Be free! Own your own ISBNsIf you are an independently published author who wants to self-publish professionally, you absolutely must buy your own ISBNs. This post will show you the many reasons why you should invest in this for your independent author-publisher business. First of all, an ISBN is an International Standard Book Identifier purchased in […]
People seeking to connect with you will be quick to find your social media profiles and eagerly expect new content. This may create a dilemma, however: what should you post? How much content from your book should you share? How much related news? Is it okay to share purely personal updates? Can you share […]
Metadata is your best friend and marketing partner, so craft it carefully! When you’re ready to upload your book for publication you’ll need to provide a few types of metadata in your Bowker ISBN record and for the various print and eBook distributors. Book Description (short and long) Author Bio (short and long) Keywords and […]
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, other BookWorks bloggers have suggested some ideas for obtaining book reviews from readers on Goodreads and Amazon (among others). Because no one likes to be the first one at a party, it’s helpful to have a few reviews right out of the gate. This is why you […]
Your website, MailChimp newsletters and automatic responses, Google Analytics, WordPress website, and GoDaddy web hosting accounts are all interconnected. If you’re like me, you probably hire an expert to help you manage all this. Did you know that you can allow access to others on all these accounts without giving them your username and secret password? Here’s a detailed […]
Why should you care how customers read your ebooks, what devices they use to read them on, what formats and apps, and what retailers they buy or borrow from? You might think these facts are more useful for book industry folks, but in fact there are many insights of use to authors themselves. In March 2015, […]
Robin Cutler with IngramSpark interviews Bowker’s Rebecca Albani on the importance of metadata and the ISBN. This is a great video with wisdom imparted from the source. Do understand this before self-publishing. Every author needs ISBNs from Bowker’s MyIdentifiers.com.
I’ve created audio version of some sections of my books and articles that I think are of particular interest. I hope these audio files help you learn on the go!