An Interview with Elizabeth Haydon, Author of The Tree of Water

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Elizabeth Haydon, documentarian, archanologist, and translator of Ven’s journals, including The Tree of Water, kindly answered some questions about her latest book. Read on for the interview and an excerpt from The Tree of WaterContinue reading

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5 Fast Ways to Write an Ebook


Today’s guest post is brought to you by Tanisha Williams, founder of ChatEbooks, a social media ebook marketplace that connects authors and readers.

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Indie Authors: Working with Beta Readers

Beta readers are amazing. They can help find plot holes, grammar mistakes, and other issues with manuscripts. They help save you time and money with editing. And they are part of your fan base, and a great first marketing step for a book. Continue reading

eBookStage, a New Marketing Tool for Authors


eBookStage is a new site that offers readers deals for their favorite ebooks. Indie authors can take advantage of the site by submitting their discounted or free ebooks, which eBookStage can help promote to its audience.

Daniel Weber, the co-founder and marketing manager at eBookStage, answered some of my questions about the service and how authors can use it. Continue reading

Startups in Publishing

We live in exciting times. Ebooks are evolving, the way people consume content is changing, and the barriers to entry for digital publishing are low enough that many creative people are able to test out their ideas.

In the spirit of supporting those brave enough to go out and follow their passions, I’ve compiled a list of some of the publishing startups out there, in no particular order: Continue reading

Planning an Effective Video Strategy with MWP Digital Media


Sometimes it can be difficult for indie authors to think about video, but having a YouTube channel with book trailers, author interviews, and more can help boost an author’s platform. In order to find out what kind of videos work best, My Web Presenters (MWP) Digital Media has a new video marketing comparison tool, which can help users with their video strategy. Continue reading

On a Break for Two Weeks

For the next two weeks I’ll be taking a break from the online world. Tomorrow I’m getting married to my best friend and shortly after we’ll be celebrating on our honeymoon, which doesn’t seem to be the ideal time for blogging. I’ve heard about people who take vacations where they are “unplugged” and I think it will be an interesting experiment.

So, enjoy your next two weeks. When I get back, I have lots of cool topics lined up!

Indie Authors and ESingles

For a while now, people have been experimenting with different lengths for their ebooks. Because of their digital nature, the length of an ebook matters less than the length of a print book. Since there are no paper costs, they can be as long or as short as the author likes.

One new type of ebook that has come out of this flexibility is the single. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past by Sharon McCrumb

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Best-selling author Sharon McCrumb is releasing her first holiday novella, Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past:

When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.On Christmas Eve, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call to arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As they attempt to do their duty, while doing the right thing for a neighbor, it begins to look like they may all spend Christmas away from home.In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits her most loved characters who know there is more to this world than the eye can see, especially at Christmastime.

SMcCrumb_Author Headshot_High ResolutionSharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, and many other acclaimed novels. Her much-loved Ballad novels weave together the legends, natural wonders and contemporary issues of  Appalachia, also home to McCrumb’s own family legacy. Readers have come to love the characters, mountains, and mystery brought to life by the award-winning Southern writer.
McCrumb tributes her gift of storytelling to her great-grandfathers who were circuit preachers in the Smoky Mountains 100 years ago, riding horseback over the ridges to preach in different communities each week. Her novels, studied in universities throughout the world, have been translated into 11 languages. She has lectured at Oxford University, the University of Bonn-Germany, and at the Smithsonian Institution; taught a writers workshop in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee and at the Chautauqua Institute in New York.

Read on for a special post by Nora Bonesteel. Continue reading

How to Create a Basic Ebook in 10 Steps

After my short series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I thought I’d revisit the basic steps on how to create a regular ebook. This is for novels, or books with mostly text. There are 10 steps to creating an ebook, and if you find this useful, you might like to try out my online course, which has a number of videos that demonstrate the steps.  Continue reading