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What is the Best Service for Print on Demand Books?

When it comes to determining what the best service for print on demand books is, there's no easy answer. It depends on a number of factors, …

Writing

What’s your story? (Your story is not your product)

I’ve been thinking about story this year. Partly, because I’ve been struggling with selling digital products in a way that’s authentic to my brand. …

Selling

Art has Value, Real Artists Don’t Starve, and other Shocking Truths

I heard someone say recently, “there are too many marketers and not enough artists.”As someone deep inside the publishing industry, however, I find …

Hung Up

Marketing Can Be Fun…Yes, Really! — Guest: Christina Delay

Here's the latest from Jami Gold, Paranormal Author :I don’t know about any of you, but marketing is at the bottom of my list of things I want to do. …

Writing

Why Writing Can Be The Best Way To Deal With Adversity

<i>I've been writing journals since I was an angst-ridden 15-year-old, singing along to Madonna in my bedroom while raging at how hard life was.</i> <i>Over the</i> …

Creative Writing

12 Common Character Archetypes Every Writer Should Already Know

‘Character archetypes’ are something you imagine bohemian writers talking about at length — perhaps while smoking a cigarette and stroking their …

Winnie-the-Pooh

How Reader Profiles Can Help You Sell More Books

Reader profiles are an author’s version of market research, and what develops from your reader profiles should help determine what book promotion …

Writing

Serial chiller: Wilkie Collins, master of the cliffhanger

Wilkie Collins wrote The Moonstone at a time of personal trauma and physical agony. But his professional life was going much better: with four bestsellers published in a decade, Collins was one of the best-paid writers working at the time. When The Moonstone came out in 1868, he netted a tidy £750 …

Literature

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>Betsy Lerner<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates …

Writing

Adding a Video to Your Book’s Amazon Sales Page

<i>Guest Post<br>by Ellen L. Buikema</i><p>While perusing Facebook, I noticed a post in the Indies Unlimited Fans Group that piqued my interest — the new “add your …

Trailers

An Author Logo Can Make Your Brand Memorable

In today’s installment of my series on author branding, we’re going to take a look at an element of visual branding which will really help you stand …

Graphic Design

Finding Ways to Progress your Writing Career

I recently came across an excellent resource for freelance writers by <b>Laura Yates</b> of blogging.com. Laura is a writer, coach, and podcaster who has …

Writing

Tightening Your Focus

When you’re writing a tale, it almost always turns out better if you get deep into the head of your protagonist and tell the story from that person’s …

Writing

Introducing BookBub Featured New Releases

Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new tool that will allow authors and publishers to promote new releases to BookBub’s audience of power readers: …

Writing

Gutenberg, WordPress, & You: the What, the Why, and the How

If you have a WordPress site, chances are you have heard of something called Gutenberg. You could have seen one of the posts written about it over …

Web Design

How Authors Should Craft A Facebook Post That’s Effective

How to Sell Books by Building Your Email List

Congratulations! You’ve started down the road on your writing career. You’re submitting work to magazines, publishers, and agents. Or perhaps you’re …

Writing

How to Write a Book Proposal

If you’re like most writers I hear from, you’re probably wondering how to sell your book to a publisher. Publishing is a strange and mysterious …

Writing

Editing Fiction Like a Pro: The 5 Most Common Mistakes That Bog Down Your Narrative

<b>The most common mistakes that bog down an otherwise flowing narrative are easy to avoid or correct when you’re editing fiction scenes. These five</b> …

Writing

Connecting to Readers is Book Marketing 101

Not to state the obvious, but authors need readers, so your marketing efforts should be focused on cultivating reader relationships. As BookWorks' …

Marketing

What is a Flat Character? (And How to Fix One) (And How to Fix One)

“Riddled with flat characters” is perhaps one of the most damning things you can hear from an editor or reviewer. An accusation that your protagonist …

Creative Writing

Using CafePress for Book Merchandise

<b>by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig</b><p>Writers are frequently advised to ‘go wide’ with their books. It’s advice that I’ve followed: my books are in …

Handbags

Content Marketing for Indie Authors

<b>Special guest post from Callum Mundine of Warble Media</b><p>Digital technology is mainly responsible for the way consumer habits have evolved. Not only has …

Perfecting the Rivalry: Writing Your Protagonist and Antagonist

If there’s one thing every story needs, it’s conflict — and while conflict can take many forms (such as Self vs. Nature, Technology vs. Humanity, …

Creative Writing

How to Write Fiction That’s Fresh

My agent recently had a confab with a number of editors in New York, all from various houses. I can’t tell you the details of which house wants what …

Creative Writing

3 Hacks to Publish Your Book on a Shoestring Budget

<b>by Emmanuel Nataf, @EmmanuelNataf</b><p>81% of Americans want to write a book in their lifetimes. However, a <i>much</i> smaller percentage actually goes on to …

Writing

The BEST Thing About Self-Publishing - Altucher Confidential

I was sick of it.<p>Every book publisher (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins, Hay House, etc.) said the same thing: “We’re great at marketing. We’ll take …

Writing

Why Interactive Email Is The Future Of Inbox Communication

Email: the marketing bedrock. When everything else feels like a passing trend, email has stood the test of time and shows no signs of slowing …

Marketing

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

<b>In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters</b> …

Writing

Writing Tips: How Writing A Screenplay Can Help Your Writing In General

<i>Over the last few years, I've been going to screenwriting seminars and even wrote a couple of draft screenplays myself. It's been amazingly useful</i> …

Writing