Media Kits and Author Websites

When it comes to marketing, it pays to have a strategy. According to Content Marketing Institute, you should build systems, figure out goals, and streamline your processes.  One way to do this is by building an author website. But before you do that, you'll want to determine your target audience. Your Writer Platform has a …

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209 Examples and Trends Impacting the Future of Storytelling

Storytelling comes in a variety of formats: as books, articles, podcasts, films, and more. It seems every week there's something new and cool coming out of the works, so I thought I'd highlight some of them here (in no particular order). Also, there's a lot that can be learned from other people's stories! New Tech …

Tips for Getting Opt Ins to Your Email List

I've been doing a lot of research lately about building email lists and writing effective newsletters. Of course, one of the keys is to get people to opt in to your email list. There are a lot of examples and articles about how to entice people to opt in. The most simple way is to …

Tips and Tricks for Promoting Your Book

After writing (and editing), marketing and promotion is a key step in book publishing. It helps to keep this in mind throughout the whole process. For example, The Book Designer recommends authors take into account a couple key questions: Who are you writing for? Where does your reader hang out? With this information, you can …

Amazon News and Tools

  It's been a while since I've posted about Amazon, so thought I'd share some links I've been collecting. It covers a wide range of topics, but hey, that's Amazon! Amazon Tools and Tutorials ACX University Kindle Create Amazon Sales Estimator Tool on Jungle Scout Amazon Sales Rank Calculator on Kindlepreneur "Tutorial: Enabling X-Ray for …

Want to Know More About Podcasting? Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Podcast

If you've been following my blog, you probably already know that my husband and I have a weekly dinosaur podcast, called I Know Dino. A while back, I gave a webinar talk about how to start your own podcast, breaking it down into 7 steps. Here are the slides if you're curious and want to …

Guest Post: Get a Headstart on NaNoWriMo with These 6 Tips on Structuring Your First Draft

By Mariah T. All of us have a story inside of us. For many, that story begs to be told. That's why so many people turn to novel writing. WIth National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) fast approaching, you may be inspired to finally start and finish your novel. To participate in NaNoWriMo, you have exactly …

Guest Post: How to Create an Engaging Author Website That People Will Actually Visit

By Mariah T. The key to being a successful author is exposure. You have to get your book out there. You can thank the internet because the PR game is now in your hands. The architecture of a solid website is enough to get readers curious about what you wrote. But getting started creating a …

A Primer on Self-Publishing

I believe in the power of repurposing content. A while back, I had the pleasure of giving a talk at a writer's conference about the basics of self-publishing. Topics include: Writing and editing tools Cover design Ebook creation tools and techniques Ebook distribution channels Marketing tactics Authorpreneurship concepts Changes and developments in the industry Below …