Are You a Self-Published Author? Can Your Readers Find Your Book?

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First, I am working on a multi-part series on self-publishing concentrating on the marketing of your book.

I can tell you from authors I know, this is still a topic they are learning, even after going through the process themselves.

The series I’m working on is just the best of the marketing articles for self-published authors. This alone takes days and days to compile. For instance, the first day, I began at seven a.m. and, minus phone interruptions, didn’t stop until two a.m. I am fast with my research methods so that tells you how much material is out there.

An email I received today from Digital Book World, however, couldn’t wait.

DBW is running a webinar on the tools to make your e-book stand out in a very crowded marketplace. The webinar is summarized:

Finding Books Without Borders: Discoverability in a Digital and Social World

There has never been a shortage of books published. Digital is leading to an explosion in titles available as books no longer go out of print and as the barriers to getting published are coming down leading to a much greater output of new titles.

The challenge? Finding that perfect book, that book that grips and entertains us, that books we put down with a sense of satisfaction when we have reached the last page.

Online presents new opportunities for discovering books, but also challenges for a book to get discovered, for it to get picked out of the millions of other titles available. At the moment, online discovery is probably far more challenging than the discovery paths we are used to in the physical world, be it a book shop or library.

Join Digital Book World for a webcast exploring how readers find what to read next and how authors find an audience in the digital and social world.

The webcast runs on May 14th and information can be found on this page.

Please look for updates included in the post

6 thoughts on “Are You a Self-Published Author? Can Your Readers Find Your Book?

  1. Hi there are using WordPress for your blog platform?

    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.
    Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    • Hi Denisha,
      Great to hear from you. As this is a free theme for wordpress, I do need coding skills to make it look and perform to my wishes. But you don’t necessarily need skills for that. Just do a quick search for html5 and css (the styles sheets) and you will be able to set up plugins for your site or styles (for how it looks on the web) to meet all of your heart’s desires.
      Many happy returns. Feel free to comment or write to me through the ‘contact’ page if you have further questions.
      Here’s to your writing, Lee

  2. Heya fantastic blog! Does running a blog like this require a large amount of
    work? I’ve absolutely no knowledge of programming however
    I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off topic but I just needed to ask. Kudos!

    • Hi Garcia,
      I went to look at your blog and I love both the name and most of all the front page. I was afraid that you had given up as there was only the “Hello World” that WordPress puts on their themes (until you quickly take them off ;p) and then nothing. But after clicking through some blanks and then categories, I found that you were quite the man for GitHub and css. I am always needing css help, so please let me know when you have new css info up on your blog (which I’m sure you find quite facile) and I will ome over and read it. My best to you and your efforts.

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