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How to Write the Perfect Author Bio

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“How to Write the Perfect Author Bio” is brought to you by A.G. Billig. She is a published fiction and nonfiction author and the founder of the award-winning blog, Self-Publishing Mastery. As a self-publishing expert and author coach, A.G. Billig helps authors become successful. Her key areas of expertise are brand building, traditional media and PR, book launch events and campaigns, public appearances (including TV and radio interviews) and using metadata. 

Nailing down your author bio can be as daunting as writing a compelling first paragraph in a chapter or being interviewed for the first time. You may be overwhelmed by the richness of your life and have a hard time leaving things out. Or you may feel that, when it comes to anything other than your books, you’ve got nothing interesting to say.

In any case – this is an important part of your author business that you shouldn’t overlook. A great bio can serve as the foundation of your brand and help readers relate to you.

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The Top Writing Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss as an Indie Author or Publisher

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Networking at conferences is an essential part of an author’s career. It allows you to learn from other authors, build marketing campaigns together, and strategize co-author partnerships.

I personally love going to conferences; it gives me the opportunity to meet face-to-face with inspiring people and build meaningful partnerships. However, time is the most expensive resource we all have: whether you are a writer, an authorpreneur, or a business owner, you need to plan your time carefully.

In the beginning of 2019, I attended three conferences: San Francisco Writers Conference, Smarter Artist Summit in Austin, and the London Book Fair. Based on my experiences, I’ll give you an overview so you can plan your conference schedule going forward and give your author career the boost it needs.

(It’s important to note that any of these conferences will give you value, whether you’re a new indie author or a publishing pro).

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Kindle Unlimited/KDP Select vs. Going Wide: Which is Better for Self-Published Authors?

Kindle Unlimited KDP Select vs. Going Wide Which is Better for Self-Published Author

Indie authors are faced with an important decision when self-publishing ebooks: go “wide” or stay exclusive to Amazon?

Either side can argue that one is the better choice – and if you’re a member of any online author forum, you’ve probably seen this go down first-hand! But there is no one-size-fits-all answer: it really comes down to your goals, preferences, the genre you write in, and more.

To help you understand these options, we’re taking an in-depth look at the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited/KDP Select and going wide for self-published authors.

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How to Get Book Reviews and Build an ARC Team

How to Get Book Reviews and Build an ARC Team

Reader reviews are crucial for boosting ebook sales for self-published authors. They can:

  • Make it easy for readers to find books they’ll love
  • Increase your “social proof”
  • Generate buzz!

While doing your pre-launch research, you might be wondering: How do other indie authors rack up dozens of reviews within the first day of publishing?

It takes some planning and effort, but it can be done, even on a limited budget. Below we’ll explain how to build an ARC (“advance review copy”)  team, get reader reviews, and position your book for a successful launch.

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Introducing Team Royalties: a Hassle-Free Solution for Splitting Co-Author Royalties

Team Royalties feature for co-author royalties and royalty splitting

PublishDrive recently saw an increase in the number of romance and fantasy authors who signed up to our platform. Self-published authors within these genres frequently use co-authoring as a way to collaborate and share the writing workload.

After we had a chance to personally chat with these authors, we learned that they lacked something important: an easy, reliable way to split royalties for co-authors.

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve released a new feature called Team Royalties, which makes it easy to split royalties between co-authors and other contributors.

Learn more about this feature below and discover how easy it is to get started with hassle-free co-authoring.

Sign up now and try it!

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Upcoming Free Webinar: Sell More Books with Public Speaking!

Public Speaking Webinar for Authors

For many authors, public speaking is a source of anxiety. But effective communication skills are crucial, whether you’re networking with a small group, meeting readers at a book signing, or speaking onstage to a crowd of hundreds.

Through effective public speaking, indie authors can influence others, control their branding, and most importantly – sell more books!

In our upcoming FREE webinar, Adam Woods will be joined by two highly sought-after inspirational speakers for a Q&A panel discussion about how to sell more books through public speaking. This webinar is designed for authors of any level who want to improve their public speaking skills and boost sales. Sign up today and you’ll also receive a free guide: “3 Secrets on How to Become a Speaker.”

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

12:00 p.m. EST  / 9:00 a.m. PST

Reserve Your Spot!

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Announcing Exciting Updates to the PublishDrive Platform!

You may have noticed we recently rolled out some improvements to the PublishDrive platform. These adjustments were based on valuable user feedback and months of research and development, with the ultimate goal of improving your self-publishing experience.

In case you missed it, here’s what’s new at PublishDrive:

Streamlined Store Distribution Management

PublishDrive offers one of the most robust distribution networks in the industry. With distribution to over 400 stores globally, authors can access untapped markets not reached by other platforms. But we understand that you might want to distribute some titles to certain stores while excluding others.

With our previous system, distribution to stores could only be set at an imprint level, which made it difficult to separately manage distribution for individual titles. Now distribution to stores can be set at a title level, so you can turn store distribution on or off for a title with just a few clicks.

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PublishDrive’s Amazon Ebook Advertising Tool Is Better Than Ever

PublishDrive recently became the first self-publishing platform to offer a built-in Amazon ebook advertising tool, and authors have been loving it.

Now you have even more advertising options with these recent updates:

  • Advanced targeting options: Refine your advertising strategy with manual keyword targeting, negative keywords, and product targeting.
  • Artificial intelligence integration: The tool now integrates Savant, PublishDrive’s proprietary AI technology, which identifies the most relevant products to target.

Together, these updates will help refine your ad campaigns, reduce costs associated with irrelevant ad clicks, and improve overall campaign performance. Learn more about Amazon ads for authors and how to amplify your marketing efforts with our updated tool.

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Amazon Pricing on PublishDrive

Back in April of 2017, our partnership with Amazon changed, giving our users better royalties and other benefits.

To help you better understand these changes, we’ll be breaking down exactly how Amazon pricing works through PublishDrive, the differences between the two pricing structures, and how to apply them.

What You Need to Know About Amazon Pricing on PublishDrive

PublishDrive offers two pricing structures for books distributed to Amazon: Enhanced Plan and Standard Plan.

Each plan has specific conditions and benefits. The right plan for you depends on the price of your book and other factors. Let’s take a look:

(Note: Feel free to skip ahead to view the quick comparison table at the end).

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Amazon Advertising for Ebooks is Now Available through PublishDrive


Amazon’s Sponsored Products ads are among the most powerful marketing tools for authors who sell ebooks on Amazon. But the learning curve prevents many authors from ever taking advantage of this robust advertising tool.

Months ago, we set out to change that.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve launched a built-in marketing feature that integrates Amazon advertising for ebooks.

Sign up now and try it!

Our team invested months of research into finding the best ways to simplify this tool for authors, and we are beyond excited to be the first self-publishing platform to integrate Amazon advertising for ebooks. Now authors can manage global ebook distribution and powerful advertising in a single platform.

Until the end of March 2019, beta-testing of this feature is available to all PublishDrive users who sell ebooks on Amazon. This means you can use the tool even if you distribute directly to Amazon rather than going through PublishDrive.

Learn more about Sponsored Products ads below and discover how easy it is to get started thanks to our new feature.

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