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I know this is a longshot, but I was hoping I could get some help here. I have a producer who's interested in narrating my book through ACX, but every time I try to send him an offer, nothing happens. I hit the Preview Offer button, the page comes up totally blank. I've asked for help from the site, but no one has replied. Has anyone else run into the same problem?

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I'm having some bookmarks made by a designer who is also making me matching headers and footers for twitter / website / newsletter as well as matching business cards. The materials she's making all scream the genre I am in and have unique little flairs that are already part of my "brand". I want these to be book agnostic so I can slip them into books I sell at cons / send out with giveaway prizes / etc. Aside from my name / social links / website, what else should I include?

She suggested either a bibliography or a bio. I've gone through some of the bookmarks I've collected over the years from signing events from other authors and most of them have a Professional Review on the back of a book specific one (either from Kirkus or NYT in most cases). I don't have such high profile reviews I can pull from. A bibliography would be outdated quickly. Short bio? A lot of the advice I am finding via google says "make series specific bookmarks" and the advice is only for that. Thoughts / opinions / criticisms etc all welcome. Thank you!

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I've been doing a lot of research on book marketing. I honestly get exhausted when I think about it. I've started a youtube channel and a blog, and making my website was more difficult than people make it out to be. I'm glad I have those things now, but honestly, it's hard to keep up with every week. Don't get me wrong, I know it's what you have to do now a days to sell your book, and there are aspects of it I really enjoy, but when I think of adding on an email list to that, I get really discouraged. I also am working full time. I try to upload one vlog and post one blog at least once a week, but I don't have it posted anywhere that I'm doing it "Every Tuesday and Wednesday," or "Every Monday and Friday," because I don't want to commit to something like that and not follow through. I feel like if I have an email list, I will have no choice but to commit to sending these super well crafted emails on a regular basis, and I just feel like I don't have the time for it. I don't even know what I'd put on there.

Seems like there might be a bit of an opportunity cost issue here. Also, every self published author online is raving about how great email lists work. But when I look on really big name author websites, and even some smaller name, traditionally published author websites, I can't seem to find their email lists. Is there a reason for this that I'm just unaware of?

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Hey. My first novel has just gone live on KDP (it's a steampunk-inspired, middle grade fantasy adventure). Any good tips on what I should do now to promote it? I've read the wiki, set up a blog and got my Amazon author page. But all hints and tips will be gratefully received.

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So I used Canva to design a book cover. Turns out, I only have to pay for 2 licenses (2 of the photos I used were not free, but the rest were labeled as free).

My question is this: If I don't have to pay for the license for the free photos, am I still legally allowed to use it on a book cover? Do I also have to give credit to Canva?

Thank you!

I should clarify, it doesn't even give me the option to purchase a license for the free photos.

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Hello authors, my name is Britt and I'm a talent rep in Los Angeles. if you are looking to drive traffic to your book for sales in any genre and spread its message, I can definitely help. These opportunities could prove to bring or boost sales to your book along with its message. For more info check out my website at www.brittwynn.com and click "The Water Bottle Tour" and read my blog. Just this month a client debuted on FOX and made it to the Steve Harvey daytime talk show. It's in my portfolio feed. Send me a message here or directly from my website and lets talk. Serious inquiries only.

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As self published authors, we need to get reviews to get our books selling and our message read. And getting the first few reviews on our books can be very time consuming and may cost some money.

That’s why I am creating a FREE telegram group of KDP authors willing to give your books 5 star reviews! That way we can all help each other and get those sales rolling in.

If you’re interested in joining the group, let me know.

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In the past two months, I sold 300 copies of my novel and had another 50k page reads (lets say another 100 reads of my one novel). First, that feels great to write. Those numbers exceed my expectation for this early in the game.

I received three reviews in that time. Logic says readers are finishing the novel, shrugging their shoulders, then moving on. On the upside it was 3 5-star reviews. Do you think 3 reviews out of 400 reads/sales is an indicator the novels not that good. I think it's a solid 7.5. I expect every novel after it to be better.

The last week I offered free copies for promise of review and sent out 10 ecopies and 3 print editions. (I had to open new credit card to bill this). I am currently emailing 10 reviewers each day. I located two in the first two days. One has 30 followers and is ready to read. I'm book 44 on the second person's list.

Basically, I'm switching my focus to getting reviews. These are my scenarios and tactics. Some of you get annoyed by my posts, others share their experiences and gain information from mine. I'm posting for group #2 so let me know your thoughts and review to sales numbers (along with any tips).

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Self Published Writers | Reddit by /u/futurecondensed - 2d ago

So I'm releasing a poetry collection this Friday through Createspace and a number of friends and family have requested signed copies. The idea is to sign a bunch with some extra handwritten poetry inside and either hand deliver or ship myself. I wanted to get some insight on from the community here on some of the options I’ve been considering.

Author Copies

The price per unit for author copies are very fair but with the amount of signed copies people are requesting, the shipping costs for author copies are pretty high (I live in Canada). AND as I understand, those sales won't count towards my Amazon ranking.

Amazon

The other idea I had was to temporarily lower the price and buy the requested number of copies through Amazon. This way each sale actually counts and obviously my profit margin is much larger. But does this seem sort of shady?

Thoughts or any other suggestions? Has anyone else ever dealt with signed copies?

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as an indie writer how would you like it if a publishing house from another country wanted to translate and publish your book?

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