Pros And Cons of Professional Book Formatting

  Every year, I look forward to attending the online self-publishing conference called Indie Author Fringe. And every year, I’ve had fun entering the amazing drawings at IAF, and I’ve won some pretty amazing prizes. I recently redeemed my free ebook formatting from Vellum. I chose a serial I’d written on a blog in college–not something … More Pros And Cons of Professional Book Formatting

5 Things I Learned After Kindle Scout Rejected My Novel

It’s been old news for me since Friday night–my book got rejected by Kindle Scout. It held on much longer than I had expected, but what I didn’t expect was the sudden wave of realizations that hit me moments after I got the email. I’ve been thinking about this the wrong way, for the most … More 5 Things I Learned After Kindle Scout Rejected My Novel

My Adventures With Kindle Scout: Crossing My Fingers

The campaign is over. The final day added 22 additional hours on Hot and Trending, and ever since I received news that the editors are now looking through it, I’ve been terrified to check my email in case there’s a rejection note. I’ve read about people getting rejected about this point, so I guess I’m … More My Adventures With Kindle Scout: Crossing My Fingers

My Adventure with Kindle Scout: Re-Vision

Please vote for my Kindle Scout Campaign here through 2/06/16:  https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB If you’ve noticed a distinct lack of articles here recently, it’s because I needed some time off. Kindle Scout campaigns are a ton of work and stress, and it’s hard to stay focused on what’s important vs. what really won’t matter in the end. … More My Adventure with Kindle Scout: Re-Vision

My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Day 3: Bill Goodwin

Vote here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB This is day three of my Kindle Scout campaign. I’ve tried every publicity method I could think of and am starting to get a feel for what works. I’ve done multiple posts on all my social media accounts, I’ve printed out business cards with the info and handed them out (with the immense … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Day 3: Bill Goodwin

How to Improve Your Description Copy to Sell More Ebooks: Curated Post

When I was trying to find reviewers for my novel Automaton, there was one thing that they mentioned repeatedly as convincing them to read the book–the blurb. It wasn’t a traditional blurb. I had heard recently that book blurb and description experimentation is a great thing and will get you noticed easily. It was easy for … More How to Improve Your Description Copy to Sell More Ebooks: Curated Post

Book Promotion: How Not to Annoy a Book Reviewer (Curated Post)

I have learned recently that one of the best ways to get publicity for a book, whether independently or traditionally published, is to have it read over by some legitimate book reviewers. It’s a terrifying experience (as I can tell you in detail here) but absolutely worth it. Here is a terrific Q&A from ALLi’s … More Book Promotion: How Not to Annoy a Book Reviewer (Curated Post)

5 Ways to Save Money On Self-Publishing–Curated Post

With all the crazy twists and turns my own writing career has taken lately, I don’t have the luxury of writing posts regularly. I’m planning a new showdown post on Yarny vs. LitLift, which I’ll write when I have time (and am not already sick of typing), but in the meantime I’ll try to keep … More 5 Ways to Save Money On Self-Publishing–Curated Post

Kindle Unlimited’s Decision: Why It’s Actually A Good Thing

The self-publishing community has been in an outrage lately over Kindle Unlimited’s decision to base payments on how much of your book has been read instead of the fact that someone downloaded it. Many authors hate that decision with a passion. I think it’s actually a good thing. Here’s why. First, let’s take a look … More Kindle Unlimited’s Decision: Why It’s Actually A Good Thing

Self Published, or Vanity Press? The Difference

I’m an active supporter of self and independent publishing. Writers should have a say in how much control they want to have in a book, and investing money in your writing should be treated the same as investing money in a small business. It’s not self-centered. It’s entrepreneurial (hence the term “authorpreneur” to refer to … More Self Published, or Vanity Press? The Difference

5 Ways to Make Your Indie Novel Stand Out

I’ve self-published several of my own novels, but as a reader I usually cringe at the thought of reading those written by others. As a writer, the self-publishing world is full of promise, excitement and adventure. As a reader… it’s nothing more than a dump of rejected and amateurish failures of wannabe writers who can’t … More 5 Ways to Make Your Indie Novel Stand Out