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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Survey + In Your Corner: Supporting Future Thinkers

Just as a reminder, our survey is still open, so if you haven’t yet had a chance to give us your feedback on what kind of blog post material you’d like to see more of, please consider giving us 5 minutes of your time and a few of your thoughts!

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For the last month, I have been taking a close look at what it means to be a visionary, or a future-thinker–specifically as regards self-publishing. (You can read those posts here and here.) We first looked at what future-thinking is, then ways we can become future-thinkers. But I also posed the question, which has yet to be answered, of how we might support future thinkers.

This week I’m here with a couple of possible answers.

But first, why should we care about supporting other self-publishing authors? The simple, moral answer comes from Abraham Lincoln, who I believe was quoting a certain text many of us hold to be, well, super important:

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We ought to care about other authors because of the Golden Rule, because we ought to treat others the way we want to be treated. And interestingly, this moral reasoning also has a certain practical result: if you support other self-publishing authors, you create a community upon which you too can rely when needed.

So, the ways:

Networking is crucial. Through networking, you can make important connections with other authors that can lead to new insights for marketing strategies that the two authors, before meeting, may never have considered. Sharing ideas is the first way to join forces with another author.

If, through sharing ideas, you decide that you could benefit one another’s work, start strategizing with them. Two heads are always better than one. Working with someone else can open up possibilities that might seem too daunting to take on alone. If you want to host an event but don’t want to (or can’t) do so alone, joining up with another local author who will help with the logistics, social outreach and hosting of the event, it becomes a much more reasonable task.

Team up when creating discounts and/or giveaways. Strategically place your books on sale and promote one another’s at the same time during the holiday season and beyond! You then both gain access to one another’s readership that you would not have had otherwise. The readers won’t mind … they like having more books to read and authors to follow.

Utilize digital space and host one another on each of your blogs and/or websites, social media pages, etc. You can do this by featuring a review of that author’s book on your blog and then asking them to do the same for you in exchange. Or simply write up a bio of them with a link to their website page as an equally effective means of promoting them (and in turn, yourself). You could also promote a vlog style interview of that author and vice versa, featuring them as an author in general or asking them specifically about their latest or greatest release.

Whatever you do, always make sure that the joining of forces is mutually beneficial, not parasitic on one end or the other. It is equally as important to make sure you hold true to your end of the plan as it is to hold the other person accountable for their own contributions. Support is always a two-way street, isn’t it?

You are not alone. ♣︎


Elizabeth

ABOUT ELIZABETH JAVOR: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Elizabeth Javor works as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Outskirts Press. The Sales and Marketing departments are composed of knowledgeable publishing consultants, customer service reps and book marketing specialists; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Elizabeth Javor can put you on the right path.

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