Self-Publishing and Selling Your Stories in 2023

Self-Publishing and Selling Your Stories in 2023

In today’s digital age, there are more opportunities than ever for aspiring authors to self-publish and sell their stories. With the help of platforms like Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble, you can reach a wider audience and keep a larger share of your profits.
Even better, you can sell your books directly through your own website and social media pages. This gives you complete control over your pricing and branding, and it allows you to build a direct relationship with your readers.

Setting up Your Author Platform

Before you start selling your books, you’ll need to create a strong author platform. This includes:
• A professional email address: Use a free service like Gmail to create an email address under your pen name or with the word “Writer” in the name.
• A social media presence: Create social media pages for yourself as a writer on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Fill out your profiles completely and add a link to your book selling page.
• A website: Create a website to showcase your books, blog posts, and other writing projects. You can use a free service like Blogger or Wix to create a simple website.

Promoting Your Books

Once you have a strong author platform, you can start promoting your books. Here are a few tips:
• Use social media to connect with readers: Share excerpts from your books, run contests and giveaways, and interact with other authors and readers.
• Use paid advertising: Use platforms like Facebook Ads and Amazon Ads to reach a wider audience.
• Submit your books to review sites: Get your books reviewed by popular bloggers and reviewers.
• Network with other authors: Attend writing conferences and workshops to meet other authors and learn from their experiences.

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Selling Your Books

There are a few different ways to sell your books directly to readers:
• Sell ebooks through your website: You can use a platform like Payhip or Gumroad to sell ebooks directly from your website.
• Sell print books through your website: You can use a print-on-demand service like KDP Print-on-Demand, IngramSpark or Draft2Digital to print and ship your books to readers.
• Sell books through social media: You can use platforms like Facebook Marketplace and TikTok to sell your books directly to readers.

Self-publishing and selling your stories can be a rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of success. If you would like more help with these types of services check out Jolene’s Southern Dragon Publishing Service.

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Gwen MacFadden

I am a single mom of 4 grown children and a couple of grandkids all born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a published author of both fiction and non-fiction books and learning more every day with the blogs that I have created and post articles for my readers and fellow writers enjoyment.

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