Showing posts with label Self Publishing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self Publishing. Show all posts

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

How I’m Selling More Books in More Countries

I earn most of my income from selling books and ebooks.

And like many other writers, I used to do it through Amazon’s Kindle platform, which now allows you to sell print books as well as Kindle books.

The great thing about selling books that way was that it was quick, easy, and it was a set and forget system.

The only bad thing about it was that my books were only available through Amazon and nowhere else.

But now I publish them through Ingram which means that all my books are available as print books, ebooks and sell worldwide from just about anywhere.

And although it’s early days and I haven’t yet done the math of how my sales are doing compared to only selling on Amazon (which, btw, they’re still available from) one thing I am sure of is that I’m now selling far more books than I was when I was only using Amazon Kindle.

Not only that, but my books are also available for libraries to purchase, so if your local library has a copy you can borrow them for free. And if they don’t have a copy of any of my books, put in a request for them to purchase it.

So now I’m not only selling more books (which I hope will increase exponentially in time) but I feel much more like a publisher rather than just a writer.

Go to my website now and you can easily purchase any of my books from many different booksellers all over the world.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Different Ways to Self Publish Your Book

One decision that every author has to make is how to publish their book.

While trying to get a publishing deal with a publishing company does seem like the easiest option, so few books are published this way that it usually doesn't happen for most authors.

But because it's now so easy to self-publish that knowing what to do with your book after you've written it isn't a problem.

There are 4 ways that you can do it:

Pay a company to publish it for you (vanity publishing)
Publish it yourself as an ebook
Publish it yourself as a POD print book
Publish it yourself as an ebook & POD print book

You can also throw in publish your book as an audiobook, but for now, we're only talking about the written word.

So let's look at all three of the ways to self-publish.

First there is using a vanity publishing company. They do just about everything for you that a regular publishing company would do, except that you have to pay them to do it, and this payment could be several thousand dollars.

The upside to this type of publishing is that it's all done for you. The downside is that it will either take you years to recoup your financial loss, or you may not recover it at all. You see, publishing companies only make your book available for sale, they don't sell it for you, so you still have to do all the marketing yourself.

Next there's ebook publishing which is fast to do and doesn't cost you anything upfront if you use publishing platforms like, Amazon Kindle, or Smashwords. Each of these will allow you to publish your book in ebook format for free and Kindle even provides free cover creating software. You can also publish your book as a PDF document and allow customers to download it straight from your own website or blog.

POD self-publishing is also simple and fast to do but the interior layout of your book needs to be different than the ebook layout by using things like mirror margins.

You can use a separate POD publishing platform for this like Amazon's CreateSpace or use Amazon Kindle or Book Baby, both of which will allow you to publish your book as a POD physical book as well as an ebook.

But it all depends on how you want to do it and what kind of book you're publishing. For example, if you've written a romance novel, PDF ebook publishing is not the ideal way to do it (romance readers don't download read PDF ebooks), but print and Kindle are.

Just don't sweat it.

When you've written your book, self-publishing is easy.

The hard part if marketing it.

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Friday, 5 January 2018

We'd All Make Changes If We Could

Ask any top writer, and they'll tell you that there are things they'd change in their block buster novels if they could.

And it's the same for any writer, including you.

The more you go over your work, the more you see things that you want to change.

This is why I say that the perfect piece of writing doesn't exist.

Because there's no such thing as perfect.

Perfect is subjective, meaning it's influenced by personal tastes, feelings or opinions .

That's why it's impossible to please all of the people all of the time.

And why you should never try to.

And when you're editing your work, there is a time to say good enough is good enough, otherwise you'll go on making changes forever.

I was listening to an audio recording a few days ago of email specialist and top copywriter, Ben Settle, analysing some of his old sales pages that he'd writtten for other people. He was going through them and saying why he included things and how it helped to make sales.

But all the way through the kept saying things like "I could have written that better."

Yet these sales pages had generated tens of millions of dollars in sales. And the clients he'd written them for had been running them for years and earning even more millions from them.

Yet Ben was looking at them and talking about what he'd change about them if he could.

So you see?

We always want to change what we've written.

It never seems good enough.

So once you've written something, especially something as big as an ebook, don't over edit it.

You'll never feel 100% satisfied. But if you feel at least 80% happy with it, then it's probably time to ship it and let it go.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

How to Have a Great Idea For a Book

Goodbye Writers' Block
To make money you need to have something to sell.

And as writers, what we sell are our words, usually in the form of a book.

