Indie Epublished Authors: Who Would Like to be a WG2E Guest Blogger?!

Happy Weekend, WG2E-Land!

Today, I’m extending a warm call-out to all of you fabulous Indie Epublished Authors who make up WG2E-Land and who would like to be a WG2E Guest Blogger!!!

We’re always looking for new ideas and experiences on all aspects of Indie Epublishing, and YOU might just be our next Guest Blogger!

No matter where you’re at in your Indie Epublishing Journey (thinkin’ about it, brand new or old-timer), we’d luuuvvv to hear your experiences, questions, concerns, ideas, and real numbers!

So, what do you say? Let us know below what topics you’d love to blog about here on The WG2E, and I’ll be in touch with you to schedule a date! :-)

Also, let us know, in general, what topics you’d like to hear more about, and that way, you might inspire someone to say “hey, I can write a post about that ’cause I’ve been there and done that!”

P.S. Don’t be shy! We’ve all got sooo much we can learn from each other!

The Best of Indie Epublishing Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.

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  1. Hi D.D.,

    What a great opportunity! I’d love to write a guest post – off the top of my head, here are a few topics I could offer:

    ~ How To Format Your Book For Perfect Kindle Conversion
    ~ Top Ten Things Readers Hate (And How To Avoid Them)
    ~ I Vant To Be Alone! (How To Manage Privacy While Using Social Media)

    Hope one or more of these topics would be interesting to your readers, looking forward to reading other ideas too :)

    • D.D. Scott says:

      We’ll be snatching up all three of those, Joanne!

      Excellent! Thanks Bunches!

      P.S. I’ll be emailing all of you next week to schedule your dates!!!

  2. Helen Beal says:

    Hi DD,

    I’m just on the precipice of releasing my first book – a free short story collection and the first of my novels (the next two lined up for the next couple of months). Here’s some ideas on what I could blog about:

    - 10 Steps to Building a Scalable Publishing Framework
    - Taking a Character Driven Approach to Blogging
    - Finding a Cover Style that Works for your Brand

    I hope you like these ideas – I really want to read Joanne’s “I Vant To Be Alone!”.

    Hx

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Yes to all three of those too, Helen! Superfab and Thanks Bunches for stepping-up!!!

      Watch your email next week, and we’ll get dates scheduled for you!!!

  3. I’m wondering why we’re all up at four in the morning…LOL

    Playing the game of articles I would like to read…

    10 Things to do in the middle of the night that don’t involve sex.
    Avoiding the glazed over look in family and friends when you talk about writing.
    and I need a third one to round things out…uh…

    I think I need some caffeine, the brain isn’t working yet. (Yes, that’s the title.)

  4. Julie Day says:

    I would love to blog here. I have in mind writing around proverbs. My first romance ebook is called ‘One Good Turn’ short for One Good Turn Deserves Another, and my second is called More Fish in the Sea. All the others in the series have a title that is a shortened version of proverbs.

    Can’t think of anything I want mentioned here. Have to think about it.

  5. Alison Pensy says:

    Hi D.D. I was wondering how many authors, who don’t participate in KDP Select or Nook First, have noticed a big difference in their sales. My sales on Amazon halved almost overnight after the introduction of Select, so I waited with baited breath when I heard that B&N were going to follow suit. Sure enough, just a month or so after Nook First was launched my sales dropped by a 1/3.

    It would be interesting to see how these two programs have hit non-participating authors. I was wondering if I was the only one or if others have felt the affects too. Not sure if that would make a good blog post or not?

    • D.D. Scott says:

      This is an excellent topic, Alison…would you like to write it from your experiences and then the rest of us can chime in? And no worries, you are NOT alone! :-)

      • Alison Pensy says:

        Okay, I could do that. It wouldn’t be scientific or anything, just my personal experience. But it would be interesting to see how, if at all, it has affected other authors. I’ll put something together and shoot you an email.

  6. D.D. Scott says:

    I’m up early with y’all too!!! Cheers to that!!! And these are all fabulous ideas! I’ll be emailing all of you next week to schedule times for all of ‘em! Keep ‘em coming!!!

