Author Archives: Kirsten

Help me pick! Which cover do you like for THIRD?

Input please please! My designer, Derek Murphy at Creative Indie Covers, has come up with two possible covers for my upcoming fantasy novel, THIRD.                   Here’s my draft teaser copy: When Lena … Continue reading

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Learning from failure (indie book marketing)

In my last couple of posts about indie author marketing, I’ve referenced the need for data. You need data to market. You need data to even plan how to market. That probably sounds almost too reasonable to challenge, right? But … Continue reading

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Why marketing indie books is so hard: competition, value, pricing (Part 2)

You can’t market without data. Well, okay, you can. But you’re shooting blind. And if you’re spending money, you’re throwing it away. There’s not a professional marketer in the world — and by professional marketer, I mean someone with education … Continue reading

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Speaking of misinformation

Quote of the day: I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a business where there’s so much poor advice or lousy, limiting thinking than the writing business, nor so much misinformation. –Russell Blake, novelist. He’s writing about the myth that only … Continue reading

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Speaking of data

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a terrific blog post up that looks at a number of publishing metrics that have been reported by industry peeps lately. I’ve just added this line from the post to my list of favorite quotes: There’s … Continue reading

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For Indie Authors: Today marks the launch of my first promotion to raise awareness about my upcoming book, Getting to the Truth About Indie Author Marketing: A clear-eyed guide to promoting your self-pubbed book. Getting to the Truth will be … Continue reading

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Why Marketing Indie Books is SO Hard (Part 1)

As a fellow writer, I’m sure you share my fascination with the trickiness of the human mind. It is, after all, one of the primary sources for conflict in fiction. Pick up any decent book or article on the craft … Continue reading

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Calling Indie Authors: Have you been disappointed by an “author marketing service”?

The hypothesis: These waters are suddenly FULL of sharks. I self-pubbed my first novel, When Libby Met the Fairies, in 2011 — early enough to catch the first happy wave of indie authoring. I didn’t do a lot of marketing. … Continue reading

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We have a winner!

Congratulations to Leslie F., winner of the 2014 Holiday Book Giveaway! Many thanks to all who entered. I’ll be sending out an email to you within the next day or so — and, if you subscribed to my newsletter, it … Continue reading

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writers, writers, an ungovernable bunch …

Megan McArdle has a column up about the meltdown at The New Republic. It’s an interesting read in general for anyone in the writing or publishing business. But in particular, I chuckled to myself when she began describing some of … Continue reading

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