Guest Post: How to Create an Engaging Author Website That People Will Actually Visit

By Mariah T. The key to being a successful author is exposure. You have to get your book out there. You can thank the internet because the PR game is now in your hands. The architecture of a solid website is enough to get readers curious about what you wrote. But getting started creating a …

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A Primer on Self-Publishing

I believe in the power of repurposing content. A while back, I had the pleasure of giving a talk at a writer's conference about the basics of self-publishing. Topics include: Writing and editing tools Cover design Ebook creation tools and techniques Ebook distribution channels Marketing tactics Authorpreneurship concepts Changes and developments in the industry Below …

Guest Post: 18 Brutal Business Failures From Billionaire Entrepreneurs

By Samantha Rosario Becoming a prominent indie author always starts with a simple goal, and that is to use your creative mind and the written word to entertain readers throughout the world. As you probably know, this dream doesn't always come easy, and gaining momentum as a writer requires more than mere talent. It also …

Indie Author Marketing Guide: Twitter

Twitter is one of the largest social media platforms, and when used correctly, can really help boost an indie author's platform. According to Social Media for Writers, "23 percent of online adults living in the United States are active on Twitter." The post also breaks down the demographic of Twitter users, down to age, gender, …

Guest Post: A Guide To Successful Youtube Video Marketing

By Sheena Mathieson  Sheena Mathieson is a freelance writer who shares some helpful tips on using YouTube. Videos are used for various purposes – ranging from educational to entertaining. In fact, YouTube was made in order for people online to find videos quickly. Thanks to its search engine and social media system, their vision was …

128 Resources on the Who’s, What’s, Where’s, When’s, Why’s, and How’s of Book Marketing and Other Publishing Tidbits

All right folks, time for another epic list! I noticed I'd accumulated a lot of WWWWWH links, and thought it'd fun to put them all together here. They're mostly about book marketing, but some are about other aspects of publishing (and not always about books), and some are just for fun. Enjoy! The Who "Who …

Guest Post: Writing An Epic Series

By Ron Glick Ron Glick is the author of numerous novels and three different ongoing epic series. In this post he outlines what it takes to write a successful continuous book series. I have always been told that there are three cornerstones that must be built as an Indie author if you ever wish to establish …

Guest Post: A Brief History of ASR, Automatic Speech Recognition

By Jason Kincaid This moment has been a long time coming. The technology behind speech recognition has been in development for over half a century, going through several periods of intense promise — and disappointment. So what changed to make ASR viable in commercial applications? And what exactly could these systems accomplish, long before any of us had …

Guest Post: How Can I Develop the Perfect Author Website?

By Mariah T. As an author, what is the best way to reach your target audience, your readers? How can you showcase your talents for publishers, literary agents, and the media? The best way to accomplish these things is by having an author website. Social media is necessary, and you should certainly have a presence …

Guest Post: 4 Tips on Crafting the Perfect Book Title

By Jessica Curry If you’re reading this article, you probably either 1) are looking to title your book before you write it, or 2) finally have finished your as-of-yet untitled book. Which means that you can now no longer ignore this looming stumbling block: what on earth is its title going to be? There’s no recipe …