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 …

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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 …

Authors and Publishing

If you're serious about publishing, you'll treat it as a business. That holds true if you decide to go the traditional publishing route or they self-publishing route. Kristen Lamb has a great post about the odds of author success, where she talks about putting in the hard work to develop discipline, write and edit the …

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 …

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 …

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 …