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The Surprising Truth About ISBN

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.

Define Your Ideal Reader

Every word you write is meant for someone. And the more specific your idea of that someone, the more impact your writing can have. Identifying and defining your ideal reader, then, is an exercise in honing and improving your craft. Knowing who you’re writing for will help you get better at this—and as a side benefit, it will help you in marketing your work as well.

How to build your author platform (starting where you are)

If you’ve been in self publishing for more than a few minutes, it’s likely you’ve heard the term “author platform.” In simplest terms, an author platform is your ability to sell books because of who you are and who you are connected to.

Use Pre-Orders to Build Buzz (and Test Marketing)

This week’s post includes heavy contributions from D2D’s own Steed Brown, Operations Manager (and all-around awesome guy!)

Capture Readers With Better Book Descriptions (For Fiction)

A good book description captures the reader, and won't let them go—like an octopus with dependency issues.There are a lot of tools in the publishing tool belt, and each has its own unique purpose and strength. Few, though, have more sway over a would-be reader than the book description.

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