Monday Must-Reads [10.16.17]

My Plan for Finally Becoming a Six-Figure Author

My Plan for Finally Becoming a Six-Figure Author

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on something new with my YA fiction.

But what’s really exciting is that, for the first time ever, I’m going into this writing project with some specific business goals and an entirely new mindset.

If you’re in the same boat as me, where you’ve been in this indie publishing game for a few months or a year, and you’re still not seeing the sales that you want, then stick around because you’ll definitely find this helpful.

Monday Must-Reads [10.09.17]

6 Proven Methods for Selling More Books & Reaching More Readers

6 Proven Methods for Selling More Books & Reaching More Readers

By now you know that you’re not going to start selling books by ignoring the marketing side of your author business, or worse, trying to sell on social media.

I’ve published eight books across two complete YA contemporary romance series. The first book in each series has reached #1 in its main category, Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance, several times. One book got as high as #136 on the overall free chart and the other peaked at #176.

It’s important to know that these were books mostly written for love, not for market. They’ve never been crazy bestsellers, but they’ve also come a long way from selling one to two copies a month.

If you’d like to do the same and sell more books as well as reach more readers, try these six strategies for yourself!

Monday Must-Reads [10.02.17]

What Social Media is Actually For (Most Authors Get This Wrong!)

What Social Media is Actually For (Most Authors Get This Wrong!)

A fellow indie author asked recently on Facebook what works for engaging readers in marketing and social media, and I realized that this is something that a lot of authors don’t get quite right.

Too many authors want to focus on social media and growing their following there rather than focusing on the activities that will truly move their author businesses forward.

Like writing the next book or running a limited time sale with stacked newsletters.

I’ve written and published 8 books across two different YA contemporary romance series since 2014, so I’ve learned a thing or two about this marketing thing since then.

One of the biggest marketing lessons that I’ve learned as an indie author is this one: social media is not for selling books or finding new readers.

Monday Must-Reads [09.25.17]

5 Tips to Keep Writing When the World is Full of Devastation and Heartbreak

5 Tips to Keep Writing When the World is Full of Devastation and Heartbreak

Today, I want to talk about something a little bit different.

How do you keep writing when the world is full of so much devastation and loss? 

It’s something that’s been weighing on my mind the past few days with the earthquake in Mexico City and the hurricanes in our part of the world, and so today, I just want to offer some advice on how to keep going when you feel so emotionally weighed down by the news. 

Monday Must-Reads [09.18.17]

HOW I STAYED SANE DURING THE HURRICANE (AND 5 DAYS OF NO SCHOOL)

HOW I STAYED SANE DURING THE HURRICANE (AND 5 DAYS OF NO SCHOOL)

My family spent the entire week dealing with Hurricane Irma. It wasn’t nearly as bad here in northeast Georgia where we live as in Florida, but there were tons of fallen trees and many, many families without power for days. 

Were you or your loved ones in the path of the hurricane? Let us know in the comments if you were able to stay safe and dry!

As for us, school and work were pretty much cancelled on Monday and Tuesday so all of us were home. We lost power Monday evening for 3 hours and then again all night, but we were some of the lucky ones. Several of our family members lost power for two whole days or longer. 

School has been cancelled every day this week with many road closures due to fallen trees and power lines and tons of people still without power and/or water. 

We hunkered down, though, and were pretty much fine. My biggest hurdle was trying to stay focused on work during the storm.