    Nothin’ beats Writers Helping Writers Reach Readers!!!

    WG2E-Land Rocks!!! :-)

  7. I’m up early, too, and so glad I found this post! I’m new to e-pubbing. My two e-books, “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless” went live on Amazon.com on October 12. I also sold “Tempting Jonah” to a small press company in 1998, and have sold more than 60 short stories. Now that I’ve put everyone to sleep, I would love to be a guest blogger. Things I’d like to write about: Beta Male vs. Alpha Male and How to Write a Great Short Story. Topics I’d like to see…info. about how to increase sales and some technical stuff explained so a computer illiterate (me, not anybody else — LOL) can understand it.

    Thanks so much!

  8. Monica Davis says:

    Hi DD…If there’s an interest, I would share my recent experience with: “The End is just the beginning…”

    What needs to be in place when that final manuscript is about to go live…it happens very quickly! (Positioning–From Author bio/profile page on selling sites and reader groups to setting up and managing accounting, and getting the word out.) And, all of this while you are writing your next book!

  9. Hi, D.D.!

    Wow! What a fantastic opportunity to post on a blog I just love!

    I’m doing a seminar on: “Make Your Amazon Book Page Work For You! Over a dozen things you can control on you Amazon book page that will help sell you book”

    I’d love to condense it into a blog post for your wonderful site!

    • Sorry, that’s “your book”. Does anyone else leave the “r” off “you” on a regular basis? Maybe I should do a blog post on not doing that along with not making “its” possessive “it’s”–that would be as soon as I figure out how to get over the habit, myself. How about always proof read your comments before you post them? Argh!

    • I would LOVE to hear more about how to use my amazon author page.

  10. Count me in! I could post about the roller coaster ride I’m on pegging myself as an author! My best subjects are goals, battle plans, and attitude. Like many of us, I’m leaning the hard way – from my mistakes! This is my all time favorite to-go-to blog for learning the trade of being self published. Working on launching book six in my Jillian Bradley Mystery Series.

    ~Nancy Jill

  11. JamieSalisbury (@JamieRSalisbury) says:

    Fabulous idea as always DD!! I’d love to contribute!
    I can either do one on my journey as an indie author, or do one on a writing matter.

  12. Ruth Harris says:

    DD & all, Want to alert you to the next RHReport. I’m following up “Editors & Editing” with “Formatters & Formatting.” Four of the best formatters in the business are answering myquestions about the entire process for those who want to work with a pro formatter AND those who want to go the DIY route.

    Just think of it as Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Formatting But Were Afraid To Ask.

    I’m super excited about this–it’s an in-depth look at a subject that I don’t think has been covered before in such detail with the input of top formatters in the indie world. F&F will probably comprise a 4-part series.

    • D.D. Scott says:

      I’m over the moon you’re doing this for us, Ruth!!! Such a valuable topic, and you’re right…there’s not much, if anything, out there at all about it!!! U Go, Girl! Thanks Bunches!!!

  13. Hi! I have a self-publishing basics series that I ran recently and that seemed to get a lot of hits – maybe your audience would find it useful too?

    Thanks!
    Sue

  14. Angela Brown says:

    This is such a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for opening this up.

    I would like to offer up the topic of “Writing Life and the Importance to NOT Forget about You”

    Thanks again.

  15. Gwen Gardner says:

    This is a great idea. I love hearing about how indie’s do things.

    I’d be interested in posting about the benefits of indie’s partnering up for book release blog tours and marketing. My partner, Angela Brown (who left a message above) and I just completed a tour together and we’d be interested in posting on this topic.

    Thank you!

    • I’d love to see this post! My crit partner and I have become co-authors, and we’re in the planning stages of a joint blog tour and release event. We’re just now starting to implement some joint marketing plans, so it would be great to see how someone else has done it.

  16. Doug Welch says:

    I’ll toss my hat in the ring.

