Dan Poynter, the "father of self-publishing," is an inspiration to new aspiring self-published authors. His books offer advice for any writer hoping to break into the business of self-publishing.
Assembling a book launch team is a popular way to market a book. But I don't recommend them for self published authors, and I don't participate in them anymore. Find out why.
If you are a writer who wants to increase traffic to your website or blog posts but you don't have a massive social media following it can feel like an uphill battle! These 5 free tools can help you dramatically increase organic traffic to your website or blog immediately!
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.
What are the best topics for writing articles on the web? Find out what subjects are likely to be the most lucrative.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The article discusses five free writing residencies that are good options for emerging authors who may not have many publications or references.
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.
Advice from an experienced Hub Pages author with more than five million page views that will help other writers to improve their work and earn money while doing so.
I fully researched Medium before publishing articles on this platform that pays authors from reader subscription fees. This is my review.
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.
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.
Self publishing a workbook or guided journal can provide benefits for both authors and readers. Challenges for printing these specialty publications are discussed.
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.
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.
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.
Networking - as you probably know - means using your existing network of friends, relatives and business associates as a means of generating work.
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.
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.
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.
This is a detailed review explaining how to self-publish a children’s paperback book and let Amazon handle printing and order fulfillment at no cost to you.
Writers often wrestle with the decision as to whether to self publish an eBook or a print book... or both. Discover pros and cons for print books and eBooks.
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.
After original publication, authors may want to rewrite and republish their books. But what's the motivation? Issues regarding unpublishing and republishing old works are discussed.
These are the five steps I used to become a six-figure author, and while simple doesn't mean easy, it is still a viable career path for writers with motivation and a willingness to write to market!
When offering your readers self-improvement advice, it’s crucial to have an authoritative nature throughout the book. I'll explain how to do it right.
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.
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.
The dream of freelance writing can quickly fall apart. The good news is that sober expectations can safely navigate you towards success in this difficult but satisfying career.
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.
If you have low views on your blog, videos, or social media, does that mean your content is bad? How about if your have low sales for your books? You could say that the market has spoken! But let’s break down what might be happening before you say your market hates what you create.
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...
Wondering what it takes to get 1,000,000 views? Here's how I did it on HubPages. How to find topics, get followers, and maintain the momentum. The key is not to give up too soon.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Copywriting is one of the most common ways to earn online, but what is it? And how do you get copywriting work?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Everyone has a story inside of them, waiting to be told. However, only a fraction succeed in getting the story “out there.” If you want your novel to reach the world, first understand the main obstacles that cull most would-be authors.
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.
After working with several nonfiction authors, I've identified these common self-publishing mistakes that need to be avoided.
Whether you are a beginner or a professional writer, you will come across a stage when you will stare blankly at the wall and wonder what to write about. Read these useful tips.
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.
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.
Can you leverage your participation in an anthology book to get more writing opportunities? I discuss anthology books' value for authors.
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.
How should you reach out to bloggers to review your self published book? What are Amazon policies about these reviews? Best practices are discussed.
Most editors are good editors, but occasionally a writer may find themselves dealing with an inexperienced editor whose changes are not helpful. This is a situation that needs negotiating carefully.
Everyone knows about traditional publishing; write book, write cover letter, pitch to an agent, get an agent, find publisher, become an author. Sounds easy, right? It's not. As such there is another option, go self-published. Sounds easier, right? Well, you'd be wrong and here's why.
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.
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!
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.
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?
What is an author platform? Discover what it is and why you need to start building one even BEFORE self publishing your book.
Sounds like a self published author’s dream! A book with very few words that can make money? I’m in. These would be called low content books. But what are they and what’s in them? And how can authors use this strategy to make money?
It’s sounds like a good idea to promote sales of your self published books during the holidays, right? In theory, it is. But just because it's the biggest gift buying season of the year, doesn't mean it's the best sales season for your book. Discover tips for holiday book promotions.
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.
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?
The arts and crafts industry is tremendous. As per estimation, it is said to generate billions of dollars every year alone in the United States, giving an enormous boost to the industry. This also concludes that these magazines are widely read by art enthusiasts.
Many self published authors seem enamored with getting mass distribution for their books. And they want it now! But that can be difficult to achieve. Learn why.
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.
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.
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?
Successful blogging is in the first instance about very carefully choosing a niche topic. A blog about your home town is an excellent idea, as you have a ready made niche market in the form of residents and businesses, while the subject is likely to know very little online competition. This page guides you through the process of creating a blog about your home town and how to position it that it knows the greatest chances of success.
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 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.
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.
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.
Readers' letters published online and offline offer new freelance writers the easiest route to publication. Many new writers don't realize that readers' letters may be professionally written. This article explains how to research, write, and sell readers' letters to newspapers and magazines.
So you've written your novel. Now what? Before you rush to self-publish, there are a few realities to consider.
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.
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.
I'll show you proper page layout, how to set margins and font usage, as well as cover design and more, using Microsoft Word with Lulu and Kindle Direct Publishing.
All new authors need to get people to notice their books. Here are 7 ways to help you get that job accomplished.
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.
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.
Authors can use Flipboard to promote their own articles and share other content. I explain how it works, in addition to known problems and issues with the 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
The big list of websites that pay freelance writers for online content like articles, blog posts, and other online content.
