Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • September 25, 2017
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Self-publishing is always discussed in terms of the United States. But what about worldwide?
Many countries besides the United States, particularly countries where English is not the top preference language for publication, have their own set of rules and systems in place for what works to get a book published. What works there and how to affect the market is a different set of rules. How can self-publishers adjust their marketing and publishing techniques to get their books noticed in other countries?
Global Fears and Solutions
This week seemed to be a global focus week. Is there a books market outside of the UK and the USA and assorted countries that speak English? Why Yes. How do we know? Because Amazon thinks so.
Smashwords introduced Global Pricing. Now you can tweak each countries book price. They have made some changes to their dashboard too.
The Guardian printed an interesting article by Y.A. author Meg Rosoff on the point of Fairy Tales. This is a rebuttal to Richard Dawkins and the government and the push to only make education fact based. This has seen a decline in the funding of the arts in tertiary education and beyond. Do we really need fairytales?
Anne R Allen has been writing up a storm on her blog with two great posts recently. Do podcasts sell books? There are some great publishing focused podcasts out there and I try to listen to one most days. It makes me feel productive when I’m taking a screen break. Also professional development also… If you haven’t dipped in to one yet, you are missing out!*
In The Craft Section,
In The Marketing Section,
This week in an online writers group the discussion turn to Authors selling Merch. I had a sudden vision of an author selling table filled with knick knacks. Somewhere in amongst the jumble of author branded merch on the table was the lone book that inspired it all. (Rather like our big brand bookstore….) Then one author said take a look at this… and we all said OOOOH. A whole different level of Merch for authors…
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.