Our First Survey Results!

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Every now and again, we are reminded of just how wonderful and amazing our readers are, and the last few weeks have definitely been packed with such reminders–in part thanks to your, yes, wonderful feedback via our online survey! We asked, you answered, and now it’s time for us to listen.

So, what can you look for in the coming weeks?

√ First off, you’ll be seeing more focused content.

Several of our reviewers pointed out (very nicely, as a matter of fact) that they preferred articles which focused specifically on self-publishing, and dealt less with irrelevant subjects to the self-publishing experience. We’re going to work very hard in the weeks to come to produce only the finest, most useful material possible, to better enable you to tackle the self-publishing experience yourself.

√ Secondly, you’ll be seeing changes to the ‘news’

That’s right, you voted, and it’s official: our most popular sections, by far, are our Wednesday “In Your Corner” posts and Royalene’s Friday “Conversations” posts. They’re going nowhere. But Mondays? Mondays could use some work. We’re going to brainstorm some ways to make the news more, yes, useful. So hang tight for a couple of weeks as we work our way down the list of possibilities, and you’ll see some updates happening soon.

√ Thirdly, we’re going to update our book reviews

Someone very kindly suggested–and we loved this idea–that we feature some award winners among our book reviews, and we intend to do so! We have a long and storied history with the CIPA EVVY Awards, but if you have any additional suggestions drop us a line in the comments box or go ahead and fill out the survey again.

√ Lastly, some other ideas we loved:

One reviewer suggested we pen some pieces on “where to advertise your book to get the most ‘bang for your buck,’ and we’re going to take this to heart both as we put together our “News” each week (if we spot anything new) and as Elizabeth works on her lineup for her “In Your Corner” posts (for tried and true strategies). Another survey respondent wrote in that we might center some work around the theme “Dig Into Marketing” … and we love that idea, too! In fact, there’s a whole world of possibilities there for us to explore, between these two ideas. They might just have achieved a perfect synthesis!

More soon!

Thank you to all of our readers who have already sent in your responses! If you have ideas which you did not see here, or would like to add additional suggestions, please go ahead and fill out the survey here! We’re only ever going to continue to update our wishlist for places to go and pieces to write, and your feedback really shapes where we go and how we get there. Thanks again!

 


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A Quick 5 Minute Survey to Serve You Better!

We’d love to hear from you about how we’re doing and what more you’d like to see on Self-Publishing Advisor! After all, we’re here to serve your needs and interests, and we want to ensure we’re delivering material that you need—and enjoy!

Click here to access the survey link

This survey should take around 5 minutes, and responses are completely anonymous.

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We are under construction!

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I know, ugh, right? But we have so much in store for you over the coming months and we want to get it right right. So we’re taking a moment to pause and regather our thoughts, to brainstorm new subjects and new ideas to bring to you here on the Self Publishing Advisor blog–from all of our contributors, yes, but especially from our Wednesday time slots. As we’ve mentioned in the past, we’ll be introducing a new contributor in the coming weeks, and we’ll also be tweaking what we have already been doing a little bit as well.

First stop: the survey! We’ll be asking you some questions next week in the form of a brief (5 minutes or fewer) survey as to what content you’ve enjoyed and found useful here on the blog. It will stay open past that week, but we will start using its results to craft our content right away.

Second stop: the changes await! Check back next week as we begin our next stage of evolution! Oh, I know, we’re not Neopets or Chia plants or Pokemon, but we’re still pretty cool. And we want to provide absolutely top-notch material for our self-publishing authors to work with!

Ready your fingers and minds!

 


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A Very Fond Farewell!

Last week, I hinted that I might have some news to share in my usual bi-weekly Wednesday blog post. Now the time has come to share that news, and I’m anxious. I’m excited. I’m a bundle of emotions!

Simply put, I’m leaving my current position with Outskirts Press and moving on to work closely with my husband, who runs a coffee business. I know, I know … what is it about authors and coffee? In all seriousness, though, I found myself facing some tough decisions–Leave or stay? Work with friends or family?–and found myself excited by the opportunities this new work will give me, as an author and publishing professional.

In short, it’s time.

I’m going to miss everyone! I am grateful to Outskirts Press for providing me years of great experience and opportunity. I’m grateful to have been invited to take part in this blog–I just checked, and my first post went up in August of 2008. Nine years! NINE. That’s amazing. You, dear readers, are amazing. I will miss writing for you, but in ending my work at Outskirts Press I find I must also focus on my private writings, which you can keep up with on my own personal blog (www.kellyschuknecht.com).

In the meantime, keep following the lovely folks here at Self-Publishing Advisor! I’m honored that I got to work with Lisa, Elizabeth, Royalene, and all the authors who came before us on the blog. They have plenty of exciting ideas for the future, and I can’t wait to see what the coming years have in store for the self-publishing industry. ♠

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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the outgoing Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog, kellyschuknecht.com

Changes Are Coming to SPA!

