So, another year draws to a close.
What did you achieve in 2016? What did you learn?
If you want to take the gems of wisdom from around the web from 2016 (and you definitely should!), and put them to good use heading into the New Year, then look no further.
In this post you’ll discover our picks of the cream of the crop for self-publishing and book marketing content from 2016.
We hope you find something useful which you can take massive action on in 2017. Here’s to your success!
Our Favorite Content Of 2016
Coming top of the list is the epic Derek Murphy with his awesome Creative Indie site. If you don’t know Derek, consider this your introduction to one of the most helpful guys in the game. Derek offers so much value in terms of both free resources, such as book cover templates, and also information, such as this awesome checklist which will help you ensure you don’t overlook anything during your book launch.
“Run Amazon ads to get the book to show up near bestsellers and start populating your also boughts.” – Derek Murphy
Running in at a close second is the awesome Kindlepreneur with yet another awesome, value packed resource for self-publishers. Finding effective ways to market your book is one of the hardest aspects of achieving success on Amazon. There are a lot of mixed opinions about book promotion sites and whether using this type of site is worth it or not. Like most things, book promotion sites come in the good and the bad variety. This epic table of book promotion sites will help you find a good match for your work.
“Each one of the ebook promotion sites will have their own set of requirements in order to be accepted. So, to help you out, I did the research on each one and wrote a quick bit about their stipulations and what that website is all about.” – Dave Chesson
If you want to achieve success in publishing, you could do a lot worse than to look to the legendary Joanna Penn for advice and inspiration. She’s one of those epic humans who have achieved success with both fiction and nonfiction. Her site is super well designed and a pleasure to browse. In this post, Joanna breaks down perhaps the most ‘sink or swim’ factor for your book – its cover! Literally everyone judges a book by its cover. To avoid making yours a hindrance rather than a help, check out this solid advice.
“A well-designed, genre-targeted cover will attract readers and boost your sales. A poorly designed cover that confuses the reader can ruin sales of even the best book.” – Joanna Penn
Jane Friedman is someone who has walked the walk within the publishing world and is ready to share her ideas and experience with you. If you need proof of her credibility, then look no further than her experience at the Writer’s Digest, among many other luminary achievements. In this post, Jane shares her best publishing and marketing checklists. If you’re organized, these will definitely appeal to you. If you’re not, you probably need them even more!
“When embarking on a process that is new or unfamiliar, often you don’t know what you don’t know. A checklist, at the very least, will help you recognize what you don’t know, so that many months later, you’re not beating yourself up for complete ignorance.” – Jane Friedman
Jeff Goins is a really helpful, talented individual. Unlike a lot of writers, he also has a beautiful website which you’ll want to spend time on. One of my favorite things about Jeff is the fact that he is equally capable of delving deep into the philosophy of writing as he is of delivering straightforward, actionable advice. Heading into 2017, why not check out these awesome writer resolutions?
“Of course, resolutions aren’t what make a year new. They’re a formality. The real trick is not setting the goal but having the resolve to do it. Once you start moving in a direction, you don’t have just a plan or a goal. You have a habit.” – Jeff Goins