self-publishing

How to market young adult fiction and get your book in front of teen readers

After years of helping authors design, publish and market their books, in 2016 I’m focused on publishing my own young adult fiction. Since I’m building a network of powerful young adult book blogs and review sites, I wanted to share my platform with other young adult authors who are having difficulty getting visibility or connecting with teen readers. I’ll also ... Read More »

How to publish a book in 2016 (and make it a bestseller)

It’s a new year! In 2015 I decided to focus on my writing, and this month I’m gearing up to launch my first fiction. I’ve been posting a lot of advanced Amazon hacking and guerrilla book marketing stuff on my blog, but I realized that’s too much for people who are still struggling to finish their first book, get it ... Read More »

Super easy book marketing that actually earns money

I want to give a shout out to a couple examples of great content marketing for authors I’ve seen recently. Check this out by YA author Jenetta Penner: Best YA books based on fairy tales. It’s just a list of bestselling books in her genre; and comes with a great image (probably made on Canva.com) which makes it more appealing. The image ... Read More »

How much does book editing cost? And are you getting ripped off?

Last year I started on online controversy with an article suggesting that indie authors shouldn’t pay for editing. What I mean in the post, which you should read (the comments too!), is that paying a lot of money to get a book edited may not be a smart business decision if your book isn’t going to sell. I also disagree with the ... Read More »

How to set your book for presale on iBooks, Kindle and Smashwords (and why you should)

Tonight I had a chance to sit down with Mark Coker of Smashwords, and he convinced me to put the books I’m working on for sale as preorders. Although I’ve heard Mark talk about preorders before, I wasn’t planning on using preorders as part of my marketing plan. This article is about what changed my mind, why preorders might be ... Read More »

What’s the difference between book serials and a series of books, and what’s best for marketing and sales?

For about a year (or more) I’ve been blogging about all the cool things I’m going to do to market my books, but haven’t had the chance to try any of them yet because I’m still working on the writing. The main thing everybody says to do is write a series. Other people are writing serials. Some authors get confused ... Read More »

A Defense of #amwriting (and NaNoWriMo)

I published this last year on Medium but since it’s almost November again… I recently found out about the “War on #amwriting” while researching for a tattoo befitting someone involved in publishing, that announces to the world what I do.A Defense of #amwriting (and NaNoWriMo)  I chose this one…it’s pretentious enough to make me self-conscious until I work my ass ... Read More »

21 Days of Self-Publishing Q/A chats in October! (Oops, nevermind…)

Edit: Shit, October came quickly. It’s Oct. First and I’m heading up to the Resort and Mt. Hood for Pioneer Nation… after that we’ll go down to Lake Tahoe, up to Vancouver, and end up back in Portland again in November. So my scheduling for these events is pretty crazy – I’m going to postpone this series indefinitely. I go ... Read More »

Own your ugly: why I have bad teeth and how I’m overcoming my insecurity

Recently I’ve been making a lot of video, doing some webinars, and preparing to launch my first online courses. One thing that’s always bothered me (maybe the reason it took me a year to even feel comfortable enough on camera to begin) is that I have ugly teeth. Most of my teeth needed root canals, then I got posts and ... Read More »

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