Best Books to grow your author business
What books can help you grow your author business?
We share a range of books that can help you to improve your author career
This Month's Self -Publishing Reads
Why Authors Fail: 17 Mistakes Self Publishing Authors Make That Sabotage Their Success
Finally, a self publishing book about author mindset. As a book marketing coach, I often hear complaints from authors that show me they do not have a growth mindset. When I show them the path they have to go through to build their brand, they come up with all sorts of excuses. This book highlights key behaviours that struggling authors practice. I know I have certainly been guilty of some of them from time to time. The core message in this book is that you need to treat your writing as a business and not a hobby. Not only does the author highlight some of these common errors, but he also points the reader towards some resources that can help.
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How to Market a Book: Overperform in a Crowded Market
This book is referred to as a guide and that it most certainly is. It is a hefty chunk of book marketing material for a self-published author. Now brand new authors may find this book overwhelming and then there are die hard research and book marketing fanatics who will love it.
You have to be brutally honest with yourself when buying this book. Are you brand new and what to only learn the basics at this point? Then choose another indie author self publishing book. I have a few years of self study under my belt and I love researching and have a National Diploma from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, so this book was right up my alley. I got to work making notes and testing out some of the concepts. But it is by no means a quick read, especially if you want to start applying these techniques. If I was new to the self publishing world, this book would be put on the shelf with books that I want to get to someday, but not now.
Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell more Books on Kindle
When a reviewer uses the words face paced, action, you tend to think of fiction. But Nick Stephenson’s book is a hard hitting, action driven non-fiction book aimed at the self-published author. He cuts out all the fluff and gives you the action steps you need to take to propel your career with reader magnets. The focus of this book is to build your author platform and sell more books on kindle.
He has some impressive reviews with New York Times & USA Today best-selling author Joanna Penn praising the book.
It is a quick read and I read it in a single sitting during one of South Africa’s notorious load shedding sessions. While I started actively using reader magnets during the lockdown, there were some fundamentals that I missed. I cleared my diary for the next five days and sprang to action. I started tweaking my offering and saw some improved results quickly.
This book is not for procrastinators. It is for serious authors who are willing to take action. If you do not have the time to do all these techniques, then dig into your pocket and pay someone to implement them for you.
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Non Fiction Reads
Little Voice Mastery
This book has probably had the biggest initial influence on my author career. When I started writing I was plaques with thoughts of what if I am not good enough to be a writer? What if no one likes my work?
These kinds of thoughts are what Blair Singer talks about in his self-development book Little Voice Mastery. Although I really enjoyed the whole book, there was a specific statement in the book which propelled me to complete my first novel. No matter what voice you have inside your head that is stopping you from taking action and stepping into your destiny, you can use the techniques in this book to start managing your mindset.
I highly recommend this book.
Previous Book Reviews
5/5 7 Steps to Finding Flow: Flip the Script on Stress Building the author inside you is a balancing act. While …
5/5 Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact As an author, whose average novel is around 90 000 words, I rarely struggle to …
4/5 The Magic of Momentum: Escape Any Rut. Build Winning Streaks. Use Forward Motion to Change the Trajectory of Your Life. …
4/5 Why Authors Fail: 17 Mistakes Self Publishing Authors Make That Sabotage Their Success Finally, a self publishing book about author …
4/5 How to Market a Book: Over Perform in a Crowded Market This book is referred to as a guide and …
5/5 Little Voice Mastery Little Voice Mastery has probably had the biggest initial influence on my author career. When I started …
5/5 Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell more Books on Kindle Building a successful author career depends on three …
5/5 Book Review: Personality Plus by Florence Littauer “Perfect Melancholies have high standards they do everything to perfection, but when they …
4/5 5 Things Every First-Time Author Needs to Know: How to Publish a Book and Build Your Platform A Blueprint for …
An essential part of the self publishing journey
While I realised that marketing is an essential part of the self publishing journey, getting down to it can seem so overwhelming that you end up doing nothing. That’s why I am so grateful to Kim from Write Learn and Earn. She is an author with a heart for authors and the patience to guide you through it. She has a wealth of knowledge about Amazon, website and other book marketing tools, and I am on my way.
Extremely professional and helpful
I did not know where to start with Amazon. But Write Learn and Earn got my KDP account opened quick and completed my ebook and paperback typesetting in time for my deadline. I found them to be extremely professional and helpful. I was distracted by a personal issue during this project. I was not focused on the book and felt overwhelmed. She went above and beyond the service I employed her for helping me successfully publish my book on Amazon. I highly recommend the services of Write Learn and Earn and will be using the services again soon.
I can recommend Kim 110%! She designed my website beautifully and was very patient and professional. Just fantastic!
I somehow magically just look better
I always used pics I’d taken myself as PR pics. The difference in quality between those and the ones Hush took is indescribable! Not only do I somehow magically just look better, but the colours are brighter and sharper, and they have a far more professional feel. As authors, we think so much about marketing our books; we forget about marketing ourselves.
Professional and open process
What Kim was able to offer me in terms of insight, price with her experience in understanding the needs of authors was outstanding. Kim is not only creative, but she takes on your views and comments willingly and it’s a professional open process.
Bruce N Cuttman
Such an asset to my clients
I have recommended Kim to a number of my author clients to help them with their marketing on Amazon, and generally. She’s such an asset to them … moving them up in the rankings, getting more of their books sold and keeping them on track (she project manages them too). If you’re looking for someone in your corner that will help you get your books seen and bought on Amazon, go to her.
Jacques de Villiers
Awesome book coach for my marketing
Kim assisted me with super insightful and effective book marketing strategies. To be very honest, my first book failed on Amazon. I had amazing mentors when it came to writing, and publishing, but no so when it came to marketing. I will soon launch a revised edition of my first book and I will be applying what I’ve learned from this awesome book coach for my marketing. I highly recommend her. She is bursting with book-related knowledge.