Curated Content

There are many fantastic content creators in self-publishing. Many of them are my friends and I make it my business to promote those people and their content.

I was doing this via social media, but much of it was falling flat and not getting much engagement mostly due to the frequency of my posts. In other words, I was posting A LOT.

Rather than creating posts on social media that have a short lifespan and get lost in the shuffle, I’ve decided to curate this content here on my site.

So, in addition to my News page, this page will be here as a resource of what’s going on in the community.

If you see a piece of content you love or you want to read later, be sure to bookmark it, as I will purge old links periodically.

People I Recommend

The list below includes some of my favorite creators:

Latest Curated Content

August 5, 2022

How to Get an ISBN for a Book: Do you need one?

International ISBN service link: https://www.isbn-international.org/agencies Bowker Myldentifiers link: myidentifiers.com Every time you go to publish a physical book you will need to have a unique ISBN for it. So, in this video we are going to cover what an ISBN is, why you need one, and how to buy an ISBN of a book. 

How Often Should I Publish A Book?

how often should i publish a book You’ve probably heard that one of the best ways to sell more books is to write more books or publish more books. But the question arises, how often should I publish a book? #keithwheelerbooks #bookpublishing #selfpublishing 

Matty Dalrymple on Out of the Box Ideas for Attracting Subscribers

“I wanted to get new subscribers and I also wanted to clear my library out a little bit, so I started this project called Matty’s Book Rehoming Project.” Matty Dalrymple in #144 of The Indy Author Podcast REACHING THE RIGHT READERS THROUGH EMAIL https://bit.ly/TIAP144 #authorpreneur 

TwitterChat: Amazon A+ Content

On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Amazon A+ Content which is Amazon’s new book description tool. The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center.

John Gaspard on Writing While Walking

“I found that the best time for me to get ideas was to take a long walk. Not a walk with the dogs or a walk with music, but just a walk where I don’t have to do anything else.” John Gaspard in #145 of The Indy Author Podcast SPEECH TO TEXT AND BACK AGAIN https://bit.ly/TIAP145 Full list of episodes at https://bit.ly/TIA_Podcast Did you find this information useful? 

Boost book sales with more powerful and intriguing book descriptions

Affiliate Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Associate links, which means if you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a couple of pennies (at no extra charge to you). What self-published author (including this one) doesn’t want to write more powerful and intriguing book descriptions? 

Self-publishing News: OverDrive’s Sora delivers 100 million downloads to school libraries in 4 years

100 million school library downloads in 4 years don’t appear in many official figures and Spotify’s $100m+ price for Findaway. The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center.

7 Questions to Reboot a Nonfiction Book You’ve Been Writing Forever

Photo by IA SB on Unsplash Today’s post is by author Jennifer Louden ( @jenlouden ). As a writing coach, most of my clients come to me after months, years or even decades of trying to write a book on their own and floundering. I get it. I’ve written nine books and every single time I start a new one, I come down with book amnesia.

Bookbinding: From Print-On-Demand To Leather-Bound Original

One of my goals for 2022 is to be “more digital and more physical.” Even as I explore the future of creativity through AI-generated art, writing with GPT-3, and special edition NFTs, I also expand my physical print products by selling special edition print books through my Shopify store , speaking at in-person events, and writing a memoir about my solo pilgrimage walks. 

Kelsey Johnson on Why Not to Use Your Personal Email Account #2

“There are societal norms (and) if I’m sending a promotional email about something that I’m trying to sell, or even just an email that’s generic and that’s meant for lots of people, I want to send it using an official email service provider, because it just makes it more professional.”

Speech to Text and Back Again with John Gaspard – #145

I talk with John Gaspard about SPEECH TO TEXT AND BACK AGAIN. We discuss writing while walking (and how you’ll never get your best ideas on a treadmill); tips for easing the process; expectations of the content you’ll produce; opportunities for repurposing content; and the indy ability to experiment. Do any of those topics pique your interest? 

KWL – 297 – The Business of Romance Writing with Nana Malone

#297 – The Business of Writing Romance with Nana Malone In this episode, we are joined by Nana Malone, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, feel-good romance novels and creator of the #BrownNippleChallenge.

New Free Book Formatting Template Tool

If you want to take a word document, and format it for a print book, there are a LOT of steps you’d need to take. Not to mention, there are some advanced things that would need to have been done in order to set it up to look even better. So in this video I will show you exactly what software you should use when formatting your Word document for print. 

Lessons Learned From 3 Years As A Full-Time Author with Sacha Black

What do you need to consider if you want to go full time as an author entrepreneur? What challenges might you face in your first few years? Sacha Black shared her lessons learned from 3 years full-time. 

