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Why most authors are doomed to fail in 2016 (current problems with the publishing industry)

I’ve thinking about this post already, but then saw someone in the Nanowrimo group share this article: Alan Moore Advises New Writers to Self-Publish Because Big Publishers Suck Alan Moore says: “Publishing today is a complete mess. I know brilliant authors who can’t get their books published. Publish yourself. Don’t rely upon other people.” People who have already adopted self-publishing ... Read More »

How I got 8500+ new readers on my email list in 1 week with KingSumo and Rafflecopter (giveaways for authors)

Update: I got about 20,000 new subscribers this month running giveaways. I also got about 10,000 new likes and followers on social media. They aren’t cheap, but they are soooo powerful. Now I’m using giveaways to drive book launches and get more book reviews… I’ll post more on that later. This month I’ve been playing around with contests using Rafflecopter ... Read More »

You’re not Special (And You Totally Missed the Point of The Lego Movie)

There’s a lot of things I could say about the Lego Movie (2014). It’s a perfect representation of the hero’s journey, pulled so closely from contemporary remixes (Tron, the Matrix) to seem like every movie at once. The hero, like all good heroes, is young and untested. Foolish, an outcast, alone. His motivation is merely to make friends and be ... 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 »

How to buy your way onto the bestseller lists (it’s not that hard).

UPDATE: This post was hypothetical, but I’m not actually going to do any of these things. The reason is, it’s important to keep your “also-boughts” clean; which means, you want people buying your books who are buying other books in your genre. There are lots of ways to make that happen. But getting a whole bunch of fast sales or ... Read More »

The definitive indie author guide to author websites that attract and convert

Today we did an awesome live class on building a bestselling author website, including topics to writing about, content marketing, getting more traffic and email subscribers, and design and branding. One of the things I recommended was to write articles, then turn those into Powerpoints for SlideShare, then record yourself talking about it for YouTube, then breaking them into individual ... Read More »

How to convert accidental blog traffic into raving fans (with Jeff Walker and Leadpages)

I’ve been running this blog, and several other websites, without ever focusing on earning money. That’s a mistake for two reasons. 1. It means I’m more focused on myself than on finding out what readers want and giving it to them. 2. It means I didn’t pay attention to conversion rates. Conversion rates = getting accidental blog traffic to stick ... Read More »

What’s that writing community really worth? (Is there any value in paying for group membership?)

I often see writing communities or forums online, and wonder whether I should sign up. They might only cost $25 a year. But will I get any value out of it? Here are some things to judge: 1. Look at the other members, if you can. Track them down. Are they successful? Do they have a polished platform? Are their ... Read More »

How much does your author website even matter?

Today I’m stalking authors. I want to get my giveaway for YA authors shared more widely. So I’m chasing hashtags on Twitter and finding YA author lists and communities and direct messaging people. Normally, I wouldn’t do that: but I’m sharing a contest that will benefit YA writers, rather than promoting my own books, so I feel like it’s OK. ... Read More »

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