Since my first year-end report in 2010 (see also 2013, 2014), the world of self-publishing has stabilized significantly with vendors steadily improving their features and partnering with others to offer more robust services. The publishing industry has been in great upheaval since the mid-90s, sending published and unpublished authors into a panic when faced with unknown options […]
In a previous post, I reviewed some robust editing tools worth paying for that also help you become a better writer. This post explores free editing tools that aren’t as fully-featured but have the advantage of being free to use. In addition, each editing tool offers a unique feature set that you might find irresistible. […]
Because professional editors are so expensive (and worth every penny), the purchase of electronic editing software can be a smart investment. Here’s a review of the four best tools for authors offering “first-pass” or “last-pass” editing to clean up mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. These tools do much more work than the built-in spelling […]
Author Brand Applies to Everything You Do For writers, author brand is predominantly about your “voice,” but the experience you deliver to readers can be applied to your photo, book cover, website, and more. Part of promoting your book and career as a self-published author is creating a public persona, including identifying images, graphics, words, […]
Paperwork, Hardware, Software, Backups and Taxes… Today I had to look up my EIN (for an affiliate program), and it took so long I created a TAX INFO folder in my documents folder, and also recorded it in my contacts for myself, where I found duplicates of me in my contacts list, so I cleaned […]
If you have a lot of content on your WordPress blog and you want to create a book from it, this is the tool I most often recommend to organize your work. You just download your blog posts to your desktop, then upload them to your free PressBooks account, rearrange, edit, add front and back […]
It’s never too early to think about your book cover design. Even if you’ve got writer’s block, at least you’ll feel like you’re getting some work done. And you are! Here are eight ways to jump start your book cover design process, including resources for artwork and photography. When it’s time to hire a cover […]
This morning Smashwords announced a new distribution agreement with Gardners Books. The arrangement includes a retail component and a library component. Key takeaways include: * Smashwords will deliver approximately 230,000 titles to 400 ebook stores powered by Gardners, operating in 32 countries and serving readers in 138 countries; 2,000 public libraries in the UK; and […]
Before you go and start trying to design your book cover or your website yourself it helps to get some learning behind you… probably you’ll end up hiring a pro. Let me rephrase that. Hopefully you will be hiring a pro. Because your branding and design are your biggest sales tools. It’s how you hook […]
When you’re first starting out, it’s best to choose a simple theme and grow your site gradually. This is why WordPress is such a popular choice. You never have to start over because all your content remains, even if you drastically redesign your site. So take a look at these popular (free!) themes. They’re all great for […]
Tweets go by fast! Here’s what I thought was important for you to know in September.
I found this Pew report on e-book reader ownership for older adults – who are voracious readers and worthy of cultivating. This is a 2014 report gathering data from 2013, so the numbers are surely higher by now.
I presented a self-publishing crash course at the Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting September 2015 in Mariposa, California. Enjoy! Self-Publishing Crash Course 2015
Even with all the free and low-cost information available about self-publishing a book, many authors become overwhelmed and look for a publishing consultant. As well you should, because a good consultant, publishing coach, or production professional can save you time and money in the long run. I’ve worked with a good number of authors in […]
Book cover design should not be dictated by the author. Book cover design should not be dictated by the author. Book cover design should not be dictated by the author. I have been learning that the hard way this past year with my own books and with the books of some of my clients. The most successful book covers seem to […]
Microsoft Word “Styles” is the single most powerful tool in an author’s toolbox, yet most writers haven’t even heard of it. How about you? Do you make manual changes to paragraphs and fonts? Do you select each chapter title in your book to change the font size or to style it in bold or italics, […]
This is just a quick note to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of the awesome savings and bonuses on my friend and colleague Nina Amir’s amazingly fabulous new How to Blog a Book Template Kit, which she created with Joel Friedlander (Thebookdesigner.com). I recommend it highly! You won’t get this deal […]
If you’re writing a book, you know how hard it is to find your place sometimes, scrolling up and down through the document, squinting at text, trying to find a chapter head, a subtitle, or the phrase that your looking for. If you’ve applied Microsoft Word Styles to your chapter headings and subheadings, you can […]
The Willamette Writers Conference is one of the oldest in the United States (since 1969) and is located smack in the middle of a hive of creatives in Portland, Oregon aka Portlandia. It offers over 80 workshops, panels and speeches presented by some of the best–and best-known–professionals in the business. Attendees have the opportunity to learn […]
Canva announced their ready-to-edit ebook cover designs this month. Take a look and you’ll find a bunch of templates pre-filled with images, fonts, and graphics. You can switch out the image with your own (or stock photo or royalty-free image), and change the font color and sizes.