discuss these reviews in this episode.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/IQJtm1IFgsQ


"But they said they bought my book!" That's a common lament from first-time self published authors. If you didn't sell it to them directly, how do you know if your family and friends actually bought your book? I explain book sales reporting and customer review issues for off-Amazon sales. I also discuss why sales of your book to your family and friends can be the worst sales.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/EUY_UG6lXOg

Check out my Udemy course on Amazon book sales...

How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon (Discounted! Or use Promo Code PODCAST)

For additional reading...

The Problem with Convenience and Pity Buys



I've been using email marketing since 2005. I discuss why email marketing isn't the powerhouse tool it used to be, along with what to do now in this new marketing era.

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

More resources on email marketing from my blog:


Wanna know why your book might not appeal to your target audience? I discuss why by sharing a story about my recent visit to a science lab. I also offer some tips for figuring out if your book is appropriate for your intended reader.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/43WbDGh0LLo


I go on a bit of a rant about marketing gurus who tell content creators to make better content if nobody likes what they create. Who's "nobody?" And how do you determine if your content is really bad, or if it's just not getting love due to other factors? I share how to figure out if you're delusional.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/hA4MJdWVOZw

Blog: https://hubpages.com/literature/Do-People-Hate-What-You-Write-or-Create-How-to-Know

Have you ever heard of editorial reviews for books? I explain what they are, how they differ from customer reviews, and how self published authors can leverage them to give their books more credibility and visibility.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/ykUg46SZRkw

Blog: http://hub.me/amQbN


Should you launch the print book or eBook edition first? Or should you launch them together? I share pros and cons of staggering the launch of your book's print and electronic editions.

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/QFFVZ-QUOz4

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