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Why You Need an Author Profile – And Where to Post It

One of my hugely informative author profiles. Don’t do this.

Author profiles are an essential part of book marketing and promotion. An author profile is a mini-biography. It tells something about the author that will interest the reader, includes a headshot, and links to the author’s books. Depending on where you post your profile, you can also include a link to your website or blog, events, videos, and answers to questions posed by readers.

Profiles are useful for several reasons. First, anyone who has enjoyed your book will want to find out more about you. And second, your fans will want to read other books by you. Third, profiles provide an avenue for engagement with readers.

Your profile isn’t just who you are, it’s who your readers think you should be.

The two foundations of a profile are:


AUTHORS: Order proofs and author copies for your KDP paperbacks


Over the next few weeks, we are making updates that allow you to order proofs and author (wholesale) copies of your paperbacks on KDP.


Proofs allow you to review a physical copy of your draft paperback prior to publication. Learn more here.


Author copies are copies of the live version of your paperback that you can order from Amazon. Learn more here.


When you order copies of your own book, you pay just the printing costs plus shipping and applicable taxes. Unlike CreateSpace, KDP proof and author copies for the UK and the rest of Europe are printed and shipped from within Europe.


By publishing a paperback on KDP, you can reach more readers through Amazon websites in the US and Europe, as well as manage your print and eBook publishing from one website. In addition, you can use the KDP website in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese or Dutch. Learn more here.


Best regards,

Kindle Direct Publishing Team

I just ordered my copies and I’ll give you an update when I get them. According to them, it’s going to take a week and a half in order to obtain them.

Resources for Writing Publishing & Marketing Volume One 2018 download

Resources for the writer and author needing quick links to their pressing questions.

1. Finding Publishers for Traditional Publishing

2. Spreading the word that my book is published

3. 1st Book, Not sure what to do Initially

4. Where should I end the book & how to prepare my manuscript for publishing?

5. Establishing an Author’s Platform and getting started

6. Strategies for increasing my eBook and online book sales

7. How to make time to write my book

8. Best marketing plan for my book

9. How to get book marketing plan to maximize the book’s sales and message

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Publishing Wide: Selling Ebooks And Print Books Direct From Your Author Website

Imagine if one company held all the power over your income every month. That used to be my reality when I had a day job. 

Then one day in 2008, I was laid off, along with hundreds of others in my department and many thousands of others in the global financial crisis. I swore on that day that I would never let one company control all my income again. This is why I choose to publish wide across multiple platforms and generate multiple streams of income. Because what if that one company changes the rules?

In today’s article, Ashley Kimler outlines some options for selling ebooks and print direct from your author site. 

Now that you’re an author, book sales are your business. If you want to be successful, you have to step into the realm of a true entrepreneur.

If you’re only processing book orders on one channel, you’re isolating yourself from an entire universe of opportunity.

Here are some tips on how you can setup automation processes to efficiently manage multiple sales avenues for your book(s).

Why you shouldn’t just sell on Amazon or B&N

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Book Marketing: How to Build a WordPress Author Website and Use it Build a Mailing List – and Why You Should

headshot of Rachel McCollin

WordPress expert Rachel McCollin gives a head start for indie authors in using this free, easy & popular website platform to market self-published books

If you’re thinking of creating a WordPress site, you may be wondering how to start. In this post, Rachel McCollin, technical author of reference books about WordPress, will answer some of the most common questions about WordPress and how to get the most from it.

Most indie authors who are serious about building their audience know that the best way to do this is with a mailing list. A mailing list helps you communicate with your readers, build a buzz around your new releases, and publicise promotions.

But you can’t run a mailing list without a website where people can sign up.

A growing number of indies are using WordPress to build their author website (this ALLi blog you’re reading now is also WordPress-based) for reasons explained below.

Why Use WordPress?

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What Does 2018 Hold for Writers? via @JaneFriedman  

This year, I was delighted to contribute to a round-up by Carol Tice on what trends to watch (or ignore) in the freelance writing marketplace in 2018. I specifically discuss paid email newsletters and Medium. (Some of the other trends covered include video content, fact checking, content marketing and SEO, and artificial intelligence.)

Tice’s is one of many publishing roundups that survey the coming year in terms of industry change and trends. Over at The Hot Sheet (my paid newsletter written with Porter Anderson), we rounded up some of the more notable pieces authors should look at, including:

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Is Podcasting Your Novel Worth It?

I love podcasts. I listen to them while cleaning the house or cooking dinner. A few years ago, I discovered Podiobooks. I used to love to go there and pick out a novel to listen to while I was busy around the house. I don’t use the site much anymore, because it seems to be mostly genre fiction that doesn’t interest me very much.

There was a time when podcasting was a great way for indie authors to get heard. People like Scott Siglerand J.C. Hutchins were blowing up the podcasting scene. That might not be entirely true, but it’s certainly the way it seemed to me at the time.

Podcasting your novel was a way to build a fan base and kick start book sales. It doesn’t seem like that’s the case anymore though. I never hear about indie authors podcasting their novels anymore. Is podcasting your novel worth the hassle? Can it still be used as a vehicle to get a fan base?

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Tech Tools for Authors #2 via @inkbitspixels

Authors have to juggle a lot of balls in today’s book industry. Not only do they have to write that next book, they also have to market it, balance the ledgers, woo their fans on social media, do background research on their next project, and make dinner.

With all this work piling up, everyone is always looking for ways to get more done in less time. The following post details a few tools authors can use on to stay ahead of the game.


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Marvel’s New Fan-Made Comics Platform Comes with Terms That Would Ban Most Marvel Titles

Marvel is finally cashing in on fan works, only they’ve put so many restrictions on what fans can make that no one is going to want to bother.

They announced a new platform in a press release yesterday that allows fans to create original comic strips using Marvel characters and stock background illustrations. Marvel gave it the ironic name Create Your Own, and added to the irony with the tagline “Your Own Marvel Universe.”

I cite the irony of the title because while we don’t have access to the platform we do have access to the T&C (PDF). For starters, the terms forbid users from publishing a work elsewhere, or making any commercial art, and Marvel also extracts from users

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Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods, Redux

Back before Christmas the Harvard Business Review published an article on recent research that showed that people valued physical objects for the act of possession more than for the use of said object.

 Participants valued a physical copy of The Empire Strikes Back more than a digital copy, for instance, only if they considered the Star Wars series to be films with which they strongly identified. Participants who weren’t Star Wars fans valued physical and digital copies similarly.

This is essentially a nonfunctional element of ownership – valuing something just for having it rather than what you can do with it.

Aside from price, that is the only thing keeping people buying print books over ebooks, which makes it all the more amazing when digital copies supplant physical copies in the marketplace as consumers choose to make the switch.

For example, much of non-fiction has been eaten by the web, and several genres (romance, thriller, SF) have gone digital to varying degrees. These are all categories where the use (reading) is valued more than ownership.

The researchers also helped explain why some creators profit off of memorabilia as much as from selling their content; it’s because fans value the physical good more than the digital, while non-fans do not.

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