Is a stellar book cover really necessary to be successful at self-publishing? Well, yes and no. Discover tips for hiring a graphic designer for your book cover...or not.
New authors often struggle with the decision of whether to go with self publishing or attempt the traditional publishing route. Nine questions here can help you decide!
Keywords and the quality of content built around those keywords determine your search engine rankings, the amount of traffic you get, and eventually your revenue. How do you find the keywords?
Are you interested in making money writing online (or anywhere else), but don't know where to start? Have you already started, but are struggling to pull things together? Join the club! Here are some suggestions from someone who does this for a living.
Most people are familiar with the concept of an ebook. But when authors choose to self publish their work as ebooks, the "What is an ebook?" question gets more complicated as discussed here.
How many of your self published books will you sell? Big question that's tough to answer. Gain insight into the self publishing book sales landscape.
So you've written your novel. Now what? Before you rush to self-publish, there are a few realities to consider.
The article discusses five free writing residencies that are good options for emerging authors who may not have many publications or references.
Listverse is a writing site that is gaining popularity for its unique and fascinating content. It pays $100 per article.
These days, many authors and independent publishers are turning to self publishing platforms to get their books to market. Learn what these platforms provide, as well as pros and cons.
When self publishing a book, should an author purchase a domain name for the book's title? Pros and cons are discussed.
What does a beta reader do? He or she can provide valuable early feedback prior to self publishing a book or eBook manuscript. Learn more about hiring and working with beta readers.
When authors need help with writing a book, they may turn to a writing coach, book coach, or editor. But which one is the right one for you? All three options are discussed.
My personal review on Copify, Textbroker and GreatContent UK and what my working from home experiences have been.
Free traffic is something that everyone loves. In this blog post, I will show you several ways of getting traffic for free.
Freelance writing doesn't have to mean pennies per word. Learn where and how to find freelance writing jobs that pay a living wage. Hint: It's not always online.
Hating your job and wishing you could start earning money writing from home? Here's how I earn hundreds each month working only a few hours each week.
To sell freelance articles in today's competitive market place, you must do everything possible to give your work the edge. Presentation matters as much as content. This article explains in detail how to present your work so it's more likely to sell.
Learn what's involved with writing a motivational self-help book. I'll show you the structure and how to use your own life experience to help others benefit.
Craft books present a number of unique challenges when self publishing. Photo use, printing, eBooks, legal issues, and writing how-to instructions when self publishing a craft book are discussed.
Ever thought of using Amazon Marketing Services for advertising your Kindle eBooks? I share the basics of using the program, as well as what I've learned from using it for my Kindle eBooks.
While audio books are books, there are some unique issues when it comes to marketing them. Find out what you need to know about marketing your self published audio book.
There are a lot of writing sites that advertise making money online. This review will show the pros and cons of various available sites and help writers get a head start towards success.
What is affiliate marketing and how does it work? This article describes what affiliate marketing is and how to make money from affiliate marketing.
Hiring an editor for your book can be a significant investment, both financially and emotionally. Here's what you need to know before you hire.
Think you know all the ways you can make money with HubPages? Well, here's some more you might not have thought about.
The big list of websites that pay freelance writers for online content like articles, blog posts, and other online content.
Self-published authors can now publish a print book through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). But it's not easy. I share my experience and tips for converting an eBook into a print book on KDP.
HubPages is way bigger than any other writing community out there right now. However, there are some good sites like HubPages you should at least consider writing for. Take a look.
Authors often want sales but hate selling. Here's a tip that can help authors get in the right mindset: Pretend you're going to be a contestant on Shark Tank.
It is important to write an impressive proposal and bid the right amount to get the job that you want. In this article, I will share some tips that you can use to maximize your chances of getting the job that you want.
Many of us aspire to write but don't get around to it or don't know how to get started. This guide on writing and earning online with articles is full of useful information on how to write right now.
Constant Content is one of the best-paid online markets for short web content and articles. This review of Constant Content is based on my personal experience making money writing from home.
Authors can be so concerned about getting book reviews for their books that they fail to do book reviews for other authors. Discover the benefits of supporting other writers with book reviews.
Content freelance writers have to write high-quality articles fast to make money. In this article I share my writing tips, difference between web content and copywriting and client-writer relationship
A list of ten money-making niches to write about so you can earn money from home. I have also included advice to get new writers started on the right foot.
