literary influences

Who Are Your Literary Influences?

I encourage you to consider your own foundational inspirations when it comes to the written word. Who made you want to write in the first place? What works do you think are perfect — the ones you keep coming back to? Whose skill do you aspire to channel or match?
self-publishing success Ryan Aslesen

Defining Self-Publishing Success: Ryan Aslesen and the Crucible Book Series

I think as human beings we all have something of value to share with the world and we shouldn’t be afraid to share our stories.
non-bookstore retailers

Selling to Non-Bookstore Retailers

Creating a distribution channel through non-bookstore retailers is a good way to start your special-sales efforts because it is much like selling through bookstores.
multimedia fiction

Could Multimedia Storytelling Work For You?

Multimedia fiction is typically very visual and tends to be very short. Some authors see an opportunity with this format of storytelling to attract the attention of mainstream teens.
metadata optimization

Metadata Optimization For Your Book: My Self-Publishing Experience, Part 5

Here are some pointers on how to best enter your book's metadata, upload your manuscript for publishing, and everything else that goes into the ordering process.
pen names

Pen Names: How And Why To Use Them

When my first book was being published, I toyed with the idea of using a pen name for about three seconds. Looking back, I may have missed an opportunity.
Amazon optimization

Amazon Optimization: My Self-publishing Experience, Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a 10-part series in which I detail the entire experience of self publishing my book. The goal is to offer tips and strategies so you can learn from my successes and mistakes. This week: Amazon optimization.

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