Things seem to change every single day in self-publishing. Today, J. and Zach talk about some of the best publishing tools available today,  some recent changes with paperbacks over at Amazon, and more:

  • The success of the new Halloween movie
  • The ever-changing nature of self publishing and why it’s important to pay attention to developments in the publishing industry
  • How you can use for project management + why the guys prefer digital tools
  • Barnes and Noble’s trouble continues as they unofficially abandon Nook and what this will look like in practice
  • Amazon’s stranglehold on the ebook market
  • Kobo’s partnership with Walmart – is it really the best move?
  • The guys’ take on publishing your books in Kindle Unlimited vs. publishing wide in today’s marketplace
  • Kindle Create, a new tool designed to help you convert a Word Document into a Kindle document
  • Why J. stopped manually formatting his own books, and why you shouldn’t do it yourself either
  • PublishDrive and other publishing tools worth using
  • How buying habits vary across generations
  • How to decide what formats your books will be available in
  • Some important notes about the end of CreateSpace
  • Why un-published or “retired” books remain visble on Amazon’s marketplace

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

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