Episode 422- Respecting Rights and Planning for the Worst

Do you have a backup plan if sales dip, and if not, what do you think you’d try so you could still progress in your self-publishing career?

This week we have a great show for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include how to best find and use keywords to sell more books, why to create and distribute a hands-off mystery box, and why you should write and market in more than one genre. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to plan for the worst, whether to refresh or republish your book, how changes to Android and Apple could affect in app book sales, what those rank numbers really mean, and why Creative Commons might be more trouble than it’s worth. Question of the Week: Do you have a backup plan if sales dip, and if not, what do you think you’d try so you could still progress in your self-publishing career? read more

Episode 421 – Sell More Books, Working Your Backlist, and Changing Bonuses

Do you think traditional publishing is going to change its mindset about backlist vs new release? And how are you leveraging your backlist at the moment?

This week Claire is joined by author Jamie Davis! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include how to spot book problems, what you shouldn’t do with social media, and what new feature Dropbox has. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to make your backlist work for you, how KU readers are helping your reviews, what KU bonuses are changing, why Modi files are on the outs, and how groups have the power to sell books. Question of the Week: Do you think traditional publishing is going to change its mindset about backlist vs new release? And how are you leveraging your backlist at the moment? read more

Episode 420 – Junk Marketing, Delayed Launch, and Managing Pain

What do you think publishing will look like in 2032?

This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcast. Top Tips of the week include when are the best times to post on social media, when to delay a book launch, and whether you should sell direct from your site. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what the next 10 year of publishing will look like, how to avoid junk marketing scams, where another ship full of books is stuck, how to cope with and manage chronic pain that affects your writing, and what author summit you won’t want to miss. Question of the Week: What do you think publishing will look like in 2032? read more

Episode 419- Tax Changes, Writing Buddies, and Backlist’s Back

Getting started in publishing, what side hustles did you work (or are you still working) in order to fund your business?

This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to revamp your backlist to increase sales, your ideal role at book events and conventions, and how a daily theme can help you write more. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include Why authors should have multiple streams of income, why you should find the best writing group for the stage of your author journey, how a new coffee shop is helping writers write, what ACX’s big tax reporting change means to authors, and how Kickstarter is changing the tide in the publishing industry. Question of the Week: Getting started in publishing, what side hustles did you work (or are you still working) in order to fund your business? read more

Episode 418- Home Retreats, Hacks, and Hucksters

How might you or will you use the new poll feature offered in Kindle Vella?

The challenge is on and you can join in! You can find Bryan’s Author Ad Challenge in the links provided as well as Claire’s Author Motivation series. Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to have a home-brewed writer’s retreat, how to copyright your book, and whether you should accept a Kindle Daily Deal. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include whether hacking your productivity is a good idea, what new Kindle Vella feature will help engage your readers, what you can do tonight to start writing more tomorrow, what Barnes & Noble did to their audiobooks, and what print being down means for publishing. Question of the Week: How might you or will you use the new poll feature offered in Kindle Vella? read more

Episode 417- Family Business, Fresh Covers, and Taxed Twice

Have you ever updated your book covers, and if so, how has it impacted your sales and conversion rate?

This week we have a great show in store for you! Be sure to check out Bryan’s Author Ad Challenge on April 12th. Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to get your book rights back, what advice NOT to take to succeed, and why to give your book the cover it deserves. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include why everyone is upset with ebook returns, how traditional publishing is out of step with royalties, how not to pay taxes twice, why you can’t buy an ebook in your reading app anymore, and what to consider when hiring a relative as your author assistant. Question of the Week: Have you ever updated your book covers, and if so, how has it impacted your sales and conversion rate? read more

Episode 416 – Award Shows, Alli’s Anniversary, & Sharing the Kickstarter Wealth (with James Blatch)

What’s a tool you think is undervalued that you use everyday with your books and/or marketing?

This week Bryan is joined by James Blatch! Be sure to check out the Self Publishing Show LIVE on June 28th-29th. Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include When you need permission to quote something, Why you can use those 50 reviews, and how Al can write with you. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include Why you might want to avoid some social media, how Vellum can help you make better box sets faster, which indie author got a tv show from one of his oldest books, how Brandon Sanderson gave back to the author community, and how far indies have come. Question of the Week: What’s a tool you think is undervalued that you use everyday with your books and/or marketing? read more

Episode 415- Trad Pub Exodus, Kickstarter Challenge, and Defining Success

How do you know when you’re a successful author?

This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook! All the links will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how a free challenge can help you kickstart your next book, why to start your own community as an author, and how to know which books and genres are selling right now. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how to measure your success as an author, how Sanderson’s Kickstarter is threatening Traditional Publishing, how your print on demand books are actually Made on Demand, why people are quitting traditional publishing, and how you can support Ukrainian authors. Question of the Week: How do you know when you’re a successful author? read more

Episode 414- Vetting Editors, Hashtags, and Sensitivity Readers

What is something you can email to your readers during a world crisis that

This Thursday Bryan has a webinar on Book Marketing Makeovers! Join Claire’s motivational mail series as well as the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook! All the links will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. The winner from our contest is Jay S. Willis! Top Tips of the week include what to expect when hiring an editor, whats the difference between sales and marketing, and why it’s good to have a sensitivity reader. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include what the best hashtags for authors are, how to use BookBub ads on your books, what messages should you be sending during a world crisis, how to advertise your trad pub books on Amazon, and how Booktok is reinvigorating Barnes & Noble? Question of the Week: What is something you can email to your readers during a world crisis that read more

Episode 413 – Mastering Deadlines, Rekindling Creativity, and THAT Kickstarter

What is your opinion on Brandon Sanderson raising 26 million on Kickstarter, and what is a marketing lesson you could learn from his campaign?

This week we have a great show in store for you! Join the Sell More Books Show Afterparty group on Facebook and check out Claires Motivation Series! All the links will be provided in the show notes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcast and answer the Question of the Week in the comment section. Top Tips of the week include how to passively market your book with your backmatter, when and why to brand your books, and how creating every day help you write more. This weeks Honorable Mention is Books On Tape. The 5 News stories that matter most to indies this week include how people feel about Brandon Sanderson killing it on Kickstarter, how creeps are mistreating female authors, how reading a book can help Ukrainian refugees, what to do to start mastering deadlines, and why Amazon is abandoning it’s brick and mortar stores. Question of the Week: What is your opinion on Brandon Sanderson raising 26 million on Kickstarter, and what is a marketing lesson you could learn from his campaign? read more