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This Week in the Blogs, February 23 – March 1, 2019

By Shelley Sturgeon

My preference is to stay inside where it’s warm and read a book, but my dogs, like the one in the picture, love to go outside and frolic in the snow. Is it balmy where you are or cold and snowy? Either way, find a comfy spot and take a few minutes to read this week’s selected articles.

And, here are your monthly reminders:

  • If you’d like to participate in our Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies blog carnival for March, please submit your blog posts by March 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.
     
  • Want to submit your e-book cover to us for our March e-Book Cover Design Awards? Be sure to submit it by March 31st. March’s submissions will be presented in a post at the end of April. 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.

Frances Caballo on Social Media Just for Writers
Are You Ready for Book Marketing? Take This Quiz
“Social media alone won’t cause your books to start flying off the proverbial bookshelf. … So, take this quiz and see if you’re ready to tackle book marketing on your own.”

Judith Briles on The Book Shepherd
10 Social Media Tips for 2019
“Social media is the town hall of marketing for most authors. It’s a landscape that has pros and cons and is in a constant mode of change.”

Jo Van Every on Self Publishing Advice From The Alliance Of Independent Authors
An Easier Way to Upload Book Metadata to Distribution Platforms
“An essential part of the indie author’s self-publishing process is to complete the metadata on the distribution platforms of your choice.”

Jason Matthews on How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks
Draft2Digital Adds Google Play Distributor for Your Ebooks
“This is a great addition by Draft2Digital for important retailers to work with. Google Play sells a lot of books for indie authors.”

Stephanie Chandler on Nonfiction Authors Association
Tips to Compiling an Anthology Book
“If you want to publish a compelling book in a short amount of time, compiling an anthology can be a fantastic solution.Tips to Compiling an Anthology Book As the primary author, you reap all of the rewards of writing a book without having to write the entire manuscript.”

Too Good To Miss


David Wogahn on Author Imprints
The 2019 Guide to Amazon Fees and Royalties for Kindle eBooks and KDP Print
“Setting a selling price for self-published Kindle eBooks or KDP Print books (formerly CreateSpace) sold on Amazon begins with understanding your costs.”

Sandra Beckwith on Build Book Buzz
How to announce your book with an e-mail blast
“I’ve received quite a few book announcement e-mails lately. I want to be excited for the authors, because this is a big deal. Sadly, though, most of the messages aren’t very compelling.”
 
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