Producing An Audiobook With Findaway Voices

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Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of publishing and although many authors choose Amazon’s own ACX.com and Audible as primary channels, indie authors now have other options for self-publishing their audiobooks.

producing an audiobook with findaway voicesIn this article, Julia How from The Witcherley Book Company explains how she used Findaway Voices to produce audiobooks.

Step 1. Decide how to produce audiobooks

We started by trying to record an audiobook ourselves, but despite setting up sound-proofing, using a good quality microphone, pop-guard and recording software, t…

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Does Your Book Have a Billboard on Amazon?

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Authors can leverage ads and Book Detail pages on Amazon to make them work like a “billboard” of sorts. But in order for your Amazon billboards to help sell more books, they must display certain characteristics.

by Rob Eagar

What if I told you that authors can learn a lot about marketing from billboards on the side of the road? For example, whenever you drive down the highway, you see billboards promoting local restaurants and attractions along with national hotel chains, beverage companies, movies, and public service announcements.

If billboards didn’t exist, thousands of people would never know certain products or services were available. Countless businesses rely on billboards to help increase awareness and drive sale…

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12 Key Ways to Make Sure Your Website is Helping You Sell More Books

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Is your website a good book marketing asset for you? When I ask this question at writer’s conferences, often very few hands go up. Most authors aren’t really sure if their website is working or not – and they really aren’t sure if it’s helping them sell more books. And with all of the ways to build a site these days – it’s often hard to know what a website really needs in order to be successful.

In most cases, the main goal of your site is to sell your book, and this is kind of a given for most of us. If you’re selling a service, and your book is your business card, then your website goals will be different. But regardless of whether you’re selling your book, your services, or trying to book more speaking. The key factors in having a successful site are always t…

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How An Editing App Can Increase Writing Productivity

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By BookBaby author Jennifer Xue

Using an editing app can reduce your editing time significantly. You also improve writing productivity when you use an editing tool because you learn as you go along.

A good editing app is more than just a grammar and punctuation checker. It’s also a writing coach that can point out your weaknesses and help you turn them into strengths.

Let’s take a look at how an editing app works and how it can increase your writing productivity.

How does an editing tool work?

Editing tools use algorithms to compare your writing to thousands, or even millions, of articles and books published worldwide. For example, analysis shows that published writing has an average of one transition for every four sentences. Writing that is short on tr…

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Christmas in July: Five Ways to Capture More Holiday Book Sales

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Have you started planning your holiday book sales yet? If you haven’t, you should be. Because Cyber Monday and Black Friday are right around the corner.

While I know we all like to put off thinking about book marketing while the kids are out of school or we’re on vacation, the truth is if you don’t start soon, you could miss out on a lion’s share of book sales.

There’s a reason that Amazon does their big Amazon Prime day in July (It’s today! In case you weren’t aware). And this year, other online retailers are getting into the Christmas in July sales push, many of them are also offering big deals on July 16 because all of the retailers know: if you want to grab big holiday sales, you’d better start early.

Is your book ready for holiday sales? Here&#…

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The Artist’s Journey With Steven Pressfield

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The creative experience is a roller-coaster – and we all experience the highs and lows of the journey over time. You are not alone, wherever you are on the path, even though it might feel like it sometimes.

The artist's journeyIn today’s show, I talk to Steven Pressfield about The Artist’s Journey.

In the introduction, I talk about KDP Print adding Expanded Distribution and Large Print and muse on when the end of Createspace will come. Plus, BookFunnel’s new print giveaway codes which are really useful for live events and conventions. I also talk about what Google Duplex might mean for AI translation …

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Publishing Tips for Indie Authors: How to Get Your Book Into Libraries

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Libraries spent more than you might expect on expanding their collection each year. But how can indie authors rise to the top and grab the attention of librarians? Find out here.

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by Alinka Rutkowska

A survey of public libraries in the United States revealed that $1.22 billion was spent on collection expenditures, with more than 60 percent of that being spent on print materials, including books.

With that much money being spent on books, it’s an opportunity for indie authors to get their…

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10 Things You Should Stop Doing on Social Media … Immediately!

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By BookBaby author Dana Kaye

As an author embarking on social media promotion, it’s imperative that you develop a content strategy plan and avoid doing things online that will repulse — rather than attract — an audience.

Almost every author has been told at some point, “You gotta get online and promote.” But only a small percentage of authors have actually been coached on social media best practices, so hundreds of authors are misusing social media and turning readers off rather than attracting them.

If you are guilty of any of the following social media practices, for the sake of your readership, please stop immediately!
1. Overusing hashtags

A hashtag is not the secret to getting discovered and no one meaningful is going to follow you based on a tweet where 8 o…

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Writing A Series: 7 Continuation Issues To Avoid

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I’m currently writing the 10th book in my ARKANE thriller series, so I am revisiting the little details that make my characters consistent across the books. I have forgotten so much since End of Days!

Here are some of the things to think about for continuation across series. Watch the video below or here on YouTube.

In the video, I go through:

(1) Continuation of character history, physical and personality traits

(2) How much to repeat in case people don’t start with the first book

(3) What I remember vs what I actually wrote

(4) A story in itself but also part of a series

(5) Does the protagonist change within the book or over a series of books?

(6) How to cope with timescale over multiple books

(7) Retrofitting cov…

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Productive Procrastination: 7 Creative Activities to Distract Yourself from Writing

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Procrastination can be a writer’s worst enemy. But here, Jenna Blum rethinks her approach to self-distraction and shares seven creative ways writers can productively procrastinate.

By Jenna Blum

Procrastination: as endemic to and dreaded by writers as writers’ block. Before writing this piece, for instance, I did laundry, took out the recycling, refilled the dog’s water dish, and made a cappuccino with perfect foam.

This ain’t my first procrastination rodeo.

Over my three decades’ procrastination, I’ve probably wasted more time lambasting myself for procrastinating than I do procrastinating. With my latest novel, The Lost Family, when I caught myself lamenting the familiar holding pattern of doing anything but writi…

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