Genres in Publishing

There's a lot going on in publishing. One really interesting thing to watch is what's happening in different genres. Usually, I think the term "genre" here refers to the big three: romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and maybe thriller/crime. But there's so much more to it. BookNet Canada has been studying popular genres and releasing reports. One report …

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Ebook Review: Apocalypse, Diary of a Survivor

Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor by Matt Pike “I guess it was inevitable – the end of the world we know – the end of humanity. Finding out early was a gift, surviving impact night was a miracle, living to tell the tale, well, that was the price I will pay, forever. There’s no going …

Guest Post: Social Commerce For Indie Authors

By Josh Wardini Regardless of whether you are writing about your own blog or as a freelancer, we recommend joining all social media platforms. Even if you don’t plan on using them right away. It’s also important in case you want to have a good username when you do decide to use a platform. But …

Artificial Intelligence and Publishing

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining steam, and there are lots of really interesting experiments and initiatives happening. One example is using AI to get an idea of a book's market potential. Enter Booxy, which analyzes "a book to generate comps (comparable titles) and predict reader experience," according to Huffington Post. It uses natural language processing …

Guest Post: The 4 Most Powerful Motivational Practices

By Jack White Motivation is so fleeting and difficult to keep in the long run. Everyday worries, complications, the lack of recognition, and self-doubt all stand in the way of feeling inspired and ready to go on in the long run. If you feel somewhat dispirited, chances are that you’ve lost the inner fire. Getting …

Design Tips and Tricks

Design is an important of any aspect. For indie authors, this could mean books or websites, or any other digital or physical products they sell. With that in mind, here are some design tips and tricks, in case you feel like learning a new skill! Read about the latest features in Adobe InDesign, which can …

Guest Post: 20 Quirks and Strange Habits

By Jack Milgram Has this ever happened to you? At some point in your life, after reading a certain number of books, you realize that a particular work by a particular author is the best thing you’ve ever read. But did you know that sometimes it’s not only literary genius that makes people talk about …

Bookstores Are More Than Books (Though Books Are Pretty Great)

Bookstores are great. The best thing, of course, is the fact that they're filled with books. But they're also great community spaces, and often the hosts of fun events. Last month, a fashioner designer held a runway show in the Rare Books room of The Strand, according to Yahoo!. The models held books while they …

Guest Post: How to Build Your Author Website Using a Website Builder

By Cherie Wicks The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it needs some help to make a mark in the digital age. That's why websites and blogs have become essential. Especially if you're an author looking to carve out a niche for yourself. And building a site is the best way to do …

Guest Post: How Can I Protect My Novel from Copycats?

By Mariah For every JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, there are hundreds of aspiring authors trying to write their book and get it published. If you are one of the lucky ones who has managed to finish your book and you are getting ready to send it out, whether it is through publishers or self-publishing, …