In about an hour it will be 12:12, 12-12-12. With the end of the year looming, this seems like a good time to begin an annual evaluation process about the things you did right in 2012, and what you want to work on in 2013. Don’t put it off – there’s little time for reflection in the runup before Christmas …Read More »
I never wanted to grow up. And I was pretty certain I’d never have to. Not having a plan, following my dreams and desires, pursuing my goals with reckless abandon, refusing to “be practical” and “think about the future” – those were some of the things that made my life fun and exciting. “Follow Your Bliss” can be a great …Read More »
My Super Simple Ebook Formatting and Conversion Process for the New Kindle, Smashwords and Epub Rules
I’ve been meaning to learn ebook formatting and conversion for over 2 years. Sadly, every time I got started, the sheer enormity of the process scared me away. Multiple formats? Lots of Code and HTML? Yuck. But I’ve been giving the work away for too long, and I know it’s something I’m going to need a lot of, so this …Read More »
Where to find royalty-free stock images for your book cover (and how to avoid choosing the same one as everybody else).
If you’re indie publishing, you probably can’t afford a photo shoot. Fortunately (or unfortunately), these days major publishing houses can’t either, which means everybody is using stock photography. Stock photos are royalty-free images you pay to download, that you can use for book cover designs or other projects. There are lots of websites, and I’ll walk you through my favorites, …Read More »
How much information do you need to collect from visitors/shoppers on your mailing list form – and is it worth losing sales?
So I’ve just bought an information product to (hopefully) help me improve my ebook formatting skills. I’m a pretty liberal online buyer. I’ll buy something pretty quickly if it looks decent, has good reviews, and costs under $100. If it’ll save me 5 hours of work, it’s worth it. But on this particular website, after I clicked the “Buy Now” …Read More »
Zopim. There, I said it. Rather than making you wait till the very end of the post to reveal the powerful secret promised in the headline, I’ve given it to you in the beginning. What is it, you ask? Zopim is a chat-software you can install on your blog or website, and then link up with your regular chat like …Read More »
Recently I’ve been subscribing to a lot of email mailing lists. I look at the professional bloggers who seem to have their shit together, and I subscribe. I want to know what they’re doing, how they talk to their readers, and how they represent their brand. I pay attention, because I want to do it better. (P.s. – I still …Read More »
You may have noticed I’ve narrowed my blog down to three main topics: tips for artists, authors and entrepreneurs. That may seem ridiculously wide-ranging, and indeed it’s clumsy to always have to say all three together. I sometimes shorten it to “authors, artists and entreps” but I wish I could say “auth-artpreneur-ists.” I’ve also heard it said that you can’t …Read More »
Adding a custom author box, using a photo or your gravatar, at the bottom of your wordpress posts should be a snap. Links to your social profiles, a short bio, a picture, a reminder to subscribe: these are very basic and powerful features that you should be using on the bottom of every post to turn readers into fans. But …Read More »
Recently some authors I’m working with needed a fantasy map to put in the beginning of their book, Legend of the Chosen. Sometimes it’s helpful to put a map in the beginning of your book, so that readers can have an idea of where everything is. But how do you make one? It’s not as easy as it may …Read More »