How to use BookFunnel and Instafreebie if you’re in Kindle Unlimited (KDP Select and free book giveaways)

For several years I’ve used Instafreebie and BookFunnel to give out ARCs (advanced reader copies) to my email list. Recently however, there have been some KU controversies concerning free book giveaways for authors enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program. I want to be careful not to break terms or get in trouble with Amazon, so I did some digging. I’d previously received a ... Read More »

Starting over with (almost) nothing at 38

Six years ago I wrote a personal post about the challenges of being a full-time digital nomad, “Starting over with nothing at 32.” Over the years it’s gotten more traction than I expected so I thought it was time for a reprieve. I recently turned 38 (during the winter solstice) and I still have just about nothing to show for ... Read More »

How to earn $500 a day in passive income: simple ways to double online sales and earn five figures a month

I’ve been trying to make passive income online for the past few years. Until recently, I’ve worked with clients, so I had to “earn” my money by selling time. But I’ve built some digital assets (design templates + online courses), and I have lots of content and a fair amount of traffic, which means, for the first time, I can ... Read More »

How to launch a bestselling book without earning any money

Several years ago I published a book on “how to write, format, publish and promote your book without spending any money.” Download the book: PDF VERSION | KINDLE At a book conference recently, one of the most popular talks was on the same subject. I’ve put together tons of resources to help authors publish on the cheap, but it’s worth pointing ... Read More »

The quick and easy guide to Facebook and Amazon (AMS) ads for authors

Work in progress! Someone asked for a ‘quick and easy guide’ to Facebook advertising for authors, so I wrote this:   1. Use your hook/story for text. Test out 10 different hooks. Test out some with reviews. Make sure you mention the genre clearly, but incite emotion. 2. Don’t use your cover, use a pretty image that attracts readers of ... Read More »

How to wake up early, avoid procrastination and stop being lazy – even if you have a sleep disorder

I have a suspicion that most of those “how to wake up early” posts are written by morning people – those annoying chipper people who smile too much. They mean well, but can’t understand the complexities of sleep deprivation facing sufferers of sleep disorders. Personally, I don’t believe in waking up early. I don’t think waking up early makes you ... Read More »

19 common author platform mistakes that are killing your book sales

I talk a LOT about best practices for author websites and your Amazon page, but people keep ignoring me. I know this because I review author platforms and websites almost daily, to help authors find places they can improve conversion. Conversion is IMPORTANT. Amazon and Google are keeping track of how long people stay on your page, and whether or ... Read More »

Letting the universe decide (faith vs ambition)

I’m watching a new show called “Kevin Probably Saves the World” – and normally, even though I write fiction about fallen angels, I wouldn’t be that interested in the “plucky but failed protagonist gets help from angels to do small acts of kindness” trope. But it’s actually really good and I’m enjoying it. It makes me nostalgic for when I ... Read More »

Do you have what it takes to be a writer?

  There are generally two places when writers quit. The first is after their first, second or third book. They expected everything to be easy and found out that publishing is hard. They assumed their book would be successful on its own merits, despite having an unprofessional cover, blurb and website. They thought it would connect with readers even though ... Read More »

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