If you’re self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57 for both print and ebook formats. They’ve got a lot of templates to choose from, and are adding more all the time. And […]
Authors have learned that pre-orders create excitement and greater sales for their books. But CreateSpace does not offer a pre-order function for selling print books on Amazon. What!? It doesn’t make sense, but that’s the way it is. There are two solutions. One of them is a ridiculous workaround, so this post is about how […]
The purpose of this post is to define the terms aggregation and distribution. I also want to introduce you to the tools and services I recommend most. Read carefully and get on the right publishing path that reaches a wide network of online ebook retailers and brick-and-mortar bookstores. Indie authors can upload ebooks to sell […]
Are you ready to upload your book for sale to the online retailers? Got all your front and back matter, images, fonts, and ISBNs? Use this checklist to make sure you’ve done everything you can to create a quality book that competes with books produced in the traditional publishing houses. But first, here’s a quick […]
Blasty is an online tool that monitors Google for illegal copies of your content and allows you to remove them with one click. The product is in beta and you can get free access now. I signed for the early beta of the service in 2015 and then promptly forgot about it. Then, a few […]
Why is it important to make your WordPress website and blog “self-hosted” and “managed?” Let me tell you a story. My friend was on Good Morning America. He was charming and the hosts loved him, and gazillions of people saw him and clicked to his site to buy his book. But, horror of all horrors, his […]
When Reedsy released their online book creation tool earlier this year I was naturally eager to geek out and give it a try. I’ve been creating books with the Pressbooks online book creation and publishing tool for years, which is based on WordPress and offers a lot of features. How does Reedsy compare, I wondered? […]
My new book formatting guide is available now on IngramSpark. You can download it for free, and find out how to get your book into PDF for print and ebook formats EPUB and Kindle. Go to the IngramSpark website and you’ll see it in the header banners. Sign up to get IngramSpark news, then click […]
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 […]
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.
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.
An author I work with just told me his royalty check from Amazon was sliced to 1/3 the amount he expected and the culprit was Kindle Unlimited. This author doesn’t distribute anywhere else – and cannot – since he is enrolled in KDP Select, their exclusive program. I suggested he remove it from Select and continue […]
If you’re writing a fiction book, check out Joel Friedlander’s 3 day sale on all his fiction templates. 30% off. Ends midnight (Pacific) on Wednesday, July 1st. These are standard pre-designed, pre-formatted book designs that are really easy to use. I use them and highly recommend them. There’s no coupon code needed, they will automatically discount when you “add to […]
This just posted from the 2014 Santa Barbara Writers Conference (better late than never!). A panel moderated by my friend and colleague Marla Miller on Building Your Author Platform, a plenary session at the end of the conference. Marla Miller moderates me, Adam Gomolin of Inkshares, and Lisa Angle of Ninety Degree Media.
Your website, MailChimp newsletters and automatic responses, Google Analytics, WordPress website, and GoDaddy web hosting accounts are all interconnected. If you’re like me, you probably hire an expert to help you manage all this. Did you know that you can allow access to others on all these accounts without giving them your username and secret password? Here’s a detailed […]