Books are our products that we sell.

But what do you do if you want to write a book but have no idea what to write about?

First, identify your expertise:

~ What do you enjoy researching?

~ What do you enjoy writing?

~ What do you know a lot about?

Next ask; who is your audience?

It’s no good writing a book if no one wants to read it. So picture in your mind the type of person who would enjoy reading your book.

Amazon is a great place to use for inspiration and ideas.

You can look at which books are most popular and you can see readers comments.

With Amazon’s “Search Inside” feature, you can get a really good idea of a book’s contents and the style of writing.

And in the reviews you can find out what people liked and didn’t like as well as what they would have preferred the book contained.

Once you know what to write about, you need to make sure that all your blog posts and emails that you write also serve your audience.

Don’t write only for yourself. Always let your audience know how they can benefit from what you’re telling them.

Then write lots of books and promote them heavily online.

Just always remember that before you write any book, you need a “hungry” market waiting to buy it, so know your audience and always write for them.

And if you want to know how to find hundreds of ideas for writing books, read:

Goodbye Writer's Block: How To Be A Creative Genius And Have An Abundance Of Ideas Plus The Inspiration And Motivation To Write

Monday, 20 March 2017

Paperback Publishing With Kindle

“Book Library” by digitalart
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how I’m now publishing some of my books in paperback with CreateSpace, which is owned by Amazon.

And last week I received an email from KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) on Amazon, where I publish my ebooks, telling me that KDP now publishes print books too.

This makes it possible to offer a print and an ebook version of your books from one account.

And on KDP you receive 60% royalties from all print sales, minus the cost of printing.

So the question is, am I disappointed that after setting up my books with CreateSpace, it’s now possible to do it through one account for print and ebooks?

No. Not at all.

At the moment the print option with KDP is still in Beta stage so not all the services I receive from CreateSpace are available.

For example, publishing print books through a KDP account doesn’t provide an option for  receiving physical proofs, author copies or expanded distribution.

So for now I’m happy to leave my print books with CreateSpace and I’ll probably migrate them across to my KDP account once the services are improved.

But if you only have your books available as Kindle ebooks, now is a great time to offer a print version as well through the Kindle POD option of publishing, which is also free to set up .

You can find out more and set up your own free Amazon publisher account at

Monday, 12 December 2016

What Successful Authors Do to Maximise Book Sales and You Need to Do It Too

How to write any book in just 28 days...or less
It's no good writing books if you can't sell them.

Some authors seem to believe that if they write a book, readers will appear.

But it doesn't work that way.

If you want to write books for living then there are three things you need:

1. A great idea for a book.

2. The Skill and self discipline to sit and write your great idea into a great book.

3. A ten-point marketing plan.

You see, if you wanted to publish your book through a publishing company, not only would they expect you to write a great book, but they also would want you to present them with a ten-point marketing plan.


Because marketing your book is more important than writing it.

This is why publishing companies want you to outline at least ten different ways you plan to market your book.

And this is what all successful authors do. They go out and find their readers and use their marketing skills to make their book sales soar.

So even if you want to self publish your books, decide who your readers are and make a ten-point marketing plan that will not only let them know about your book, but make them eager to buy it.

Read more about publishing books and marketing for more sales at

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Self Publishing Is Easy, But Writers Still Keep Making Excuses

“Books And Computer” by jscreationzs
The thing that never ceases to amaze me about being a writer, is how easy it is now to publish every book I write.

Not too many years ago, if you wanted to be an author, you had to spend years sending out your manuscripts to publishing companies hoping that one of them would like your work and offer to publish it.

Not only that, but royalties were low (sometimes only 5%) and you had to wait 1 or 2 years before your book was published, and even then there was no guarantee of making huge sales.

And if that wasn’t enough, most publishing companies would pull your book if it didnt’ sell at least 40,000 copies a year.

And in the meantime, you had to supplement your income, and try to get exposure in the media as a serious writer by constantly having articles published in magazines and other main stream media.

So it wasn’t easy, there was a lot of competition, and most writers’ books were never published.

But now it’s so easy to self publish.

You can write as many books as you want and published them as print books or ebooks (or both) for free AND your book is made available worldwide in just one day - or less.

And you can go on selling your books for years no matter how many sales you make.

It’s so easy compared to how it used to be and yet writers are still making excuses for not writing and publsihing their own books.

But if you start today you can publish a dozen books, or more, every year.

If you sit down and write every day, even if it’s just for an hour (or a lunch break), you can still write a book in a month.

