Episode 100 – Samhain, Advertorials, and Data Guy

Question of the Week: Do you think the Bookseller stepped over the line of journalism with their Author Solutions interview or can they publish whatever they want?

We’ve hit triple digits! Bryan and Jim celebrated how they always do: by tackling the top news and tips of the week. After thanking their patron Jeff Adams (and his Hat Trick Series http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00YVWBRYQ/ ) they chatted Facebook, a killer editing combo, and a time-tested promotional strategy. News stories included scamming the bestseller list, Kobo’s POD service, what financially successful authors have in common, the closure of Samhain Publishing, the Bookseller/Author Solutions controversy, and DBW’s interview with Data Guy. This week’s Question of the Week: Do you think the Bookseller stepped over the line of journalism with their Author Solutions interview or can they publish whatever they want?

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Episode 99 – Keywords, Expert Reviews, and Writing to Market (Featuring Chris Fox)

Question of the Week: Which opinion do you trust more when you buy books: experts or friends/Amazon strangers and why?

Chris Fox, the author of Write to Market, visited the show this week for our latest lab segment. Jim and Bryan thanked their patron Kathy Coakley and her book Dad’s Girls ( http://www.kathycoatney.com/dads-girls/ ) before launching into their final double-digit show (#99!). The trio of tips included pointers on burnout, book file sizes, and social media image sizes. The top five news focused on the Amazon recommendation algorithm, Facebook ads, expert reviews, keywords, and Scribd’s latest scale back. This week’s Question of the Week: Which opinion do you trust more when you buy books: experts or friends/Amazon strangers and why?

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Episode 98 – Nielsen, Harry Potter, and Going Wide

Question of the Week: Do you believe Authors Earnings numbers? Do you think they need additional verification? Why or why not?

Jim and Bryan announced their upcoming Live show in Austin on March 29th and a surprise milestone as they approached the big 100 in the show’s 98th episode. After re-featuring Geoff North and his book Thawed: Cryers ( http://bit.ly/thawcry ), the Laurel and Hardy lookalikes tackled tips on group promotions, honing your blurbs, and defining your target audience. News stories touched on the latest Harry Potter book, going wide, the CreateSpace book ban, the case for Amazon Books, and the Author Earnings firestorm. This week’s Question of the Week: Do you believe Authors Earnings numbers? Do you think they need additional verification? Why or why not?

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Episode 97 – Also-Boughts, Business Plans, and Kindle Unlimited 2.0

Question of the Week: Did your page numbers go down on Kindle Unlimited? If so, how far did they drop and how does that make you feel?

Stellar and bittersweet news alike greeted Jim and Bryan this week as they tackled the latest and greatest in the self-publishing world. First, Bryan announced free mailing list training on Thursday at Noon EST with Nick Stephenson (sign up here http://bit.ly/nickbryweb ). After thanking their latest patron M.A. Robbins (and the book The Tilt http://bit.ly/thetilt ), your illustrious hosts discussed tips on also-boughts, social media overwhelm, and audiobooks. News stories included what it means to be a self-publishing success, BookBub’s 98 book marketing ideas, Amazon Books’ call for curators, business plans for authors, Kindle Unlimited’s KENPC 2.0, and Author Earnings’ two-year report. This week’s Question of the Week: Did your page numbers go down on Kindle Unlimited? If so, how far did they drop and how does that make you feel?

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Episode 96 – Raw Links, Wish Lists, and the Long Tail

Question of the Week: What’s the number one thing Amazon could change to improve your life as an author?

Bryan returned to a jam-packed show about long-term sales, wishful thinking, and keeping your reviews. After discussing Bryan’s limited-edition mailing list mastermind ( available at http://www.thousandsofreaders.com ), the self-publishing pair thanked their latest patron (L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone – http://lpenelope.com/books/song-of-blood-and-stone/ ) and discussed tips on systematization, raw links, and conquering Kobo. The news stories included Audible’s new direction, the 50 Shades of Gray legal case, Fakespot, an Amazon wish list, and Long Tail sales. This week’s Question of the Week, “What’s the number one thing Amazon could change to improve your life as an author?”

