I hope you know you cannot just use any photo you find online for your book or website or blog. Most are copyrighted and require specific permission and even payment to use. Do not think you can just tell who the photographer is and they will be happy (same with using other peoples' written words). You may even be in trouble using your own photos! Below is an enlightening article by photographer Jean Gill about the use of photos for commercial purposes. Note that nowadays in the US, gardens and parks may also require permission and payment to use photos taken on their grounds.
How to Source and Use Photos in Self-Published Books
How will you build your following? Here are a few ideas:
71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book
Using beta readers is important - beta readers read a late or final draft to give you feedback so you don't publish to embarrassing reviews. Hopefully these readers are honest with you. Author Anne Leigh Parrish gives tips on how to use this feedback:
Tips on Getting Feedback
You are using social media to spread the word about you and your books, right? Don't be a spammer, though, or go on and on about your books, annoying potential readers. What do you post about then? Gary McLaren of Writers Unplugged has an article for you:
40 Ideas for Writers to Post on Social Media
Your author bio can help sell your book, so don't be shy about your accomplishments. Author/Copywriter Bryan Cohen gives 5 tips in his article
Joel Friedlander talks about proofreading and how reading aloud is not just for kids.
This post provides details about the 5 Parts of the Book You Will Write, in addition to the book itself. A must read if you thought your contribution ended with the content!
Editor Rachel Newman has an excellent article on Joel Friedlander's blog on editing your work for point of view - of course, don't rely on yourself to catch all the errors. Who is telling your story? Be sure to maintain this point of view throughout, unless you are really good at knowing how and when to switch.
Whose Story Is It? Self-Editing for Point of View
Here's an excellent, detailed article about using Amazon ACX to create an audiobook. You must have a published book available on Amazon to do this, not an unpublished manuscript.
How to Produce Audiobooks with Amazon ACX
Don't rush to hire an editor unless you need a developmental editor to help organize your story and make sense of it. SLPA member and editor Kathleen Pickett tells how to avoid having to hire a copyeditor twice.
All in Due Time: One more way to save on editing costs
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