Search Results for: book cover design

Are you happy with your author website? (Comment for a free site review!)

Over the last couple of years my mission has been to improve the quality standard for self-published book covers, and after helping thousands of indie authors, I know I’m making a dent. But authors still face two huge challenges: author marketing, and having a decent author website. Although I talk a lot about book marketing, I’ve said before that I ... Read More »

21 Day Bestselling Author Platform + Guerrilla Publishing

***2017 Update*** I first outlined this course 2.5 years ago and haven’t gotten around to fixing up my site to stop “promoting” it… here’s what’s going on: I actually launched an intro course to marketing “Reach Your Readers” which you can know get as part of the Epic Book Design Bundle. I don’t feel comfortable charging more because, although the ... Read More »

Fabricating Controversy for Publicity and 3 More Powerful Marketing Lessons I learned from Houdini

I’m at the airport in Houston, waiting for my connecting flight back to Portland (after spending a few days talking about book marketing in Cleveland). Since I can’t get much work done on the road, I just watched the new Houdini mini-series starring Adrien Brody. It shows Houdini in a mostly sympathetic light: he’s a struggling self-starter, and entrepreneur, a ... Read More »

Why you should give up your publishing dream (and self-publish instead)

I attended several writer’s conferences this summer, and was surprised by my findings. I’d been picturing writers as teenage girls writing Twilight fan fiction; turns out they are (mostly) 40 to 80 and usually tech-averse. I’d thought self-publishing had become the obvious choice for a plethora of reasons, but here were these authors who didn’t know anything about preparing their ... Read More »

Short Story Contest

I’d like to help you grow your author platform and find more fans. So on the first Saturday of every month I’m going to post a short story challenge: I’ll pick a genre or theme, and maybe some parameters. If you’d like to participate, post your own short story on your own blog and send me a link. Stories should ... Read More »

Rent Me

I’ve been giving out free advice to authors, artists and entrepreneurs for several years. During that time I’ve been building businesses, starting websites, raising my prices, publishing books and growing my platform. Although I’m pretty good at nearly all aspects of building a creative business, I’ve recently discovered the area where I really excel. I often tell people things like ... Read More »

10 catastrophic blogging mistakes that I’m still making (and brilliant advice from the experts on how to fix them)

Recently this blog wandered into uncharted territory. I thought I knew something about blogging from a handful of earlier blogging failures. I had a plan and knew a lot about how to do things the right way, some of which I’ve implemented into Creativindie. But because it’s not my main business or a source of revenue, I’ve also been kind ... Read More »

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