How to grow blog traffic quickly with content distribution and the help of a great VA / personal assistant

Recently on Facebook some virtual assistants (VAs) and personal assistants (PAs) were asking about how to get more work, or what they could do to grow their business. I’ve also talked a lot about using VAs, and have one right now, though I usually haven’t been good about having a clear strategy of things to do that will actually help ... Read More »

“Reach Your Readers” – a masterclass in visibility for authors (80% off, this weekend only).

>The course is FULL already. < I’ve been working on Reach Your Readers – my first online course – for about a year. That doesn’t include the year I spent overcoming my terror of being on camera. But I had to learn a bunch of software, figure out which platform to use (I went with Teachable), and learn a whole bunch ... Read More »

Your mindset is not the problem

I just saw someone post a story on Facebook about how all their businesses failed for the past 8 years, but that’s OK, they just didn’t have the right mindset. But now that they’ve been listening to Tony Robbins and other business coaches, they’ve fueled up their enthusiasm again and this time they know they will be successful because they believe they will ... Read More »

The Cardinal Sin of Self-Publishing

I see a lot of inexperienced authors saying things like, “If that crappy book can sell a million copies, mine will do way better.” This post will break down all the errors in that statement. First, it’s good to know your competition. But you also need to respect it. Authors who make statements like that often haven’t even read those books they are denigrating; ... Read More »

The horrible hidden truth about self-publishing that nobody wants you to know

UPDATE: I made a video talking about this stuff but it’s down at the bottom of this post. Scroll down to see it.      I’ve been self-publishing for about a decade, and have sold thousands of books. I haven’t made a living (yet), and like most self-publishing gurus and experts, I make my living in services rather than with ... Read More »

The exact book marketing strategy I used to build a huge author platform quickly with KingSumo, WordPress and Mailchimp

I’m finally catching up with work and had some time to update my fiction platform… so I decided to record all the behind-the-scenes stuff I’m doing to build my author platform quickly. I published my first fiction this year but have 15K email subscribers, thousands of social media followers and a decent amount of traffic to a brand new blog ... Read More »

What to do if someone steals your work (how to handle plagiarism or piracy with dignity and poise)

EDIT: I thought I’d unpublished this article but apparently not – and it’s getting traffic so let me preface this with some comments. This is an article about plagiarism that attempts to consider both sides, but plagiarism is wrong. Don’t do it. I didn’t mean to call out EM Knight specifically but it is a good example of this issue. Nobody ... Read More »

The minimal viable book experiment (testing the market with short books)

A couple years ago, I told people I planned to write fiction, and give away a bunch of short, free books, to see which performed the best. Now that I’ve actually put some out, though not exactly as intended, I’m able to start seeing some interesting things happen. Firstly, though all are pretty similar, in pretty similar categories, with similar ... Read More »

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