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By James T Kelly | Anything from practical advice to humorous whimsy for writers.

How to Get Your Book Published - Myths and Reality

How to Get Your Book Published – Myths and Reality<p>We all know it’s hard to get your book published, but did you realise that only about one in a …

Publishing

How to Successfully “Genre Hop” as an Author

If you’re an indie author, you’ve probably heard this advice: write in a series and publish often. If you genre hop, your readers won’t follow you. …

Comment on Amazon Now Freaking Out Over TOC Location in Kindle eBooks? by Kindle Unlimited's KENPC 3.0 Releases, With No Visible Changes | The Digital Reader

[…] next move in this game of cat and mouse was to crack down on Kindle ebooks with links leading to the back. Amazon also developed a new way to …

eBooks

How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors

About the only thing that remains constant in ebook publishing is that it changes—everything from the services to marketing strategies. Here, I …

Publishing

5 Favorite Free Fonts for Interior Book Design

Book design begins with typography, and the biggest typographic decision you’ll make in designing a book is selecting the text typeface.As I said a …

Typography

Author Websites: 5 Big Ways to Create Loyal Readers

Author websites are the one place readers get to judge a book by its cover… or in this case, the webpage. We’ve already written a blog post on tips …

Publishing

Smashwords Introduces Assetless Preorders (aka "Metadata Only" preorders)

Ebook preorders are the single most important new tool for indie authors who want to improve the visibility, desirability and sales of their new …

Pen Name Update: 10 Weeks In (Earnings: $12,824)

I’m about ten weeks into my pen name experiment, which I first blogged about back in November: Pen Name Launch: First Month Earnings $3043 (what …

Publishing

Pen Name Launch: First Month Earnings $3043 (what worked and didn’t for marketing)

If you’ve been following the blog and Twitter, you may have heard me mention my pen name project. I haven’t shared the details with many people — …

Publishing

Online Presence: Pros, Perils and Possibilities

I often hear newer writers (of varying ages) say they want their writing to speak for itself. They’re filled with disdain for publishers who look for …

6 Ways to Make Money as an Author (in Addition to Selling Books)

The “KU Apocalypse,” as some writers have called it, has cut into the bottom line for many independent authors, especially those who have refused to …

KDP Select & Kindle Unlimited: Why Ebooks Not Enrolled Are at a Disadvantage

Until a week and a half ago, I had never enrolled any of my books in Kindle Select. The program came out after I started self-publishing, and I …

Publishing

Amazon Expands Pre-order Buttons to All KDP Authors | The Digital Reader

With no fanfare or official announcement, earlier today Amazon quietly gave indie authors a sales feature some had been requesting for the past …

189 Powerful Words That Convert: Write Copy That Gets Your Customer’s Attention Every Time

“Join us!”<p>“Sign up!”<p>These phrases litter the huge variety of email newsletter boxes you’ll come across online, and they generally serve the same …

Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing: #1… Can’t Get Indie Books into Bookstores

Myths ignore facts. Myths are beliefs built from fear or past actions.<p>In this series, and in the previous series of <i>Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of</i> …

Frequent library visits equates to £1,359 pay rise

Going to the library frequently is the same as getting a pay rise of £1,359 a year, according to a new report from the Department of Culture, Media …

The Burst of the Social Media Bubble, Rise of the Indie Author & Why Coffee is to Blame

(Original image courtesy of Matthew Pearce via Flikr Creative Commons.)<p>Many of you are old enough to remember the dot.com boom (then bust) of the …

The Greatest Opening Lines in Fiction

I was recently directed to this story about the best opening lines in fiction. <b>And they all sucked.</b> Every single one. Well, except Orwell’s <i>Nineteen</i> …

Literature

Why is Indie Music So Much Cooler than Indie Books?

I apologize ahead of time for the following generalization and also the following corporate-marketing cliche: indie books need Millennials in order …

Amazon’s Move That Should Have Authors Worried

In a blog post yesterday, Amazon’s Audible audiobooks service announced that it was lowering the royalty rates it paid content creators.<p>It’s not the …

How To Make Your Posts Stand Out on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn: The Complete Guide to Social Media Formatting

Social media is a crowded place. You need every competitive advantage possible to stand out.<p>Luckily, giving your social media posts a little …

It’s Time to Retire “Boob Plate” Armor. Because It Would Kill You.

Never mind the chainmail bikinis—what about those awkward breast plates in armor that we see frequently in fantasy artwork and at the Ren Faire? …

Ebook Pricing: What You Think Your Book Is Worth vs. The Point at Which It Will Make the Most Money

In the indie author world, there are few topics as hotly debated as that of ebook pricing. You don’t have to spend long on a self-publishing forum to …

11 Ways to Quote and Promote Your Book Using Images by R.J. Adams

By R.J. Adams @bkmkting<p>Have you seen people promoting their books with creative graphics of quotes? It seems to be a fashion, and it makes sense. …

Social Media Marketing

Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do?

Today is a tad of a touchy subject, but in this New year, I want everyone to have a the greatest gift any of us can have…peace. Bullies, in my …

3 Years of Self-Publishing, 2 Years of Writing Full Time, and Lessons from 2013

It’s the beginning of a new year and I just had my three-year self-publishing anniversary, so it seems like the appropriate time for a …