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SelfPub 005: Mark Merkley and Facing Fear

Episode Overview:

In this episode, we examine what fear is and how it inhibits our abilities to speak to customers. We discuss ways to improve confidence and overcome fear when trying to sell our product. Mark Merkley, Weber State University public speaking professor, shares his insight and tips to find confidence.

EPISODE LINKS:

Feel the Fear. . . and Do It Anyway

THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES:

  • Speaking in public
  • Understanding how setting goals can boost confidence.
  • Discussion on Fear and building confidence with Mark Merkley
  • Using public readings to build confidence in speaking publicly

REMINDER: You can get published. Our friends at Four Doors Publishing will completely publish one listener’s work. For details and deadlines, see here.

SelfPub with DF 004: Listener Emails

Episode Overview:

This episode answers some of our listeners’ emails. Your email may be read on this episode. Thank you for your great questions and comments, everyone!

EPISODE LINKS:

Writer’s Market

THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES:

  • The one book every author should have
  • Selling books on physical bookstore shelves
  • Protecting your work (myth vs. fact)
  • When a publishing package costs too much
  • Who to listen to for advice
  • The role of the ISBN
  • The trap of free books

REMINDER: You can get published. Our friends at Four Doors Publishing will completely publish one listener’s work. For details and deadlines, see here.

SelfPub with DF 003: C. David Belt

EPISODE OVERVIEW:

This episode examines some effective and ineffective self-marketing approaches to sell your books. Our guest is C. David Belt, author of The Children of Lilith series. He shares his experience and approaches that he has developed in promoting his own work. This is a valuable interview that offers some unique tactics.

LINKS TO OUR GUEST’S WORK:

Home:  www.unwillingchild.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/unwillingchild

The Unwilling: http://www.amazon.com/The-Unwilling-C-David-Belt/dp/1427695806/

The Penitent: http://www.amazon.com/Penitent-C-David-Belt/dp/1427695814/

The Prophecy:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Prophecy-C-David-Belt/dp/1427696195/

C. David Belt’s work is available in many formats and through various stores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords etc. I’ve included a few of the links here, but I encourage you to visit his homepage to choose from its various formats.

THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES:

  • Book marketing approaches, particularly the author’s role.
  • Interview with C. David Belt
  • Discussion on marketing materials
  • Announcement for contest to publish your book. See the details here.

SelfPub with DF 002: Brittany McConnel

EPISODE OVERVIEW:

This episode explores the role of the high quality book cover and its marketing potential. Our guest is artist Brittany McConnel who shares valuable insight about working with artists. This is a great discussion for authors looking for artists, and for artists interested in book cover design.

LINKS TO OUR GUEST’S WORK:

http://anilede.deviantart.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AniledeArt

THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES:

  • Types of book covers (their costs and purposes)
  • Interview with Brittany McConnel discussing ways to find artists; how to work as a team with artists; what to bring to the table in preparation for your cover design; etc.
  • The dangers of stock photo covers
  • The harmful effect of self-publisher logos. Self-publisher abuse of your valuable cover space for their own free advertising.

SelfPub with DF 001: Welcome to SelfPub

EPISODE OVERVIEW:

This is the introductory episode devoted to helping authors understands myths and realities about publishing (traditional and nontraditional). Focused more towards the author who is interested in self-publishing, this show intends to help potential authors know what tools and information are helpful and which tools are useless to help keep costs down.

This episode discusses:

  • why authors might choose to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher.
  • The myth of seeking out publishers who have brick and mortar locations.
  • The harmful approach of thinking proven authors and fellow peers will actually teach you bad habits.
  • Some tips on your audience.