Profiting Outside Amazon: Guest Post From Sarah Woodbury

The first wave of self-publishers who signed up to KDP Select have either come to the end of their 90-day exclusivity period or that day is fast approaching, and many are wondering whether to re-enroll in the program or to begin uploading to the other retailers. At the beginning of January, when many writers were wrestling with whether to enroll in the program or not, I featured a number of guest posts from those who had seen success with KDP Select. A number of commenters suggested I feature someone who hadn’t done well out of the program, but I wasn’t so sure that would make an interesting read. If you want that kind of information, this thread on Kindle Boards Read More…

Using "Free" On Standalone Books – Guest Post by Indie Author Hollister Ann Grant

I think we all know at this stage that “free” can be a powerful promotional tool. Usually, when writers go through the somewhat convoluted process of making a book free on Amazon, the aim is to introduce a new pool of readers to their work who might otherwise never hear of it. Often, it’s the first in a series, and the hope is that out of the thousands that download it for nothing, a reasonable percentage will (a) actually read the book and, (b) enjoy it enough to pay for the rest of the author’s work. Some of the most successful self-publishers out there have employed this strategy – with fantastic results – so its effectiveness is not under question. Read More…

Using “Free” On Standalone Books – Guest Post by Indie Author Hollister Ann Grant

I think we all know at this stage that “free” can be a powerful promotional tool. Usually, when writers go through the somewhat convoluted process of making a book free on Amazon, the aim is to introduce a new pool of readers to their work who might otherwise never hear of it. Often, it’s the first in a series, and the hope is that out of the thousands that download it for nothing, a reasonable percentage will (a) actually read the book and, (b) enjoy it enough to pay for the rest of the author’s work. Some of the most successful self-publishers out there have employed this strategy – with fantastic results – so its effectiveness is not under question. Read More…

"Free" Really Can Make You Money – A Dialogue With Moses Siregar III

There is a lot of talk at the moment about free books, whether they cannibalize your sales or those of other authors, and whether all content will be free in the future. I’ve always argued that “free” can drive up your sales, but it really needs to be part of an overall strategy. In July, fantasy author Moses Siregar III wrote a fascinating guest post on a radical approach he was taking with “free”. He also promised to come back after his novel was out to tell us all if it worked or not. We spoke at the end of August over the course of a couple of days. Dave: Hi Moses. The last time we spoke, you were about a week Read More…

Guest Post by Moses Siregar III: Using “Free” to Generate Pre-Release Buzz

One of the criticisms that self-publishers face is that they rush their work out. Sometimes it’s bad covers, or poor editing, but sometimes the book just wasn’t ready to be published. Today’s guest poster, Moses Siregar III, understands the importance of making sure your book is the best you can possibly make it before you sent it out into the world. Rather than be frustrated by seeing other indie writers dive in and rack up sales, Moses never rushed his work, instead taking the time to assiduously build his platform in a number of interesting ways, all building up towards the release of his novel at the start of August. He has agreed to do a before-and-after guest post, so Read More…