Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones: Writing Citation …

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Indie Authors: Marketing Books by Collaborating

Marketing in teams often pays off more than marketing by yourself. Author assistant Kate Tilton and many others, including S.R. Johannes have advocated street teams, which involves getting fans to rally and support a book. But there are also some clever ways to form groups among authors who write in your genre. Jason Kong wrote on …

Indie Authors: What’s in a Book Cover?

It's well known that a good book cover is a key component of selling a book (aside from having a great story, of course). But with so many books out there for readers to choose from (especially now that indie authors as well as traditional publishers are now making high quality book covers of similar …

Guest Post: How to Profit From Ebook Self-Publishing

By Mariah Not too long ago, first-time novelists had to send their printed manuscripts to multiple publishers before getting published—if at all. If they play their cards right, today’s novelists can skip the publishing houses and agents and earn money through self-publishing. Ebook fiction, in particular, does extremely well. A number of authors have earned …

The Latest Trends in Publishing

There's a lot of interesting trends going on in the publishing industry, and some pretty cool new content. Below is a list that breaks it down: Trends and News in Publishing "Indie Authors: Are We Ready for Self-Publishing 3.0? Part 1." on Self Publishing Advice Center "The Rise of the Fidget Spinner and the Fall …

Guest Post: 5 Money-Saving DIY Design Tricks for Self-Publishers

You decided to put your thoughts to paper and have a manuscript that you deem worthy of publication. However, you do not want to pay a company to use expensive and proprietary software to make your book stand out among the rest of the books on a book store shelf or on Amazon. Here are …

Tips for Recording and Publishing Your Own Audiobooks

It's no secret that audiobooks are growing in popularity, and are becoming part of the self-publishing process. An op-ed in the New York Times wrote about the benefits of listening to stories: I listen the way I read books as a child, as if I were there watching. The author becomes more transparent, the characters more real. …

Indie Authors: Editing Tips to Attract Readers and Save Money

No first draft is perfect. That's why editing is such an important step in the writing and publishing process. There are a few types of editing: Developmental editing Line editing Proofreading In a nutshell, developmental editing looks at the big picture of a story, and makes sure the tone is consistent and things make sense. …

Guest Post: One Author’s Experience Creating Children’s Read Aloud Ebooks

By David Hoobler David Hoobler is both the author and illustrator of the Zonk the Dreaming Tortoise series. In the post below he shares his experience creating read aloud ebook versions of his children's books. Recording studios and mixing boards meant nothing to me a year ago. To me these are the realm of Rock …

Guest Post: 7 Essentials of Ebook Publishing You Should Know

The main facets that a writer should consider while creating an ebook By Andrea Burke Do you feel excited about writing, and that is your daily inspiration? Then you should try and write an ebook! It takes time and preparation, so in order to be prepared, here are some tricks that you should consider before writing …