Indie Authors: How To Use Story to Sell Story

Kathy Meis of Bublish

Kathy Meis of Bublish

What if you could promote your books simply by telling stories? It seems like a natural fit – you’re a storyteller, after all. That was the concept that got Kathy Meis thinking and brought her to create Bublish. Now an ALLi Partner Member, Kathy explains how it works.

Behind every story you write for your books there are many more stories. These are the personal stories of your life as a writer – like the moment of inspiration for your first book, funny and frustrating hours spent with those early drafts, people you’ve met that have shaped your characters, late night rewrites, the whys and hows of your writing, your failures and triumphs.

These are the stories behind your stories. Readers love them, and Bublish can help you celebrate and share them across the social Web.

Bublish is the free social book discovery and commerce platform that is revolutionizing how writers share their stories and readers find books they’ll love. The platform enables you to promote your work through storytelling, which leads to emotional connection and a high level of reader engagement. This in turn provides context as readers swim through a sea of books in today’s content abundant world.

At the heart of the Bublish platform is the book bubble:self publishing book bubble

Notice that on a single screen, readers can enjoy an excerpt from your book, a synopsis, your bio and photo, the book’s cover art, links to your website and an “author insight.” It’s in the author insight that you get to share the story behind your story. Think of it like a director’s cut for your book.

Book bubbles are also designed for today’s visual Web. Your writing remains at the center of each book bubble, but it’s wrapped in a beautiful, visually pleasing design. When people are overwhelmed with choices visual cues help them sort through information quickly.

With book bubbles, authors can create original, highly engaging content in seconds and share it across multiple social channels where readers can enjoy it and share it with their networks.

Over time, this “network effect” helps authors start conversations with new readers and build their fan base.

For more, head over to Bublish and try it out.


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13 Responses to Indie Authors: How To Use Story to Sell Story

  1. Victoria May 5, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Hi, the only book I have published was only in Wattpad, does that qualified me to promote my book and myself in Bublish too?
    Thanks, and by the way, this website offers an excellent idea. 😉

  2. michelle February 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    I think is simply gorgeous for story writing. It’s much easier easier, free and you can write your owned stories, create scored quizzes and personality quizzes, polls, questions, groups.

  3. Deborah Rix October 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Um, I think I love this! It was sooo easy and it looks great.
    One question… If I want to share to facebook but I want it on a page I manage, rather than my timeline, is there a way to do that, like with instagram? I couldn’t see any settings options for that. I’d really rather share on my book page, not my personal timeline.
    Deb Rix

  4. Andy August 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Scott has written three books: Life II, an occasion travel novel; Seeking Dr. Magic, a novel that imagines what are the results whenever a powerful wizard comes of aging as being a kid, and wreaks his havoc on the planet, that is yet unaware of his existence; and You Know You?re Thin When?, a humor book using large single panel cartoons.

  5. Dianne Greenlay August 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Kathy, I love this concept! I am looking forward to trying it out. It looks so visually appealing. And thanks to you and ALLi for bringing it to our attention.

  6. Kathy Meis August 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    You are most welcome, Gregory. We look forward to helping your share your stories with new readers. If anyone has follow up questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at info [at] bublish [dot] com.

  7. Gregory Delaurentis August 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Thank you very much Ms. Meis for your detailed response to my query and the promptness in your reply. You’ve won my confidence. I’ll upload the full text of my book ASAP. Thank you again, I think you have a wonderful idea here in Bublish.

  8. Kathy Meis August 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Quick addition to my last comment. Rest assured that no one has access to your book except for you. Readers only see the bubbles that you create and publish. Your book is stored safely in the Amazon Cloud. The same place Amazon stores its digital books. Hope that helps.

  9. Kathy Meis August 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi everyone. Thanks for your interest and questions. Gregory, to answer your question about uploading your entire book. The only real requirement is that your book file be in the ePub format. That’s what allows Bublish to work its magic and auto-generate the book bubble. Most authors upload the entirety of their book on to Bublish. This allows them to create book bubbles around excerpts from anywhere in their book. However, you can create an ePub with only sample files from your book and upload that to Bublish. We do have a few authors who have done that. I hope this answers your question. Feel free to ask more. Thanks for your interest in Bublish!

    And to answer Ray’s question, you can sign up for free at

  10. Gregory Delaurentis August 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I have only a question: Why is it that we have to upload the entire book to Bubblish and not just an excerpt if we are only placing an excerpt in the bubble?

  11. Dianne Ascroft August 1, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I like this concept and will head over to check out the website.

  12. Ray Joesbury August 1, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    This sounds great, how do we get to use it?

  13. Philippa Rees August 1, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    THis seems an excellent idea. Very clearly demonstrated.

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