We had another fun Facebook Live session last weekend, so thanks to everyone who came along.
I answered questions on aspects of writing, self-publishing, book marketing and author mindset.
The video recording is below, with time stamps so you can fast-forward to the questions you’re interested in. Or click here to watch on YouTube.
And I’ll be doing it again on Sunday 14 August 3pm US Eastern / 8pm UK time.
Just come along to Facebook.com/TheCreativePenn at that time and I will be there, answering your live questions!
Here are the time-stamps:
1:47 How to approach multiple series?
3:12 The changing landscape of indie publishing – which way to go? Lots more on your options here.
6:02 Are you taking Aaron Sorkin's master class?
6:37 What do you usually pay for book covers on 99designs? More on book cover design here.
7:14 Is Dragon Anywhere worth the monthly subscription?
8:06 How have your audio-book sales changed?
10:40 If you were only writing fiction, would you write a blog or podcast?l
12:07 What is the best way to protect your literary work? See this interview on copyright with Orna Ross and this one with Helen Sedwick.
13:25 On driving readers to your mailing list using Facebook ads when you don't have any social proof.
14:55 How do you keep from getting overwhelmed by information when you are taking all these classes?
16:23 Are email open rates accurate?
18:29 How do you market a book on Kobo or iTunes compared to Amazon? See this interview with Mark Lefebvre from Kobo.
20:47 What are you planning to do after the ARKANE series? (oh, so much!)
21:42 How far in advance do you make books available for pre-order?
26:07 When you hit the saggy middle, how do you get out?
26:56 Would you consider making $100-$300 per month on ebook sales alone for two books encouraging or discouraging?
28:06 How far out do you plan your various series?
30:10 Have you ever read one of your older posts or books and cringed?
34:51 How would you promote a KDP Select book that has just launched that isn’t doing well?
37:01 Do you still recommend using Facebook ads rather than boosting posts? See this interview with Mark Dawson.
39:36 How many edits are you now doing for your fiction? Here's more info on editing.
41:14 Any tips on adding length to a novel draft that is running too short?
43:41 Is Christmas a bad time to release a novel as an indie?
44:44 Would you recommend a book trailer if you are writing middle grade or YA?
45:51 When you were writing your first couple of fiction books did you share them for free to get your name out there?
47:27 Have you got Scrivener for iOS? Yes, it's here if you want it!
48:17 Indie or traditional for a first book in a series?
50:28 What does your typical writing day looks like?
51:51 Tips on publishing poetry?
54:26 How did you learn the craft?
54:58 Do some of your family not read your dark fiction?
I hope you found this useful!
Come along to the next Facebook Live Q&A on Sunday 14 August at 3pm US Eastern / 8pm UK.
Just turn up at www.Facebook.com/TheCreativePenn and I'll be there! You can just type your questions as comments and I'll answer them live. I'll also be talking about what I did for my launch this week so you get some inside info 🙂
If you can't make it, no worries, I'll post the replay the week after. Please do let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this more casual approach.