209 Examples and Trends Impacting the Future of Storytelling

Storytelling comes in a variety of formats: as books, articles, podcasts, films, and more. It seems every week there's something new and cool coming out of the works, so I thought I'd highlight some of them here (in no particular order). Also, there's a lot that can be learned from other people's stories! New Tech …

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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 …

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 …

Design Tips and Tricks

Design is an important of any aspect. For indie authors, this could mean books or websites, or any other digital or physical products they sell. With that in mind, here are some design tips and tricks, in case you feel like learning a new skill! Read about the latest features in Adobe InDesign, which can …

Annotating and Having Fun With Data

Being able to share data in a number of different ways is one of the perks of living in the digital age. Warning: this post is for the fellow geeks out there. Annotation Online I'll start with sharing some cool annotation tools. According to Library Journal: Web annotations are an attempt to recreate and extend …

Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

For indie authors, one great way to save money when it comes to publishing your books is to learn how to make your own ebooks. Personally, when it comes to creating ebooks, I recommend using Sigil, and I teach an online course on Udemy on how to use Sigil and other free tools to create …

Fun Tools for Authors

I do love a good list. Below are some tools that can help you as an author, whether you're looking to write, find books to read, research words, and more. Authors.me: Platform for connecting authors with agents and publishers. AZ Screen Recorder: An app that lets you record your Android screen. Beemgee: Tools for authors. …

Guest Post: Proofreading Style and Grammar with Document Grader

By Patrick Roberts Patrick Roberts is the creator of Document Grader, a tool designed to grade writing on a deeper level than the average grammar checking program. Authors can easily use the tool to help with their work. Document Grader goes beyond finding superficial grammar or spelling mistakes, as most grammar checking tools already do.  Instead, the service …

805 Writers Conference: Self-Publishing Primer and More

This past weekend, I was one of the speakers at the 805 Writers Conference, held in Ventura, California. 805 Writers Conference is an annual event for writers, and this year had a number of wonderful speakers who covered a wide range of topics, including adapting fiction for the screen, writing a non-fiction proposal, writing mysteries …