DIY Book Covers

DIY Book Covers

I understand that not everybody wants to spend a lot of money on book cover design. So I design resources to help people make their own professional book cover designs easily, without spending a lot of money. I put a lot of those tools (including free guides, free templates, a list of best fonts per

Save a lot of money on book marketing

I’m speaking at a book marketing event in Cleveland on Sept. 8th, along with Johnny B. Truant (of “Write, Publish, Repeat.”) Jim Kukral, the organizer and founder of Author Marketing Club, is letting me offer friends a discount code for $49 off the conference – plus lifetime membership to Author Marketing Club (a $295...

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

Indie Author Champions

Indie Author Champions

Hundreds of thousands of indie authors are out there trying to promote their books. There are a lot of websites and blogs committed to indie publishing values, but how many people take the time to actually help out another author by posting a review? This shouldn’t be an accidental afterthought, this should be a deliberate

My Castle (the world’s greatest writing retreat)

A couple years ago I decided I wanted to buy a castle, to use for creative coworking spaces and writing retreats. I pulled the trigger and rented a French Chateau for Nanowrimo 2016. It was amazing and we got featured on CNN. We rented two castles in 2017: one in Austria and one in Spain. The experience was

How to make a million dollars

How to make a million dollars

A million dollars is not a lot of money. It sounds big, but it can be broken down. Viewing it in smaller numbers makes it easier to wrap your head around how you can generate that amount. For example, a million dollars is only 1000 people giving you $1000 dollars. 1000 x 1000 = 1,000,000 The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a haunted castle...

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...

What to do when your email list is worthless (bridging the gap between your hobby and your business).

What to do when your email list is worthless (bridging the gap between your hobby and your business).

I’m up to almost 10,000 signups on my email list – that’s a hefty amount, worthy of celebration. Except that, using MailChimp, I’m paying $80 a month, or $960 a year. I only send emails once a month or so, when I’ve finished some big project worthy of sharing or have a new book out. The 3 secrets to book...