Writing & Publishing
NFTs for Self-Publishing Explained
There’s a lot of hype surrounding NFTs, or non-fungible tokens on the blockchain, for sales of creative work using blockchain technology. Let’s talk about what NFTs are and how they might be used by authors in self-publishing.
Do You Really Need to Write and Self-Publish a Book?
Is self-publishing a book the best way to get your message or story to the world? Do you understand your motivations for wanting to write a book? I offer some food for thought on whether writing and self-publishing a book is really worth your while.
Two Ways for Artists to Make Money on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
These are just two relatively easy ways for artists to make money on KDP.
Getting Your Self-Published Book in Indie Bookstores (or Not)
Do you dream of seeing your self-published book on the shelves of your local independent (indie) bookstore? I bust some myths about indie bookstores and self-publishing, and I share what you need to know about the indie bookstore business.
The 6 Traits of a Successful Content Creator
Content creation is a popular and rapidly evolving field. Anyone can create content, but success requires skill, expertise, persistence, and adaptability. This article discusses the six main traits most successful content creators share.
Can Merchandising Help Get Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores?
Can merchandising incentives and displays incentivize bookstores to carry your self-published book? Probably not. I explain why.
Important Skills That Successful Content Writers Should Have
Content writers can stay competitive by keeping their skills sharp and keeping up with what employers are looking for.
Should You Self-Publish a Box Set of Books?
Big-name record labels and musicians sell box sets (or boxed sets) and bundles. So do big publishers and authors. Can small, self-published authors do it, too? Yes. But like anything else, there are some things you need to know before diving in.
Unpublishing a Book on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
I've unpublished a number of my Kindle ebooks. Unpublishing your books is an important decision. Here’s what you need to consider.
How to Write Blog Posts Magazines Will Buy: 4 Tips
You can actually make money by writing for just a few hours a day, but it's not easy. Here's what I've learned as a freelancer.
3 Challenges Faced by Non-Native English Writers
Non-native English writers are often very gifted, but they may find it a bit harder to be successful in the competitive world of writing and publishing. An excellent command of the English language is a must. Experience and self-confidence are equally important.
Downsides of Donating Self-Published Book Profits to Charity
"I’m going to donate all my self-published book’s profits to charity." I’d suggest simply making a cash donation to your favorite charity instead of sharing your book’s profits. Let me explain why.
Does Self-Publishing on Multiple Platforms Multiply Book Sales?
Does self-publishing a book on one platform, such as Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) or IngramSpark, is it okay to publish it n another one, too? And does self-publishing your books on multiple platforms really increase book sales?
Self-Published Book Marketing Without Social Media
One question that I frequently receive (and that pops up regularly in author forums) asks what else can be used to market one’s self-published books other than social media. So, let’s look at book marketing without social media and discuss whether it’s even possible.
What Authors Need to Know About Bartering for Services
Authors who need book design or editing often consider bartering for these services, especially if finances are a concern. Learn when and how bartering works in writing and self-publishing.
HubPages vs. Medium: Which Site Is Best for Writers?
This article looks at HubPages and Medium from a writer's perspective. It compares and contrasts their relative merits and draws conclusions as to which is the better platform for online authors.
How to Write Every Day: 5 Tips to Keep You on Track
Many writers aspire to write on a daily basis but just can't seem to make it happen consistently. This article draws on my 35 years of experience to provide 5 practical tips for those who desire to write every day.
Self Publishing Fan Fiction: What You Need to Know
The whole subject of fan fiction puts me into a panic. Let me explain why along with what you need to know about the legal and marketing challenges it entails.
How Not to Respond to a Negative Review of Your Book
Recently, a fellow author brought to light—or rather, created a drama about—something something that touched on a topic writers deal with almost daily: the dreaded “bad review.”
Should You Rewrite Your Self-Published Fiction Book?
Let’s explore why authors may feel compelled to rewrite self-published fiction works and whether it’s advisable to do so.
