Indie Author Marketing Guide: A Primer to Social Media

Social media is a big part of indie author marketing strategies these days. But for those just starting out, it may seem daunting. When I first began using social media for platform building, I felt slightly overwhelmed. But now, after lots of practice and just incorporating social media into my daily routine, I've come to …

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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 …

Genres in Publishing

There's a lot going on in publishing. One really interesting thing to watch is what's happening in different genres. Usually, I think the term "genre" here refers to the big three: romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and maybe thriller/crime. But there's so much more to it. BookNet Canada has been studying popular genres and releasing reports. One report …

Artificial Intelligence and Publishing

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining steam, and there are lots of really interesting experiments and initiatives happening. One example is using AI to get an idea of a book's market potential. Enter Booxy, which analyzes "a book to generate comps (comparable titles) and predict reader experience," according to Huffington Post. It uses natural language processing …

Guest Post: 6 Tips on How to Fulfill Your Publishing Resolution

By Keith Ogorek Keith Ogorek is the President of Author Learning Center, an online author education community. It’s that time of year when many people make resolutions and set goals they want to accomplish in the coming year. For some, that includes writing and publishing a book, but they are not sure where to begin or how …

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 …

An Interview with Josef Marc, CEO of Publica

There are a lot of exciting developments in technology right now. One of the latest is blockchain technology, which allows digital information to be distributed but not copied. One startup, Publica, aims to bring the blockchain to publishing. I recently had the chance to learn more about it from Josef Marc, the CEO of Publica. …

Women in Publishing

There have been a lot of interesting articles about women in publishing lately. According to Publisher's Weekly, "women represented 74% of the publishing workforce in both 2015 and 2016." However, there's a wage gap between men and women in the industry. In response, a number of women have started their own businesses. The article offers …

Guest Post: 5 reasons authors should create and sell an online course

Baidhurya Mani is the author of "How to sell online courses from your own website: A complete beginner’s guide." By Baidhurya Mani Selling online courses has changed the lives of so many individuals. I have worked with a number of online course creators and have seen how they have turned their expertise in yoga, health and nutrition, cyber …