How to Promote your Book: Stop Marketing!

How to Promote your Book: Stop Marketing!

When I finished my first book, I set up a contest and giveaway to entice book reviews. Then I created an email list of about 1000 blogs I thought might be interested, and emailed them all about it. I asked them to pass on the good news to their readers. I later found out that The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a haunted castle tour...

The Book Cover Wars: What to Do When Someone Copies Your Book Cover Design; and How to Avoid Copying Others

The Book Cover Wars: What to Do When Someone Copies Your Book Cover Design; and How to Avoid Copying Others

Note: this post caused some very angry comments and discussions, but since the topic is so important and relevant to indie authors, I’m leaving it up. I hope – if any effect on them at all – that it helps the authors mentioned sell more books. Both authors have been remarkably patient, understanding and magnanimous. The 3...

Free Workbooks

Free Workbooks

I’m working on a pair of high-quality workbooks, one for authors and one for artists, that will guide you through the six steps of Creativindie, help you plot your rise to fame, avoid the mistakes that will cripple your efforts, and save you a ton of money. If you’re serious about turning your passion into

My Super Simple Ebook Formatting and Conversion Process for the New Kindle, Smashwords and Epub Rules

My Super Simple Ebook Formatting and Conversion Process for the New Kindle, Smashwords and Epub Rules

I’ve been meaning to learn ebook formatting and conversion for over 2 years. Sadly, every time I got started, the sheer enormity of the process scared me away. Multiple formats? Lots of Code and HTML? Yuck. But I’ve been giving the work away for too long, and I know it’s something I’m going to need The 3 secrets to...

The Best Royalty-Free Stock Image Sites for Your Book Cover (and How to Avoid Choosing the Same One as Everybody Else).

The Best Royalty-Free Stock Image Sites for Your Book Cover (and How to Avoid Choosing the Same One as Everybody Else).

If you’re indie publishing, you probably can’t afford a photo shoot. Fortunately (or unfortunately), these days major publishing houses can’t either, which means everybody is using stock photography. Stock photos are royalty-free images you pay to download, that you can use for book cover designs or other projects. There are...