The “Make My Book into a Movie!” Scam

movie making scamsRecently I got an email from a friend who was all abuzz about a prospect to turn his book into a movie. He had taken my class on self-publishing a while back, and had dutifully completed all the steps and published his first book. The book was a memoir, and although he wasn’t interested in continuing writing as a career, who doesn’t like hearing that his/her book is fascinating enough to become a movie?

The email was as follows: Continue reading “The “Make My Book into a Movie!” Scam”

The Minions Speak: Indies Unlimited Celebrates Eight Years! Part Two

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If you haven’t guessed by now, we sort of have a sense of humor here.

Last month,  we took a look back at where we’ve been and to look forward to where we’re going, and asked our minions to answer just a few questions about IU.  Now, here is the last installment of our little eight-year anniversary brew-ha-ha. Continue reading “The Minions Speak: Indies Unlimited Celebrates Eight Years! Part Two”

AudioBook Boom

audiobookboom logo Have you converted any of your books into audio books? Supposedly audio books are the “next big thing,” although I’m not sure who decides that. In any event, I have been converting quite a few of my books to audio and have been having a lot of fun in the process. I’m doing this through ACX, and I’ve written here before about how that process works.

One thing that I particularly like about ACX, as well as the meeting place they provide so authors and narrators can hook up, is that they continue to send promotional ideas via email. One such email introduced me to AudioBook Boom.

Here’s the deal. Continue reading “AudioBook Boom”

I’m Promoting My Book — Where’s My Sales Spike?

book sales graph-841606_960_720 (003)If you’re a regular reader of IU, you know that writing a book is only part of the recipe for success. You’ve taken all the advice about punctuation, plot, characters, and story arc to heart, you’ve written the best book you could, gotten first-class editing, paid for an eye-catching cover and now your book is up on the web just waiting for the orders to roll in.

But they’re not.

Okay… you’ve sent out an announcement to your email list, you’ve posted on Facebook and Instagram, tweeted on Twitter, touted your book on LinkedIn. You’ve sent press releases to the local media and to any distant locations that might be interested (i.e. the setting for your book, your old home town, etc.).

Still no sales spike. What’s up with that? Continue reading “I’m Promoting My Book — Where’s My Sales Spike?”