Indie Authors: Social Media Marketing Tips

Jane Friedman recommends joining all social media platforms, even if you don't intend on using it right away (hint: you want to have a good username for if you do decide to use that platform). It's one thing to join a social media network, and it's another thing to maintain and grow your presence on …

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Indie Authors: Researching Your Books

When writing books, there are a lot of things you can research. What genre should you write in (if you don't already have a preference)? How can you attract readers? Who are your target or ideal readers? What should your book title be? Below is a list of resources that can help answer those questions: …

Indie Authors: Organization and Writing Tips

As an indie author treating writing as a business, it's important to stay on top of deadlines and to always work on improving your craft. Organizing Your Time To that end, Duolit has provided a helpful free monthly planner for authors. The idea is that to-do lists can be too daunting, and if you schedule …

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 …

Overcoming Writers Block and Writing a Strong Story

When it comes to writing, there are a lot of factors to consider. Writer's Block The first thing is to overcome writer's block, if you have it. Writer's block comes in a couple flavors: not being able to write and not being able to finish a writing project. Ellis Shuman Writes has a great post with …

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 …

Marketing and Promoting Your Book

The most successful indie authors have marketing plans for their books or series. Generally, when you are launching a book or promoting a book, you want to have a plan in place 4-6 weeks in advance. Part of the plan is figuring out which sites you can use to promote your book. Self Publishing Review …

Indie Authors and Book Reviews

Book reviews are an important part of an indie author's strategy. Reviews can let potential readers know if they want to purchase your book, and they can also help you improve your work.  The Creative Penn offers advice for getting reviews if you're an unknown author. The idea is to get a team of people …

Finding Your Audience and Appealing to Them

Pretty much everyone can agree that having a marketing plan is essential when it comes to publishing your own books. And the first step in creating that plan is finding your niche and your audience.  This isn't always easy to pin down. One thing you can do is create user personas. Xtensio has a user …

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 …