Paul’s Podcast Diary 120 (Saturday 29th September, 2018)

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Paul Teague authorWelcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 29th September, 2018.

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 you're new to the podcast and want to easily access the back catalogue of podcast diaries, in chronological order, please check out this page.

If I ever miss something out, or you'd like more information, just drop me an email at

This Week's Talking Points

1) Flight Plan by Brian Tracey – about taking course corrections in your business:

2) My Q3 review:

Q3 goals

Q3 marketing:

Q3 marketing

3) This is the slogan that I mangled:


4) Rob Scott-Norton‘s BookBub numbers:

  • US rejected, so this was just UK, Canada and Australia
  • Cost £121
  • The Face Stealer was £2.99, $3.99 and I've recently moved it wide. I discounted it to £0.99, $0.99.
  • It's the first book in a series. There is currently a prequel novella available and book 2. I didn't discount either of those.
  • Sales Day 1 (units) Amazon – 73 Kobo – 9
  • Sales Day 2 (units) Amazon – 26 Kobo – 4
  • I've also had 14 units sold through Draft2Digital (don't know what that channel breakdown per day is)
  • So, 126 units. And a royalty rate of about 30% is (126*0.99*0.3) = £37. I guess there may be some Canada and Australia so exchange rates to factor in…
  • It doesn't look like there's been any buy through.
  • I'm running at a loss of £84. eek. Guess I should have done some promo after all.

5) KDP Rocket: [My affiliate link]

6) Plot Gardening by Chris Fox – recommended!

7) Brian Meeks podcast interview – recommended:

8) Nate Hoffelder podcast mention on The Digital reader website:

9) Morecambe Crime Festival:

Recommended Event - The 7th Self-Publishing Conference (27th April, 2019)

The Self Publishing Conference

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update:

Paul's Podcast Diary Archive

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Coming up on Self-Publishing Journeys ...

Monday 26th November Clare Lydon [Take 2] - creating a major breakthrough as a writer of lesbian fiction here.

Monday 3rd December Alissa Grosso - writing YA and non-fiction here.

Monday 10th December Edwin Downward - writer of Science Fiction Adventures here.

Monday 17th December John Hindmarsh- science fiction and thriller writer here.

Monday 24th December Gary Collins - author of The Simple Life book series here.

Monday 31st December Orna Ross- novelist, poet and Founder of the Alli and the Creativist Club here.

Monday 7th January Jeremy Thompson, the Managing Director of Troubador Publishing here.

Recommended for listing on Google Play and distributing books to China ...


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