self-publishing

I missed my Kindle preorder window… so Guerrilla Publishing is free!

I really thought I was going to make it this time. I put my book Guerrilla Publishing up for preorder a few months ago but haven’t had time to work on it. But I pulled things together in the last few days, was *mostly* finished editing it, and tried to upload it with 4 minutes left to go. Unfortunately, it ... Read More »

How to publish anthologies, boxsets and run multi-author promotions

It’s December, and I’m on a cruise ship cruising the Atlantic (with surprisingly good wifi). We’ve been in Europe three months and are heading back to the Americas. We left from the Canary Islands, the night sea is dark and the steam from the boat is white. There’s a very Titanic feel. I’m hoping to (finally) finish my first full ... Read More »

Practical writing tips from 65 bestselling authors

Perhaps one of the first things aspiring writers do when they start their work is to look for a bunch of writing tips and tricks from successful authors, to learn from and to keep inspired. The internet is full of sage advice about writing, but sometimes it’s nice to hear from contemporary authors, who are familiar with the current state of publishing. ... Read More »

Why you should never try and get your books in bookstores or libraries

The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries. That claim is false. While theoretically your books can be ordered by libraries, it’s unlikely they will – you need to get them reviewed by MG/YA book reviewers or big organizations. You can advertise in magazines and ... Read More »

How to use positive thinking to sell more online courses

I just wrote up a case study of my first course launch (which made 18K in 48hours). Although I did pretty well, I could have done much better. I actually wrote this post several months before my course launch, because I was already dealing with anxiety and lack of confidence. For several years I’ve run this blog as a side project, a ... Read More »

How to build and grow an email list (my recommended email subscription service + free course on email marketing)

Whether you’re an author, artist or entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard “the money is in the list.” Building your email list gives you direct access to your clients, customers and fanbase. For the past several years I’ve used Mailchimp, and I continue to do so despite it’s problems (which I’ll discuss down below). I usually recommend it to authors because I ... Read More »

How to win Nanowrimo – 8 tips for smashing success!

It’s almost November, which means Nanowrimo (national novel writing month) is coming. The rules are simple – start and finish 50,000 words of a new project in 30 days. Although it’s supposed to be fiction, many people use the momentum for non-fiction or to edit previous projects. As I mentioned in this article I wrote for the Nanowrimo blog, “Why ... Read More »

If your Kindle Unlimited page reads suddenly tanked, it’s probably because of this…

In several groups this week, a lot of my author friends started reporting worst-ever months and a drastic drop in income due to a sudden drop in page reads. For authors in Kindle Unlimited, page reads could often be as much as half the income generated from Amazon Kindle. Today, I saw a *hypothetical* explanation that seems on-point. Amy Hopkins ... Read More »

Why Amazon is deleting book reviews: understanding Amazon’s new review policy and how to get back deleted reviews

Amazon has been deleting reviews for a long time. Making sure reviews are honest and trustworthy is important for their business; so they delete reviews from friends, family members and anyone they think has a personal relationship with you. However a few days ago they made a big announcement: people will no longer be able to give a free or ... Read More »

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