Getting Started With Online Courses

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Creating and teaching online courses is a great way to boost your platform, and find new audiences. There are many indie authors and authorpreneurs, who teach classes such as how to write stories or market books. Continue reading


Indie Writers: Building Your Email List

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There’s a saying: the money is in the list. An email list is the best way to connect to your audience. You can communicate directly, without worrying about how a platform might change, and you can get feedback from your fans and readers.

So how do you build an email list? There’s a lot of great advice out there, but it boils down to a few steps: Continue reading

Selling Your Book in Physical Stores

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There are many ways for indie authors to sell their books online, but it’s not as clear how indie authors can sell their books in stores. It is possible though, you just have to get creative.

Book Business, for example, gives a list of third party operators, which manage cultural attractions and park services. Books that provide educational value and fit the niche can be selected.

Bigger stores, such as Costco and Walmart, are harder to get into. New Shelves writes that they have limited shelf space, and books need to have a proven track record before being considered.

If you are trying to sell your book in a store, you will probably need to do an offset printing, instead of print on demand. Self Publishing Review explains the differences and the pros and cons. Typically, offset printing results in books that look higher quality, but you do have to store the books somewhere, and you will have to pay upfront.

One other thing to consider is creating a large print version of your book. Andrew Knighton wrote a how to on making large print books, which includes leaving in more white space, in addition to using a larger font size.

Last, just for fun, The Culture Trip created a list of 50 unique bookstores in every U.S. state. You can always approach one and see if they will sell your book!

Thinking About Design

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Good design can mean the difference between someone purchasing your product/book and passing on it. There’s a lot of emphasis on UX/UI design now, and the concepts can be applied to anything you sell.

Design and Words

Design Tools

Design Tutorials and Projects

Tips and Tricks

Guest Post: How YouTube Helps Your Social Media Marketing

By Katherine Lane

It has become more convenient today to give people a lasting impression about you on social media through the different online platforms–that is, depending on what you are into. Facebook is not the only one that offers the opportunity for Internet marketing. Using another platform like YouTube, for instance, can become a helpful business strategy to generate online traffic. Continue reading

Tips for Hosting a Webinar

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Webinars are great for connecting with people who are interested in your brand, or what you have to sell. Many authors use webinars to promote their content, such as books and online courses.  Continue reading

Guest Post: 5 Money-Saving DIY Design Tricks for Self-Publishers

You decided to put your thoughts to paper and have a manuscript that you deem worthy of publication. However, you do not want to pay a company to use expensive and proprietary software to make your book stand out among the rest of the books on a book store shelf or on Amazon. Here are 5 do-it-yourself design tricks that will save you money. Continue reading

The Ins and Outs of Instagramming

Instagram is a great tool you can use to connect to your audience. You can post videos and images, find new people with hashtags, and more.

The Creative Penn shares 10 helpful tips on how to use Instagram as an author and grow your following. It also walks you through how to set up your own account, if you don’t already have one. Some ideas of what authors can post include poems, displayed as a image, cover reveals, images of what inspire you, Grammar memes, quotes, and events. To grow your following, the post recommends choosing a regular posting schedule, cross promoting, creating themes, sharing other people’s posts, and including faces in some of your images. Continue reading

Guest Post: Unleash the Power of Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful, flexible tool that allows you to create great art and graphics. Read on for how to learn more about taking advantage of all of Adobe Photoshop’s features.

By Brenda Barron

Photoshop gives you the tools to accomplish some amazing image editing techniques without having specialist knowledge, so think what you could achieve with a few handy tutorials to help increase your abilities.

101 Photoshop Tutorials is a handy resource that aims to fill any of those gaps in your knowledge and give you the confidence and know-how to create some awesome images once you know how to use the tool gallery, get to grips with grids and guidelines, create actions in Photoshop, plus many other features and tools aimed at helping you create a professional and creative image.