• books,  ebook,  Kindle,  publishing

    How to publish on Kindle

    I did it, so can you (This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy, I will earn a small commission.) You know I’ve published two books at Amazon. My devotional book, A Year of Wisdom Reflections: contemplating the art of being wise, is a paperback. My winter sowing booklet, Winter Sowing Works, is a Kindle eBook. You know what I discovered? Publishing on Kindle is much easier than I anticipated. I procrastinated for too long because I was concerned about getting the formatting correct. Here’s what I want you to do. Stop procrastinating! Don’t be like me. If you have an idea for a book. Get it out there on…

  • books,  eBooks,  Winter Sowing,  writing

    What is the easiest way to start seeds for your garden?

    Winter Sowing! New eBook Now Available My newest eBook went live on Amazon.com yesterday. Winter Sowing Works is a basic guide to winter sowing — starting your seeds outdoors in mini-greenhouses in the middle of winter. In this winter sowing booklet, I cover What Winter Sowing Is The Benefits of Winter Sowing How to Choose Seeds for Winter Sowing The Basic Requirements, Including Containers How to Prepare Your Containers When to Start Sowing How to Transplant Your Winter Sown Seedlings Resources for More Information My Favorite Seed Suppliers This booklet is filled with beautiful photos of flowers growing in my garden thanks to winter sowing. It also includes photos of some…

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  • books,  Eva Lesko Natiello,  Guest Posts,  Marketing,  marketing books

    The Pro Bono Marketing Staff Every Self-Published Author Has at Their Fingertips

    By Eva Lesko Natiello In today’s article, written by Eva Lesko Natiello (@EvaNatiello), indie authors are reminded of the importance of the decisions we make publishing our books. Enjoy, and be sure to comment below if you can think of other “staff” available to help self-published authors market their books.   Yesterday an author contacted me to arrange a marketing consultation. He told me he was disappointed with his marketing team. He liked what he saw I’d done with my book, and thought my team was doing a much better job. He was different than the other authors I’ve worked with—this author was traditionally published. Here’s another example of “the…

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  • books,  Contributing Writers,  CSS,  David Kudler,  E-Books & Readers,  eBooks,  self-publishing ebooks

    Elements of Style: CSS for Ebooks #2

    This is the twelfth in my on-going series of posts here on ebook creation; it’s also the second on the subject of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Last time, we talked about how (and where) to add CSS in order to define how the HTML that makes up an ebook will look. This time, I’m going to talk about some of the most useful properties, the rules that help you define the way a particular chunk of text or an image displays. (See the section “Location, location, location” in the previous post for information about where these properties go.) Like the post on HTML, this is going to be more of…

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  • author platform,  blog carnival,  blogging,  books,  Carla King,  carnival of the indies,  Coin Dunbar,  indie author,  K.M. Weiland,  Self-Publishing,  social media

    Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #75

    Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for December, 2016. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded. See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated. Featured Posts K.M. Weiland presents How to Identify Your Story’s Premise–and Its Most Important Part posted at Helping Writers Become Authors, saying, “To learn how to identify…

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  • books,  Contributing Writers,  Cover Design,  Editing,  Editorial,  Judith Briles,  Self-Publishing

    Does Your Book Suck … or Soar?

    Next month, I have the pleasure of coordinating the 4th Annual Publishing at Sea Cruise. Eight days in the sunny Caribbean in the often chilling temps that the U.S. experiences. This year, 44 awesome, unique, interesting-to-their-core authors will be venturing into a working, tax deductible, vacation. Our group is abuzz because the cruise line has offered to sponsor/support a special book signing of our participants to all passengers and offer their books in the ship’s store … but there’s a string attached. It’s a big one for too many of the self-publishing crowd. I had to supply a copy of each book that the authors wanted to sign/sell to our…

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  • AuthorToolkits.com,  books,  elevator pitch,  Guest Posts,  Joan Stewart,  Marketing,  pitch

    The Most Important 15 Seconds in the Life of Your Book

    By Joan Stewart Fifteen precious seconds. It isn’t much time. But it’s all you get if you want to convince a bookstore to buy your book, prove to a journalist that you’re worth interviewing, or persuade John Grisham to write a blurb for the cover of your mystery novel. In the world of book publishing, asking people to help you publicize, promote and sell your book is known as pitching. Do it wrong, and you blow a chance to get in front of thousands of people. Do it right, and that tiny window of opportunity could turn into the most important 15 seconds of your book’s life. Arielle Eckstut and…

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  • Author Blogging 101,  Blog Mastermind,  blogging,  books,  Henry Baum,  Publishing Timeline,  social media,  Thesis,  wordpress,  Yaro Starak

    A Blogger’s Progress: First Steps Into a New World

    Editor: This is the first in a series of articles charting the founding, successes, failures, and lessons learned from 7 years of blogging. Authors ask me all the time about how to build a blog that will help their book marketing, and I’ve often recommended—especially to nonfiction authors—that building a blog and a community is actually a more pressing task than publishing the book they’ve been working on. I hope that you’ll be able to profit from the lessons I’ve learned along the way, and maybe you’ll make fewer mistakes than I have. Enjoy! You may not know this, but I was completely out of book publishing for a few…

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  • Book Design,  bookdesigntemplates.com,  books,  fonts,  InDesign,  Pages,  templates,  Uncategorized,  Word

    Book Design Templates 2.0: Upgraded Templates, Cool New Site, 25% Off This Week

    Since we introduced our interior book templates in February, 2013 over 15,000 authors all over the world have created their books more quickly and at less expense than ever before. But nothing’s perfect, right? Tracy Atkins and I have been hard at work for over a year to change the way we sell our templates, and this week we’re finally ready to unveil all these new features that will make our templates even easier to use and much more capable, too. (And we’re offering a big discount too; 25% off with coupon code LAUNCH25.) What’s new? We have reconfigured every one of our templates so that they are all “2Way,”…

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  • book marketing,  books,  Guest Posts,  Lee Foster,  Self-Publishing,  writing

    11 Top Tips for Making Money from Your Writing and Photography in 2017

    By Lee Foster I’m very pleased to bring you an article today from my friend and colleague, Lee Foster. Lee is a publishing pioneer. He was the first author I knew personally to create a mobile app from one of his books, and one of the earliest “hybrid” authors anywhere, publishing numerous books with traditional publishers and self-publishing other, more niche titles. Lee runs a robust website and has won multiple awards for his travel writing and photography. I’m certain that every author will find something to help you profit from your own work in his 11 tips. What are the 11 top things you can do to make money…

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