If you know how to write and write well, you can earn good money by writing articles and creating content. If you want to start making money writing, here are 6 websites you need to sign up for today.
Think about writing for the content mills? Looking for a "real" review? Check out these real reviews of 6 content mills.
Writing a children's book can be tougher than you think. Self publishing and marketing a children's book could be a legal and marketing nightmare. Here are just some of the challenges.
In April, 2018, HubPages' staff invited me to Maven's conference in Canada where plans for the merged companies were discussed. This is my review.
What is a promotional byline and why does everyone who freelances as a speaker, writer, or designer need one? Here's how to write a mini-biographical note that sounds professional, yet approachable.
I write online full-time. There are three sites I write for. Each one is different with some advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps this information will help you determine where you want to write.
Here is why the business models used by many writing sites lead to failure. I offer my opinion based on my background as a systems analyst.
I explain how to prepare, research, submit, and track novel submissions to book publishers, including writing a query letter, pulling sample chapters, and cataloging submissions.
"How many words (or pages) should my book be?" Common question from new, even experienced writers. Short answer is use as many words as it takes. Long answer is a bit more complex as discussed here.
Learn how to publish an eBook for free and get it distributed by Kindle, Apple, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, Sony, and others. How to get a free ISBN for your eBook. How much money can you make?
This year marks my fifth anniversary on Hubpages so I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on my experience on this platform so far.
Anyone with good English and something worthy to say can start earning some extra cash right now for free. How? With HubPages, the easiest, most instructive and best paying platform to make money on the internet.
Now that self publishing is available to almost everyone, many feel inspired to write and publish their memoirs. But is it a good idea? Explore the reasons you should (or shouldn't!) write a memoir.
Don't get suckered into self publishing scams that pump you up and plunder your rights! Learn to spot some telltale signs of these groups that prey on authors.
If you're frustrated trying to get published, why not try writing Romance? Romance publishers are crying out for new material, even from unpublished authors...
Want to know how to have a best seller book? There's legit, and not so legit, ways to get one. Best selling book shenanigans are called out her. Also learn why best selling status may not matter.
Review these suggestions of what changes would make HubPages better also feel free to tear into any of the ideas that you believe wouldn't be suitable for this platform.
If you are learning shorthand, you'll need good shorthand pencils. On the face of it, it's just a notepad and a pen/pencil, but these are the tools of the experts and the right pencil gives you speed
Do you want to work as an online writer? Experienced copy writer gives 5 tips for writing a sample copy that gets you a good first rating.
Podcasts aren’t all just news and talk. Podcast audio dramas are growing in popularity, representing an opportunity for self published fiction authors. Here’s what you need to know about creating them to avoid creating more drama for your life and work!
Many of our favorite authors use pen names. What is the point of using a pen name and how do you choose one?
When you are working with an editor, they need to hear you say a few things to help the relationship grow stronger.
How to do online research writing better and faster. Learn the tips and tricks of preparing and documenting online research, pre-writing skills, reflective editing and the publishing of your respective text. Includes graphic organizer ideas.
When you publish your eBooks on KDP and enroll them in KDP Select, you can promote them with Kindle Free eBook Promotions and Kindle Countdown Deals. But are they worth it? Here's the real deal...
Can you make money blogging? Back in the early days, yes. Today? Well, it's more challenging. While the blogging model of the mid-2000s may be going extinct, it is evolving into something else.
If you are going to self-publish your book, it is important to take the time to market it to the public. Below are eight tips to help you market your book.
Get advice on writing online from Eddie, a former mechanic who helps people from around the world by writing articles about car trouble.
When self publishing, one of the critical factors for success can be how you price your work. Learn what factors need to be considered when pricing your self published book or eBook.
A common book marketing suggestion is to set up a pre-order offer for an upcoming book or eBook. Here's what to consider for a pre-order for YOUR self published book.
You may have already written your next business book or blog without knowing it! Learn how to find gold in existing self-published material to boost content marketing efforts without a lot of effort.
It's one thing to write a blog, but quite another challenge to make money from it - especially in 2015, when the way to monetize successfully has changed so much
In order to grow, you must be willing to always learn and invest in yourself. This article gives you helpful tips that will aid in your freelance writing business.
Content is just content until it gets transformed into something else. Learn ways to repurpose content, especially blog posts, to make more money from writing.
STOP! Before you open up an unruly can of worms with your ebook project, make sure you stop and read this in-depth hub about hiring eBook Ghostwriters.
