The Cost of Self-publishing a Book: What Most Will Never Want You to Know.

It’s been seven years since I have been in the book publishing business. The learning curve has been a steep one. Some of the things I wish I’d learned in self publishing has been costly. But in the name of learning I would say it has been worthwhile and I want to reveal these to you.…

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Top free ways to increase traffic to your author website

I hope some of you non-fiction authors find this helpful. I have many ideas for non-fiction (and will blog more on this later) … not so for fiction authors–which is what I am. Top tips for my non-fiction author friends to help in their book marketing. Unlike fiction authors like myself there is a fast…

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Best all time picture books for children 4-7

I realize there are many lists but personally this is one of the best for this age group. When our kids were younger we read these books to them. Some of the best picture books for your 4-7-year-olds. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by J. Viorst Always Room For One…

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New Christian Book on Miracles: Do Miracles Still Occur Today?

He’s Still Working Miracles:  Daring To Ask God for the Impossible Dana Rongione   About the Book: The life-threatening cancer gone into remission. The barren couple who now hold their newborn baby. The beggar turned millionaire. We’ve heard the stories. We’ve listened to the tales. Yet the question still rings out—do miracles still occur today,…

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Convert a manuscript to Mobi and Epub files free, at a click of a button.

  Most writers already know that to be self-published we have to have our books on Amazon and hopefully on iBooks or Kobo. But how do we convert our word doc manuscripts without having to go through all the technical stuff, or paying hundreds of dollars for conversion? (I’ve done both. Multiple times!) If you…

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How to set up a Goodreads Giveaway (physical book)

If you’re an author—even a new one—and have done any form of research on Indie or self-publishing you’d have heard of Goodreads. An arm of Amazon it’s where voracious readers congregate and opine about their latest reads. It’s not a bad place to conduct a giveaway. At the time of this writing, Goodreads is experimenting…

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Book Marketing Help– A global customized Amazon link

For many of us authors we sell on Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon has unique links for different countries. It may not seem like a big deal but why even lose a single potential reader? I thought Book Linker gives us a simple and elegant solution. Get it for each of your Amazon books and when your…

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How to format your Microsoft word document (manuscript) for print books (paperbacks)

  Again a follow-along step-by-step process. I have scoured the internet and since I am a visual learner others who are new to Indie publishing and also learn best by watching would find these step by step tutorials I have watched myself useful. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of new Indie authors who waste thousands…

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How To Upload Your Manuscript Onto Createspace

I’ve started a new series to help Indie authors do things themselves for free or for next to nothing. You don’t have to be techie—I am not! But I’m not one to sit around and stare into space like this lady below either. If you are a new author and are unsure of how exactly…

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What is young adult fiction and who is it for?

I write fiction for kids and young adults so I belong to quite a few author groups. Although I think most of the authors are amazing people–hardworking, helpful and generally kind–I have been frustrated with how some Indie authors think what YA books should be like. Some feel that just because the protagonist (hero or…

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