Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

For indie authors, one great way to save money when it comes to publishing your books is to learn how to make your own ebooks. Personally, when it comes to creating ebooks, I recommend using Sigil, and I teach an online course on Udemy on how to use Sigil and other free tools to create …

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Guest Post: 5 Secrets to Creating a Better Author Website

By Mary So much of writing is moving to the internet. Even authors need to have an online presence, and usually, this comes with a website and a blog. But how do you make your author website and blog interesting to readers and other people who may come across it? Having an engaging online presence …

Tips for Writing a Series

I've had a series in the works for a while now (spoiler, it's about dinosaurs). I've been really slow in writing it, but I have been reading up lately on tips for how other authors write their series. Elizabeth Spann Craig has a post about evaluating a series, and deciding how long a series should …

Marketing and Promoting Your Book

The most successful indie authors have marketing plans for their books or series. Generally, when you are launching a book or promoting a book, you want to have a plan in place 4-6 weeks in advance. Part of the plan is figuring out which sites you can use to promote your book. Self Publishing Review …

Guest Post: 10 Ways to Drive Traffic From YouTube

By Katherine Lane It has been 12 years since YouTube started to widen people’s entertainment sessions. The website has been a great help for those who want to watch a wide variety of videos online. Aside from satisfying people with its wide selections of videos, YouTube has been a great tool for marketers as well. …

Guest Post: How to Balance Writing Your Novel and the Rest of Your Life

By Josh T. It seems like whenever you try to sit down and write your novel, life gets even crazier. In all likelihood, you have another job to support you and your family or you have school to deal with. Where is the time to write? It’s there, but you may have to make a …

An Interview with McCall Hoyle, Author of The Thing with Feathers

McCall Hoyle is an award-winning author of who tackles illness and YA romance with her new novel, The Thing with Feathers. Sixteen-year-old Emilie Day is not like the other girls from her town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She has epilepsy, homeschooled, and would rather be reading classic literature than be the center of …

4 Factors for Your Marketing Plan

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to marketing your book(s) and your brand. Below are four to consider. 1. Planning Your Marketing Strategy/Finding Your Audience Before doing anything, you want to find your target audience so you can tailor your plan to them. Here are some helpful resources: "Book Writing …

5 Examples of Cool Content

I've been learning a lot about content marketing lately. Content marketing is all about creating compelling content, in all different forms, to get people engaged and interested, without directly promoting a product or brand. (If you want to learn more, I recommend checking out Content Marketing Institute.) There are a lot of great examples of very …

8 Literary Museums to Visit

Traveling is great. You get to learn new things, meet new people, and explore. Lately, I've been enjoying also further exploring my passions via traveling. The main way I've been doing this is with I Know Dino, my podcast about dinosaurs. Whenever my husband and I travel somewhere new, we always look up where the …