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Do You Love Your Publisher: Author Survey Results

Last month, author Harry Bingham and I launched an author survey to explore the experiences and current leanings of traditionally published authors in the
Robert Kroese

5 On: Robert Kroese

Robert Kroese reveals the process that allows him to write up to three books per year, and how authors can increase their sales potential.
Amazon book description

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Description & Metadata

Learn how to improve the description of your book, and improve its metadata, when using Amazon KDP.
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My 5 Philosophies of Social Media

If you need a place to start, then focus on talking about or posting about others you admire.
Collaboration

How 7 Literary Authors Collaborated to Launch a Box Set

A group of literary authors have launched a limited edition box set of novels. How did they make the collaboration work?
Publishing With a Small Press: Straddling the Indie-Traditional Gap

Publishing With a Small Press: Straddling the Indie-Traditional Gap

Working with a small press is an option many authors never consider. It’s the shadowy middle ground between self-pub and a Big Five contract.
Brian Felsen

5 On: Brian Felsen

BookBaby founder Brian Felsen discusses the push against the gatekeeper and the prevailing belief that not being on top is synonymous with being a "loser."
What Authors Can Learn From Startups

What Authors Can Learn From Startups

You can find marketing inspiration in what others have done, but also know that the less advertised “strategies” might actually be the ones worth pursuing.
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Book Marketing Must Center (Mostly) on the Author: Q&A with Scott Berkun

Full-time author and speaker Scott Berkun discusses his book marketing experiences as both a traditionally published author and self-published author.
Kathleen Rodgers

5 On: Kathleen M. Rodgers

Author Kathleen M. Rodgers discusses her approach to writing and reading, her self-promotion philosophy, and why she won't self-publish.
Free books

The Strategic Use of Book Giveaways and How They Can Increase Earnings Potential

Giving away your work isn't a problem if you've developed a strategy around it, and know how to turn new readers into fans.
Victoria Zackheim

5 On: Victoria Zackheim

Author and editor Victoria Zackheim discusses (among other things) the art of marketing when published by a press with a limited budget and the keys to successful personal essays.
Long Term Change in US Fiction - Nielsen 2014

How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace: Digital Book World, Day 3

Nielsen offers specific figures on how ebook sales have affected print sales in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile categories.
Author Hangout with Jane Friedman

Platform Building for Authors [30-Minute Video Interview]

In a 30-minute video interview, I discuss the basics of author platform.
Author Biz podcast

Building Your Business As An Author [Interview]

I was delighted to be a guest on Stephen Campbell's podcast, The Author Biz.
Facebook for Authors

Facebook for Authors: Getting Started Guide

This 101 guide describes best practices for authors using Facebook for book marketing, with tips on when you should set up a fan page.
Wattpad

Finding More Readers Through Wattpad

Note from Jane: Today's guest post is by Anne Pfeffer (@AnnePfeffer1), an author of several YA and new adult novels. As
7 Reasons Twitter Isn’t Building Your Author Platform (And How to Fix It)

7 Reasons Twitter Isn’t Building Your Author Platform (And How to Fix It)

Note from Jane: Today's guest post is by Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy). Almost as soon as authors were told they should
What Should Authors Blog About?

What Should Authors Blog About?

The chain of events goes something like this: An author's book nears its publication date (or perhaps the author is attempting
Scratch Q4 2014: Self-Help

On Self-Promotion, Selling Out, and Burn Out

The Fall 2014 issue of Scratch is now available. Inside, you'll find a feature interview with New York Times bestselling author Austin
NoiseTrade Books

How to Use NoiseTrade Books as a Strategic Marketing Tool

Note from Jane: I am very grateful to Ed Cyzewski (@edcyzewski) for today's guest post, where he shares valuable insights
The Art of Marketing Conference

7 Things I Learned from the World’s Best Marketers

Today's guest post is by author Tiana Warner (@tianawarner). The Art of Marketing conference in Vancouver was a full day
Writing on the Ether: When the Wise Women Get Here

Writing on the Ether: When the Wise Women Get Here

Table of Contents They Three Queens of Orient Were Hope and Fear #1: Visibility Hope and Fear #2: Literary Fiction
book publicity

My Advice on Hiring and Working With a Publicist

A publicist often helps secure mainstream media coverage, but they also have tremendous value outside of that. Here's how to effectively work with one.
Best Business Advice for Writers: September 2013

Best Business Advice for Writers: September 2013

Best Business Advice for Writers (Sept 2013): a monthly link round-up where I share the best online articles focused on the business of writing and publishing.
5 Reasons to Use a Facebook Profile (Not a Page) to Build Platform