Here at Self Publishing Advisor, we’re committed to providing the best possible fodder for your self-publishing journey—as often as we can, and of as high a quality as we can—but sometimes that means we have to introduce a few changes.

Due to some scheduling and workload shifts amidst our dedicated staff, we will be reducing the number of posts per week for the foreseeable future, or until such a time as our various employers are able to bring in more contributors.

Our lineup will be as follows:

Mondays: News from the Self-Publishing World

Tuesdays: Self-Published Book Reviews

Wednesdays: Kelly’s marketing-related posts & Elizabeth’s “In Your Corner” posts (alternating weeks)

Thursdays: Miscellany

Fridays: Royalene will continue to close out the work-week with her stellar “Conversations” posts.

These changes will go into effect as of today, July 24th.
We will update you when we are able to resume our full posting schedule!


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Let’s Celebrate! Indie Author Day Is Just Around the Corner

October is a big month for festivities—Halloween, we’re looking at you—but there’s one party you absolutely don’t want to miss: Indie Author Day, which this year will take place nationwide on Saturday, October 8th. Why is this a big day? First of all, it’s the day where we celebrate you and all that you do as a self-publishing author. And if you needed a second reason, here’s another: Indie Author Day provides a fantastic opportunity for networking with other authors and partner organizations, as well as a great centerpoint for launching your next promotion or giveaway at your local public library!

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Want to know how to get involved? Your first stop should be the official Indie Author Day website (www.indieauthorday.com). There, you can find out if your local library is participating (under the “WHERE” tab) and even get involved in signing yourself and your library up for next year (under the “AUTHOR INQUIRY” and “LIBRARY REGISTRATION” tabs, respectively). The website is chock-full of useful information and tips to get you started.

Perhaps the most important feature of the Indie Author Day website is, however, the “NEWS” tab, where you can find the most up-to-date information on events happening both near and far from you as well as ways for you to watch live streams or take direct part. And don’t dally, if you can help it—some of the opportunities out there have fast-closing deadlines, so it’s worth diving in with both feet right away; there are plenty of how-to resources available through the website as well as elsewhere online (don’t forget about your advocates and your Personal Marketing Assistant at Outskirts Press, for example!) to help you find a foothold.

To top it all off, there will be an online “Digital Gathering” for indie authors, advocates, and fans on October 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The gathering will feature a Question and Answer session with writers, agents, and other industry leaders that you absolutely won’t want to miss. Libraries hosting Indie Author Day related events will be streaming this gathering, but if you can’t make it in (or if there is no library near you playing host), you can also watch the event on YouTube—live or after the fact, depending on what works for your schedule. As is fitting for an event seeking to advocate for indie and self-publishing authors, the wonderful people behind Indie Author Day do their best to make theirs a flexible, adaptable, and responsive event.

We here at Self Publishing Advisor and our friends over at Outskirts Press will be following the events of Indie Author Day closely. You can follow along as we post more information here and by accessing that all-important Indie Author Day website.

See you at the library!


Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space every Saturday!

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Conversations: Royalene Returns!

It has been a long month without Royalene here to anchor the blog on Fridays–she’ll be back next week!–and it turns out her absence has given me a lot to think about in terms of the importance of personal witness and testimony within the modern self-publishing tradition.

It’s vital.

I think it’s more vital than, say, something similar within the traditional publishing industry.  Authors who pursue a traditional publication route face many challenges, there’s no denying it, but their challenges take place within the protective sphere of a guaranteed team of editors, designers, publishers, marketers, and other experts who happen to have a stake in making sure any given author they publish sells a lot of books.  Their challenges also take place within a massive literary tradition that has been defended–and eloquently, at that–by other authors for centuries, and will continue to be defended by other authors for as long as the institution lasts.

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Self-publishers don’t have this tradition at their backs, and they certainly don’t have teams of assistants on hand to make sure they’re striking the right tone at this or that interview or that they’re appearing at the right venues for maximum impact. Self-publishers may opt to pay for some of these services, now that the market has diversified, but their default experience takes place in a vacuum.  If they’re very lucky, they’ll have access to other indie authors who have gone before or are coming up alongside them, but they don’t have centuries and centuries of precedents to follow.  When it comes to modern self-publishing, they may have a couple of decades’ worth of a pattern to analyze, but few enough of those who went before had voices that resonate the same way that, say, traditionally published authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald or John Krakauer (to name two random names in a million) have.

This is why conversations with other self-publishing authors, like Royalene, are so important. Each conversation serves to chip away at the wall between an indie author and the comforts of community and tradition.  Conversations are what set us apart from traditionally published authors–we have the option to speak for ourselves, unfiltered and in perfect honesty, about whatever we please without repercussions or sanctions–and what unite us.

I, for one, can’t wait for September and Royalene’s return.  She and other voices like her make our lives–and our work–better.♠


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ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog, kellyschuknecht.com