Grow Your Character to Write a Book That Makes a Difference

Anyone can write a book; just string a bunch of words together, and you’re done. Go on Amazon, and you’ll find thousands of books that will never make a difference. Most of those were written either to satisfy the author’s ego or in a sad attempt to make money. What those authors lack is character.…

How to Design a Cover That Sells More Books

The following is a guest post by Debbie O’Byrne, JETLAUNCH’s premier cover designer. Self-publishing is growing rapidly, and indie authors find themselves competing with, and often out-selling, traditionally published authors. Traditional publishers are finding themselves trying to reinvent the industry to keep up with this massive wave of successful self-published authors. With that in mind,…

Interview with Dan Norris – The 7 Day Startup Genius

Sometime last year I was listening to a podcast that featured Dan Norris. I had never heard of him before. The focus of the podcast was Dan’s successful company, WP Curve, but he also mentioned his book, The 7 Day Startup. Being an entrepreneur and fascinated with the whole lean process, I bought the book immediately and…

Financial Success for Fiction Authors

There are many ways for a fiction author to “make it.” The following is method of research, testing, and analysis one way to get started and build financial success as a fiction author. Step 1: Research The basis of this approach is to make the business decision to write to an active market. Two examples…

The Purpose of Your Book Distribution Network

Building your book distribution network will require some effort on your part. If you plan your end game in advance, you will be ahead of most people and have the advantage. Your short-term end game, of course, is to sell books, and some people think that is their only goal. But there are larger goals…

How to Build a Mailing List That Actually Buys Your Books

The most important piece of your book distribution network is a mailing list of people who will actually buy your books. Anyone can build a mailing list, and it’s not that hard once you apply yourself to the task. But how do you find people who will actually buy your book? Start With Your Current…

Beyond Kindle—Build Your Own Distribution Network

I had a good conversation with a friend of mine about this issue of Amazon vs the rest of the publishing world. He has some very good arguments for why KDP Select is not a good thing and how its purpose is actually to kill the competition. He’s probably right. What I realized, however, is…

Write a Book to Generate More Leads

Do you want to generate more leads for your business? Write a book! There are many important reasons why you should write a book, but today I want to focus on one of the most lucrative reasons: writing a book will generate more leads for your business.  Most people think that book sales are your…

Go From Self-Published to Traditionally Published

I often get asked if it’s possible to from self-published to traditionally published. Many people have the misconception that once you self-publish, traditional publishers won’t touch you. This is not true. What traditional publishers want Traditional publishers are interested in one thing: selling books. If you write good books that sell, they’ll be interested in…

How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book?

The cost of self-publishing a book is often less than what you think. Beware of self-publishing companies whose prices are either very high or very low. In this article, you’ll learn what the ideal price range is and why. You’ll also learn how to earn back all of your self-publishing costs. There is a large…