The two types of self-publishing websites for indie authors: those that support you, and those that screw you

The two types of self-publishing websites for indie authors: those that support you, and those that screw you

Websites for self-publishing authors can be divided into two camps. 1) Those offering authors services They write posts to get you to buy their book formatting, book conversion, book covers, author websites, book marketing, etc. 2) Blogs run by indie authors themselves These are full of tips and tricks and useful content. They teach you The...

InDesign to Word conversion secrets that book designers don’t want you to know about

InDesign to Word conversion secrets that book designers don’t want you to know about

I always tell authors creating a book that they can layout their interior book format in Word, and do a pretty good job, and most people won’t be able to tell the difference. Except, it’s tricky to learn how to do a good job, put everything in the right place. It’s also common and general The 3 secrets to book marketing...

How to win more bids or choose a provider on Elance, Guru and other freelance sites

How to win more bids or choose a provider on Elance, Guru and other freelance sites

I’ll admit I never fully got the hang of bidding for freelance work on Elance, Guru or Freelancer.com. You need to send a proposal, pick a price, describe your qualifications – and compete with dozens of other freelance providers. I got picked a few times, but not consistently. That frustration is probably why I developed The 3...

10 counter-intuitive rules for starting a freelance business that you’ve never heard before

10 counter-intuitive rules for starting a freelance business that you’ve never heard before

I’ve been running online businesses for about a decade. For most of that period, I did what everybody else did. I sold myself. I talked about benefits and what I offered. I made special deals and discounts. I advertised. I was desperate, and I tried everything. But this year things started turning around. I learned The 3 secrets to...