By Heinrich Böll Stiftung from Berlin, Deutschland (Konferenzeindrücke) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s no secret that audiobooks are growing in popularity, and are becoming part of the self-publishing process. An op-ed in the New York Times wrote about the benefits of listening to stories:
I listen the way I read books as a child, as if I were there watching. The author becomes more transparent, the charact
By Jenn Gaylor (Southeast Steuben County Library) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsValentine’s Day is coming up, and you know what could make a nice gift? A coloring book!
Seriously, I know it was a huge fad last year (and the year before), but there is something really relaxing about taking colored pencil to paper. In that spirit, here are some resources I’ve found about coloring books (in case you want to make and sell your own, or
We all know about the main distribution channels for indie authors: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google. But there are alternative, and potentially lucrative ways, to sell your work. One such alternative is Gumroad, which allows writers, artists, and others to sell their work.
It doesn’t have to be limited to ebooks either. If you’re a non-fiction author, you can bundle products and sell resources/checklists/PDFs, online courses, additional research, and even services
Photo: Chief Photographer/MOD [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia CommonsKnowing how to code can be a powerful tool for an author (like if you want to build your own website). It’s not easy, but it is rewarding. Here are some resources to help you learn and get started: Learning Dev Boot Camp Hurricane Electric Code Academy Jeffrey Faden (Youtube) Code School Noisebridge W3Schools Know the Code HTML5 HTML5 Boilerplate HTML5 Demo
By Matthew Bowden www.digitallyrefreshing.com (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/145972) [Attribution], via Wikimedia CommonsAuthor websites and blogs are important components to building an author platform. With that in mind, here is a list of resources that can help you set up and optimize your site. Setting Up Your Website Find Available Domain Names on Namestation “+300 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs & Startups” on Medium “11 Essential Elements of an Author Website” on How to Blog a
By User Gflores on en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBlogging is a lot of work, but it can be very rewarding. Are you thinking of starting a blog this year? Here are some helpful resources to get you going: Getting Subscribers “The Benefits of Focusing on Your Mailing List” on Elle & Co “17 Fresh Reader Magnet Ideas For Fiction Authors” on Smart Self Publishing Biz “20k subscribers: Here’s how I doubled my email list” on XO Sarah “30 Desirable Content Upgrade Ideas” o
By Priyanka Misra
Not particular about your grammar? Using incorrect English can diminish your charm. Here is some help.
Your ideas are only as good as the words you use to express them. The more vivid and fluently you speak and write, the more chances that people perceive you as intelligent, charming, funny or persuasive. There are 10 mistakes that we see repeated, way too often. These mistakes can ruin your efforts and put you on the back foot.
Here is a list o
A while back, I had an amazing opportunity to write for Cosmo.ph. When I wrote the article, I’d just started a great new job, and was learning a lot. Here’s an excerpt of advice I’d give to anyone starting out.
There are certain things that apply no matter what industry you find yourself in. We came up with 17 non-negotiables you need to master, whether you’re a fresh grad or already a girl boss. Time to take down notes!
Things are constantly changing. New so
Writing is work. It takes a lot of time and effort to brainstorm, outline, research, and then finally put into words a topic or story. Then afterwards there’s a lot of editing, revising, and proofing. Electric Literature published an essay about how writing is a job, even if it doesn’t really pay:
The fact that writing is hard and there are many hobbyists doesn’t mean it isn’t a job either. It is very hard to be a professional athlete or a head chef, and many people practice sports or