Indie Authors

How to save thousands of dollars publishing your book (9 reasons you shouldn’t work with a small press).

I’ve been sitting on this post awhile. It’s opinionated. I’m rankled. Which means my judgment may be clouded, and I don’t want to pass my cloudy judgment on to you. On the other hand, I’m getting pretty damn good at helping authors publish books and just about every aspect of self-publishing. I can take a book, format it in InDesign, …

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An open letter to an aspiring artist (how to make money doing what you love, and motivate yourself to finish the work).

Creativindie is slowly coming into its own and providing exactly the kind of help for artists and authors that it’s intended to. It’s so exciting that people are actually visiting my blog and getting in touch with me! I got a letter from Jen today, who’s struggling to find a way to get her foot in the door and do …

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Why “Saving Mr. Banks” should be required viewing for self-publishing authors

I’ve just started watching “Saving Mr. Banks” – the story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) acquired the book rights of Mary Poppins from the author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson). At the beginning of the story, P. L. Travers is a control freak, absolutely paranoid that her creation will be modified, changed, ruined. Disney has been chasing her for 20 …

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Cheating to win won’t help your book sales: Judging the Author’s Database 2013 Book Cover Design Contest

This month I was asked to be a guest judge on the Author’s Database 2013 indie book cover design contest. It was an interesting experience, both in seeing the quality of what’s out there, and becoming more familiar with my own guidelines for quality cover design. There was a wide variety, and I was supposed to choose a first, second …

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How to format your book’s sales page listing on Amazon.com (through KDP or Author Central)

The last time I added a book to Amazon (2011) things were a little different, and I had to learn to tricky, not-quite-html code. But the situation has improved. From what I understand (as of Nov. 2013) or so, you can login to Author Central and manage your book description, but on Author Central you can only use the html …

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Book marketing secrets you need to know before you publish

I’m writing a book on book marketing. It’s not exactly revolutionary, but after reading everything else available, I’ve realized a lot of advice for indie authors is outdated, disorganized or just plain wrong. Which is why most indie authors are terrible at promoting their own books. Since I’ve worked with hundreds of authors, often suggesting simple, small changes that double …

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Can introverts be successful authors? How do you build a platform around your writing when you like to be alone

I have a suspicion, or maybe more like a prejudice, that all the best writers and artists are introverts. We are proud and independent, we like to spend time on our own with our own ideas, we excel at keeping ourselves entertained with the creative production of our own worlds. I distrust extroverted writers and artists, because they probably spend …

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