5 Reasons to Use a Facebook Profile (Not a Page) to Build Platform

A Facebook Profile is often a better option than a fan Page for building author platform. It’s simpler and easier to get your content in front of people, takes less time to manage, and will build a tribe or platform faster, especially if you don’t plan to run ads.
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Business Is Personal: 5 Common Networking Mistakes

Business is personal. In the long-run game, anyone who treats business as though it is not personal is going to end up stepping on toes and leaving a trail of poor impressions.
Best Business Advice for Writers: August 2013

Best Business Advice for Writers: August 2013

Best Business Advice for Writers is a monthly link round-up where I share the best online articles focused on the business of writing and publishing.
Writer Unboxed

Does Social Media Really Sell Books?

There's no end to the conflicting advice about social media and book marketing. In this post, I present a framework for what's effective and what's not.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: When Bad Things (Seem To) Happen on Good Sites

In Writing on the Ether at JaneFriedman.com, Porter Anderson looks at allegations of bullying in the book-recommendations community in a larger context.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Are You Marketing to Your “Adjacent Fans”?

Table of Contents Looking for the "Comp"-etitive Edge Marketing: Not Just for Companies Anymore Wait. Who Wrote That? Looking for
Audience Development for Writers: Your Life-Long Career Investment

Audience Development for Writers: Your Life-Long Career Investment

In this talk from the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop, I explain the process of growing my readership since 2008, then share a few key principles I follow to make it an enjoyable and sustainable process.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Time for Literary Fiction To Come Out of the Cloisters?

In Writing on the Ether at Jane Friedman.com, Porter Anderson looks on the comparative dynamics of literary fiction in the marketplace, amid discussions of Twitter's effectiveness for authors.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Should Authors Stop Linking to Amazon To Support Bookstores?

Table of Contents Should Authors Stop Linking to Amazon? Timing, and Interdependence Chewing Each Other's Legs Off Mr. Smith Goes
3 Reasons Why a Facebook Page Can't Replace an Author Website

3 Reasons Why a Facebook Page Can’t Replace an Author Website

Regardless of when or why you use Facebook, never consider it a replacement for an author website you own and control. Here's why.
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WRITING ON THE ETHER: Writers in the Inferno

How many authors do you know who seem more renowned among their peers than readers—not because these "thriving ink-slingers" (Michael Deacon) are writing books only other authors could love, but because their output seems to focus on these redundant how-to's designed to crib a few more bucks from fellow would-be renowned authors?
Red Hot Internet Publicity by Penny Sansevieri

3 Ways to Improve Your Website Design

Today's guest post is adapted from Red Hot Internet Publicity by Penny Sansevieri. Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas there’s
Improve Your Author Website

3 Ways to Improve Your Author Website Today

To maximize the effectiveness of your author website, it's necessary to study the data behind how people find your website, navigate it, and use it. Here are three of the most important areas to watch carefully.
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Sell More Fiction by Activating the Power of Book Clubs

Today's guest post is by Rob Eagar, author of Sell Your Book Like Wildfire. Book clubs and discussion groups—where millions
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Do Publishers Need to Offer More Value to Authors?

Last month, I gave a 15-minute presentation in Berlin, Germany, called The Future of the Author-Publisher Relationship, as part of
Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte

How One Introverted Author Successfully Markets His Work

The following Q&A is with author Bob Tarte. Bob lives in Michigan with parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, rabbits, doves, cats, hens,
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Hustling: How to Spread the Word About Your Work

The following advice is excerpted from The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love,
Facebook strategy

Facebook Strategy for Authors: In-Depth Discussion

If you're like most authors I know, you've wondered about how to best use Facebook. Should you stick to your
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5 Principles for Using Facebook

It's difficult to give advice about Facebook because it keeps changing—in structure, functionality, and effectiveness. For instance, I used to
Avery Monsen & Jory John

What Is an Author’s Marketing Responsibility With a Traditional Publisher?

It is a pleasure to share this interview with two authors who are also marketing geniuses, Avery Monsen (@averymonsen) and
Ken Brosky

How to Get Media Coverage for Your Book

Today's guest post is by Ken Brosky. I asked him to share his experience because many authors have made the
Goodreads

2 Ways to Make the Most of Goodreads

I really admire the folks at Goodreads, not just for their site, but also for the data they share with
How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

How Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

Author Brad Swift asks the following: I have a number of fiction and nonfiction books now available through Amazon as
Jane Knows

When to Modify Your Name Due to SEO Concerns

I received the following question from Jan O'Hara: I have a dilemma to sort out about author names. These are the