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.
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.
Do you like to write in your spare time, but wonder if writing hubs on HubPages is for you? Read my list of seven signs writing for HubPages might be a good fit for you!
Many of our favorite authors use pen names. What is the point of using a pen name and how do you choose one?
Self publishing an audio book can be expensive! But there is a way to make an audio book for almost free if you're willing to learn how and do the work yourself.
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.
Authority content is the crafting of quality content that demonstrates your expertise by delivering valuable information to the readers, rather than just claiming expertise and saying, “We are the best brand in the world.”
My personal review on Copify, Textbroker and GreatContent UK and what my working from home experiences have been.
For a beginner, content mills can do a lot for developing skills as a writer and as a professional freelancer. Here are several reasons to consider using them.
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.
4 areas that are too often overlooked by bloggers applying for Google AdSense Approval. Rectify these to start earning online!
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.
Listverse is a writing site that is gaining popularity for its unique and fascinating content. It pays $100 per article.
Authors may be tempted to go cross-genre, meaning that they write and self publish books in multiple genres. While this certainly is a testament to the breadth and flexibility of their writing skills, it can present a host of challenges for their book promotion and sales efforts. Find out how.
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.
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.
Think you know all the ways you can make money with HubPages? Well, here's some more you might not have thought about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Installing Viglink on your site can be time consuming, tricky and costly if you don't avoid these common mistakes.
Many authors and students want to make a paper copy of work in case digital fails. Here are some tips to find free or cheap paper for rough drafts.
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.
Should you set up a separate page on your website for your self published book? Sounds like a great idea in theory. But there are several things to consider.
Finding an internship can be difficult, and resources aren't always clear. I have made these resources more easily accessible by locating, listing, and analyzing information in order to make the process of finding internships and/or jobs to apply to within the publishing industry a bit simpler.
To sell articles consistently and build a successful freelance writing career, it's vital to understand the basic legal aspects affecting your work. This article explains copyright, libel, tax, contracts and more for the freelance article writer selling to the British and North American markets.
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.
It's hard to get published these days. And there's reason - several in fact. Here's why. Plus I tell you how to market self-published books successfully.
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.
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.
What are the HubPages niche sites, and ow do they work? This article will tell you how to get your article on a HubPages niche site.
This is a review of essential tools HubPages provides that will help you make more money with your writing. I noticed many writers overlook these effective techniques.
A good book title is important for marketing any book. But how do you choose? Discover tips for choosing one that works for SEO and marketing when self publishing nonfiction.
I've discovered many unresolved issues with InfoBarrel while researching the site. I explain the reasons why I feel it will eventually fail.
In online author forums for self published authors, you’ll see a variety of concerns on book printing quality, particularly for print on demand printing done by Kindle Direct Publishing. The problem is authors’ inexperience with the printing process and tech. Find out what you need to know.
Podcasting is very popular. But are they useful for self published authors? Here are issues to consider before doing a podcast.
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.
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.
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.
Worried about getting ripped off? Here are five ways to easily spot a fake publisher or literary agency.
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.
Should you self publish your book on both Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and IngramSpark? I compare the two self publishing platforms, as well as explain why to pick and stick with one or the other.
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.
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.
Are you having trouble getting your article featured on HubPages? I'm a veteran writer with nearly 200 featured articles. Let me help you get your HubPages article featured.
Here I share some of my experiences as a ghostwriter. It is an interesting choice to make in regard to writing careers and definitely not for everyone, however, if you are hired by the right clients it can prove lucrative.
How are self published books are viewed by traditional publishers? Issues with traditional publishing after self publishing are discussed.
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.
In this article we will focus on writing sales letters and other direct response materials. This is one of the most common types of job for a copywriter.
"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.
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.
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.
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
You need talent, time, and discipline to learn how to become a freelance writer, but the financial and personal rewards can be worthwhile. This article introduces the fundamentals you need to start.
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...
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.
The illustrated children’s books I have written have been rejected at every turn. It makes it hard to keep my equilibrium. But then I see all those who went before me who were also rejected, and I know I'm not alone.
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.
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.
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...
The letter below is based on a real-life one sent by a computer software company to past customers (who had bought its small business or creative training software) to inform them of a new product launch, and hopefully obtain orders.
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.
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.
I write online full-time. There are three sites I have written for over the years. Each one is different with some advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps this information will help you determine where you want to write.
Asking for feedback on self published book cover designs can be helpful. But how much feedback is too much? Discover ways to resolve the dilemma and move forward.
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.
You've decided to self publish a book. How do you know how to pick a profitable genre? Is it simply choosing something that's hot like romance, or do you go with what you know?
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.
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.
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!
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.
In just the last decade or two, with the increasing popularity of the Internet, the landscape of writing has changed drastically.
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.
Customer reviews aren’t the only reviews that can help give your book credibility and visibility. Editorial reviews can provide valuable insight about your book for potential readers.
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.
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!
Are you tired of getting paid less than what you are worth? This article will show you how to get better paying freelance writing jobs even if you are not very experienced.
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.
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.
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.
Swag, also known as promotional products, can be a creative way to promote books. But you need to understand what you're buying to avoid blowing your budget!