If you accept guest posts on your website, follow these tips to maximize the advantages of guest posting. Those who are interested in submitting guest posts, make sure you get proper attribution.
SEO for Dummies is a simple guide that's going to help people who have no clue regarding SEO and even professionals will find some of the content insightful and informative.
This article will list some of the best online tools and resources that any writer can, and should, use to improve their work and to save precious time while writing.
It's not self publishing tools that will make or break your book; it's errors in message, purpose and marketing that will. So before you get started, you need to ask yourself these five key questions.
Self-publishing is becoming more conventional, and can often be more lucrative than traditional publishing if you have and employ the right resources.
I’ve discovered many unresolved issues with InfoBarrel while researching the site. My conclusion is that it may eventually fail, and I'll explain why.
A small passive income would be welcomed by many. If you can write grammatially and can still learn a thing or two, here's how to do it!
Looking forward to writing on iWriter? Well, find all you need to know to work on this freelance site. Learn how to sign up, pick work and get paid. Learn also how to grow your account and earn more!
4 areas that are too often overlooked by bloggers applying for Google AdSense Approval. Rectify these to start earning online!
Self publishing a book is easier and cheaper than it's ever been! Learn tips for publishing a book using the Amazon KDP (formerly known as Createspace) platform.
Constant Content is one of the best content sites to write for. Learn how to apply, how the platform works, and how you can earn a supplemental income.
Ad-free blog sites sound really great in theory. Bloggers can get paid for their content without income from advertising that annoys readers. But there are significant challenges to this blog model.
Finding high-paying freelance writing jobs isn't that hard. Many publishers appreciate the hard work writers put into their pieces. Stop working for low wages. Get paid what you're worth.
Anyone can write articles. But to make a living as a freelance writer, you must learn how to write articles that sell. This article explains everything you need to write content editors want to buy.
You've hit your mark and written 10 articles, 50 articles, or 100 articles. But the money won't just roll in now. Here's what you need to do.
After reviewing many book manuscripts, I've identified some of the most common problems authors make for themselves when self publishing. Does your book suffer from one of them?
Self published authors can be sorely disappointed when they don't see their books for sale in brick-and-mortar bookstores. Learn more about how retail bookstores work here.
You may have written a good, SEO-friendly, attention-grabbing title, but have you written an introduction to enthrall your audience further? Learn what to write after that punchy title.
This is my review of Google Authorship (updated in 2018), how and why it got started, and the reason why it’s no longer supported since 2014.
Authors can use Flipboard to promote their own articles and share other content. I examine the entire process, along with known problems and issues.
The truth about online freelance writing from a writer's perspective. Can everyone become a writer and what does it take to make money from nothing.
Textbroker seems like a freelance writer's dream: Choose from a number of article requests and get paid upfront by the word. So why wasn't I satisfied? My review explains why.
This is a review of important tools HubPages provides that will help you make more money with your writing. I noticed many writers overlook these powerful techniques.
Like craft books, self publishing cookbooks involves some special issues that regular fiction and nonfiction don't. Learn how to self publish a cookbook here.
Because Bubblews so often misses or delays writers' payments, many are questioning whether it's a scam. Here's why I think they may not be deliberately cheating, but simply can't keep up.
If you want to make money blogging--writing online--there are many tools and resources available now that may help you find readers and get paid.
This article will tell you about more than 20 free tools that are very useful for bloggers. All the tools in this article will help you to write, organize, do SEO and much more easily,
Why would anyone want to rewrite a book that's already been published? To reach more markets and make more money! Discover the top reasons to rewrite your self-published book.
What is an author platform? Discover what it is and why you need to start building one even BEFORE self publishing your book.
Can you make money from self publishing? Technically, yes, even if you make just a buck! But if you're looking for more income from self published books, the answer is more complex as discussed here.
Do you feel confused when it comes to bidding on Upwork? It can be a little tricky especially when you are new. In this article, I will show you how to bid like a professional freelancer.
The best way to get published is to get noticed. Many places will not accept a draft without a query letter, and knowing how to write a good letter will get you noticed.
How to Write Reviews on a Blog: A guide to writing reviews on a blog, along with information about using photos, including disclosure notices and sharing review posts on social media.
Even with platforms such as Amazon's Createspace and KDP which can publish virtually overnight, self publishing takes time! Discover how long it might take to self publish a print book or eBook.
