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How to Build Your Brand as an Author

Look at the cover for any book by a hugely successful author, and you’ll usually notice the author's name is in larger type than the title of the book itself. Why is that? Because of branding. People are more likely to read a book by an author they like. Yes, the quality of your writing [...]

By | February 19th, 2018|Book Marketing, Self Publishing|4 Comments

6 Core Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors

Many self-published authors don’t realize at first what they’re in for. A traditional publishing house will at least help you with marketing, promotion, and sales – but when you decide to take on the mantle of the publisher, it all falls down to you. Writers don’t tend to be natural salespeople, and too often for [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Book Marketing, Self Publishing|3 Comments

5 NaNoWriMo Novels That Were a Commercial Success

Everyone dreams of sailing through NaNoWriMo, completing the 50,000th word with a flourish at 11:58 on November 30th, then spending a leisurely December polishing their manuscript into a budding bestseller for the New Year. The harsh truth is that for most of us, this may not become a reality – but that doesn’t mean it’s [...]

By | November 27th, 2017|Self Publishing, Traditional Publishing, Writer's Life|0 Comments

6 Self-Publishing Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts are a great way to absorb useful information, keep up with news in the writing industry and hear from other writers. While many of us struggle, given the pace of modern life, to study a non-fiction book or digest a magazine, you can listen to podcasts in your car, while you do the housework [...]

By | July 5th, 2017|Self Publishing|3 Comments

Guest Post: Do You Have What it Takes to Write a Book?

Today's post comes from one of our dear friends: sought-after speaker, educator and award-winning book coach, Lisa Tener. As a book writing coach, Lisa helps writers in all aspects of the writing process -- from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice, prioritizing projects, developing an author platform, setting clear [...]

How Many Words in a Novel?

A common worry when nearing the finale of your debut novel is whether you have a) enough words to qualify as a publishable, full-length novel or b) too many words packed into those pages – which will put off both publishers and readers, for different reasons. But how do you know when you’re toeing the [...]