ProWritingAid is the single best software I’ve bought in my author career (even above Scrivener), and for limited time it’s on sale for half off.
I use the MS Word plugin version so that I can check my chapters as I move from rough draft into second draft phase. While it’s no replacement for an editor, it is a vital tool for me, as it takes care of the majority of simple mistakes I make.
This weeks Marketing Tribe Discussion covered new series launches, Average Reader Value (ARV), Average Acquisition Cost (AAC), and Return On Investments (ROI).
At the end of the day, a book cover is just a piece of marketing to help readers identify which books they want to read. If you commission a unique cover, you’ll limit the number of readers who can self-select into reading your series.
At its core, the freebie is about getting readers to sign up to your newsletter.
Once they’re on your newsletter, you can then begin the process of turning them from just a reader into a superfan.
How do you get readers subscribed to your newsletter when they haven’t read your novel first? Enter, Newsletter Builders.
Step-by-step guide to setup your first Facebook ad as a new author, curtesy of David Gaughran. If you’ve been holding back from running Facebook ads because you didn’t know where to start—NO LONGER!
Bottom Line Costs You can write, edit, cover, format, and publish a novel for $0 and a buttload of time. However, this is not a realistic option if your goal is to sell books and garner lifelong readers. (You’ll note that there is no inclusion for marketing, which is vital if you want to sell books and turn writing into a career. If, however, your only goal is to write and publish you can do it for free.) Free Option Write You can use Google Docs, or LibreOffice for the actual writing. Edit If you need free edits, your best option will be to find a local writing group and offer manuscript swaps. This will provide a proofreading—with minimal story level, or sentence level feedback—but it is possible to edit a novel for free. Likewise, there are the rare few authors who can edit their own novels without outside feedback. […]
The Pareto principle, better known as the 80/20 rule, states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
At its core, fiction is about emotional experiences for the reader. Provide that and you’ll find that your readers will stick with you throughout your series and recommend your books to their friends.
Change is coming, but that’s nothing new for indie publishing. We learn, adapt, and iterate.
The future for New York, and the brick and mortar book store, doesn’t look bright, but they survived the great depression. The odds of them going away entirely are next to zero. They too will need to adapt, same as us, and it’s impossible to say with certainty what their new form will look like in five years, but it’s a good bet to say that at least one of the bigger publishers will go under. However, during the turmoil, there’s an excellent opportunity for new mid-sized publishers specialized into genres, to fill the void.