Here's this month's round-up of some of the best self-publishing and book marketing posts I've spotted on the blogs this month.
There is plenty here to improve your book marketing skills! If you have seen an awesome post not included here, please add it in the comments.
If you only read one thing, make it this!
NaNoProMo | BadRedhead Media
Ok, this is more than one thing, as by tomorrow there will be a total of 31 posts to read. Rachel Thompson has run an awesome event throughout May and published inspirational and useful posts from many of the top book marketing experts. There truly is something for everyone, whatever stage you're at.
Best of the rest
The GDPR deadline of 25 May may have passed, but no doubt some authors are still wondering if the changes to the law affect them, what the fuss is all about, and what they need to do to comply. Howard Lovy and The Alliance of Independent Authors have you covered with this post, plus you can download a Legal Guide to Email Lists and a Sample Privacy and Cookies Policy. Both are up-to-date and GDPR compliant.
Dave Chesson dives deep into into the numbers that AMS ads present you with during the course of your campaigns and explains how to interpret your AMS advertising, how to increase clicks on your ads and how to fix the biggest book sales page conversion killers.
So #cockygate happened and I am happy to stear well clear of the whole debacle, but in this excellent post Anne R Allen highlights the many ways authors can sabatage their own brands as a result of greed, fear or paranoia. Do not make these mistakes!
Many indies have turned their backs on Goodreads giveaways since they stopped being free, but in this post Penny Sansevieri explains why she thinks they are still worth doing. Penny shares the top benefits as well as a checklist you’ll want to use when doing your own Goodreads giveaway.
How to Write 12 Books in 6 Months to Grow Sales & Populate a Backlist | BookBub Partners
Not one for the faint-hearted perhaps, but Julie Kenner proves it can be done! Learn how to plan, write, publish and promote 12 books in just six months as a way to increase sales and populate a backlist-driven product.
Marketing: How to Overcome KDP Select’s Catch 22 for Free Books & Mailing List Subscriber Magnets | ALLi
Want to use a free book to attract mailing list sign-ups but hindered by the KDP Select rule that forbids you offering any of your KDP-listed books free elsewhere? Cybercrime thriller author Ian Sutherland has devised an ingenious solution that’s working well for him and has shared it on the ALLi blog.