Though blogging software, such as that from WordPress.org, is usually free, that doesn't mean blogging is free! Find out the cost of a self hosted blog.
After 5 years on Hubpages I have learned a lot about writing, publishing and earning money online. Here are my top ten tips for earning money online at Hubpages.
So you want to put together a booklet. This may be for your own use or for a social club of which you're a member, or you may wish to present information at a specific audience, or to promote a particular issue for professional purposes.
After working with several nonfiction authors, I've identified these common self-publishing mistakes that need to be avoided.
Is Blasting News a good site to write for or is it on its way out? Here are 4 potential red flags you should be aware of before deciding to write for this news website.
"How can I become a movie critic?" or "How can I write movie criticism for a living?" is a common question among movie lovers. Learn how from the former writer of Mr. Cranky.
You have made it! Your book has been birthed after many months of hard labor and you have book signings lined up. Where and how does an author sign his books?
You're going to sound different every time you do an audio book recording. But you need to be consistent to pass audio book quality tests and to improve the user experience. Here are tips for getting more consistent vocal quality.
Maybe you are just starting out as a journalist or you are seasoned and looking to improve your interviewing methods. Either way, here are some ideas on how to approach an interview. From my experience, preparation makes for a good interview. You want to know your subject before you start.
Self publishing eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform is pretty easy. What’s sometimes not so easy is figuring out how all the Kindle programs impact your income. I explain here.
To celebrate and announce your self published book, you've taken a page from the traditional publishing playbook and want to host a book signing event. But that's quite a project! See what's involved.
Frustrated by the prospect of offering their content for free, bloggers and website owners may turn to a gated content strategy. Learn what is gated content, along with its risks and rewards.
This is a list of guidelines that will help you finish your book using your own struggles or challenges. I'll explain what I've learned when I published my book.
What are the best topics for writing articles on the web? Find out what subjects are likely to be the most lucrative.
Even though it could be a creative and desirable product, self publishing a custom printed deck of cards can be a challenging and expensive venture. Learn what costs are involved.
I show you how to track your AdSense earnings for each individual article on all HubPages Network Sites. This is a detailed tutorial specifically for HubPages.
Discussion on copying articles and detailed instructions on how to get duplicate content removed from other sites. A must read for anyone that has had their work stolen and republished by others.
Copywriting is one of the most common ways to earn online, but what is it? And how do you get copywriting work?
Installing Viglink on your site can be time consuming, tricky and costly if you don't avoid these common mistakes.
Are you a freelance writer looking for new platforms to add to your writing portfolio? I discuss my experience with Zerys, including pay rates, clients, rejection rates, direct orders, and more.
Though Zemandi is not necessarily the best paying freelance writing opportunity out there, it is not a scam. For decent writers who want to supplement their income, this is definitely a viable option.
Here's some advice on how to stay busy as a freelance writer and attract new writing gigs and publishing opportunities.
Earning a regular income from writing on HubPages is not easy, however, with motivation and the right approach it can be done. In this article I offer several pieces of advice for new and veteran writers based on my personal experience on HubPages over the last few years.
The most important things to consider about magazine writing: how to write a good query letter, how to match your articles with the right publication, and how to persist despite rejection.
Well, it's official, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) have merged and become one service. Learn about the merge, how to move books from CreateSpace to KDP, how to order print copies on the back end, how to publish with KDP in a nutshell, and additional resources.
Podcasts are a great way to help equip yourself with the tools of the writing trade. In this article I detail 5 podcasts that every writer, from novices to pros, should be listening to.
Developing a unique writing style is necessary to be a successful freelance writer. So is the ability to adapt your style to a variety of different publications' needs. This article teaches you how.
Even if the written content is stellar, poor presentation and packaging can turn any self published book or eBook into trash. Find out what makes a book or eBook look unprofessionally self published.
To be a good journalist, you must believe strongly in the public's right to be informed. To be a good writer, you must have a driving desire to be good at producing content. Knowledge is everything.
How to create a group on Facebook to promote your small business. How to join Facebook groups to share your articles online and sell your crafts and other products. I show you how to start a Facebook group for business.
So you are a fiction or poetry writer on HubPages and want to do something about your less than stellar page views. Here are four ways I have found helpful to increase my overall page views.
How are self published books are viewed by traditional publishers? Issues with traditional publishing after self publishing are discussed.
I show you how to make your articles stand out more professionally with these 20 strategies when you write content for HubPages and its network of niche sites.
