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 …

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Indie Author Marketing Guide: Twitter

Twitter is one of the largest social media platforms, and when used correctly, can really help boost an indie author's platform. According to Social Media for Writers, "23 percent of online adults living in the United States are active on Twitter." The post also breaks down the demographic of Twitter users, down to age, gender, …

Indie Authors: Selling Books

After doing all the hard work of writing, editing, and designing your book, it's nice to be able to sell it. There are a number of creative ways to sell an ebook these days. Book Promotion Hub recommends selling via online book clubs, which includes Goodreads, Amazon Book Club, BookTalk.org, and Book Mooch. You can also …

Indie Authors: High Quality Book Covers

When it comes to selling books, having an eye-catching cover is high on the list of getting more readers and buyers. But there's a lot to consider. Should you make the cover yourself? Hire a designer? Use stock photos?  To help with this process, BadRedHeadMedia recommends planning everything in advance, including researching your options and …

Indie Authors: Launching a Book

At first, launching a book may seem daunting. But it helps to plan the launch in increments, and also, know that ebooks have an indefinite shelf life, so that even though it's nice to have a strong start, there's always time to build up buzz and excitement around a book. Creating a Book Launch Plan …

Making Your Stories Available In As Many Formats As Possible

I recently read an article about going wide, and thought it was a great idea. In this article, on Kobo Writing Life, Tracy Cooper-Posey talks about her publishing success outside of Amazon and Kindle, and how that allowed her to quit her day job. The idea is to be in as many places as possible, …

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 …

Indie Authors: Selling Print Books and Working with Bookstores

For indie authors, it can be harder to sell print books than ebooks. But, there are a number of opportunities and methods authors can use to sell print books, and even get their books into bookstores. Holly Brady outlines tips for authors when approaching bookstores. This includes working with local bookstores, working with POD services not …

Indie Authors: Tips for Writing Characters That Resonate

Characters are an important element of every story. So how do you make sure your story has characters that stand out? That readers find interesting and believable? Writers in the Storm posted an article about becoming your character, so that you don't make mistakes like head hop or have multiple viewpoints for one character. The …

Indie Author Marketing Guide: Google Plus

Google Plus is a social media platform that is not as talked about as Facebook or Twitter, but can be very important, depending on your niche. Google Plus Basics For those who may not be too familiar with Google Plus, here are a few of the basics. First, you fill out a profile, with a …