Thomas Lau asks: What are the absolute essentials and good-to-have tools (online or offline) for authors?
Steve has a list of recommended resources on the SPQ Resources page. The tools on this page are really good for authors.
Thomas asked about the essentials, so Steve has a list of tools he uses pretty much on a daily basis. Continue reading
K asks: Based on your own experience in getting set up, how do you use virtual assistants in your self-publishing business?
Using virtual assistants and freelancers is a major part of Steve’s business. He does almost all of his own content creation, but he uses teams to take care of a lot of the moving parts. Unless you systematize everything you do, you’ll make mistakes if you try to handle all of these tasks yourself. Continue reading
Ruth of SuperBabyFood.com asks via email: If you update your Kindle book, do people who previously bought the book automatically get the updates?
This is a great question because it shows you’re thinking about providing great customer service. Updating books is a great tactic if you write about topics that are constantly changing. Continue reading
Rory wants to know why Steve outsources the narration of his audiobooks instead of reading the books himself. He heard that reading the book yourself helps bond your audience to you and helps you build the know, like, and trust factor.
Rory asks a lot of great questions and participates heavily in Pat Flynn’s Kindle group. It’s obvious he cares about his self-publishing business. Continue reading
What’s the best way to format my first book? Is it best to go to Fiverr, or is it better to learn how to do it yourself? I have an older version of Word that doesn’t seem to work with what’s out there. It seems very complicated.
Steve feels formatting is his Achilles heel. It’s the one aspect of his business he hasn’t totally nailed down, so he recently hired someone to format his books for him. When he first started out, he was really frustrated by the MOBI format, so he created books without formatting. He would use asterisks instead of bullet points so the formatting didn’t look all over the place. It didn’t give readers a quality experience. Continue reading
Dennis has about a dozen books on Kindle and CreateSpace. It’s like pulling teeth to get people to review them, even on books that have been downloaded for free on KDP several thousand times. He wants to know Steve’s secret for generating reviews.
In episode 2, Steve talked extensively about generating reviews. It’s not a secret; just talk to people and build an audience. He feels it’s all about getting organic reviews and telling people why reviews are so important. Make sure you tell people exactly what they need to do to leave a review. Continue reading
Rick is a prolific researcher who has trouble trimming extra information from his books. He wants to know how Steve decides how much research to do. Rick also wants to know how to use Evernote to organize his research.
Ideas pop up at random times, so make a habit of writing down all of your ideas. Steve does this with his Kindle publishing checklist. The checklist has all the steps needed to move from initial idea to published book. Continue reading
A listener wants to know why Steve recommends Pretty Links instead of Bit.ly for shortening links.
It’s difficult for people to remember URLs with a lot of slashes or dashes. Shortening links makes it easier to direct people to specific pages on your website. Pretty Links and Bit.ly both shorten links and track clicks, but Steve prefers Pretty Links for several reasons. Continue reading