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Being an indie author has been the right path for me.
Is it right for you?
If you like "creative control" over your projects (the nice way of saying you're a control freak, ha!), and you want to make 70% for all of your hard work, you'll definitely want to explore this publishing option.
Watch this video below for an overview + perks of what it means to be an indie author in today's dynamic online environment.
In the long-run, you will most likely want three formats for your books: ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks.
Perhaps you already know that and have it on your never-ending To-Do list. Some authors prefer hardback versions, too.
In this video, I share with you the reasons WHY each of these 3 formats matter for your author platform, revenue channels, and professional expansion.
I hope this helps you prioritize and stay focused on what you are creating for the long-term.
One of the hardest aspects of writing a book and putting yourself out there is being on the receiving end of bad reviews. It can rock you or feel like a stab to the heart - but it is part of our world as authors and creators so we have to get stronger with these opinions and the feedback.
Every week, influential indie author Mark Dawson shares excellent advice for authors and writers looking to grow their career.
In this week's Self Publishing Formula podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with James, Mark's cohost, about 5 types of bad reviews and what to do about them, including:
- Differentiating between a bad opinion and someone who has valuable feedback
- The five different types of negative reviews
- Tips for dealing with each type of review
- Understanding your rights as an author and when to contest a review
- The importance of self-management when dealing with bad reviews
- Relying on the author community and friends we trust for objective opinions
Are you ready to move from being a writer to a published author?
My new online course gives you everything you need to get your book on Amazon.
Through video tutorials, I guide you through the full process of publishing on the Kindle platform.
Get access to the exact formatting guidelines to follow, how to upload your final manuscript, what you need to research in advance, and every necessary step so you can finally click "publish" and make your dreams of being an author a reality.
Publishing one book is a big deal. Publishing MULTIPLE books is a game-changer.
As you continue to publish more books, you will most likely start to see your income improve every month. I saw a reliable rise income in my bank account after I had four published titles. Two of my titles were on Kindle Select and two titles were "wide", which means they were available across multiple book sales platforms (Barnes N' Noble, KOBO, Apple, etc.)
An important factor you need to take into consideration for publishing multiple books includes your genre. There is a big difference between fiction and non-fiction titles, for example.
I hope this video helps with your expectations, long-term planning, and staying motivated to keep writing more content.
Two years ago, I felt inspired to create a special book that highlighted powerful stories from amazing women that was BIGGER than any one of us. My intention was to combine impactful stories into a book that would benefit even MORE people by donating all book royalties to a non-profit.
24 awesome women came together to realize this intention. Women for Women International was our non-profit of choice.
In 2017, we released our book, Modern Heroine Soul Stories, out into the world and garnered great reviews. We were deemed a "Hot New Release" on Amazon and word of mouth helped us connect with more readers.
And then just this week, we had an exciting achievement.
Our book became an International Bestseller in Spiritual Healing!
Modern Heroine Soul Stories is at the top of the charts in Canada and Australia right now, and at an exciting #2 in the UK - WOW!
The excitement expands even more through the increase in our donation amounts to Women for Women International....