Monday Must-Reads [12.10.18]

Monday Must-Reads [12.03.18]


Today I give you a video tutorial explaining just how Scrivener works along with sharing some of the best and most helpful features a lot of writers don't know about.

Scrivener is a powerhouse, but you don't need to know how to use all of it to see how it can transform your writing process!

Don't let this awesome program intimidate you. Level up your book-writing process from Microsoft Word and Google Docs with this video!

PLAN WITH ME (INDIE AUTHOR) | November 28, 2018

Find out how I'm getting myself back on track to finish 2018 strong after an incredibly crazy month of getting sick, my kids getting sick, going to the 20bookto50k conference, being with my sister as she had a baby, getting sick again, and hosting Thanksgiving! Phew!

After a month of not writing or setting any kind of goals, I'm diving back in with this plan with me.

Monday Must-Reads [11.26.18]

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Productivity Tips

Get More Done As A Writer || BEST SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE TIP #5 - YouTube

Ksenia Anske/Blog/Your life ends by the minute

It’s Not Just About Making Time: How Can You Find the Energy to Write? | Aliventures

How to Simplify the Holidays : zen habits

The Biggest Reason You Procrastinate & How To Overcome It - SHELLI JOHNSON

Ksenia Anske/Blog/Boredom precedes creativity

Keeping Track of Everything in Scrivener with Metadata | Writers In The Storm

Business Musings: Positive, Pleasing, and Optimistic – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

One by one, the urgent goes away | Seth's Blog

How to Monotask Your Way to Writing Productivity • Reedsy

Writing Tips & Inspiration

How To Write A Novel: Plot Gardening With Chris Fox | The Creative Penn

Inspiring Writing Quotes from Famous Authors for Thanksgiving

Writing the Small Town Setting – Elizabeth Spann Craig

Ksenia Anske/Blog/Write something stunning

Story Logic: The Crucial Importance of Because, But, Therefore | Writers In The Storm

Author Platform & Book Marketing Tips

How to Maximize the Exposure of Your Videos: A Strategic Plan : Social Media Examiner

#238: Success Secrets to Serving the Smallest Viable Market with Seth Godin - Amy Porterfield | Online Marketing Expert

How an Author Doubled First-in-Series Sales Using BookBub Ads

Facebook Video: The Guide Marketers Are Looking For

Publishing News & Tips

Joy Is The Most Important Element of Success || BEST SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE Tip #8 - YouTube

Self-Publishing Success Takes Time || BEST SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE TIP #4 - YouTube

LLC or S-Corp? Choosing the Right Business Structure with Bobby Klinck - Amy Porterfield | Online Marketing Expert

Blockchain for Books: What Indie Authors Need to Know | The Creative Penn

Driving a New Path: PublishDrive’s Subscription Option - The Book Designer

Monday (uh, Tuesday) Must-Reads [11.13.18]

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Productivity Tips

Ksenia Anske/Blog/Imagine yourself dead often

Train Your Mind Using the Puppy Method : zen habits

Why Is Writing So Difficult? Here Are 3 Reasons Why

How to Use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo — Guest: Gwen Hernandez | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Confessions of a Slow Writer: Why it's okay to fail NaNoWriMo

Adapting Writing Routines – Elizabeth Spann Craig

Sailing into the End of the Year | Writers In The Storm

How Writers can Breakthrough Being Stuck | Writers In The Storm

The magic of diner booths

Ksenia Anske/Blog/Take a day to do things twice as slow

4 Foolproof Methods to Become a Prolific and Successful Writer | Writers In The Storm

Writer Productivity: Who Needs a Magic Wand? — Guest: Pascale Kavanagh | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Challenge: Create an Iron Will with Consistent Daily Meditation : zen habits

A note from 2030 | Seth's Blog

Writing Tips & Inspiration

4 Tips to Overcome Creative Burnout | Writers In The Storm

Why Do You Write? – Chris Fox Writes

Context, Text, and Subtext: What They Are and How They Help Storytelling ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

Fiction University: 6 Questions to Help You Gut Check Your Story Structure

Fitting in a New Project – Elizabeth Spann Craig

$100 Giveaway and Writing Great Heroes – JA Huss

$100 Giveaway and Writing Great Hooks – JA Huss

Ksenia Anske/Blog/It doesn’t get easier, you just get better at it

Ksenia Anske/Blog/Allow the story to come to you, not the other way around

Delivering Scares in Cozies and Other Genres – Elizabeth Spann Craig

The 4 Levels of Transformation - Michael Hauge's Story Mastery

Writing Tips: Mastering The 3 Stages Of Manuscript Editing | The Creative Penn

Having Fun Advice

Inciting Incident: Definition, Mythbusting, and Examples • Reedsy

Fiction University: Shh! It's a Secret: How to Raise Tension and Conflict in a Scene

Ksenia Anske/Blog/Collect paychecks or connect hearts?

