Ten Tips to Banish “Writer’s Block”

One thing that sets a successful indie author apart from a crowd of “wannabes” is a firm dismissal of “writer’s block,” says James Rose, staff writer for Instant Publisher... Like me, many successful writers will tell you that writer’s block is merely a figment of the imagination. There is no shortage of ideas. The source of a writer’s creative frustrations is the same as nearly every … [Read more...]

Leveraging the Social Web

If you're like most indie authors, you already understand the power of word of mouth and of social media to drive book sales, even if you're reluctant to tweet, post or google chat online. Guest blogger, Tanisha Williams, the brains behind the ChatEBooks distribution and social media site, has stopped by today to talk about leveraging the social web for self-published authors and how it … [Read more...]

Adding Literary Devices to Up the Ante

I know that I haven't found time to post to the site for ages, but it is largely because I've been concentrating on my own writing, and life in general. So today, some writing "craft" words. Some time back, I wrote a post on literary devices and techniques that bestselling writers often incorporate in their novels. At the time, I meant to go on and do a second post, and maybe even a … [Read more...]

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...]

Return on Investment Where Best to Splash Your Advertising Cash

Every now and again, I reach a point of total disillusion with my book sales. In the past, this has usually resulted in a knee-jerk reaction to either raise or lower prices, to hit the relevant permitted "spam" threads of all of those sites I frequent, and to tweet up a storm, usually with negligible effect. However, since I released Cruxim, I have been trying to work to a broader … [Read more...]

Why Hitting the “Bigtime” is a Myth

A few weeks ago, an author friend of mine who has had some real success selling on Amazon (we're talking shifting tens of thousands of books in the first few months of publishing her novel) told me she felt disillusioned. Even though some of her books were selling great guns, and she really felt like she'd hit the bigtime with one of her novels, every time a new book was released, it was … [Read more...]

Looking back on 2012; forecasting for 2013

As 2012 is done and dusted, I thought it would be an opportune time to reflect on some of the challenges independently published authors faced in the year just past, and to make some basic predictions about how things might continue to change in 2013 and how indie authors might capitalise on opportunities that arise. Bear in mind that I first self-published via Smashwords and Kindle … [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...]

Should You Appear in Your Book Trailer?

As a follow up to David Le Roy's article on book trailers, I'm joined by Australian editor Belinda Pollard who has kindly shared an article from her blog, www.smallbluedog.com, about whether you, as the author, should feature in your own trailer. Q. When is it absolutely right for an author to appear in his/her own book trailer? A. When the book is a very personal story. Book … [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...]