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Episode 95 – Editing, Shelfari, and Pinching Pennies

Question of the Week: Do you have experience with either peer groups or a professional editor? If so, what are the pros and cons of each?

Alida Winternheimer dropped by the show today to fill in for Bryan as she and Jim took on the top tips and news of the week. After giving props to this week’s featured patron, P.G. Kassel and his book Black Shadow Moon ( http://www.pgkassel.com ), they took a stab at tips related to editing, finances, and marketing methods worth modeling. The subjects of the news stories included Shelfari, today’s marketing trends, finding your voice, Amazon’s new two-tier quality control system, and Hugh Howey’s advice on how to be a writer.

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Episode 94 – Echo, BookFunnel, and D&D

Question of the Week: Have book promotion sites become less effective for you? If so, how do you plan to use them in your future marketing?

Using their +1 charm podcast mics, Jim and Bryan took on the latest in self-publishing news and tips. After giving props to their latest patrons, Spider McGee and his book Monkey Justice ( http://bit.ly/secretjim ) and John Keller’s How to Drive Your Next Car Deal ( http://bit.ly/drivedacar ), the dual dynasty covered tips on front matter, effective content, and BookFunnel. The Top 5 News included stories on international ebook-reading, a new feature for Amazon’s Echo device, Wizards of the Coast’s D&D self-publishing platform, the effectiveness of book promotion sites, and the parallel paths of trad and indie publishing. This week’s Question of the Week is “Have book promotion sites become less effective for you? If so, how do you plan to use them in your future marketing?”

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Episode 93 – BookBub vs. Facebook, Pottermore, and Author Solutions

Question of the Week: Why do you think Penguin sold Author Solutions? Will the Author Solutions’ new owner expand or retract the company’s reach and why?

The lab segment has returned! J. Thorn dropped by the show to compare his recent results between a successful Facebook ad campaign and a BookBub for his box set. Check out the infographic on our website! After giving props to their latest patron Anthony A. Kerr and his book The Dragon Rustler ( http://bit.ly/dragrust ), Jim and Bryan took on tips about book preview embedding, outsourcing, and idea generation. The Top 5 News included stories on more Amazon title culling, the “secret sauce” of marketing, Pottermore’s big change, reactive editorial selections, and the sale of Author Solutions. This Week’s Question of the Week: “Why do you think Penguin sold Author Solutions? Will the Author Solutions’ new owner expand or retract the company’s reach and why?” Sell More Books Show

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Episode 92 – Consignment, Resolutions, and 2016 Predictions

Question of the Week: What are your predictions for 2016? If your predictions come true, how will your author business change throughout the year?

It’s our best show of the year (so far)! After Jim responded to a counterpoint about his standby Amazon competition argument, and Bryan drew a winner for the book description giveaway, the astute authorpreneurs chatted KDP ads, BookBub’s new feature, and an audiobook ad trick. They also re-featured patron Crissy Moss and her book Witch’s Sacrifice ( http://bit.ly/witchsac ). News stories this week included how the publishing industry really works, the Authors Guild’s call for contract changes, Joe Konrath’s 2016 resolutions, the importance of used book stores, and several pundit predictions for 2016. This week’s Question of the Week: What are your predictions for 2016? If your predictions come true, how will your author business change throughout the year?

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Episode 91 – 2015: The Year in Review

Question of the Week: What do you think was the biggest news story of 2015? How did it make a major impact on indie publishing?

A new year is upon us as Jim and Bryan creep closer to the show century mark! After Bryan announced his temporary course opening ( https://www.sellingforauthors.com/lastchance ) and Jim announced his AMC Lifetime Membership contest winner, they went on with the show. Michael La Ronn and his YouTube channel Author Level Up is the latest show patron (check it out at http://www.authorlevelup.com ) and the dazzling duo is giving him and all the other patrons some awesome new bonuses! With hankies in hand, Bryan and Jim discussed memories of 2015 and some of their favorite tips, including author branding, virtual assistants, and paid advertising. The trends of the year included trading places, cracking down, indie statistics, the KU-pocalypse, and multiple major indie success stories. This week’s Question of the Week (the final one of 2015!) is: What do you think was the biggest news story of 2015? How did it make a major impact on indie publishing?

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