How to Polish your Online Reputation in 5 Easy Steps

Today, I'm pleased to welcome Kimberley Laws, who has kindly agreed to stop by to chat about polishing your online persona. Take it away, Kimberley... Does your staff snicker behind your back? Have the locals taken to pointing at you and laughing when they see you downtown? If you haven’t committed an outrageous faux pas and you don’t have a piece of toilet paper perpetually stuck to the … [Read more...]

I Just Self-published, Now What? 8 easy steps to starting to sell books online

I am a member of a number of awesome Facebook groups and online forums where authors go to congregate, congratulate, snipe or celebrate, depending on their mindset and whether their books are selling. And I often see freshly pressed self-published authors who are languishing in that post publish vacuum and wondering "So where to next?" There are no guarantees that your book will sell, … [Read more...]

The Art of the Trailer Visually connect with potential readers

Guest Blogger David LeRoy, author of The Siren of Paris, has kindly put together some notes on supplementing your marketing efforts by creating a book trailer. Trailers are a fun, visual way to represent your novel and perhaps put it before a wider audience. And who knows, an intriguing trailer just might be enough to interest a film-maker in optioning a longer feature based on your … [Read more...]

eFestival of Words Best of indies super sale on now

Readers! Eight award winners in the 2012 eFestival of Words "Best of the Independent eBook Awards" have grouped together to offer you an amazing opportunity. They've reduced the prices of their award-winning novels to 99 cents for August 27 and 28th! Whether you like to read mysteries, romance, horror, young adult, women's fiction, or fantasy, this group has it. Are you a writer … [Read more...]

Writing E-books for Kids Keep it fun, fast, and colorful

Like so many indies in the E-age, my guest blogger today, Laura Yirak, is a multitasker who writes for both children and adults. Her beautiful, bright kids book are a big hit with the little ones. I asked to share her experience of working with an illustrator. Writing for children just happened for me. I have two little ones, and I noticed that every night while putting them to bed, … [Read more...]

Making Your E-book Free? Read this first!

Slashing your e-book price and making it free–either the "old fashioned" way (by reducing your price on Smashwords or other online retailers and alerting Amazon), or by running free promotions on Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing program—can be a great way to increase your book's Amazon ranking, however temporarily. It will expose your work to a wider, although non-paying, audience in … [Read more...]

Cheap & Cheerful Promotion Clever, affordable promo ideas coming to you weekly—July 13

This is the first in a regular series of short "Cheap & Cheerful" posts, which aim to alert you to some great free (or relatively inexpensive) promotional, merchandising or publicity ideas. If you come across anything that strikes you as being a clever and affordable way to promote, be sure to let me know over on the forums too, or using the site's Contact Us form. Maybe you've done … [Read more...]