Blockchain For Copyright And Intellectual Property With Roanie Levy

How will blockchain technology change the way creatives register copyright, as well as monetize their work? Roanie Levy explains how blockchain can solve the attribution problem, and how smart contracts will allow new business models with ownership of digital assets in web 3. 

Kelsey Johnson on Why Not to Use Your Personal Email Account #1

“One of my reasons that I would say not to do that is you end up doing a lot of manual work that’s unnecessary. Having an email service provider just makes life so, so much easier for you.” Kelsey Johnson of @AWeberin #144 of The Indy Author Podcast REACHING THE RIGHT READERS THROUGH EMAIL https://bit.ly/TIAP144 #authorpreneur Getting value from the podcast? Consider becoming a patron! 

Your Questions Answered: Illustrated Children’s Books

Children’s publishing can sometimes be an enigma. Your customers aren’t your readers and your readers aren’t your customers. A nuance reserved mostly for children’s books alone. So how do you successfully publish them? 

Kelsey Johnson on The Easy Rule for Staying Out of the Spam Folder

“There’s no trick to not being spammy except just not being spammy. If you’ve got a couple of relevant links and everyone’s liking them and clicking on them and not shooting you to the spam folder, then I think you’re fine.” https://youtu.be/xuHdPsFdJ8k Kelsey Johnson of @AWeber in #144 of The Indy Author Podcast REACHING THE RIGHT READERS THROUGH EMAIL https://bit.ly/TIAP144 #authorpreneur 

Kelsey Johnson on Don’t Be Embarrassed to Sell Your Book

“It shouldn’t be something that you’re embarrassed to say that you want to sell the book. That is what you are doing as a business. That’s how you can afford to spend the time to do it.” Kelsey Johnson of @AWeber in #144 of The Indy Author Podcast REACHING THE RIGHT READERS THROUGH EMAIL https://bit.ly/TIAP144 #authorpreneur Getting value from this content? 

Kelsey Johnson on Writing Emails in the Style of Your Books

“I recommend playing around with your newsletter in the style that you actually write in. Your audience loves your writing, that’s why they signed up for your list, and so you’re giving them what they want.” Kelsey Johnson of @AWeber in #144 of The Indy Author Podcast REACHING THE RIGHT READERS THROUGH EMAIL https://bit.ly/TIAP144 #authorpreneur 

July 29, 2022

Kelsey Johnson on The Dangers of Relying on Social Media

“Facebook and Instagram are incentivized to send fewer of your messages to the people who follow your pages, because what they want you to do is buy advertisements in order to reach more of those people.” Kelsey Johnson of @AWeber in #144 of The Indy Author Podcast REACHING THE RIGHT READERS THROUGH EMAIL https://bit.ly/TIAP144 #authorpreneur 

Story Structure: 11 Narrative Structure Tools to Build Your Plot

Story Structure is an important part of your narrative, but what is it and how can you use it to make your novel better? The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

TwitterChat: How do you get started writing a book?

On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about How do you get started writing a book? The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center.

Kelsey Johnson on Thinking of Yourself as a Business Owner

“This is something that I think a lot of creators don’t think about, but what you really need to start thinking about is yourself as a business owner, and this is really building out your skill set as a marketer of your own product. And the better that you do that, the more success you’ll have, and the more time you have to actually create wonderful stories and get them out to your fans.” 

Reaching the Right Readers through Email with Kelsey Johnson – #144

Kelsey Johnson of AWeber talks about REACHING THE RIGHT READERS THROUGH EMAIL. She discusses out of the box ideas for attracting subscribers; writing emails in the style of your books; not being embarrassed to sell your book; the easy rule for staying out of the spam folder; reasons not to use your personal email account; and setting a professional tone from the start. 

How do I order copies of my book from Amazon? | Amazon KDP Author Copies | Self-Publishing on KDP

Today’s video will be short and sweet. I’ll be reviewing how to order author copies of your book from Amazon KDP. As an author you have a few options: 1. Order your book from Amazon.com and pay full retail price 2. Order proof copies at cost, but they have the “proof” band on them 3. Order author copies that you can use for marketing, giveaways, or book fairs. 

