As usual, I’ve been collecting links. Below are some helpful resources about creating, marketing, and selling online courses. Best of luck! Continue reading
Podcasting is a wonderful medium. The content is evergreen, and when people listen to an episode, it’s as if you’re speaking to them in the moment. It’s also friendly. Listeners put you in their ear, and trust you to entertain and/or educate them.
As a listener, I feel like I know the hosts. I listen to them every week and get to know their personality. As a host of I Know Dino, which I co-produce with my husband Garret, I’ve gotten to meet and get to know many of our listeners via emails, messages, posts, tweets, and even voicemails. These listeners have gotten to know us via our podcast and have reached out to share their awesome stories with us. It’s incredibly gratifying, and amazing that we’re able to connect with so many different people.
Podcasting is growing. According to Edison Research, last year an estimated 57 million people in the U.S. listened to podcasts each month. Most of them listened to shows on their smartphones or tablets, and they listened at home, while commuting, and at work.
Garret and I started podcasting because of a shared passion for dinosaurs. Both of us grew up with the Land Before Time and Jurassic Park, and have loved dinosaurs since we were kids.
Somehow, neither of us realized this shared passion until we were living on the east coast together—a couple years after we started dating. One of the perks of my job in New York was free admission to the American Museum of Natural History, and it became one of our favorite places to visit.
Fast forward a few years and we had a dinosaur themed wedding, complete with dinosaur centerpieces, an Ankylosaurus and Brontosaurus cake topper, and a photobombing T-rex named Duncan.
So we could continue our obsession with dinosaurs after the wedding, we decided to start a podcast. We wanted to learn more, and share what we’d learned with other dinosaur enthusiasts. We also had a great excuse to talk to paleontologists and other people in the paleontology world.
We’ve learned a lot about podcasting along the way. Below are the seven steps we follow each week to publish a new episode: Continue reading
I listen the way I read books as a child, as if I were there watching. The author becomes more transparent, the characters more real.
According to Copyblogger, having an audiobook gives you more credibility as an author.
Publisher’s Weekly recently reported on the rise of audiobook sales, and how that’s changing the industry. More publishers are producing audiobooks, and there’s been some innovation, such as “multivoiced recordings, short-form content, bonus audio-only material added to audiobooks, adaptations of such print formats as graphic novels, and more original content created for audio.” BookMachine talks about mixing short stories with full cast and narrated audio fiction, “where the magic of its stories were brought to life through links to audio dramas that could be change and be added to.”
It’s exciting to think of the possibilities, but if you’re just starting out, how do you make and sell your own audiobooks? Here are some things to consider. Continue reading
Seriously, I know it was a huge fad last year (and the year before), but there is something really relaxing about taking colored pencil to paper. In that spirit, here are some resources I’ve found about coloring books (in case you want to make and sell your own, or just color your own):
Coloring Book Trends
- “Adult coloring books hit best-seller lists” on Times Daily
- “Adult Coloring Explosion” on Web Junction
- “Against all odds, print books are on the rise again in the US” on Quartz
- “This woman is making a fortune selling coloring books for adults” on Business Insider
- “Coloring Books For Adults Take Off At NYC Public Library Branches” on CBS New York
- “Are Grown-Up Coloring Books the Future of Publishing?” on Flavorwire
- “Coloring Books, Children’s Boost Quarto 2015 Results” on Publisher’s Weekly
- “Dover, Others, Cash in on Adult Coloring” on Library Journal