  17. Zoe Dawson says:

    DD – I’d like to write about how self-doubt in this journey can derail you and how to deal with it.

    Zoe

  18. Hi DD,

    I’m really just getting started on the Indie path, after a year of doing the preliminary research and learning, and now with 2 releases out, and 3 more coming in the next few months.

    I’ve also been a member of Triberr for nearly a year now, and I’d love to do a post on “How Indie Authors Can Get The Most Out Of Triberr”.

    As Triberr member, I have nearly 400 ‘tribemates’ – people whose blog posts I share, and who share mine) – and the biggest mistake I see Indie authors make with blogging is using generic post titles. I’d like to write a post about “Blog Post Titles That Get Clicked”.

    Another mistake I see authors making, not just Indie authors, is putting up posts that seem intended to just fill the schedule. These posts that aren’t really related to the focus of their blogs end up driving traffic to other blogs, and annoying readers to the ‘unfollow point’. So, I’d like to write something about “Keeping Your Blog Focused” or something similar.

    I’m not a blogging expert, or anything like that. My own blog is sadly lacking, and I’m really just finding my way with it. I’ve done a LOT of research about improving it, and have some really kick-a$$ plans for it – I just lack the time to implement all those plans! I’d love to share what I’ve learned with others.

    Kenra

  19. Brit says:

    Writing Through Life’s Darkest Moments by Brit Blaise, Tina Gerow & Lisa Pietsch, breast Cancer, AVM brain rupture, & divorce. Three friends and critique partners battling together at the same time to keep writing against the odds.

    Both Tina and Lisa are Indies. I’m multi-published by several publishers, but I’m just now on the beginning of my Indie journey, with both books and covers ready.

    Brit

  20. Suzanne says:

    I’d like to write about three topics I’ve some experience with:

    1. It’s never too late to change your book cover (twice or three times!) to increase attention and sales

    2. How to use ACX to produce your audiobook and hire a voice artist for the audiobook of your novel

    3. Hiring virtual blog tour groups to promote your book, especially on KDP free days

    Thanks!

    Suzanne

  21. Good Morning, All! (And, yes, it’s still morning here in Arizona, although the rest of you seem to have been up for hours!)

    I’m getting ready to self-publish my first book, and would love to do a guest post, but first I’d have to come up with a topic I feel I know something about. I’m still largely at the stumbling around stage! Will think this over and get back to you if I find a topic I feel competent to write about.

    As far as what I’d like to see a post about, it’s accounting. Yes, my eyes glaze over on this topic, but I’d really like to know how other people track income and expenses for tax purposes. What I’d like to be able to do is have accounting at the publisher level (for things like domain name registration), at the book level (detailing sales, cover design cost, editor cost, etc.), and even a breakdown of sales by where the book sold with roll-ups to the book and publisher level. D.D., you obviously have something like this going because you show the sales breakdown on the blog, but I don’t remember ever seeing a post, much less samples of Excel spreadsheets or whatever people use.

    And, while I’m here, let me thank you again for this blog and all the wonderful back-bloggers. I’ve learned so much by reading here!

    • SK Holmesley says:

      Not a blog, but a sharing of what we do. We’re (myself, my son, and my daughter-in-law) are moving into eBook production from software production, so already had an LLC in place. If you’re planning on having a domain, you might want to look at an LLC. If you have a significant other, an adult child, sibling you’re close to, or someone else you trust enough to consider marrying (in the business, not the conjugal sense), you might consider it. My son and I originally started the LLC as a partnership, because we were writing software apps together, but it does have both tax advantages and disadvantages, so you would need to weigh your objectives carefully. We’re incorporated out of Delaware (one of the few states set up to manage non-resident corporations). We pay about $500 per year (Delaware Franchise fee and agent fee, since we have to have a representative in Delaware). If anyone thinks it’s an interesting topic and no one else is covering it, I can do a write-up on the pros and cons for us–everyone has their own situation, so our reasons might not be yours. But one of the pros is that you can expense some of the stuff that is difficult to fit into your schedule C. We apply the company expenses, such as domain registration, directly to the company, then apply “personal” business expenses, such as individual equipment, on our individual Schedule C’s. I use TurboTax for year end, but there are other software packages out there and also companies, such as H&R Block who can help you with your taxes. Another bonus for estate planning, is that you can set the LLC up so that it is independent, so that the remaining partners, particularly where they are family, don’t loose income if one of the members dies. (It happens :-) . We carry all the copyrights, both software and eBooks jointly by the company and the primary author. Basically, the company owns everything and passes through the royalty income from books and software based on a number of factors determined by the various income streams and level of participation in the company each year — that’s why you want to be really careful if you choose to have a partner. Whether you want to go down the LLC path or not, you will still want to read up on Schedule C, so that you can apply both your individual expenses and writing income properly at tax time.

