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!
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.
Learning from those that have come before us is the key to success in life. If you can save yourself the growth pains, you’ll place yourself in the position to capitalize on opportunities earlier, and thus experience a longer period of compound returns.
What’s more, learning from fellow artists in different disciplines helps clarify the fundamentals to focus on. As an independent author, you are a corporation, and it’s vital you learn to manage your assets (the books you produce) accordingly. That means learning to place the financial needs of the business above your personal desires.
Chris Fox’s Write Faster, Write Smarter series is on sale for 99¢ per book (normally $4.99 each).