The Benefits of Canva to Freelance Designers and Content Writers
Canva is one of the best graphic designing platforms available on the web. In this article, we explore the benefits of Canva to freelance designers and content writers.
7 Secrets to More Profits at a Farmer’s Market or Event
This article discusses seven ways to help boost your profits by increasing sales when you sell items at events.
Does Your Book Have Spine Problems?
On a recent video I did about KDP print-on-demand quality and quality control, one of my favorite author people commented about how she learned to cope with limitations on book spines for print-on-demand. I share what you need to know about book spine design.
4 Major Cons of Freelancing I Wish Someone Had Told Me
Everyone talks about freelancing like it's the best job ever. Sure, there are some pretty awesome advantages to it, but it comes with a couple of serious cons as well.
KDP Print-on-Demand Quality vs. Quality Control
I got called out on one of my videos where I ranted about authors being overly sensitive about what they perceive as KDP print-on-demand quality issues. Out of respect for that author’s concerns, let me address each of them here.
Spotify Audiobooks: What Self-Published Authors Need to Know
In September 2022, Spotify launched audiobooks on its music and podcast platform. How does this affect the audiobook market? Will it impact self-published audiobook authors, especially those on Amazon’s ACX and Audible?
What Influencers Won't Tell You About Online Work
As someone who has been an online contract worker and a freelancer for the last six years, I can honestly tell you that most of what you see influencers post on social media about online work is an extreme exaggeration or outright ridiculous.
Is It Time to Quit Self-Publishing?
All authors suffer from a “shall I stay or shall I go” moment at some point. Probably more now as book and content markets become more competitive. Here are some things to consider as you consider continuing your self-publishing career.
Why People Don't Want to Pay for Subscription Content
People who have a relationship with a creator are more likely to become paying and continuing subscribers. But that's not a given. I discuss why people don't want to pay for subscription content on Patreon, YouTube, etc.
Basic HTML for Technical Writers: Lists, Images, and Links
The HTML boilerplate in authoring tools contains the basic tags needed to run a webpage, such as the "html," "head," and "body" tags. But how do we insert ordered and unordered lists, images, and links? These are additional elements that technical writers frequently use in their HTML documents.
AI Writing Assistants: What You Need to Know About Robot Ghostwriters
A friend of mine said she’s begun using an artificial intelligence “ghostwriter,” or AI writing assistant. You tell it what you want to write, and the AI will write it for you. I discuss questions and concerns about how this tech could impact you and the writing industry.
9 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Niche for Your WordPress Blog
The world is full of options for people to start their own blogs. Now, it’s time for you to make a decision on what niche you should focus on next.
Amazon Ad Tips for Traditionally Published Authors
Are Amazon ads worth doing for traditionally published authors? I’m not so sure. Let me explain why based on my experience from running Amazon ads for my self-published books since 2016.
Do Kindle Free eBook Promotions Boost Book Sales?
One of the reasons self-published authors sign up for KDP Select on Kindle Direct Publishing is to do Free Kindle eBook Promotions. I’m not a big fan of free eBook giveaways, whether on Amazon KDP or other platforms. Here’s why.
Does Word-of-Mouth Marketing Work for Authors?
I’m a bit put off by billionaire Mark Cuban's brag of spending no money on marketing for his new venture, relying totally on word of mouth. Authors may look at this, thinking they can spend no money or resources on marketing, too. Let me explain why this may not work.
How Much Money Can You Save Teaching English in Asia?
Teaching English in South Korea and China is a great way to save money and have healthcare and a nice apartment provided. The surplus money and benefits will allow you to truly enjoy your experience and adventure.
Five Ways to Kickstart Your Freelance Copywriting Career
Ultimately every copywriter’s goal is to turn their writing skills into a profitable long-term career. So here are the biggest answers to some of the most common questions beginner copywriters have.
Help! My Self-Published Book Isn't Selling
Pretty regularly, I come across a post from an author on social media where they’re crying about their low book sales. After reviewing many of these posts, I’d like to share some general observations about what ails these authors, their books, and their book sales.
Why You Shouldn't Include Thank You Gifts in Orders
Let’s discuss why over-delivering by including "thank you" gifts with customer purchases will undercut your creative income and why it’s a behavior you need to stop immediately.
Protecting Your Book Idea While Building Fans Before Publishing
Authors may have concerns about protecting their writing work but want to build fans for their work prior to publishing. Lots to unpack here!
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Freelance Copywriter
Do you feel that you're still not good enough despite everything you've achieved? Maybe you're suffering from imposter syndrome. Here are four ways to overcome it.
How to Make Taking Surveys Into an Effective Side Gig
Surveys can be boring, long, and tedious, but with the right motivation, taking surveys can be an effective side gig that produces decent side income. Focus on the reason why you want this extra cash, try to make taking surveys fun, and treat it like a real job.
How to Be a Successful Uber Eats Delivery Driver
We've heard mixed stories from various people that do Uber Eats; some are wildly successful, and some not so much. If it is something you are interested in, this article will give you a rundown of my experience and how you can be successful as well.
Why You Shouldn't Worry About Returns and Refunds of Your Self-Published Book
Some customers will be disappointed with what they purchase, regardless of what you offer. Admit it; you’re not happy with everything you buy. I don’t fret that somehow my books or content are bad if they are returned for a refund. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about it either.
Google Play Auto-Narration for Self-Publishing Audiobooks
Google Play now enables authors and publishers to create audiobooks using text-to-speech (TTS) robot voices. Let’s talk about what these technological advances are, how they will impact audiobooks, and what that means for authors who are self-publishing audiobooks.
Etsy Seller Tips (A Comprehensive Starter's Guide)
Have you ever considered starting an Etsy store? Etsy is a great way to make extra income either full time or part time. Staring an Etsy store is not difficult if you know the steps ahead of time to make your experience successful. Start your e-commerce journey on the right foot.
What the Books as Decor Trend Means for Authors
I'm known for saying that book covers aren't as important as authors think. But what if the book cover is the real value of the book and not the writing in it? I discuss the emerging and disturbing "books as decor" trend and what it means for authors.
How to Make Money Online With Qmee
Want to earn money from the comfort of your sofa or during your daily commute? What about while you're making the dinner or excersing at the gym? If so, you need Qmee: the free app that pays you to play games, share your opinion and search the web.
Amazon A+ Content for Self-Published Authors on KDP
As you’re shopping on Amazon, you may have run across product pages that include additional photos and content to help promote the product. This is referred to as A+ Content on Amazon. It’s now available for authors who self-publish on KDP, Kindle Direct Publishing. I share my experience with it.
Book Marketing Challenges for Self-Published Books in Multiple Formats
Self-published authors need to understand that their books can have multiple sub-markets based on the book format. Markets for print books, eBooks, and audiobooks are discussed.