Books and Stories From the Past

Just for fun, for today's blog post I thought I'd share some interesting links about stories from the past. Coloring Books First up are a couple links about coloring books. Apparently, coloring books started out as meant for adults. According to Time, there are early coloring books from the 1600s that depict engraved maps, and …

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The Making of a Successful Ebook: An Interview with Geoff Jones, Author of The Dinosaur Four

You may remember Geoff Jones, author of the thriller The Dinosaur Four, from my last post where I happily reviewed his book. Geoff is so awesome that I had to interview him twice. The first time was for the podcast I make with my husband, I Know Dino, where we of course discussed the amazing …

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 …

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 …