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.

Should You Use AI Generated Images for Book Covers?

Should You Use AI Generated Images for Book Covers?

Since the creation of the various artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT, MidJourney, and the like, people have responded in two ways. The first is “I’ll never use this”, and the second is the excited response by those first adopters who rush into using everything new with a natural curiosity. Should you use AI-Generated Images for book covers? Before you embrace the newfound world of AI-generated images and create your first or next book covers, there is an important thing you need to consider. And that is copyright. It’s a very important topic that you need to consider. So, let’s talk about it.

How to Work With a Book Cover Designer

How to Work With a Book Cover Designer

So, you’ve finished writing your first or next book, and you’re working with an editor. But you’ve realised that you need a book cover. And you’re on a budget, so you’ve started browsing premade book covers but can’t find something that suits your story. This led you to commission a custom book cover, even though it’s a little out of your budget. In this blog post, I will share tips on how to work with a book cover designer so that you can get the best possible cover for your book.

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.

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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