First Person Point of View: Definition and Examples

First person POV is widely used in fiction and certain types of nonfiction. It’s characterized by the use of first person pronouns. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Second Person Point of View: Definition and Examples

Second person POV is one you come across every day — but usually not in fiction. It is more common in nonfiction. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Third Person Limited Point of View: Definition and Examples

Third person limited point of view is one of the most common points of view in all of fiction. Writers use it all the time. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Third Person Omniscient Point of View: Definition and Examples

Third person omniscient point of view is a godlike viewpoint that gives the writer a lot of freedom within the story. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Fourth Person Point of View: Definition and Examples

Fourth person point of view is not a well-recognized perspective. And there are good reasons for this, which we’ll discuss in this article. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Alexa Bigwarfe on Keeping an Open Mind in Marketing

“You have to know that the way you process something or think about something is not the way other people do it. We come into everything with our own biases. So know how your *reader* thinks.” Alexa Bigwarfe in #143 of The Indy Author Podcast GETTING INTO THE MIND OF YOUR AUDIENCE https://bit.ly/TIAP143 Getting value from the podcast? Consider becoming a patron! https://bit.ly/TIA_Podcast

The Ultimate Guide to Book Translations for Indie Authors

When you first start writing, translations might not be your first thought. Just get the book written. Worry about your native language first. Then figure out translations if you’re successful. As indie authors, translations have traditionally been illusive and difficult to access. But as technology and the industry open up, that’s changing. 

Writing A Bestseller With A.G. Riddle

How can you lean into your strengths as a writer to find the genre — and the business model — that suits you best? A.G. Riddle talks about his writing process, his publishing choices, and how he’s planning to pivot into the next phase of his career. In the intro, I talk about my experience at Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing festival this week.

How to Grow Your Author Platform | Tips and Tricks

Join our author workgroup meeting with special guests Krystal Wallick and Sarah Kathryn Frey talking about social media and a cool hack to stand out, tricks to grow your author platform and much much more! #bookmarketing #authortube #selfpublishing Thanks for watching the video [ How to Grow Your Author Platform ] This one hack Krystal shows was a complete game-changer! 

Alexa Bigwarfe on The Holistic View of Marketing

“There are a lot of things that people don’t even consider when they’re thinking about their marketing, the big picture of all the things that you’re doing. Have you found people to leave reviews? Reviews are a tremendous piece of your marketing.” Alexa Bigwarfe in #143 of The Indy Author Podcast GETTING INTO THE MIND OF YOUR AUDIENCE https://bit.ly/TIAP143 Getting value from this content? 

What it feels like to get your author proof copy | Unboxing | Self-Publishing Made Simple

Samantha Pillay shares what it feels like to get your author proof copy with an unboxing of her new picture book: When I’m an Astronaut. #books #authortube #selfpublishing Thanks for watching the video [IWhat it feels like to get your author proof copy | Self-Publishing Made Simple ] You can find more information about Samantha Pillay on her web site at: https://www.samanthapillay.com

Alexa Bigwarfe on Social Media is About Being Social

“It boils down to social media is about being social. People want to build relationships with you.” Alexa Bigwarfe in #143 of The Indy Author Podcast GETTING INTO THE MIND OF YOUR AUDIENCE https://bit.ly/TIAP143 Have you found value from the podcast and said, “I wish I could buy Matty a cup of coffee”? You can do that! https://bit.ly/MattyCoffee

July 22, 2022

Tutorial: How To Use Publisher Rocket To Research Categories And Keywords

If you self-publish on Amazon, you need to add categories and keywords onto your book. The choice can make a difference in how easily readers can find your book. You can also use keywords for Amazon ads. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I use Publisher Rocket . You can watch the tutorial below or here on YouTube. 

TwitterChat: Is an Editor always right?

On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Is an Editor always right? The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center .

Good Scenes Require Specifics

Photo by Brands&People on Unsplash Today’s post is the second in a three-part series by Sharon Oard Warner , adapted from her book Writing the Novella . Read part one here . “You can’t write a novel all at once, any more than you can swallow a whale in one gulp. You do have to break it up into smaller chunks. But those smaller chunks aren’t good old familiar short stories. 

Don’t Put Up With This! | Story Time

Today’s video is a lot different than my normal videos. In today’s non-scripted video, I share a recent story a viewer shared with me. If this happens to you…Don’t Put Up With This! You should know that you deserve better. The take away from this video is that you have more control over your business than you may think. The big platforms our there aren’t always right. #keithwheelerbooks

Self-publishing News: TikTokers Continue to Promote Ebook Returns Scam

TikTok trend encouraging readers to return ebooks for a full refund resurfaces, while new Netflix move shows adverts no longer toxic. The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center.

The Secret Side Careers of Successful Authors

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash Today’s post is by SaaS copywriter Alexander Lewis ( @alexander-j-lewis ). Open by Andre Agassi is one of my favorite books I’ve read in the past few years. Agassi’s tennis memoir details his long emotional road from training as a child under the strict guidance of his father to his hardest-won achievements as a world-renowned tennis icon. 

