What Inspires You? Here’s a List of 26 Awesome Projects and Stories

The world is full of fun, creative people. Every day, I hear about awesome projects. They're so cool, I want to share them here. Though they're not all book-related, they are media related, and since technology is bringing all kinds of different media together, it's good to know what kinds of things different kinds of creators …

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Useful Productivity Hacks and Tools

For those of us who are multi-taskers and like to do everything at 1.5-2x speed (I've even started watching TV shows on fast forward), the New York Times has some bad news: "Sorry, you can't speed read." But on the bright side, there are many tools and hacks out there to help you speed up your …

A List of 194 Tools and Resources: Apps, Trends, Marketing Tips, and More

It's about that time again for another roundup post. This time I've got a bunch of tools and resources that cover a wide range of topics, from freelancing to marketing to reading and more. Book Creation Tools/Help Book Creator Comic Book Paper Omnibook Vellum Vivliostyle (and why it's important) "Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts" Beyond XML …

What Makes a Book Successful? A Case Study of 4 Bestselling Books

At first glance these four books, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, The SheepOver, The Girl on the Train, and Henna House, may not seem to have much in common. What's interesting about them though is how they became best seller books. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep From August to October of 2015, The Rabbit …

140 Tools and Resources for Building Your Author Website and/or Blog

By Matthew Bowden http://www.digitallyrefreshing.com (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/145972) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Author websites and blogs are important components to building an author platform. With that in mind, here is a list of resources that can help you set up and optimize your site. Setting Up Your Website Find Available Domain Names on Namestation "+300 Awesome Free Things for …

5 Strategies for Writers to Market Their Work and Expand Their Audience

As an indie author, there are so many tools and strategies you can employ to grow your audience and even monetize your work. Below are 5: videos, podcasting, merchandising, crowdfunding, and social media. Videos Videos are a great way to connect with your audience on a more personal level. There are a few tools and …

Indie Authors: Book Sales and Other Income Strategies

As an author, there's a lot of things to consider when it comes to earning money. Some indie authors are able to earn a full time income, according to The Guardian and Russell Blake. Print sales are not the most lucrative, according to LG O'Connor, and print and ebook bundling doesn't always work out, according …

18 Sites Where You Can Find Photos (And Use Them For Your Work!)

As a writer, and especially as a blogger, it's helpful to have access to images you can use. With that in mind, here is a list of sites where you can find photos for commercial use (in no particular order): Kaboompics: A royalty-free service for stock images for images photographer, graphic designer and website creator Karolina creates. …

Guest Post: What Color Can Do for Your Website as an Indie Author

By Josh Wardini Color is an important but often underrated facet of web design and marketing. Be it a massive international corporation, or a small independent venture, businesses can profit from using color choices in strategic ways. What’s more, the wrong color choice can damage your chance at success, affecting anything from brand image to …

A List of Tools for Freelance and Indie Authors

Having trouble staying motivated? Sometimes it helps to use some new tools to keep you organized and ready to work. Here are some new tools and resources I've found: Mattermost: An open-source chatting tool, so you can easily connect with clients, editors, publicists, or anyone on your author street team. Compatible with Slack. Freelance Hourly …