Category: publishing industry

12
Aug

The full version of PD Abacus is now live! See what’s new…

The full version of PD Abacus for co-author royalty splitting is live

After our beta launch of PD Abacus last month, the PublishDrive team has been listening to your valuable feedback about what features you need most for co-author royalty splitting. Thanks to your comments, as well as direct input from Michael Anderle and LMBPN Publishing, we’re thrilled to announce that the full version of PD Abacus is now live!

With an expanded range of features, this comprehensive royalty splitting service will free up your time to focus on what’s important: writing and publishing more books. 

Learn more about PD Abacus’ expanded features and the story behind this breakthrough co-author royalty splitting solution. 

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09
Aug

How to Co-Author a Book: Top 5 Methods to Share the Workload

How to Co-Author a Book: Top 5 Methods to Share the Workload

Whether you’re a bestselling author with a large back list or a debut author, readers always want one thing from you: more books. That’s why many authors publish frequently with the so-called “rapid release” strategy. 

But rapid releases are really hard to do as a solo author, and they require a lot of preparation. As a solution, many authors have turned to collaboration.

Embraced by many in the indie publishing community, co-authoring helps you share the workload and speed up the writing process. And those aren’t the only benefits: co-authoring allows you to quickly expand your back catalog, combine marketing efforts, and cross-promo with your team. 

But how exactly do you write a book with another author? In this article, we’ll explore how to co-author a book while streamlining your workflow.  Continue Reading…

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31
Jul

Recap of the RWA 2019 Conference in NYC

Recap of the RWA 2019 Conference in NYC

The PublishDrive team just wrapped up a week at the Romance Writers of America conference, which was held in NYC from July 24 – 27, 2019. 

Every year, the Romance Writers of America holds a conference for career-minded romance authors. It draws a diverse crowd, from high-profile traditionally published authors to newbies just finishing up their manuscript. 

For romance writers, it’s one of the best conferences in the industry. You can expect:

  • Networking opportunities 
  • Educational panels and tools for professional development 
  • Interaction with industry professionals, such as editors, agents, vendors, and more.

If you missed RWA 2019, we’ve got you covered. Our recap will cover the highlights of the conference and share our insights gained from meeting dozens of authors. 

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18
Jul

10 Essential Tips to Become a Successful Co-Author

10 Essential Tips to Become a Successful Co-Author

Whether you are a bestselling author with a large backlist or a debut author, readers always want one thing from you: more books. You can give them what they want by publishing frequently, but for some self-published authors, this is too time-consuming. 

Co-authoring is the perfect solution. Embraced by many in the indie publishing community, co-authoring helps you share the workload and speed up the writing process. And those aren’t the only benefits: co-authoring allows you to expand your back catalog, combine marketing efforts, and cross-promo with your team. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of collaborative publishing and show you the essentials of becoming a successful co-author. 

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15
Jul

PublishDrive’s Abacus for Co-Authors Solves Royalty Splitting Hassles for KDP Books and More

PD Abacus for Co-Authors - co-author royalty splitting for KDP books

After releasing our Team Royalties feature a few months ago, we received some very valuable feedback: authors who distribute directly to retailers still lack a convenient way of managing co-author royalties.

The PublishDrive team has developed a solution that finally eliminates these hassles for you: Abacus for Co-Authors.

PD Abacus is a robust royalty splitting service for authors who distribute directly to Amazon and other retailers, including Kindle Unlimited authors. This means that anyone can use it; distribution through PublishDrive is not required.  

Many of PD Abacus’ features were developed using input from Michael Anderle and LMBPN Publishing, allowing us to pinpoint exactly what authors need.

PD Abacus has been updated! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see what’s new.

(Note: Until August 12, 2019, you can use the service for FREE while in beta).

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09
Jul

How to Build a Coaching Program Around Your Non-Fiction Book

How to build a coaching program around your non-fiction book

Jessica Thiefels“How to Build a Coaching Program Around Your Non-Fiction Book” was written by Jessica Thiefels, the founder and CEO of Jessica Thiefels Consulting, which is an organic content marketing agency for mid-size B2B businesses outsourcing content marketing. She’s been writing for more than 10 years and has been featured in top publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fast Company. She also regularly contributes to Virgin, Business Insider, Score.org and more. Follow her on Twitter @JThiefels and connect on LinkedIn.

