Weekly Round-up TheStrugglingIndie.com Week of 3/26/2021

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Hi All!

It’s our first 70-degree day here! I currently have the windows open as I type. I’ve been very busy working on the 4th novel in my series. My deadline is April 26th, and it’s going to be tight! (Wish me luck)

I’ve also been dabbling in Facebook and Amazon ads using Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors course. Right now, things aren’t going too well because my ad spend is through the roof. I’ve gotten a ton of helpful tips and tricks from the instructors in the course to lower my ACOS. I’ll keep you posted.

I’ve also been dabbling with TikTok. It’s a strange place for this old gal, (I’m 40) but apparently, it’s helping authors sell books. I dusted off a book trailer that I made two years ago and popped it up on the Tok to see what would happen. I gained quite a few followers, views, and even a few sales. It’s worth checking out. 

In other news, I’ve interviewed a few people for The Struggling Indie Author Podcast. I cannot tell you how much fun I had! I don’t have many local indie author friends, so it was so refreshing to talk shop with people face to face! Those interviews will be released in the coming weeks.

Have you guys been listening to the podcast? Please drop me a line to let me know what you think. Also, please let me know what you think of the Indie Author Toolkit I released earlier this month.

Below is your weekly summary report on all of the content I’ve posted on www.TheStrugglingIndie.Com I’ve scaled back a bit for this month because of my deadline. 

1. Indie Author Spotlight – Candy Anne

2. The Struggling Indie Author Podcast episode for the week is up! This week, I Interviewed author Bobby Nash. The interview can also be found on YouTube.

3. I also published my Free Indie Author Resource post for the week. Check out the design assets that Creative Market offers.

If you want to come to hang out and “talk shop” please join the Struggling Indie Author Facebook Group. It’s small right now, but I’m hoping to build it up over the next few months. 

Please feel free to drop me a line to let me know what you’ve been up to!


P.S. I’m still looking for guests to interview on my podcast. If you are an expert in something pertaining to self-publishing, I want to hear from you. (Newsletters, writing productivity, Ads, Social media, etc.) 

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