JB’S JOURNAL FOR AUTHORS

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THE WORLD BEYOND AMAZON

JB’s Journal for Authors is a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to the authors who never have enough time and are crushed by information. The Journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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THE WORLD BEYOND AMAZON

HOW TO SELL MORE ON iBOOKS, KOBO, B&N, AND GOOGLE PLAY from Ricardo, founder @ Reedsy

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HOW TO SELL MORE ON iBOOKS from Ricardo, founder @ Reedsy

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HOW TO SELL MORE ON KOBO from Ricardo, founder @ Reedsy

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COMMENT: The three posts join forces to discuss expanding book distribution beyond Amazon. Perhaps one of the most telling points is Amazon is run by algorithms while iBooks, Kobo and B&N are curated by real people. Tough communicating with an algorithm.

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HOW TO GET AMAZON TO RECOMMEND YOUR BOOK from Ricardo, founder @ Reedsy

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: I cannot stress enough the importance of the Ricardo’s comments on “The proven method for brutally killing your sales.”

 

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FEATURED ARTICLE

FIVE ESSENTIAL ON-SITE SEO PRACTICES FOR IMPROVING YOUR SEARCH RANKINGS from Site Rockstar

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The discussion includes title tags, meta  and photo descriptions, optimize page speed, and regular content updates.

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HOW TO WRITE A SYNOPSIS AGENTS WILL NOTICE from reedsy

 

EDITOR’S COMMENT: The post covers the subjects of what is a synopsis, how to write a novel synopsis in four steps and synopsis takeaways. Particularly helpful for authors is the clarity on how to write a synopsis.

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 SHOULD YOU SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK? FIVE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU DECIDE by Blake Atwood from The Write Life

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The title would suggest a routine post on when and how a book should be published. I would suggest question five is usually answered in a heartbeat. However, an honest answer requires serious contemplation. Once given, the answer will help guide the author’s journey.

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HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY from reedsy

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The post covers the definition of a short story, how to write a short story in seven steps, and submitting the story. Helpful post if a short story is on the radar.

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WORDS GONE WILD: KDP KEYWORDS REVISITED by David Kudler from The Book Designer

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: This topic has been covered before, but it is my experience one cannot get too much information when the subject is Amazon. Successful keywords are essential to help propel book sales and the post is worthy of a review.

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THE ULTIMATE LIST OF USEFUL ONLINE TOOLS by Jennifer Frost from Writers Write

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Wow. The post offers fifty-six links to twenty-six different subjects including communication, graphics, PDF editing and web development. Helpful tool for authors.

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BOOK PROMOTION: WHAT’S HOT, WHAT’S NOT BY Sophie Masson from Writer Unboxed

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: The post includes cover reveals,  book trailers,  interviews,  blog tours,  in-person visits,  Facebook and Twitter ads,  reviews,  newspapers,  book signings,  blog posts,  and flooding your ads on social media. What’s left? Good stuff.

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TWENTY-FOUR RESOURCES FOR WRITERS from BookMarketingBuzzBlog

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COMMENT: The post lists twenty-four organizational  links to educate authors and network. Good stuff to keep close at hand.

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APOSTROPHES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW by Kathy Edens from ProWritingAid

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BEST PROOFREADING SERVICES YOU’LL EVER FIND by Catlin Pyle from Kindlepreneur

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GETTING REVIEWS: VORACIOUS READERS ONLY ((PART TWO) by Melissa Bowersock from Indies Unlimited

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IS THIS THE RIGHT WAY TO USE A SEMICOLON? AND OTHER PUNCTUATIONAL CONCERNS by Kyle Massa from ProWriting Aid

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FIVE REALLY GOOD REASONS TO OUTLINE YOUR NOVEL – BEFORE YOU WRITE A WORD by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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FIVE STORYTELLING SOFTWARE OPTIONS FOR BUSY WRITERS by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write

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