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Deciding between exclusivity and wide distribution can be a challenge. Like every other part of your author business, distribution should be handled strategically. You’ll want to look at the goals and needs of your business to determine the best plan—and it’s best not to assume that any one plan is better by default. In this week’s post, we’ll look at reasons why you might choose one strategy over another, and decide when exactly is a good time to go wide.
At some point, every indie author comes up against the question—do I really need an ISBN? Finding a definitive answer to that is going to be tough, thanks to a plethora of opinions from both professional and hobbyist publishers. Those opinions range from “you must” to “you should never,” and every possible answer in between. In this week’s post we’re taking a hard look at ISBNs, digging around a little, and offering our own advice about when or if you should purchase an ISBN. Our answer may surprise you.
Last week, I explained the bare minimums of creating a brand for yourself as an author. I mentioned how logos and color schemes are vital starters, but you’ve got to take them into every aspect of how you interact with the public. I made it clear that while the brand must eventually be comprehensive – covering everything from the clothes you wear to the look of your covers, and even infiltrating specific words and how you use them in public – it doesn’t have to start out all-encompassing.
In many ways, marketing may be the most mysterious concept the self-published author faces. Even after you pierce the veil of what constitutes marketing, you have to learn other concepts like “branding,” “reach,” and “impressions.” Assuming you get your mind around a few individual concepts under the big tent of marketing, how do you turn that into a plan that you can implement across your own website, various social media outlets, and advertising opportunities? And what’s all this going to cost?