People connect with people, and humans have used their voices to connect for millennia.
It’s hard for authors who favor text, but you can stand out if you use audio for book sales and marketing.
In the intro, I talk about the launch of Destroyer of Worlds and the importance of remembering it’s about long-term sales rather than short-term spikes. I also mention the How to Make a Living with your Writing Workbook, which is a new version that contains more questions and space to write your answers.
Plus, the Book to Course Summit, a fantastic, free, online summit featuring some amazing authors who have turned their books into six figure courses. If you want to turn your book into multiple streams of income, check it out here.
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My official bio! Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers (as J.F.Penn) and non-fiction, a professional speaker and award-winning entrepreneur. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the Top 10 sites for writers.
I delivered this session at the London Book Fair Indie Author Fringe. You can listen above or on iTunes or Stitcher or watch the video here, read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below. You can also download the slide pack with clickable links.
- Why audio? Why now?
- Audio as another income stream for authors.
- How to self-publish audio books, both with and without ACX, including information on contracts and agreements, narrators, and narrating your own books.
- The costs involved with creating audio books.
- Marketing an audiobook and the differences between that and marketing a book.
- Podcasting and its advantages for authors.
- How to create a podcast and why it’s a brilliant marketing tool for books.
If you like audiobooks, check out Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur on Audible, which I narrate myself. For fiction, you can find all the links to my thriller audiobooks here.