      I use Excel spreadsheet to keep track of everything, but there are a number of applications that do very well, depending on your computer platform: Quicken, Money Well, etc. It’s just that I’m a control freak and find the available accounting applications a little confining, since I keep more information than they typically have spaces to record. Most of the additional information that I keep, is because we’re basically incorporated as a family because our income streams overlap so much since we have multiple contributors to each stream. As an individual, you wouldn’t have as many problems and wouldn’t need so much information to keep track.

  22. Pat says:

    Love to contribute a humor piece…What happens to marriage when an American writer and French printer decide to self-publish from Switzerland?

  23. D.D. Scott says:

    Yes to every single one of you!!! WG2E-Land Rocks!!!

    I’ll be emailing each one of you this coming week to schedule your dates!!!

    Take a look at all these comments again, Peeps…this is what creating a community is all about!!! We have sooo much to learn from each other, and The WG2E is the perfect place to share the scoop and the luuuvvv!!!

    Bravo to each and every one of you who’ve volunteered so far!!! :-) Thank U for making WG2E-Land just one superfab place to hang and learn!!!

  24. Hi, D.D: Wow–can’t wait to read these proposed blog posts! Verrrrry creative bunch… I’m especially interested in learning how to build an email list (using MailChimp and the technical side of that).

    I’d like to proposed a guest blog post for the newbie writer (or one wanting to jump genres)….”how to analyze a romance,” designed to help a newer writer (or new to romance) look at an existing book and learn to understand story structure for the romance genre. Too elementary?? Not sure what the subscriber mix is….more people already epublishing? Anyway, let me know…

  25. Other information I’d like to see…..basic WordPress info for the epubbed author. I have a website but am thinking of letting it go or maybe somehow adding WordPress (linking?). So, an overview would be of interest to me, plus how others are utilizing WordPress, and how to decide a focus for a WordPress blog (reader-driven or writer-driven or ??). Maybe this has already been done in the past here, but maybe there’s new info? Thanks!

  26. Celina Grace says:

    I hungrily await ALL these proposed posts! A great mix of information and entertainment coming our way… if you’re not already inundated, I wouldn’t mind writing a guest post on ‘The Pram in the Hallway – finding time to write when you have young children’ with some general hints and tips on making time to write whatever your situation. Thanks for this great site :)

  27. I’ve had lots of fun, and a high learning curve, adapting the lessons of a career in diplomacy to a new mystery subgenre, which I call the diplomatic mystery. Four books in the series are now published. How does crime solving work in the world of high stakes diplomacy? Is it realistic? The invention involved, plus some lessons learned, might be interesting to explore.

  28. R. A. Lee says:

    Great idea! I just put a link to WG2E on my website talesbyralee.com so that other indie writers can get all this wonderful help on their journey. I still have a lot to learn, I am putting up a trilogy (Desert Town Angels) to try out one of the many ideas I have learned on this site! I would still love to learn more about the pros and cons of free ISBN numbers. I would love to learn more about the Amazon author’s page and how one gets a book posted as “free” on Amazon. This site has given me incredible advice. Having the computer read my writing has increased my ability to catch mistakes! Thanks, WG2E!

