3 Creative Ways to Use Your Books2Read Account

The most important goal of any indie author marketing plan is to make your books easier for readers to discover. Discoverability—or people actually reading your book—is the difference between writing as a hobby and writing as a career. You can spend months learning...

Self-Publishing Industry Insights with Mark Leslie Lefebvre // EP071

Episode Summary Draft2Digital has the best vantage point in the business for seeing trends in the self-publishing industry. And we want to use that insight to help indie authors and publishers do more to build and grow their publishing business. This episode of Self...

How to Track Your Indie Author Sales

New indie authors usually imagine that when they hit “publish,” they can finally take a breather. The hard work is over … right? Instead, the next several days tend to involve being glued to the monitor watching your sales (hopefully) come in. A small handful of sales...

The Best Advertising Investments for Indie Authors

They say you have to spend money to make money—but that old chestnut is missing a crucial word. Really, it should say that you have to spend money wisely to make money. Not all investments are created equal, and indie author marketing is no exception. There are plenty...

How to Fall Back in Love With Your Writing

As authors, our relationship with writing is similar in many ways to our relationships with people. There’s a natural ebb and flow, and the character of the relationship changes over time. Sometimes it’s exciting—you can’t wait to get back to your project, and you...

Self-Publishing Industry Insights (March 2020 to March 2022)

Draft2Digital celebrates its 10th anniversary in March 2022. And now, as of March 1, 2022, with Smashwords and its 14-year history of distribution and sales, we have access to unprecedented data and analytics. Because the fate of our company is based upon author...
Happy 10th Birthday D2D!

D2D just turned 10!

We know there's a lot going on in the self-publishing world right now (I mean... D2D officially acquired Smashwords as of today!). But we just couldn't let March 2022 slip by without noting that it marks ten years since Draft2Digital was founded! In 2012, it started...

Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?

“So … Are you a plotter or a pantser?” This question comes up a lot in indie author circles. While only you can decide which camp works for you—or even if it’s useful to put yourself in a box like that—answering the question can teach writers a lot about form and...

Zero to Indie Author: Market Research

Market research is an easy step to overlook, especially for newbie authors like me. After all, it feels like it might impact artistic integrity to check out what readers are buying before you publish … Right? It all depends on your approach. (Which is not to say that...
Better Together: D2D is acquiring Smashwords

DRAFT2DIGITAL TO ACQUIRE SMASHWORDS

We’re betting that’s a headline you never expected to see, and we’re already anticipating the chatter this will cause in the indie author community! We know this is going to feel a bit unexpected and out of the blue, but we’re very excited to make this announcement,...

Acting, Audiobooks, and TikTok with Actress Sarah Sampino // EP073

Episode Summary Sarah Sampino—voice actor and TikTok personality—sits down with D2D's own Mark Leslie Lefebvre to talk all things audio for the self-publishing space. ...

Writing and Formatting Books using Atticus, with Dave Chesson // EP072

Episode Summary D2D's own Kevin Tumlinson chats with serial entrepreneur Dave Chesson about his new writing and formatting platform, Atticus. https://youtu.be/plp9dkoez3U Episode...

Self-Publishing Industry Insights with Mark Leslie Lefebvre // EP071

Episode Summary Draft2Digital has the best vantage point in the business for seeing trends in the self-publishing industry. And we want to use that insight to help indie authors and publishers do more to build and grow their publishing business. This episode of Self...

Balancing Writing And Audiobook Narration with Scott Overton // EP070

Episode Summary A lot of authors have to balance their work and personal life with their writing. But what if you're an author and an audiobook narrator? How do you manage your schedule and find the time to get both done efficiently? [simplecast-embed...

Publishing Trends for Self Published Authors // EP069

Episode Summary We've learned a lot over the past couple of years, and we're starting to see some trends and patterns. In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders, we're looking at some of the publishing industry trends that will impact self-published indie authors,...

Blueprint for a Book with Jennie Nash // EP068

Episode Summary Books aren't literally like buildings—you can't just pour a foundation, but up some 2x4s, slap on some shingles and call it done (Ok... to be fair, buildings aren't like that, either). But "building a book" is a process, and the more you know about...

Ernest Dempsey Takes On the World // EP067

Episode Summary Ernest Dempsey is a thriller writer who is willing to experiment and put it on the to figure out all the best ways to reach readers wherever they are. In this chat, Ernest Joins us to talk about his methods and his marketing. [simplecast-embed...

Writing Book Descriptions That Sell Books with Brian Meeks // EP066

Episode Summary The first thing a reader sees when encountering your book online is the cover. But the second thing is usually the book description—and it's here that you have a chance to persuade a reader to pick up the book, and give it a try. So getting that...

Sales Tracking and Analytics Made Fast & Easy with ScribeCount // EP065

Episode Summary One of the lesser known ways to improve your book sales is to simply have a firm grasp of how you're doing. Tracking sales can help you figure out what's working, and what isn't, in all aspects of your author business. In this episode of Self...

Draft2Digital is Acquiring Smashwords! – Q&A // EP064

Episode Summary It's the big announcement you probably never thought you'd hear! Draft2Digital is acquiring Smashwords, and becoming more Draft2Digital than ever before! Big growth, big plans, and more services and features for authors using both companies! Kris...

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