How to Capitalize Titles: Rules and Guidelines

Not all words in a title are capitalized, but how do you know which words to capitalize and which ones not? Find out in this guide. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Update or Republish a Book: When to do which

Republish vs Update a Book Article: https://kindlepreneur.com/republish-vs-update/ Does Amazon Give Preferential Treatment to New Books Video: https://youtu.be/a-q1PVNj_V4 Did you know that you have the ability to update an already published book on Amazon? When it comes to updating or republishing a book on Amazon there are a few pros and cons that you will need to be aware of. 

TwitterChat: Is Word of Mouth actually a thing?

On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Is Word of Mouth actually a thing? The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center.

Do Amazon Ads Work for Self-Published Books? Hiring an Amazon Ads Manager w/ Reedsy | $700 Ad Spend

Today I am sharing my exact experience with advertising my self-published books with Amazon Ads. Let’s start off with why? Why wasn’t I doing this before? Why now? -Something has to give. My time to work on my author business exactly coincides with when my daughter is napping. And as she gets bigger, that time gets shorter.

How to Build an Amazing “About the Author” Page

There’s more than just writing an “About the Author” page, you’ve got to format it too. Learn how in this article. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

How to Format Dialogue: The Ultimate Guide for Authors

If you want to be a professional writer and present your stories to readers cleanly, you’ve got to learn how to format dialogue correctly. Here’s how. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

The Truth about Low Content Books in 2022

Today, we’re going to talk about . I’m going to share with you 5 truths about no content and low content book publishing. So, if you’ve been considering starting to self-publish low content books or maybe you’re thinking about stopping your publishing of no content books, don’t make any final decisions until you check out this video.

Is Calibre Safe to Download? Is There a Better Alternative?

Calibre is a common ebook conversion software, but is it safe to use? And is there a better alternative to create EPUB books? The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Boost Your Backlist: How to Make the Most of Every Title

Backlist is a term thrown about by both self-publishing authors and traditional publishers. While your new books—your front list—are often the highest earning for short periods of time. But it’s usually your backlist that brings in the consistent cash over time. How do you make the most of those books? What should you be doing to capitalize on them and what tactics work the best? 

How to Write Your Books 95% Faster (Even if you have a busy schedule)

As part of the AuthorTube Writer Conference 2022, Denis Caron and Mairead Beeson from Weekend Publisher will guide you to all the best resources online to help you write faster and better books.

Self-Publish, Traditional and Hybrid, Oh My!

In this live seminar for the Authortube Writing Conference 2022, we’ll be discussing the pros and cons of Self-Publishing, Traditional Publishing and Hybrid Publishing. By the end of the presentation, we hope you’ll have all the information you need to better decide which publishing path you’ll take for your next book. AWC Website: https://www.authortubewritingconference.com

How to Write a Novel Without an Outline

It’s the #1 question I get. This is the ultimate guide to pantsing, writing into the dark, and writing a novel without an outline. Get my book, The Pocket Guide to Pantsing: https://www.authorlevelup.com/pantsing Like this content? Join the Author Level Up Fan Club to get your FREE Writing Craft Playbook so you can write like the top 1% of authors: http://www.authorlevelup.com/fanclub 

July 8, 2022

Asa Maria Bradley on Bringing Joy to Promotion

Collaboration has “really reinvigorated my joy for writing. And I don’t know that I’ve ever had joy for promotion, but there is more happiness in my promotion than there’s been before.” Asa Maria Bradley in #141 of The Indy Author Podcast THE VALUE OF COLLABORATION https://bit.ly/TIAP141 Are you enjoying these excerpts from the interview? Check out my YouTube playlist https://bit.ly/2MinutesOfIndy

TwitterChat: Does every book need a story?

On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Does every book need a story? The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center.

Does Amazon Give Preferential Treatment to New Books?

Learn how we conducted the experiment and pulled the data to show you this information: https://kindlepreneur.com/does-amazon-give-preferential-treatment-to-new-books/ Watch Choosing your 7 Kindle Keywords Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLcunTRlG4 That is the question us as authors have been wondering for many years. 

The Author Heir Handbook FULL Audiobook

Enjoy the full audiobook, free from the author. TIMESTAMPS 0:23 Introduction 6:00 First Order of Business 11:32 You’ve Inherited a Small Business 21:14 A Quick Introduction to Copyright 28:22 A Quick Introduction to Publishing 38:22 Securing the Estate 38:50 Devices 47:45 Taking an Inventory of All the Author’s Works 58:48 Usernames and Passwords 1:13:03 Email Accounts 1:17:41 

Asa Maria Bradley on Being an Active Member of the Author Community

“Those kind of hallway conversations, or the conversation in the bar where an amazing opportunity just happened to be mentioned and all of a sudden you’re part of something great, That is now happening in other places, but those places are on social media or in Zoom calls.” Asa Maria Bradley in #141 of The Indy Author Podcast THE VALUE OF COLLABORATION Getting value from this content? 

