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This Week in the Blogs, March 16 – 22, 2019

By Shelley Sturgeon

Enjoying your weekend? Why not put your feet up and take a few minutes to catch up on some great articles on self-publishing related topics? You’ll be glad you did.

Don’t miss our latest e-Book Cover Design Awards post here tomorrow, and be sure to check back here next Sunday for our monthly Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies post.

Dan Wagstaff on The Casual Optimist
Book Covers of Note, March 2019
“It’s almost the first day of spring, the snow and ice have just about melted in Toronto (for now!), and everything is still awful, so it must be time for March’s book covers of note!”

Dave Chesson on Jane Friedman
Changes to Amazon Advertising: What Authors Need to Know
“On January 7, 2019, Amazon made some significant changes to the AMS features. Although there are slight variations throughout the entire system, most of the major changes can be grouped into three categories…”

Chris Syme on Smart Marketing for Authors
How to Put Together a Killer BookBub Ad
“In this episode David and Chris discuss the tips and tricks to images and targeting on BookBub ads. It’s not like Facebook or Amazon ads, so you need to know the guidelines for maximum results.”

Self-Publishing Review on Self-Publishing Review
When is the Best Time of Year to Release a Book?
“In Hollywood, there’s a pretty set calendar for when movies are released: horror movies are usually released around Halloween, high-concept blockbusters in the summer, Oscar movies start in November, movies that aren’t blockbusters or Oscar contenders in February. Does the book trade follow the same release schedule?”

Jay Artale on How to Blog a Book
Create Blog-Book Synergy to Reduce Content Creation Stress
“By building a synergy between my blogs and books, I’ve been able to streamline a continual flow of content and get maximum leverage out of every piece of content I create.”
 
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This Week in the Blogs, February 9 – 15, 2019

By Shelley Sturgeon

More great articles again this week for your reading pleasure so don’t miss out. Be sure to check back here next week for our Issue #101 of our blog carnival Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies to be followed on the very next day by January’s e-Book Cover Design Awards.

David Wogahn on David Wogahn
2019 eBook Distribution Round-up | Aggregators Comparison Chart and FAQs
“eBook distribution options in 2019 have expanded greatly the past two years. There are scores of online eBook retailers around the world and eBook aggregators abound to help self-publishers easily make their book available for sale.”

Sandra Beckwith on Build Book Buzz
2019 literary calendar with 98 holidays, weeks, and months for book lovers
“Whether you want to support your local library, honor an important author’s birthday, or promote a literacy campaign, you’ll find something in the 2019 literary calendar.”

Frances Caballo on Social Media Just For Writers
Using Video Marketing? Why It’s Important and 3 Apps to Try
“According to Comscore, adding video to your website can increase the chance of a front-page Google result by 53 times.”

Kristen Tsetsi on Jane Friedman
Understanding Audiobook Production: An Interview with Rich Miller
“When I entered into that first relationship with an audiobook narrator/producer, I knew absolutely nothing about how an audiobook was made (beyond the obvious “skilled voice actor records a reading of a book”). This meant I also had no idea how much there was to know.”

Dan Wagstaff on The Casual Optimist
Book Covers of Note February 2019
“Thanks to the weather cancelling everything, I’m not horrendously late with this month’s covers post!”

 
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This Week in the Blogs, January 26 – February 1, 2019

By Shelley Sturgeon

Did your local groundhog see his shadow yesterday? Will it be spring soon or will winter drag on? (Yes, to our readers outside of North America, this groundhog thing is a silly little tradition. Even we think so!)

Enjoy this week’s articles and don’t forget to mark these dates on your calendar:

  • Submit your blog posts to our Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies blog carnival by February 15th. All the information you need to know can be found here. Our Carnival of the Indies post will run on the last Sunday of the month.
     
  • Be sure to submit your e-book cover to us for our February e-Book Cover Design Awards by February 28th. February’s submissions will be presented in a post at the end of March. Submission information can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Carnival of the Indies or the e-Book Cover Design Awards, just click on the Contact page and fill in that form, or leave a comment below.

Melinda Clayton on Indies Unlimited
Smashwords vs. Draft2Digital
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a post outlining the similarities and differences between Smashwords and Draft2Digital (D2D), and since both have made changes over the years, now seems like a good time.”

Dan Wagstaff on The Casual Optimist
Book Covers of Note January 2019
“Here are this month’s book covers of note. Better late than never I suppose!”

Frances Caballo on Social Media Just For Writers
How Not to Market Your Book – 12 Rookie Mistakes
“Did you just publish your first book? It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? You’re probably thinking that now it’s time to market your book.”

Michael LaRocca on The Blood Red Pencil
Seven Proven Strategies for Editing and Proofreading Your Own Writing
“After you finish writing it, put your document away for a while. Hours, days, weeks or even months. You want to look at it with “fresh eyes.””

Admin on Self Publishing Advice From The Alliance Of Independent Authors
Marketing: ALLi’s 3 Guiding Principles for Selling Rights
“So you’ve self-published ebooks, paperbacks, and possibly audiobooks too – the usual order in which indie authors make their work available to readers – and you’d like to explore opportunities for other formats, such as translation, TV and film?”

 
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