- “Hottest trend in publishing is adult coloring books” on New York Post
- “Indie Author Finds Niche with ‘Geek Cookbook'” on Book Life
- “Sourcebooks Strikes Gold with Personalized Adult Coloring Books” on Digital Book World
- “The Coloring Craze: Adult Coloring Books, 2015” on Publisher’s Weekly
- “The Adult Coloring Book Boom Continues” on Publisher’s Weekly
- “Coloring Books For Adults Stay Hot” on Publisher’s Weekly
- “An adult coloring book publisher explains the appeal of adult coloring books” on Fusion
- “The King of Coloring Books” on Publisher’s Weekly
- “Sticker Books for Grown-Ups: Inside a Publishing Incubator” on Wall Street Journal
- “Toy Fair 2016: The Adult Publishing Coloring Craze Hits the Toy Industry” on Publisher’s Weekly
- “The Zen of Adult Coloring Books” on The Atlantic
- “The Therapeutic Science Of Adult Coloring Books: How This Childhood Pastime Helps Adults Relieve Stress” on Medical Daily
- “Try Meditative Coloring to Help Ease Stress and Anxiety” on Lifehacker
- “Adult Coloring Books Turned Me Into a Child” on Thrillist
Making and Publishing Coloring Books
- “How to Make a Coloring Book” on Instructables
- “How To Self-Publish An Adult Coloring Book” on GoodeReader
- “Meet The Woman Who Sold A Million Copies Of Her Coloring Books For Adults” on Buzzfeed
- “Adult Coloring Books: How to Get Started Publishing and Selling Adult Coloring Books” on Inquisitr
Examples of Coloring Books
- “13 Ways You Can Make Coloring Books A Part Of Your Adult Life (NSFW)” on Huffington Post
- Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns
- Amazing Animals: A Stress Management Coloring Book For Adults
- Swear word coloring book
- Detailed Designs and Beautiful Patterns
- Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book
- Adult Coloring Books on Amazon
Coloring Book Apps
Apocalypse 2: Diary of a Survivor by Matt Pike
“I thought I had already seen the best and worst of humanity. But I was wrong.”
When a rogue comet smashed into Earth, Jack Baldwin’s life changed forever. In a single night of carnage, the vast majority of the world’s population was obliterated, while those who survived were all but sent back to the Stone Age. The lucky ones? They don’t necessarily see it that way. Especially Jack, whose dreams of a happily ever after – well as happily ever after as Armaggedon gets – were shattered in a senseless act of violence. With everything and everyone he fought to build and protect now gone, Jack is left truly and utterly alone. And with food supplies growing ever scarcer, and fellow survivors getting more desperate and aggressive by the day, it’s going to be a long way back from the brink. Can Jack find himself again, find new purpose and carve out a way forward? Maybe. But first he’s going to have to ask himself the biggest question of all: Why?
We all know about the main distribution channels for indie authors: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google. But there are alternative, and potentially lucrative ways, to sell your work. One such alternative is Gumroad, which allows writers, artists, and others to sell their work.
It doesn’t have to be limited to ebooks either. If you’re a non-fiction author, you can bundle products and sell resources/checklists/PDFs, online courses, additional research, and even services to go with your books. And if you’re a fiction author, you can sell subscriptions to your work. You can sell anything on Gumroad, even templates for professional resumes. Continue reading
- Dev Boot Camp
- Hurricane Electric
- Code Academy
- Jeffrey Faden (Youtube)
- Code School
- Know the Code
Ruby on Rails
- “The Benefits of Focusing on Your Mailing List” on Elle & Co
- “17 Fresh Reader Magnet Ideas For Fiction Authors” on Smart Self Publishing Biz
- “20k subscribers: Here’s how I doubled my email list” on XO Sarah
- “30 Desirable Content Upgrade Ideas” on Elle & Co
- “7 Little Known Ways To Get More Out of Your Conversions from Your Exit-Intent Popups” on Optimonk
- “How to design blog post graphics that convert” on Melyssa Griffin
