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 …

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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 …

Indie Authors: Dealing with Reviews, the Good and Bad

Not everyone will like your book. And sometimes, you may end up with a one-star review. I’ve been there, and initially it feels like a punch in the gut. So what’s the best way to deal with a negative review? Respond? Ignore? Take the feedback into consideration? Richard Levesque gives some perspective on reviews. He …

Guest Post and Book Excerpt by Penny Sansevieri: How Re-Releasing Your Book Gives You a Second Chance

Today I've got a special treat for you. Penny C. Sansevieri, author of many best selling books including How to Sell Books By the Truckload on Amazon and 52 Ways to Sell More Books, has recently made her book How to Revise and Re-Release Your Book: Simple and Smart Strategies to Sell More Books available in print. To …

Resources and Advice for Writers

There are many types of writing: novels, short stories, articles, technical documents, copywriting, business plans, and the list goes on. Looking for some inspiration or help in your writing career? Here are some programs and pieces of advice from fellow writers. Fiction Writers (and creative non-fiction writers) Thinking about getting an MFA? Then go through …

Guest Post: The Essential Keys to Constructing a Realistic Heist Scene

By Mariah T. The heist scene is one of the most tried-and-true set pieces in modern storytelling. Typically, such a scene features a ragtag crew of criminals infiltrating a stronghold to seize a valuable item, such as a painting or jewel. Because heist scenes have so many moving parts, it pays to learn about their …

Indie Authors: Selling Books

After doing all the hard work of writing, editing, and designing your book, it's nice to be able to sell it. There are a number of creative ways to sell an ebook these days. Book Promotion Hub recommends selling via online book clubs, which includes Goodreads, Amazon Book Club, BookTalk.org, and Book Mooch. You can also …

Guest Post: What You Need To Know Before Becoming Your Own Marketer

By Mariah T. Being able to create and implement an effective marketing and promotional strategy can be of the utmost importance for new authors, especially if you aren’t working with a publishing company. You simply don’t have the resources to hire a full-time marketer, so you are going to have to start yourself off until …

Indie Authors: High Quality Book Covers

When it comes to selling books, having an eye-catching cover is high on the list of getting more readers and buyers. But there's a lot to consider. Should you make the cover yourself? Hire a designer? Use stock photos?  To help with this process, BadRedHeadMedia recommends planning everything in advance, including researching your options and …