  29. Victoria Noe says:

    I’m self-publishing (e-book and print) for the first time this month, and doing something different.

    I decided to rework my nonfiction book as a series of small (approx. 8,000 words) books. Kind of like Kindle Singles but nonfiction, not a fiction series. Each one stands alone, but will be bundled at the end.

    This requires a different approach to budgeting and especially marketing. Each “installment” has a slightly different niche market.

    I’d like to contribute something (not this month but down the road) about how to find and approach niche markets – online and offline. I’m working with a wide variety of target markets – baby boomers, medical professionals, gay/lesbian, first responders, religious communities, hospice, 9/11.. You get the picture.

    Thanks!

  30. Jeanne Wagner says:

    Sounds like lots of great ideas D.D.!

  31. Hi, D.D. My writing partner and I both follow your blog and would be happy to post. We recently did a post about Our Path to 10K in Sales (Strategy, Luck, and Mistakes) that your followers might find useful. We could also do a post on factors to examine when trying to decide whether to go indie or traditional.

  32. Karla Darcy says:

    Hi, D.D. I love to do a blog post. I’m published on Kindle but feel like a newbie who’s stumbling along. I could write about the feeling of now knowing what you’re doing and how you need to rise above it.

  33. Ansha Kotyk says:

    I’m putting together a WordPress workshop for NE SCBWI conference in May. I could do the post that Janet is asking for, information on how to start a WP blog. The latest versions are very plug-and-play to create your own website. No need to pay anyone for site setup.

  34. Adan Lerma says:

    hi d.d.,

    i’d like to do an article on writing via outline vs writing “not knowing” what’s up ahead, i think some call it pantsing too

    i’ll be out of the area til early next year so will have my hands full taking care of current stuff, but from early next year (feb?) on, i could try something on that topic

    it’d be from my own perspective

    thanks ;-)

    adan

  35. Lexi Ryan says:

    Hi, D.D.! I’m a little behind on my blog reading and I hope I’m not too late to jump in.

    I’d love to blog about the following:

    -How I used facebook groups to increase in my sales
    -The value of a good beta reader or content editor (using a specific personal example to discuss what this did for my story)
    -Not a pantser, not a plotter, but a “quilter” (what this way of writing looks like, how to know if you are one and how to optimize your time)
    -I’m also a college English prof by day and I’d be happy to do a grammar-focused post (or series of posts) as well.

    Thanks!

  36. I’m behind as well–computer problems at home. Sigh. And for some reason I’m suppose to do work work at the job, not what I want to do.

    Anyhoo. I’d love to do a post or two on creativity. Specifically how writers can fill the well with other creative outlets.

  37. I’d like to add my interest in metadata. I understand “what” it is, but would like to know more about the steps to “use” it…how to apply and/or make changes that affect an ebook.

  38. Laina Turner says:

    I’m just now catching up on reading since I was buckled down the past several days getting a book polished for my editor (and YEAH I just sent it off). I would love to guest post whenever you have a schedule opening (I’m flexible) and would be interested in writing about any of the following topics you feel might be interesting to readers:

    My own personal indie pub journey from selling 2 books in a month to a few thousand (I love hearing people’s stories)

    Face to face grass roots networking for a virtual product.

    Taking my ebooks to Audible (the process) and how amazing that has been.

    My top mistakes I want to warn you about so you don’t do them.

  39. Hi,

    I’m a big fan of this informative and very supportive blog. I’d love to guest post. I’ve guest posted for DuoLit before. I’m very flexible as far scheduling (I know there must be a lot of people ahead of me!). You said you’d love more posts on the writing craft, and I could do that (I’m not published yet). I also enjoy writing posts on productivity, if you’re interested.

  40. I’ve been following you for a little while and have to say I have learnt so much! So thanks for that. I’d love to blog about loveahappyending.com, a website project featuring 30 authors and associate readers from around the world. We’ve been going for just over 18 months and it’s been an interesting journey for all involved. One thing I have learnt as a new writer myself, is how supportive the writerly community – and the fabulous book reviewers – can be!