BTS057, A Year in Review and Self Publishing Products I Loved in 2023

BTS057, A Year in Review and Self Publishing Products I Loved in 2023

I’m back, again. And yes, it’s been sixteen weeks since I released an episode of the podcast. Between now and November, I took December and January off because it’s a busy time of year and I tend to travel during these periods. In this episode, I look back on 2023 and discuss the highs and lows. On top of this, I share the self-publishing products and writing courses that I recommend and are still using.

BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free eBook Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free eBook Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

In this episode, I discussed whether you should use AI-generated images in book covers, how to work with a book cover designer and the things you need to know before you design your own book cover. But, this episode isn’t just about blog posts; I also discuss my struggles with writing and the epiphany I’ve had, which helped me make progress after chasing my tail for so long.

BTS055, My Experiment with Tempting Readers to Impulse Buy the Second Book in a Series. Did It Work?

BTS055, My Experiment with Tempting Readers to Impulse Buy the Second Book in a Series. Did It Work?

So, I have a confession to make. Actually, I’ve been struggling to sell paid books. Sure, I can give them away for free, but paid is a different problem altogether. I’ve been struggling to sell Duplicity, the second book in my James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery Series. A few days before my forty-second birthday, I decided to embark on a book marketing experiment where I tempt readers to impulse buy the second book in a series.

BTS054, Changes to the KDP Print Pricing, New Categories in KDP, and A Solution to My Series Mistakes | May Author Diary

BTS054, Changes to the KDP Print Pricing, New Categories in KDP, and A Solution to My Series Mistakes | May Author Diary

In the April Behind the Scenes Author Diary, I mentioned that I screwed up my amateur sleuth mystery series; well, a solution might be at hand. So, in this episode, I discuss my plans for my James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery series books three and four and a new shiny object. On top of this, I discuss a few self-publishing updates, including changes to the KDP print pricing, the new KDP categories, and selling direct with WooCommerce.

BTS053, The 100th Podcast Episode: Ask Me Anything on Writing, Revision, Editing, and Self Publishing

BTS053, The 100th Podcast Episode: Ask Me Anything on Writing, Revision, Editing, and Self Publishing

In the spirit of celebrating the 100th episode milestone, I’m going answer the top questions asked by my Blog Readers, YouTube Subscribers, and Podcast Listeners, and questions asked through my Ask A Question form on my website.

BTS052, I Screwed Up My Series and Reaching a New Level of Appreciation for Draft2Digital

BTS052, I Screwed Up My Series and Reaching a New Level of Appreciation for Draft2Digital

At present, I’m struggling to sell book two in my amateur sleuth mystery series, and I’m going into detail about my experiments to get this bookselling and my issues with publishing direct to Barnes and Noble upon the advice of going wide webinar. Let’s just say that I regret leaving Draft 2 Digital. And I discuss how I’ve screwed up my amateur sleuth mystery series.

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