For the Readers: A List of Sites, Tools, and Examples of Beautiful Works

More and more platforms are springing up to help both indie authors and readers looking for their next great read. One new platform that does just that is The Books Machine, which allows authors to gift their books to hundreds of thousands of readers, according to the website. Readers have 30 days to read the …

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A Roundup of History Lessons: Book Blurbs, Fairy Tales, Ebooks, and More

It's always fun to think about how things came to be. A couple weeks ago, I shared a bunch of links that looks at the present and predicts future trends. I think that understanding the past also helps us to better understand the present and look towards the future. With that in mind, there have …

Indie Authors: Expanding Your Content

Writing and publishing a book is a great accomplishment, but it doesn't have to end there. Books can be spliced, expanded, and distributed in new and multiple ways online. Gordon Burgett wrote about how to multiple a book's sales by turning it into six books. It works easily with non-fiction books, where you can separate …

Indie Authors: Using Giveaways to Find New Readers and Sell More Books

A giveaway is a powerful tool that can help indie authors attract new readers. You can incentivize people to spread the word about your book through social media, sign up for your email list, and garner interest in your other books (which can lead to more sales). There are at least four big tools authors can use …

Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

For indie authors, one great way to save money when it comes to publishing your books is to learn how to make your own ebooks. Personally, when it comes to creating ebooks, I recommend using Sigil, and I teach an online course on Udemy on how to use Sigil and other free tools to create …

Guest Post: How to Profit From Ebook Self-Publishing

By Mariah Not too long ago, first-time novelists had to send their printed manuscripts to multiple publishers before getting published—if at all. If they play their cards right, today’s novelists can skip the publishing houses and agents and earn money through self-publishing. Ebook fiction, in particular, does extremely well. A number of authors have earned …

Guest Post: Digital Ways To Increase Your Ebook Sales

By Al Gomez As an ebook author, most of you may think that your job is done after you have created your book. But the truth is—there is more work to do after you have created your piece. If you have any plans of increasing your ebook sales, it is time to think as more …

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 …

Indie Authors: An Overview of Book Distribution Options

When it comes to selling books, most people think of Amazon and Kindle. Although Amazon may be the biggest ebook distributor, it's not the only option for indie authors. Ebook Retailers Ebay. An unconventional way to sell ebooks. Feedbooks. An ebook retailer designed for mobile reading. Google Play Books. Though the platform is currently not …