Your non-fiction book is a lot more than just a great piece of work. It’s also an opportunity to create a new stream of revenue as a self-published author. Depending on the focus and theme of your non-fiction book, you may be able to turn your messaging into a coaching program, connecting with and helping your audience in real life. Think: life coaching, executive coaching, business coaching—whatever best compliments your book and area of expertise. 

This not only allows you to drive more book sales, but it’s a new stream of income that you can rely on if book sales are slow. Develop a coaching program from your non-fiction book using these simple steps:

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05
Jul

The Ultimate List of Self-Publishing Resources

The Ultimate List of Self Publishing Resources

One of my favorite things about self-publishing is the community. While there’s no guidemap for guaranteed success, there are so many authors out there who continue to share their tips for newbies. The community is also home to innovators who develop helpful tools that make authors’ lives easier.

When I first started self-publishing, I compiled my own list of the best resources that helped me along the way. I’m sharing these (and more) self-publishing resources for you below.

(Btw – be sure to bookmark this page and check back for updates. If you have a helpful tool or resource, let me know! Email me at monica@publishdrive.com and I’ll take a look.)

Self-Publishing Resources

Influencers and Websites to Follow

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13
Jun

How I Sell Self-Published Books Using Social Media

How I Sell Self-Published Books Using Social Media

author Laura Burton - How I sell self-published books using social media“How I Sell Self-Published Books Using Social Media” was written by author Laura Burton. Laura writes clean romance and poetry for bereaved families. Check out her “Love Me” series here, which is a collection of standalone romance novels packed with twists and surprises to keep you turning the page. Laura’s new sci-fi romance Love Me, Dreamy will be released July 19 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

If you want to sell self-published books using social media, the first question you should ask yourself is:

Why Do People Use Social Media?

  • To be entertained
  • To be educated
  • To be heard

NOT to be sold to.

Then it seems counterintuitive to use social media to boost book sales, right? Not if you understand how to do it correctly.

Using the tactics below, I was able to sell 60 paperback books within 48 hours.

Want to learn how I did it? Let’s dive in!

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10
Jun

Debunking The Top 5 Self-Publishing Myths

Debunking The Top 5 Self-Publishing Myths

After working hard to finish writing your book, it can be discouraging to read about self-publishing myths like these:

“Ebooks aren’t real books.”

“You’re not really published.”

“You’ll never make a dime.”

Despite many authors making a full-time living from their self-published ebooks, misunderstandings like these are still prevalent. Below we’re separating fact from fiction as we explore the most common self-publishing myths.

The Top 5 Self-Publishing Myths

Self-Publishing Myth #1: Ebooks are Inferior to Print

As most book lovers can agree, there’s nothing like turning over that first crisp page of a new book. We totally get it. But despite the charm that print books may always hold, the reality is that the publishing landscape has changed. Pretty much everything in our modern lives has become digital, including books. 

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05
Jun

Alternatives to MailChimp: Which Email Service Provider is Best for Authors?

Alternatives to MailChimp which email service provider is best for authors

Marina Maddix author photoThis article was written by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Marina Maddix. Marina is a romantic at heart, but hates closing the bedroom door on her readers. Her stories are sweet, with just enough spice to make your mother blush. She lives with her husband and cat near the Pacific Ocean, and loves to hear from her fans. Check out her “Real Men Shift” series here.

As many authors recently found out, MailChimp shifted their business strategy. Instead of primarily being an email service provider, the company announced that they’ve expanded to a full marketing platform.

Along with this shift, there have been significant changes to MailChimp’s pricing structure. Notably, users are no longer charged based on the subscriber count; instead, monthly charges are based on “audiences,” which includes unsubscribed emails.

These changes have left many wondering: “Which email service offers the best value for indie authors?”

I’ve tested various email newsletter services, and I’m sharing my data below to help authors make the best decision when considering alternatives to MailChimp.

Note: feel free to skip ahead here to the TL;DR version of the data!

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