Mistakes to Avoid When Self-Publishing

Let’s talk about mistakes to avoid when self-publishing. This past month, I spoke with two authors who came to me for advice after finding themselves in the same sticky situation. Both had hired individuals to work on their books—someone for cover design, another freelancer for page layout and typesetting, and [...]

Better Writing: 4 Tips for Revising Your Work

Guest post by Wally Bock. First published on April 23, 2019, Wally Bock's Writing Edge website. If you want to create great writing, you must revise. That’s never easy, but here are four tips that will help you revise better and quicker. Get the Big Stuff Right First Revising will [...]

Author Story: Juan Carlos Marcos

In a sense, it’s both an author's dream and a nightmare: the chance to relay an amazing war tale of adventure, survival and resilience, supported by 600 pages of handwritten correspondence from husband to wife, all meticulously filed. At aged 98, the hero of the story is still alive and [...]

How to Prepare a Manuscript for the Book Designer and Editor

Have you ever cleaned house before the house cleaner arrived? Done your hair up nicely before going to the hairdresser? Run your car through the car wash before sending it for detailing? When we hire someone to take care of something we think we ought to have taken care of [...]

Author Story: Kathleen Vallee Stein

Most people today seek to connect on a personal level: authenticity is key. So, when author Kathleen Vallee Stein was told by agents and publishers that she needed to become an expert on hospice and write a how-to book, she knew instinctively that her book needed to be written from [...]

What Is the Difference Between IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing?

After the manuscript is edited, the pages are designed, and the cover looks beautiful, the indie author is faced with a perplexing question: what is the difference between IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)? What will they do for me? All I want to do is sell the book on [...]

Author Story: Bruce Bernstein

Ask any author—self-published or otherwise—what they consider the most challenging part of the publishing process, and most will rank marketing near the top of the list. Bruce Bernstein, author of the young adult book, You Gotta Have Heart, is no exception. Yet Bruce made some smart moves to get his [...]

Planning a Series of Books (from a Cover Design Perspective)

A book series is more than one book tied together by a common theme and author. If fictional, the series may continue a story with some of the same characters. Alternatively, the books may be tied together by a location or a genre. Or, the only thing the books have [...]

Author Story: Melissa Ann

"Behind every face is a powerful story, and nothing is ever quite as it seems.” Wise words from Melissa Ann, author of Hope, Love, and Me: My Journey of Choices and Second Chances. In this book, her new memoir, Melissa shares her story of the second chances she was given [...]

What Author Services Companies Do for You

The author who chooses to self-publish rather than seek a traditional publisher faces a dilemma: who will polish and package the book and get it ready to sell? That’s the job of author services companies. Some authors, often to the detriment of their books, take on these tasks themselves. Others [...]

Easy SEO for Authors: How to Get Found on the Internet

Why would we bother with a blog post on Easy SEO for Authors? Having worked with and advised thousands of authors, I’m certain that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the last thing on your mind—until now. Selling books IS in your top 10 list of concerns. Getting found on Amazon [...]

Ideas for Author Websites

Are you looking for ideas for author websites? Look no further than our author website samples, which you’ll find at the bottom of this article. In these samples, you’ll find plenty of inspiration. Before you scroll down, let’s take a step back. When you’re seeking ideas for author websites, it’s [...]

3 Reasons Why the Best Place to Self-publish Is You!

When an author makes the positive decision to self-publish, one of the first questions is, “Where is the best place to self-publish my book?” It's confusing, I know; if you're not handing over your manuscript to a traditional publishing company, then who exactly publishes your book? I think it's this [...]

Nonfiction Book Cover Design: How It Differs from Fiction

Compare the cover of a nonfiction book to the cover of a novel, and you’ll notice some distinct differences. The approach to nonfiction book cover design is also different from designing a cover for a novel. Understanding why it’s different can help you have an informed discussion with book designers. [...]

Where to Get Book Ideas: Unpack the Box

If you’ve ever moved, you know the feeling. Before you can enjoy your new home, you must unpack a lot of boxes. We moved to Hartsville, South Carolina, and we’re unpacking. We’re almost done, and we still haven’t found things we know are here some place. The unpacked boxes are [...]

What an Author Marketing Coach Can Do for You

Lynn McGinnis has always loved books. She’s been an avid reader since she was big enough to pick up a book. So when it came time to think about how to transition her twenty-five years of experience in marketing, public relations and small business development into a new field, the [...]

eBook Help: Your Questions about eBooks Answered

We receive many inquiries from authors, asking for eBook help. How does a print book become an eBook? What’s a “mobi?” Does an eBook need a new ISBN? So, we thought we’d pull together authors' most popular queries and provide the answers here in one blog post. eBook Help: Q [...]

Self-Publish for Free and Four Other Self-Publishing Myths

I’m always glad to learn that authors “shop around.” Researching alternatives, talking to publishing professionals and obtaining competitive quotes help authors make an informed decision and debunk self-publishing myths such as "self-publish for free." Unfortunately, publishing predators abound, ready to take advantage of unsuspecting authors by making promises they can’t [...]