Tag: self-publishing

$100 Giveaway and Writing Great Heroes

$100 Giveaway and Writing Great Heroes

Welcome to November! I think almost everyone is getting ready for two things: ONE – the Holidays TWO – The NEW YEAR! So this November I’m having some “Give Me Some Shopping Money” Multi-Author Giveaways. Each week in November I’ll have a new $100 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs courtesy of a few of my favorite author friends. This week’s giveaway is sponsored by:   AMAZON AMAZON AMAZON AMAZON IN KINDLE UNLIMITED! iBOOKS iBOOKS IN KINDLE UNLIMITED! NOOK NOOK […]

Planning the Perfect Release Marketing Tip Monday Part 5

Planning the Perfect Release Marketing Tip Monday Part 5

  VIDEO ONE – INTRODUCTION: FIND IT HERE VIDEO TWO – COVER REVEALS: FIND IT HERE VIDEO THREE – PRE-ORDERS: FIND IT HERE VIDEO FOUR – GIVEAWAYS: FIND IT HERE VIDEO SIX – NEW RELEASE: FIND IT HERE VIDEO SEVEN – DISCOUNTS/BOX SETS: FIND IT HERE   The Advanced Reader Copy List might just be the one thing you do that will make a huge difference the very first time you add it to your release. I had to add […]

Posted February 6, 2017 by Julie in Marketing Tip Monday / 22 Comments
Prepare to Succeed Marketing Tip Monday

Prepare to Succeed Marketing Tip Monday

Christmas in July JA Huss Style (or Preparing to Succeed) My version goes a little something like this: BRAIN: Sh*t. Holidays are coming again. ME: Take it easy, Brain. It’s July. BRAIN: Yeah, duh. That means Christmas is only six months away. ME: So? BRAIN: So? What are you planning? You know you need a plan or the whole month of December just goes to hell. ME: I had that plan four months ago, so chill. And I did. The […]

Posted July 18, 2016 by Julie in Marketing Tip Monday / 36 Comments
How to Launch a Book – Marketing Tip Monday (on Tuesday)

How to Launch a Book – Marketing Tip Monday (on Tuesday)

How do I launch a book? I remember doing a Google search on this very sentence way, way, way back in 2012 when I was getting ready to publish for the first time. Guess what? I didn’t get an answer. I have read some pretty comprehensive posts about how “other” people launched a book and those have helped. But generally there is no one way to launch a book. And you can do everything some random successful author does and […]

Posted May 3, 2016 by Julie in Marketing Tip Monday / 0 Comments
Marketing Tip Monday – Tip #3 – How I Got “Discovered” in 5 Easy Steps

Marketing Tip Monday – Tip #3 – How I Got “Discovered” in 5 Easy Steps

Discoverability is the new self-publishing buzzword these days. “You have to be discovered” is the siren song for Indies. Some authors maintain that Amazon Kindle Unlimited (KU) is the answer, some authors maintain going wide and selling on all platforms is the answer, some authors want to scam their way up the charts with formatting tricks, some authors try and trick potential readers into thinking they are the next “Big Thing” by purchasing fake “Social Proof”. All of it works. […]

MARKETING MONDAY: Making a Kick-Ass Book Trailer

I skipped Marketing Monday last week – sorry.  I was finishing up a new book and that sucked all the life out of me.  Since the last post I did was on cover art and artists, this week I thought I’d shed some light on how I make a book trailer. I know what you’re thinking – book trailers suck, they’re boring, and they have no bearing on sales. Maybe.  That might all be true, but if you have a […]

Posted March 18, 2013 by Julie in Marketing, self-publishing / 0 Comments

Marketing Mondays: Custom Book Covers for Self-publishers

This week I’m going to do something a little different and fun. I have used digital illustrators for all my covers that are out so far. Four of them were with James Ledger Concepts and the first book was with Alex Tooth, who created the Junco character from scratch. I figured many authors might be thinking about going with a digital illustrator, especially if you’re in fantasy or SF, because this is pretty standard for these genres, and maybe you’re […]

Posted March 4, 2013 by Julie in covers, I Am Just Junco, self-publishing / 0 Comments

Marketing Monday – All About Book Blog Tours

I was not going to do a Marketing Monday today but it’s been a long day of editing and most of it has been awful so I wanted to stop for a while and do something else.  It’s not so much the editing, there’s not that much to fix really, but can I just say some days Scrivener makes me want to bang my head against my desk. I love Scrivener, but come on.  I copy the text from the […]

Winter Constellations

Yes, I’m bragging a little because I spent fourteen (FOURTEEN) freaking hours marketing yesterday for various promotions I had going.  Simple Schooling released two new products yesterday – a printable Microscopes unit (now sitting at #14 at CurrClick) and a new Complete Course – Winter Constellations. I made the original unit of Winter Constellations last year – as I did with all my “Classical Nature Study” units.  But I didn’t make an interactive unit on purpose so I could make […]

Posted January 29, 2013 by Julie in Brag, Marketing, Productivity Check, shizz / 0 Comments

Fake it till ya make it

Friday seems like the only time I have to do any blogging for myself these days.  This week I had blog posts by Tier, Lucan, and Junco.  If you haven’t visited the website yet and read the comments under the posts, you’re missing out on some funny stuff!  These characters are so fun outside of the story!  Sometimes the blog posts are interesting – Lucan’s was this week (How to Make Junco Love You) but mostly it’s what the team […]

Book Launch Prep

This week’s productivity check is going to be a little different.  You see, all three books are now off to my awesome editor, RJ Locksley for the final read-through.  And I’m not quite sure what to do with myself tonight!  Tomorrow and Sunday I will write like mad to make some progress on the fourth book (called RANGE).  I’ve neglected it for two weeks now and it needs some serious attention.  That Junco is doing all kinds of crazy things […]

Posted August 25, 2012 by Julie in Marketing, Productivity Check / 0 Comments

Publishing a Novel (or three)

If you’ve never self-published a book then you probably won’t be interested in this blog post, but just in case you’re thinking about doing what I’m doing (publishing three books at the same time!) I’m gonna give you the skinny on what it’s like. Self-publishing is not the “easy way out” that some might think it is. Sure, you can slap together a PDF of just about anything and upload it to Amazon and take your chances. But that’s not […]

Posted July 26, 2012 by Julie in self-publishing / 0 Comments