Amazon just announced a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, which allows users who pay $9.99 per month unlimited access to a number of Kindle titles. As an author, you need to understand how this new service works, whether or not your books are included, and how much it pays authors.
When I talk with authors (or anyone for that matter) who are just getting into social media as a way to build their online platform, their knee jerk reaction is to run away from Twitter. Many say it's too overwhelming, they don't understand it, it's too difficult to grow their followers, and so on.
Truth be told, I felt the same way for quite some time. But then I fell for Twitter...hard. It has been a key component for growing our business, connecting us with our ideal clients, and has been WAY more effective than Facebook. Dare I say it - I love Twitter.
When we don't understand how something works, it can be intimidating. So if Twitter is something you've been putting off, or if you need to breathe new life into your feed, I'd like to give you some insider tips into getting the most out of your Twitter account.
Patience is not something we come by naturally. Just the other day we had to explain to our five year old son why he had to wait for this irritating thing called a "commercial" before America's Funniest Home Videos came back on. We live in an instant gratification world where we can get what we want at the click of a button or the swipe of a screen.
Over the years, I've had discussions with hundreds of authors, musicians, and other creatives who seem to have a dangerous common thread that runs through them: the need to compare. This is totally normal and something we're never going to stop doing, but I have a question for you...
I'm a sucker for a good treasure hunt. You're handed a clue and you have to figure out where the prize is - good times had by all. For kids (and, ahem, adults), treasure hunts can be a blast! But as an author or creative searching for an audience, it can feel more like a torture hunt.
If you're just starting off building your audience or if you're stuck in a rut trying to grow your readership, you don't need to grasp at straws trying to find an audience. It's not just about growing your numbers - it's about finding the right people who want to read your books and connect with you.
And I have the magic clue for you - it's called Keywords.