Weekly Round-up TheStrugglingIndie.com Week of 4/16/2021

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Hi All!

I’ve been getting notes from my editor all week, and I’m happy to report that there don’t seem to be any major issues with my MS, and that I’m on track to publish 5/1! I cannot tell you how great it feels to wrap this series up (for now) and start on something new and fresh! 

Did I mention that I’ve joined a small critique group that meets up weekly? I cannot tell you how much I’ve enjoyed getting face-to-face feedback (via Zoom) on each chapter. It makes me feel more confident about my writing and is almost eliminating the “spinning my wheels/second-guessing” part of the book writing process. If you haven’t done so, I highly recommend it.

Also, Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing 101 course says that it’s closed for enrollment, but the link is still live for now. I would get in while you can, because enrollment only opens twice a year. If you are very new or just starting out, I would check out this course.

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 – Katherine H. Brown

2. ICYMI The Struggling Indie Author Podcast episode for last week is up. I sat down and talked to the owners of Formattedbooks.com

3. I gave everyone a sneak peek at the Self-Publishing Comparison Chart on the blog this week. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it. The creative market freebies are in that post as well.

4. Tik-Tok.  I tried guys. I just can’t keep up. My videos got decent views, and it resulted in paperback sales, but man is it difficult to come up with content. Click Here for an interesting article on the subject.

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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.) 

Want a complete list of all of the best Indie Author Resources?

Have you written a book, but have struggled to get the formatting right using basic word processing programs?

Have you spent countless hours uploading a book into a self-publishing platform only to have it look messy and unprofessional?

Stop wasting your precious time and head over to Formatted Books.

Formatted books will help you and publish the best looking books possible. Their goal is to personalize each book to help it stand out in order to help you maximize sales. This is so important for indies, because we’re competing with professionally produced books.

In fact, they are so confident in the quality of their work that they back it with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

They are working on something for me right now, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Finding a cover designer is hard work. Not only do you have to find designers that design for your genre, but you also have to vet them to make sure they are professional, you have to make sure they aren’t booked out. You need to go to different websites, Facebook groups, and Instagram accounts to compare their work with other designers. OR you go to sites like Reedsy, and when you search for someone in your genre, it only yields a single designer. (Yes, this is the case for cozy mystery.) It’s sometimes like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I’m excited to announce the solution! The Cover Designer Directory.

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