If you self publish, you might be wondering how to create an audio book edition. It's much more complex than self publishing a print book or eBook! This Q&A answers your questions.
Selling articles to magazines, newspapers, and blogs is the easiest entry-point into a tough industry. Market research boosts your chances of making a sale. This article explains why and how to do it.
Self publishing print books with print on demand (POD) can be cost-effective, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Here are tips for photos, color, and book size that can make POD books more affordable.
Now that Amazon's Createspace no longer offers book formatting or book layout, self-published authors will have to look elsewhere for these services. Find out what you need to know when buying.
Building an audience for your niche web business through paid advertising and promotion can feel like throwing good money after bad. But the most effective strategies to drive laser-targeted traffic to your niche website are free. This article explains all these strategies and how to deploy them.
If you are using a self publishing platform OR you are traditionally published, your primary income from your book will be in the form of royalties. Discover what book royalties are and how they work.
One of the decisions you need to make when self-publishing is about your ISBN number. What you decide can have implications for the future of your book or eBooks.
I've been in the business of writing for a paycheck for a little over five years now, right before I entered college. In that time, I've learned what works and what doesn't. The most basic tools of the trade are the ones I keep coming back to, and...
You probably know of someone who makes a living as a blogger-what really goes into blogging on a website? How do you get “found”, get traffic, and ultimately make money? Let's take a good look now!
Should you aim to win in the ad bidding wars on Amazon Marketing Services to advertise your Kindle eBooks? No! And learn how to set an ad bid for your book and budget.
Translating a book into another language can open up new reading audiences. However, it can also open up a messy situation with translators and editing issues. See what's involved here.
Organizing a local writer’s group is a great way to socialize with like-minded creative people and to share success strategies among members. I'll show you how I did it.
Localization is reviewing and editing communications (text, audio, video) to make sure they follow the language standards and idiosyncrasies of the intended audience. Find out more about these edits.
Self-publishing companies may say they'll help you with book marketing or promotion. But what does that mean? I'll tell you what you need to know when figuring out if their services are worth it.
How do you make a copywriting portfolio? Do you really need one, and what benefits can it bring you? Find out everything you need to know.
Have you self-published your first book? Are you ready for the next steps to being a successful authorpreneur? In this article, I’ll share my first author expo experience, how I networked with other authors, how I prepared for an author expo and what to do and not to do an author or book expo.
Freelancing has its benefits, but what are the drawbacks? Is it as easy as everyone says it is or is it just like any other job?
Welcome to the wonderful world of book publishing! If you're a new author, you'll need to understand the landscape. Discover key terms about the business here.
Starting a blog can become a great way to earn an income from home. But with so much information out there, it can be intimidating to figure out where to start. So here are the five most basic steps to set your blog up for long-term success.
If you're looking to self publish a book, then here are a few tips and roadblocks that you might want to be aware of. Get the know-how to avoid costly mistakes.
There's nothing wrong with asking friends for book reviews of your self published book. However, there are some caveats when it comes to soliciting reviews as discussed here.
Maintenance of articles is vital to the success of an online writing business. I explain how to improve search engine traffic and how I keep readers engaged.
Are you a poet who wants to be published? Have you entered a writing competition and had your poem included in an anthology? Some of these contests are scams. Here are some tips to avoid being conned.
In this article, I will show you the exact steps that you need to take to start your blog even if you have no previous experience.
Writing a book isn't enough, even if you do land an agent! By building a name for yourself, you ensure the success of your work and supplement what your people can do for you.
Worried about getting ripped off? Here are five ways to easily spot a fake publisher or literary agency.
Received a couple of questions about challenges with book signing events. I provide insight on these situations to help protect sales and profits for self published authors.
Some self published authors are getting creative in finding ways to make money from writing, including crowdfunding a book project. Is it legit or a scam? Find out here.
Is it really a good idea for you and another writer to review each other's books? Here are six reasons why you shouldn't.
A book launch is the next logical step after a book is published. Find out what is a book launch, along with tips for self published authors, getting buzz, and virtual book launches.
To make money as a freelance writer, you have to write a lot of articles. This article explains how to set up an outline, brainstorm, perform research to write articles fast, to sell more articles.
SImple but fun article topics that are accessible to any article writer who may experience writer's block or is looking for a change in his writing style to change things around
Before you check out the iWriter site, check out this iWriter review. The review and comments will teach you everything you need to know about buying and selling articles on iWriter.