- “Create a Sneeze Page for Your Blog [Day 18 – 31DBBB]” on Pro Blogger
- “7 Steps I Took to Make a Blog Post “Go Viral” on Brittany Berger
- “7 Tips for Making Search Engines Work for Marketing Your Book” on Media Shift
- “A Step-by-Step Guide to Driving Qualified Traffic From SlideShare Presentations” on Neil Patel
- “Growing a Site from 0 to 10k Visitors a Month: Nat Edition” on SumoMe
- “How our blog went viral and our one essential strategy” on Ivory Mix
- “How to Create Viral Content People Can’t Wait to Share [infographic]” on Louise Myers
- “How to get more website traffic” on Amy Lynn Andrews
- “How to grow to 2500 daily blog views (without being hacky)” on Morgan Timm
- “These Are the 9 Best Tips We Got on Medium Marketing: 3 Worked, 6 Didn’t” on Buffer
- “Ninja Copywriter’s Guide to Writing Headlines that Seduce Readers & Drive More Traffic” on Copy Ninja
- “SEO Case Study: First Page Rankings in 2 Hours Flat” on Think Creative Collective
- “201 Powerful SEO Tips (That Actually Work)” on Backlink
- “Hoping to Grow Your Audience? Focus on Narratives.” on We Grow Media
- Website Grader
- “5 Blogging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” on Rafflecopter
- “5 Common Mistakes That Even Longtime Bloggers Make” on Jane Friedman
- “8 Blog Commenting Mistakes You Need to Avoid at All Costs” on Neil Patel
- “How to Blog: Essential Do’s and Don’ts for Author-Bloggers” on Anne R. Allen
- “5 Ways to Creatively Brainstorm Guest Post Ideas” on ProBlogger
- “Guest Blogging Strategy: How To Knock Your Next Guest Post Out Of The Park” on Blogging Wizard
- “6 Ways to Make Your Posts More Actionable” on Neil Patel
- “7 Ways to Update Old Blog Posts (with Free Checklist)” on Beautiful Dawn
- “How to Write First Blog Post (16,000-word Guide +63 Expert Tips)” on IWannaBlog
- “How To Write The Ultimate Blog Post: A Blogger’s Cheat Sheet” on Blogging Wizard
- “How to Write with Power and Authority, Even if You Feel Like a Nobody” on Copy Blogger
- “The Automatic Kickass Headline Generator, by SumoMe” on SumoMe
- “The ultimate guide to repurposing your blog content (so you can reach more people by doing less)” on Melyssa Griffin
- “The Hub and Spoke Content Strategy” on Jimmy Daly
- “Want to boost your comments and shares? Here’s how to write better blog posts” on XO Sarah
- “How To Publish Like A Huge Content Creation Team (When It’s Really Just You)” on SumoMe
- “Clean illegal images from your blog before it’s too late” on Helen Sedwick
- “8 Powerful Ways to Monetize a Blog That Generates Under 1,000 Visitors Per Day” on Neil Patel
- “8 Ways You Can Make More Money With Your Blog By Doing Webinars” on Wonderlass
- “All the data and numbers from our latest product launch” on Video Fruit
- “Can only certain blog niches create successful online courses?” on Melyssa Griffin
- “How To Blog Yourself To A Realistic Salary” on Startup Camp
- “How to make money blogging” on Amy Lynn Andrews
- “How to Make Money Blogging: How This Blog Makes $100K per Month” on Smart Blogger
- “The Ultimate Guide to No-Pain Copywriting (or, Every Copywriting Formula Ever)” on CopyHackers
- Mad Ads Media
Marketing Books with Blogging
- “How to Use Guest Blogging to Promote Your Book” on Jane Friedman
- “The Skinny on Virtual Book Tours” on Published to Death
- “Tips on Using Blog Tours for Book Marketing” on BookBub
- “The Not-Quite End of the Book Tour” on The Atlantic
- “Will a Blog Tour Work for Your Book?” on Indies Unlimited
- “Google Analytics Basics for Bloggers” on Free Borboleta
- “How to Conduct Your Annual Blogging Review” on Pro Blogger
- “The best and worst metrics to track in order to grow your blog or biz” on Melyssa Griffin
- “Is Blogging Dead? Building Your Content Home on Rented Land” on Social Media Examiner
- “Blog Content 2016 Performance Trends” on Atomic Reach
- “2017 State of the Blogging Industry” on ConvertKit
- “11 Must-Haves Resources & Tools for Freelancers” on Medium
- “How to create time-saving systems for your business and blog” on Melyssa Griffin
By Priyanka Misra
Not particular about your grammar? Using incorrect English can diminish your charm. Here is some help.