Self-publishing News: Wattpad Launches new Creator Fund Paying Writers up to $25,000

In this week’s Self-Publishing News Special, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway looks at Wattpad’s new creator fund which will pay writers up to $25,000. This month’s Self-publishing News Podcast is just out. You can listen here. Howard and I take… The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center.

7 Questions to Design a Better Arc of Change for Your Protagonist

“Sunset Beach Eclipse May 20th 2012” by jimnista is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Today’s post is by book coach, editor and platform expert Heather Davis ( @HLeeDavisWriter ). Beginning authors don’t often appreciate the critical importance of a fully formed character arc, nor do they understand the key steps to create a satisfying one. The good news? This problem is totally fixable. 

List of Book Genres: 36+ Popular Genres for Writing

Not sure what genre fits your book? Take a look through these broad overview categories and find the right niche for you. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

KWL Craft of Writing Series: Reading for Writing, Part One

In this series (within a series), we’ll look at the ways reading can benefit your writing. First, we’ll talk about a writer (and reader’s) intuition. It may seem obvious – yes, of course reading can help improve your writing; you unconsciously (or perhaps tacitly) absorb the rhythm and flow of another’s writing as you read it. 

July 1, 2022

TwitterChat: How important are reviews for a book?

On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about How important are reviews for a book? The post appeared first on Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center .

Best-Selling Author Helping to Break Gender Stereotypes | Girl Power

Best-Selling Author, Samantha Pillay is helping to smash the glass ceiling and breaking gender stereotypes with her call to “Dream Big, Aim High!” in her Inspirational Careers for Kids. Gender stereotypes are formed at an early age so Samantha Pillay wanted to help break down gender stereotypes by teaching girls that they can do anything they put their mind to. 

What are book plates? How to set up book plates? How to offer autographed copies of books to readers

Today I am going to go over bookplates and how this can be an option to get autographed copies of your book to readers. So for a while, I have maintained an inventory of my own books and sold them on my PayHip storefront to readers. This has been the only way people have been able to get autographed copies of my books for the past two and a half years. 

The Mobi File is Dead: Amazon’s File format for eBooks

Watch How to Send an ePub to a Kindle: https://youtu.be/CKg0xt0ZbsA Over the past few years Amazon has been trying to remove the Mobi file format when uploading. So, this leaves authors and book readers with a big question: What does this mean, and why is Amazon doing it. In this video we are going to discuss what removing Mobi from Amazon means for authors. 

Make More Money As An Author

Make more money as an author…Does that sound pretty good? Hey write-righters, Keith Wheeler here back with another video for you. In previous videos we’ve talked about how to sell more books and while our goal is obviously to get more books sold, the main way we can do this is by getting more visibility as creators. 

Get better book launch results by taking these 9 steps while you’re writing

Raise your hand if you waited until you hit “publish” on Amazon to start thinking about how to get the book launch results that author dreams are made of. If you’re a traditionally published author, you might not have thought about it at all. You expected your publisher to do whatever was needed to make sure readers discovered your book. No need for you to get involved. (Whoops.) 

Top 8 Best Scrivener Alternatives for Writers

Scrivener is a common writing tool, but is it the best? We’ve got a list of viable alternatives + one you might want to really consider. The post appeared first on Kindlepreneur.

Surveying Self-Publishing: Facts about Indie Author Income in 2022

Publishing is a fast-paced and ever-changing industry and so we at the Alliance of Independent Authors thought it might be useful to many writing-based organizations to offer both a brief update on the importance of self-publishing today and on how organizations can ensure they are including high quality indie authors in their work, for mutual benefit. 

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Keith A Pearson: He Wrote His First Book on a Bar Bet, Then Readers Wanted More

My ALLi author guest this episode is Keith A Pearson, who grew up in economically disadvantaged conditions in England, left school when he was sixteen, and developed a work ethic as he advanced in his career. That work ethic came in handy when he transitioned to full-time author. It was a very unlikely new career choice for Keith, who did not exactly surround himself with the literati. 

Spotify Rewrites Audiobook Sales Rules, Buys AI Narration Tool: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy

Today on Self-Publishing News: Spotify rewrites the rules on audiobook sales by ditching the subscription model and going à la carte. Also, Spotify buys an AI narration tool, but is artificial intelligence really ready to take over from human narrators?

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