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Strategies for Authors and Other Entrepreneurs

May 9, 2019

As a marketing strategy, which is better for your author business--KDP Select or Going Wide. Valerie breaks down the pros and cons of both.


Resources: (new podcast I'm listening to)

Speculative.Work: an author's diary (new podcast I found)


My show notes:

 Hello Indie Authors!

This is Episode 10, and it's 5/8/2019 as I record this.

Today I'm talking about Marketing Strategies regarding your book launch and distribution methods. Specifically: To KDP Select, or Not

But first a personal update:

  • I signed up for the Career Author Summit in May of 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Meet for a coffee?
  • Talk went well, despite losing my work.
  • I've written another two sections to The Nitty Gritty of Self Publishing.
  • Had another Skype meeting with the architectural team and saw an updated floor plan for our Costa Rican home. Homework, measuring our rooms and comparing it to the measurements in the floor plan--seeing if the rooms need to be bigger or smaller for our tastes.



  • No NEW PATRONS this week: (but I am getting some lovely comments and it's so fun to interact with other authors there.) "I'm really excited about all the great projects you're working on. Glad to be a supporter!" James says.

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I FB Lived my talk at Lane Connect, so if you'd like a few tips on how to self-edit without freaking out, join my private FB group, The Indie Author Mentor. (I'll try and put it up on Patreon...)


I'll be speaking next Tuesday in a small discussion group at WAAC on To Pre-Order or Not To Pre-Order. 14th at 7pm in the lobby.


I'm (still) reading:

Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream by Craig Martelle. I'm really liking it. 

I'm also reading Hook by Randall Horton and I'm not liking it so much. Art is so subjective and there isn't enough of the things I like in a memoir in there to hold my interest. I like the letters written by LXXX, but she's not the author of the book. And sometimes I'm riveted by Randall's use of language, and I was hoping to see into a world that was different than mine--drug deals and prison time--but it's just not capturing my attention enough. Should I stop reading?

I'm listening to a new podcast called Books and Travel (.page) with Jo Francis Penn and the episode I listened to today was on scuba diving. (Tears)

Speculative.Work: an author's diary--most recent episode was on abundance for authors, and saying Yes and No to opportunities.

Main topic: KDP Select (or Not)