Author Platform & Book Marketing Tips

Fiction University: Simple Steps to an Author Auto-Responder

3 More Things You Should Do on Goodreads – Elizabeth Spann Craig

How to Use Swag to Support Your Book Marketing | Jane Friedman

7 Surprising Perks of Recommending Books on BookBub

The Ultimate Guide to Promoting a Book Launch [Free Download]

Facebook Ads Performance: the 10 Things to Check To Boost your Results (Forever)

7 Reasons Your Facebook Ads Do Not Convert : Social Media Examiner

7 Ways To Market Books For Children | David Gaughran

Publishing News & Tips

5 Tips For Successful Publishing And Book Marketing. Lessons Learned From The Independent Author Conference. | The Creative Penn

Book Cover Design Tips with Stuart Bache | The Creative Penn

Why Authors Should Think Long Term || BEST SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE TIP #3 - YouTube

One Of The Toughest Truths About Self-Publishing || BEST SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE TIP #2 - YouTube

Why Comparison Kills Your Joy As A Writer || BEST SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE TIP #1 - YouTube

So You've Gotten Your Rights Back – Elizabeth Spann Craig

Business Musings: Getting To The Stories You Love – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

KDP Books Unavailable To International Readers | David Gaughran

Ksenia Anske/Blog/How coachable are you?

Crisis Management For Authors | The Creative Penn

Publishing Trends: Tropes Readers Adore Across 15 Fiction Genres

Amazon and the Also Bought Apocalypse | David Gaughran

Ksenia Anske/Blog/College education is dead

How To Sell More Books on Kobo with Camille Mofidi | The Creative Penn

Why I’m Going All In with Amazon KDP Select/Kindle Unlimited (Should You?)

In October, along with un-publishing my entire backlist, I also went all in with Amazon KDP Select/Kindle Unlimited.

October ended up being my best month ever just due to doing that and telling my email list.

I couldn’t believe how much I started making right away. Double or more what my daily sales had gone down to after launching in August.

Even with a Bookbub, my sales at the wide retailers were never amazing, and then they fell right back to where they were before the Featured Deal. I was bringing in $200 or so every month total on wide retailers, but it just doesn’t compare to being in KU and getting those page reads.

Now I see why the vast majority of the top indie authors in my genre are in KU. Our readers are essentially voracious romance readers, even if it is YA. They like KU.

So these top authors are killing it in KU and most importantly, staying sticky. That was my biggest challenge before. I could pull off a big and successful launch, but then my book inevitably sank.

I don't like the thought of putting all my eggs in one basket, especially with some of the horror stories you hear, but I thought: hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Being wide is hard. If your genre generally does well in KU, it’s even harder. It’s hard to figure out how to promote or get visible on the other sites when they don’t have the same charts and algos that Amazon does.

it is possible (I can think of one author in my genre who is absolutely killing it with Apple), but right now it's easier for me in this season of life to just go into KU and get the huge added visibility and promo you get with being exclusive.

I also have plans to do a big monthly promo to keep my books up in the charts along with releases every 2 months. Maybe alternating the two. But I need to build up my backlist again. :)

I still don’t love the idea of being exclusive with Amazon. So I’m hoping for the best (and working for it) plus planning for the worst. I’m paying off my business credit card and also setting aside money each month into savings in case something big and bad happens to me or a ton of people.

I think we all know it’s not a perfect program, but here we go.

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How do you decide if you should be in KU?

Here are some things to consider.

  • Are the top indie authors in your genre in Select or wide?

  • What are they doing?

There’s something to be said for zigging when everyone else is zagging,  but you also don’t want to reinvent the wheel especially when you have limited time and energy if you’re like me and are a mom or have a full time job still.

You can be successful wide, but it usually takes more time making ads, having a huge backlist, asking for promos there, etc.

KU has so much marketing built in, like the popularity list and the boosted rank, not to mention the page reads income (which can be a big chunk of money).

But so much depends on your genre, what’s working there right now, your values, and how much work you’re willing to put in.

Either way, set aside money in case something happens to you or everyone. Be ready to pivot (PIVOT! Lol), and have a mailing list, so if the worst does happen, you can let your readers what’s going on and where to find you.

Got any questions? Want to see me cover a specific topic? Let me know in the comments!

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