Author Story: Alex S. Avitabile

Three aspects of Alex Avitabile’s journey as a self-published author stand out. The first is his twenty year odyssey, from having the germ of an idea for a story to seeing the book published—a tale that in itself provides inspiration for other would-be authors. (As Alex says, “To those who [...]

Publishing a Business Book

Here’s my inspiration for this latest blog post on publishing a business book: the business cards scattered on my desk, crumbling in the bottom of my purse, and languishing in little piles in my desk drawers. Business cards from people with whom I’ve struck up conversations over the years at [...]

How to Sell eBooks at Walmart

Walmart launched its eBook sales platform on August 22 in partnership with Kobo (more properly known as Rakuten Kobo), going head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle. While Walmart has sold the Kobo eReader for years, it is now making available Kobo’s library of eBooks for individual sale, along with an option to [...]

CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing: What You Should Do Next

CreateSpace has merged with www.KDP.com. Existing CreateSpace Customers: All CreateSpace titles have been migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Use your Amazon account username and password to log into your KDP account. Click here to go to the KDP page on Amazon. If you did not create an account [...]

What Does It Mean to Self-Publish?

Ten years ago, if one were to ask the question, “What does it mean to self-publish?”, the answer might have been quite different than it would be today. Self-publishing has gained validation and wide acceptance over the last decade. Self-published authors have reached the best seller lists and entrepreneurs and [...]

How to Plan Your Holiday Book Sales

As I write this blog post, Christmas is just under six months away. Hanukkah starts at the beginning of December. And Thanksgiving? It’s on November 22 this year. All that to say, even as I sit here in the sweltering heat that is Phoenix, AZ in July, I’m thinking of [...]

Making Your Business Book a Success: A Suggestion from Dan Poynter

Many thanks to Wally Bock for this week's blog post. Wally is an author, blogger, ghostwriter and writing coach.  You can find Wally's original blog post here, on his Writing Edge website full of ideas and inspiration for authors. Dan Poynter was the self-publishing guru. His Self-Publishing Manual is still [...]

Publish on KDP or CreateSpace: Where to Self-publish Your Paperback

CreateSpace has merged with www.KDP.com. Existing CreateSpace Customers: All CreateSpace titles have been migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Use your Amazon account username and password to log into your KDP account. Click here to go to the KDP page on Amazon. If you did not create an account [...]

How I Got My Book Listed Before the Amazon Resellers

Grace Allison, author of Do You Have a Dream and Einstein’s Compass, read the recent article by Amy Collins about the issues authors are experiencing with the Amazon ADD TO CART button and what to do about it. Grace generously offered to share her solution to the issue, one that put [...]

The Problem with the Amazon ADD TO CART Button and What You Can Do

Thank you to guest blogger Amy Collins for this week's post on the issues with the Amazon ADD TO CART button and what authors can do. Amy is the owner of New Shelves Books, one of the fastest-growing book distribution, sales and marketing companies in North America. Let’s see…. What [...]

How CreateSpace Authors Can Update a Book That Has Already Been Published

CreateSpace has merged with www.KDP.com. Existing CreateSpace Customers: All CreateSpace titles have been migrated to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Use your Amazon account username and password to log into your KDP account. Click here to go to the KDP page on Amazon. If you did not create an account [...]

Author Story: Sven Michael Davison

Traveling to seven continents in seven years is no small feat and certainly worthy of a book. Yet it is author Sven Michael Davison’s admission that he considers himself lucky whenever a stranger picks up one of his books and reads it, that caught this writer’s imagination. There is a [...]

When You Self-Publish, How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Bear with me…this really will be a blog post about the best use of your time as an author, entrepreneur, and indie publisher. Print-on-demand companies IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), along with digital and offset printing companies, have very specific requirements for your book files, both cover and interior [...]

Self-Published Author Story: Sonia Panigrahy

When self-published author Sonia Panigrahy went looking for children’s books that featured a young girl superhero protagonist, she was in for a surprise. Nowhere could she find a book for young children that realistically identified females—especially ones of color—as intelligent, physically tough, brave and adventurous. Disappointed that girls continue to [...]

The Parts of a Book: A Comprehensive List

Your manuscript is only part of the book—the most important part to be sure, but there are more. Inevitably, you will be ready to submit your book to the typesetter, and your editor or proofreader will say, “What about ______________ (fill in the blank with the missing piece)?” We’d like [...]

10+ Resources for Indie Authors

Authors often ask us for our favorite self-publishing resources and sources of information for writers. Over the years we’ve accumulated some favorites and in researching this article, came across a few new ones as well. Here’s our list of resources for indie authors. Let us know of your favorites and [...]

Philip Muls: Author Story

This month, author Philip Muls celebrates five years of sobriety. Looking back, Philip sees clearly the transformations he went through thanks to sustained sobriety, and it’s this improvement in the quality of his life, along with sharing his story with people on the same difficult journey, which motivated Philip to [...]

How to Self Publish a Book in 7 Steps

If you’re planning to self-publish your book, it’s a good idea to be aware of all the steps involved before you start. In this blog post we outline the basic process. Step 1: Understand the Publishing Process The publishing process involves a few moving parts. Understanding these before you begin [...]