Your ideas are only as good as the words you use to express them. The more vivid and fluently you speak and write, the more chances that people perceive you as intelligent, charming, funny or persuasive. There are 10 mistakes that we see repeated, way too often. These mistakes can ruin your efforts and put you on the back foot.
Here is a list of 10 mistakes, and how to avoid them.
1. Use of Apostrophe S
Apostrophes can be really tricky if you are unfamiliar with their rules. Many people incorrectly use apostrophes to write plurals. Others mess them when they are talking about possession. Some might even mess it up with contractions. In other words, the apostrophe S is messed up in every way it can possibly be. Harsh on it, don’t you think?
The S is used after an apostrophe when denoting a singular possession, like a boy’s football. It is, however, used BEFORE the apostrophe, when used with a plural noun. For example, boys’ shoes. It is never used to make a word plural. You can also use it for contractions, like “it’s” for “it is.” But do not use apostrophes unnecessarily, like in this second mistake.
This set of homophones is used incorrectly, too often. The former word is used to show possession whereas you’re is just a short hand for—you guessed it right—“you are.” Here are a few ways we see people mixing them up:
The only reason this mistake does not get caught as often is because many people cannot tell the difference. But you know it now. Fewer is used for things that are countable, like days or hours or apples. Less, on the other hand, is used for items that you cannot count individually like water, air. Here is how you ought to use them:
Homophones are most prone to be mistaken. This fourth mistake is another set of homophones that is likely to be confused and incorrectly used, way TOO many times.
‘To’ is the infinitive form of a verb, like to eat or to sleep. It can also be used, sometimes, as a short form of towards. ‘Too,’ however, means also. It indicates the presence of something that exceeds expectations. Here is how to use them:
8 out of these top 10 mistakes in this article are homophones. That puts the confusion with homophones in the right perspective. Here is the next one.
Many people mix up then and than, unaware of the totally different context of words. Than is used exclusively for comparisons. Then, however, is used to indicate a time sequence. For example, “till then.”
This set of homophones is so often mistaken, that even spell check confuses them. Here is how to correctly use them.
There is a reference to a place which is away, much like the opposite of here. There is also used to state a fact, like “There is too much pollution in New Delhi.” Their reflects possession of a thing: something that belongs to “them.” They’re is a shorthand for “they are.”
One who makes a mistakes is the one with whom you can discuss the point. Get the difference?
Whom refers to the object of a verb or preposition, whereas Who refers to the subject of a sentence. If you are confused between who and whom, try to check whether he or him would fit in the sentence. Use “who” for “he” and “whom” for “him.”
Despite a very subtle difference, using these words interchangeably can put you in bad situations. Put simply, one is a verb and the other is a noun. Affect, the verb, means to influence or have an impact on something. Effect, the noun, is the result of being AFFECTED by something.
Beatles once used the triplets pretty well in “I Me Mine.” Oh, they did not use myself? Never mind, it is always a good time to listen to a Beatles number.
I is used when referring to a person performing the action in the verb. Me is used when the person is being acted upon (funny, right?), or to whom a preposition refers. Myself is used only if you have used I as the subject of the verb. Take a look at the examples:
Exempli Gratia, id est tough, isn’t it? That is the reason why we use abbreviated forms, e.g. and id est (i.e.). Id est means “that is.” It is used to further explain something. Consider it similar to saying “in other words.”
Exempli Gratia (e.g.) is an abbreviation of “for example.” It is used to provide instances or examples of a particular type. Here is how to use them:
Which ones have you seen mixed up? Have you mixed up some of them yourself? Share it with us in comments, and let us laugh them off. This way, both of us will learn something new today.
Priyanka Misra is the Managing Editor at EnglishEdge.