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The cat is out of the bag, finally we know exactly how many self-published authors make it big: 40.

Yes, that’s not a typo.

40 self-published authors “make money”, all the others, and they number in the hundreds of thousands, don’t. This interesting statistic, recently revealed in a New York Times article, applies to the Kindle Store, but since Amazon is in fact the largest digital publishing platform in the world, it is a safe bet that self-published authors are not doing any better elsewhere.

“Making money” here means selling more than one million e-book copies in the last five years. Yes, 40 authors have managed that, and have even gone on to establishing their own publishing house, like Meredith Wild. Her story is fully reported in the New York Times, here, and well worth pondering over.

That story reveals some further nuggets about the current…

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Book reviews are becoming ever more important these days as more and more people chose their books online. Book bloggers and reviewers can be vital to the success of a book. The power is in your hands to help your favourite authors do well, freeing them to write more of the books you love.

On Amazonfour-star-reviews

Amazon reviews can help a book to become more visible, the more reviews it gets the better the book will get promoted on Amazon.

After 20–25 reviews Amazon includes the author’s books on ‘you might like’ and ‘also bought’ lists.

After 50–70 reviews Amazon puts the book in a more prominent position and may include it in a newsletter.

Help an author, leave a review!

So if you have read and liked a book, please help the author by leaving a review. It only takes minutes but can really make a difference to how…

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Awake Dragon

In my research on developing a kick-ass author platform, as dictated by one of my New Year Goals (), I have been reading about this subject lot. Now, these two articles are not necessarily a “how to” of being an author on social media and developing a platform, but are geared more towards etiquette and how not to annoy everyone in the universe.

Mostly, it struck a cord in me how much I related. I thought I would direct your attention towards them for our shared ruminations – tell me what you think!

Please Shut Up: Why Self-Promotion as an Author Doesn’t Work

And her rebuttal to her own self:

Wait, Keep Talking: Author Self Promotion that Actually Works

I love these articles mostly because of how well they fit into my experiences on social media as of yet. But she’s also making a lot of sense.

What do you think? Have you been…

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Michael Lachman Writes

There are two different paths folks take in writing. Some folks use stand in brands, such as MyFace, while others will use the actual brand names, such as Facebook. I personally prefer when real names are used. There is a problem with this approach, however. Let’s look the the example I used earlier, but say that instead of Facebook, the writer used MySpace. If you’re reading it today, the book instantly feels dated.

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I was actually reading a book that came out fairly recently. The book specifically mentioned Radio Shack a few times. Radio Shack closed all its stores in 2015, and thus the book itself becomes something of an oddity. Despite the fact that it is supposed to take place in contemporary times, the book is stuck taking place during or before 2015.

When mentioning brands and technology/websites, it is important to keep it vague. For example, using MyFace…

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Read Her Like an Open Book

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When I found out my first book had been accepted for publication, I did not have dreams of a bestseller or fame; I mostly experienced relief. While I’d published in magazines and anthologies, suddenly there was a book of my own.

There was the sheer, beginning thrill of finally feeling like an author, and then there was the reality of how other folks, people who are not writers, ask about it.

“So, how many books have you sold?” a typical conversation might start.

It’s a hard question to answer. It’s tempting to tell the truth (south of a thousand), and it’s tempting to dodge, oh, it’s not so much about sales, and it’s also tempting to outright lie and say something about how the publisher handles all that, how you’re not really involved, how you only think about it when you get a royalty check.

I…

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You can do it mate.

Struggling to think of yourself as a bona-fide wordsmith?

Hustling as a solopreneur but doubting your copywriting competence?

Hate writing, think you suck, and wanna outsource the whole thing?

Here’s a solution.

Hire yourself.

Because you are a writer. Really truly cross me paws.

(If you don’t remember becoming one, think back to that girlie sleepover when you looked into the mirror at midnight, said ‘I am a writer’ five times in a breathy, gothic voice and a young Jane Austen crawled out, smoothed her bustle and poured you a tea.)

Why you’re doubting yourself.

You’ve probably heard all these scary statistics about how important your web copy is; how content is the hottest commodity since Kanye’s left elbow.

How you should be blogging to add value, fascinate your audience, inspire and delight them.

How you need to write for the masses, daily. And you better do it well. 

And that’s true.

But ‘doing it well’…

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