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Artificial intelligence seems to be all anyone talks about these days whether a proponent or a detractor. While I’m not the biggest fan of the hypebeasts in our business who place unrealistic expectations on generative AI, I’m certainly not in the opposition.
Generative AI can play a massive role in cutting down work time as an indie author, so you can focus on the aspects you like most in your business.
Indie authors have to wear dozens of hats in this business—writer, editor, marketer, promoter, copywriter, networker, graphic designer, the list goes on. The less earnings you get from your books, the less you have to invest in your business, therefore, the more roles you assume. It can be overwhelming as it is, but add to it the time managing all those roles, it’s nearly insurmountable for even the savviest authors.
I’m not implying you should have AI write your next book. Nor am I saying that you’ll become an overnight millionaire using AI. What I am saying is AI can help you where you need it most, so you can invest your time in the aspects you love about being an author.
Let’s look at 10 ways artificial intelligence can 10x your publishing business.
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#1 Rewriting & Grammar Correction
Authors have tons of grammar correction tools at their disposal, the options are nearly endless. The issue with most grammar checking tools is that they’re a one-trick pony. Don’t get me wrong, I like tools like ProWritingAid or Grammarly, they certainly serve their purpose, but they’re simply limited to grammar checking.
With AI, you can easily proof your content and rewrite any sticky or awkward sentences. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand when I’m editing a long manuscript, only to get stuck on one sentence. Sometimes, trying to correct or rewrite one sentence is like pulling the thread on a sweater–once you pull, the sweater falls apart.
#2 Brainstorming Ideas
Do you ever get writer’s block? Or have you ever had issues thinking about what to write next for your author brand?
Tap into AI for brainstorming and spit-balling ideas that grease your creative wheels and get you putting pen to paper.
#3 Analyzing Competitor Reviews
Reviews are a powerful tool, not just for the author to refine their work, but for other authors within a given niche. When I’m researching a niche or gathering data before writing my next book, I want to see what readers thought about a popular author’s book–the good AND the bad.
Knowing the good helps me identify what resonates most with readers, that way I lean into it. Wanna please a crowd? Give them what they want.
Conversely, knowing what they didn’t get right helps you identify gaps in the market, positioning your book in a stronger position than the rest of the books in your niche.
#4 Summarizing Content
Do you ever watch a YouTube video on 2x speed? Come on, admit it. Are you using 2x speed right now? Or, when you read a blog post, are you skimming the content? Then save yourself the time and hassle by having AI summarize the content for you.
#5 Generate Book Ideas
Unlike brainstorming, generating book ideas with AI gets a bit more specific based on the types of books you write and your audience’s expectations. But, let’s get more granular on what we’re looking for and what should align with our personal brand.
#6 Creating Landing Page Copy
Direct sales seems to be the talk of the town in the indie author community lately and for good reason. With self-publishing companies terminating accounts on a whim or chipping away at your profit margins, direct sales is a foregone conclusion for authors looking to seek independence.
With that independence comes a strong responsibility to better market your books with the right ad copy. Rather than copy and paste the same book description across all your content, you can create compelling ad copy that entices more buyers and sells more books.
#7 Blog Series Generator
Every author should have a website, essentially a hub for all things related to their brand. In the event an author is de-platformed, they have a backup plan–a way for readers to connect with their favorite author. Also, a website is great for building organic traffic to your author name and books.
Add fuel to that fire through blogging and you’ve got yourself a recipe for increased discoverability. But, what do you write about if you already did all the writing you care to do? And, what’s going to keep readers tuning into your content?
Enter a blog series: a sequence of web logs that tied together cohesively that leaves readers wanting to come back for more or binge your content all at once.
#8 SEO Keywords
Remember in the last example how I had you generate a series of blog posts? Well, let’s pour even more gas on the fire by organically weaving in search engine-optimized keywords. Saying the right keywords will draw in more search traffic, therefore increasing your websites likelihood of discoverability.
Rather than guessing your way through the right keywords or using Google’s autosuggest feature, why not have AI do all the heavy lifting for you? Skip all the guess work and you can forget having to spend time comparing one keyword over the other with Google Trends. Just have AI provide you with the best keywords for SEO.
#9 Social Media Campaigns
Every author hears time and again how having a social media presence helps with exposure and getting more readers. However, where do you start? And, what do you say? Quite a bit of your creative energy should be reserved for penning your next epic masterpiece, not toiling over the next social media post.
Have AI figure out what you should say that demonstrates value and builds trust with your audience while promoting your latest book.
#10 Book Descriptions
The greatest barrier of entry to selling more books comes down to two critical factors–your book cover and book description. I recommend leaving cover design to the professionals, though generative AI can help with creating first drafts or ideas to hand to a pro. However, writing a book description requires so much more detail and nuances. Sure, you could hire out, but why not do it yourself.
Check out how AI helped me write some killer book descriptions when you read my previous post here.
Or watch the video below.