Is Book Advertising Different for Fiction and Nonfiction?
Is the book-advertising process different for fiction and nonfiction? The answer is yes and no. I explain.
10 Tips for Revising and Updating Your Article or Blog Post
Revising an article so that it stays fresh and current is important. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to revise your article or what specifically to change or update. Here are some of the things I consider when updating my work
9 Content-Writing Tips for Beginners That Get Results
Tips are very useful for newer content writers because it is easy to get lost as a beginner. In this article, we will look at nine key content-writing tips that you can apply to your work today to take your career to the next level.
Which of My Articles Get Read More Than Others
I have been an online writer for over 10 years and have written over 5,000 articles. Some of them have received thousands of views while others have not had as many. So, what are the reasons some articles get read often while others barely get read?
How to Get Media Coverage for Your Self-Published Book
Getting mass media coverage for self-published books is really, really tough. As a former trade newspaper editor for 15 years, let me share why that is, along with some tips for improving your chances of getting media coverage.
Why I Don't Care About Amazon Best Seller Rank for My Books
A question about Amazon best seller rank (BSR) came in from one of my YouTube video watchers. He asked if my Amazon advertising made an impact on my Amazon BSR. Honestly, I don’t know. And, honestly, I don’t care. Let me explain why.
How to Self-Publish Coloring Books and Activity Books
Low-content coloring books and activity books for markets of all ages represent a continuing opportunity for authors interested in self-publishing. Here's what you need to know about publishing them on Kindle Direct Publishing. Examples are included.
Why Multi-Genre Books Don't Work
Multi-genre works can be likened to mixed-media art, which combines multiple materials or styles. They can be experimental and done intentionally to create new forms of expression. However, for some authors, a multi-genre book is a symptom of their awkward motivations and inexperience. I explain.
Substack, Patreon, and Medium: What You Need to Know About Content Monetization Platforms
For authors, paid subscription email newsletters and content monetization platforms can be an additional non-book profit center or income stream. Some authors may even use them in lieu of publishing books or blogs. But are they really moneymakers? Let’s explore the facts and fictions about them.
How to Find Relevant Keywords for Your Content
Creating content with relevant keywords is the way to go for everyone in the world of online marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). In this article you will be introduced to some tools that will help you to identify beneficial keywords and useful topics for your content.
Simple Tips Writers Could Use to Be Successful on Hubpages
If you want to make more money writing for HubPages, follow these simple tips.
How to Evaluate Collaboration and Affiliate Offers
When I receive collaboration offers, I ignore most of them. Some of them are just not legit. Others just want too much. And some are just not a good fit. Let’s discuss how to evaluate collaboration opportunities because some of them are more trouble than they’re worth.
Selling Branded Merchandise: What Self Published Authors Need to Know
I’ve encountered self published authors who are interested in doing branded merchandise (or “branded merch”) for their books. While there are very economical and efficient ways to do that with print on demand these days, it still may not be worth the effort. I discuss.
Are You a Self Published Author or an Authorpreneur?
Self publishers come in two varieties: self published authors and authorpreneurs. While they both publish books, there motives are completely different. Find out which one you are.
Book Marketing Challenge: Closet Readers
Readers who privately consume books to avoid judgment from other people about their book choices are "closet readers." Here's what you need to know about the challenges of marketing your self published book to them.
Book Printing FAQ for Self Publishing
Almost anything is possible when it comes to book printing if money is no object. If you don’t have that kind of cash, then you need to consider your book printing options carefully. I provide insight on some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and comments about book printing for self publishing.
Should You Offer Signed Copies of Your Self Published Book?
Authors often offer signed copies of their books for their loyal fans. But is offering them more hassle and expense than they're worth, especially for self published authors? I discuss the logistic challenges of offering signed copies.
Choosing Categories for Your Self Published Book on Amazon
While self published authors should choose Amazon categories for their books that align with their subject matter, some authors get overly concerned about them. I explain why they shouldn't be.