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Weekly Write-Up: 18th December 2019


Welcome to the SPF Weekly Write-Up, where each Wednesday we collect together the self-publishing news of the week so you don’t have to.

This week: Amazon reviews go crazy, Ads for Authors closes today, and 2020 is just around the corner.

Amazon Reviews Go Crazy

Some of you may have noticed the reviews on your Amazon pages going a little haywire (or increasing, at any rate). It’s not entirely clear what Amazon is testing (and it does appear to be a test at this stage, as the reviews for some books are increasing and not others), but there are two possible causes: Amazon is collecting together the reviews from all its different stores, or it’s adding star ratings (without reviews) to the overall star count.

Either way – once they settle on something, it’ll likely be good for us indie authors.

Ads for Authors Closes Today

That’s right – the Ads for Authors course closes today (Wednesday 18th December, 2019) and won’t open again until the summer. If you want to learn how to master Facebook, Amazon and BookBub ads (plus a lot more, including the Advanced Facebook Ads for Authors course), you’d better hurry.

You can sign up here: https://learn.selfpublishingformula.com/p/adsforauthors

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

The next two Wednesdays are Christmas Day and then New Year’s Day, which means this is the last Weekly Write-Up of 2019. Sad face.

Don’t worry though – we’ll be back on January 8th. Who knows what 2020 will bring for us indie authors?

Here’s to another year of great (and with any luck, profitable) self-publishing.

Tom Ashford

Tom Ashford

Tom Ashford is a professional copywriter, author of numerous dark fantasy and sci-fi novels, and the Head of Content at the Self Publishing Formula Blog. His books include the Blackwater trilogy and the Checking Out series.

He lives in London with his wife, in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. Find out more about Tom here.