Welcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 6th May, 2017.
This diary charts my self-publishing journey – the ups the downs, the successes and the failures.
Everything goes into this diary, week-by-week, but you'll also find it a source of great tips, resources, tools, podcast recommendations and so on.
If I ever miss something out, or you'd like more information, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Talking Points
My Don't Tell Meg & Dead of Night promos
Saturday AM update – I got the book to number 1 in the USA – it has taken over 6000 books to get to Top 3 in the UK, and number 1 in the USA.
Remember, this is free books, not paid, I have to hope that I make my money on buy-throughs over the next couple on months.
I also think that you take a hit on poorer reviews when you give books away – I've no proof of this, just personal experience.
People seem to value things that they pay for more than they do if they're free.
My Book Gorilla promo – cost $50:
My eBookSoda promo – cost $15:
My FreeBooksy promo – cost $85 – always my first choice of book promo site:
I boosted this Facebook post for £9:
You'll need to squint to see it, but these are my 50 pre-sales:
1) This week's writing progress – 5125 words:
2) This is my PayPal HERE card reader – it links to my phone via Bluetooth and allows me to take book payments at training events:
3) My current InstaFreebie Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/
4) My appearance on Begin Self-Publishing podcast
5) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/
6) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/ [Waiting list only]
7) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/
8) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast: http://www.worriedwriter.com/
9) Self-Publishing Formula recommended interview with TS Paul https://selfpublishingformula.com/episode-62/
Also, this article is really worth reading from the (fabulous) 20boksto50k Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/Self-Publishing-Journeys-1813683835626833/
This Week’s Self-Publishing News