60 fonts you should never use on your book cover design

All rules are meant to be broken, and I won’t swear that I never use these fonts (I even included some in my genre-based lists of fonts you CAN use). But you can only break the rules if you learn them first. If you’re not a designer, steering clear of these overused (and gag-worthy) fonts

Why you can’t pay me to market your books for you

Why you can’t pay me to market your books for you

People sometimes ask me if I will market their books for them in exchange for a profit share. This seems like a good deal to them; I’ll earn more than I would otherwise once their book takes off, and they don’t need to pay me upfront. Win-win. But the truth is, almost nobody will ever

29 new ways to sell more books RIGHT NOW

29 new ways to sell more books RIGHT NOW

Recently I wrote about how most authors will never make any money. I was surprised by the comments, which I expected to be more negative. It seemed to comfort people to learn that they weren’t failing at being an author – they were doing as well as 99.9% of other self-publishing authors, because almost everyone fails. But...

Color and Grow Rich (A coloring book based on Napoleon Hill)

Color and Grow Rich (A coloring book based on Napoleon Hill)

Had this fun idea last week, it’s up on Amazon already. An adult coloring book inspired by the writings of Napoleon Hill. In the 1937 edition of Think and Grow Rich, American new-thought author and impresario Napoleon Hill insisted that fervid expectations are essential to increasing one’s income. But Hill’s plan for financial...

How to write books that sell (writing fiction for hot markets)

I talk a lot about writing to market – AKA writing books for popular genres to maximize profit – but since it seems sketchy and abhorrent to authors who consider themselves “real authors” writing “real books” I thought I’d share my process. It’s true there are a lot of other online marketers...