Or what if you wrote and published just 2 books a year? It’s still 2 more books than you’re publishing now.

And when the process is repeated, not only will you have a great daily writing habit and a writing and publishing system set up, but you’ll also have dozens of books being sold all over the world.

There are many authors who just sit and write books all the time and now have 80 or more books in circulation.

Self publishing is also free to do and once set up, goes on working while you’re writing your next book.

I love self publishing because it’s not only revolutionised the way I work, but it’s enabled me to be able to earn all my income from my writing.

So today, right now, I’m sitting at home, writing, and earning money.

How about you?


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Monday, 28 December 2015

Self Publish Worldwide - How to Publish Your Book Quickly, Affordably And Make It Available Worldwide
As a writer, you probably already know how easy it is to make money writing and publishing “How-To” ebooks.

But did you also know that every time you write an ebook, you’re missing out on making many more potential sales?

If you have a great idea for an ebook and you know that there is already a hungry market out there, eagerly looking for the information you’re providing, then there is no doubt at all that, with the right marketing, you WILL make sales.

But why stop at just one ebook at a time?

The real “secret” of maximising your ebook income is to turn your one ebook into several different products.

Doing this will not only save you time (because you’re doing everything at once), but can also dramatically increase sales.

So how can you do this?

~ Publish a print book and an ebook which is instantly 2 products instead of one.

~ Expand each chapter and turn them into individual short reports

~ Read your ebook aloud and record it as an audio book

~ Bundle your ebook and audio book together as a package deal

~ Bundle your print book and audio book as a package deal

~ Bundle your short reports and sell them as a package deal

~ Add your short reports as bonus products for your ebook to increase the price

And because it’s easy, and free, to publish both print books and ebooks it won’t cost you anything.

And if you have a recording device, you can record your audio books for free too.

Creating all these products at once will really increase your productivity too.

So if you have an idea for an ebook, don’t just write one book, turn it into several different products that you can bundle together AND sell separately.

If you don’t, you could be leaving a lot of money of the proverbial table.


If you’ve never self published a book or ebook before and feel that you’ll get lost in all the technical aspects as well as the jargon, there is an ebook that can help you.

But be warned, it is a huge ebook, but it contains everything you need to know about self publishing ebooks and print books, including a long list of jargon words and what they mean.

So don’t struggle through the self publishing maze. Download this incredible ebook (and all the bonus products that come with it) and it will guide you effortlessly through the self publishing process and explain everything in plain language along the way, so you’ll see how easy it is.

Don’t go on thinking you can’t self publish your book or that it will be too hard.

This huge tome contains everything you need to know and makes it all so simple.

It’s been a best seller for years and is still helping thousands of authors all over the world to get their books and ebooks published.

And there really is no other book like it.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Act Like a Publisher

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles,
The world of publishing has changed, especially for self published authors.

Gone are the days when you could leave all the publishing details up to your publisher (if you were lucky enough to have one).

Now writers not only write their own books but publish them as well. And if there's one thing that I've learnt over the years, it's that if you want to be a successful writer you need to act like a publisher.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Kindle Has Changed Self Publishing Forever

self publish every book you write and sell it worldwide.
Self Publishing used to be hard.

In the 'old' days you had to have your books printed and shipped, and you had to pay for it all yourself.

And getting your books into book stores was hard.

Not only that but self published authors were ridiculed by other writers as not being 'proper' authors.

Then along came Kindle Publishing and BANG!

It all changed.

Now there are thousands of self published authors all over the world.

And Kindle publishing is free to do.

You can sit at home writing one book after another and know that every single one of them will be published and made available for sale all over the world.

And you don't have to print or ship or pack anything.

Once you publish your Kindle books, that's it. There's nothing more to do.

In fact Amazon is pretty good at helping to market your book.

And if you have dozens of published Kindle books, you have even more chance of making sales.

So if you haven't joined the Kindle publishing revolution yet, why not?

Kindle publishing really has changed self publishing forever.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Turning Articles Into Ebooks

image courtesy of stuart miles
Every writer wants to make money writing ebooks.


Because it's fast to do and can be quite lucrative.

And because of this, writing ebooks is something that can be done again and again.

But how can you write ebooks if you don't know what to write?

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Act Like a Publisher

I recently read an amazing series of articles written by one of the most prolific writers I know, Dean Wesley Smith.

This is a man who has already written more books than most of us will ever write.

And from everything I've read about him on his blog and in his books, is that the reason that he is so successful is because he acts like a publisher.