I joined Instagram in mid-2015 as an experiment, and it’s been more than I expected it to be. These are my discoveries — see if they help you decide whether or not to add yet another social network to your author kitbag.
Twitter has changed my life, via the connections made with other authors and editors. This is a collection of some of the things I’ve learned during four years on this social network.
I was recently forced into changing the design of this site, because the little piece of software that controls its appearance was no longer supported. (Rats.)
This turned out to be a good thing, because it made me think hard about what I wanted on my site. I mulled over what helps or irritates me on other people’s blogs and websites. I hope that what I’ve learned might help give you a headstart.
During the final preparations to publish my debut novel, I’ve come across some great articles that have challenged me to rethink two basic tactics we can use to market our books.
These are solid-gold tools that take a little time in the original setup, and then keep working quietly for us for months or years to come with just the occasional tweak. And they needn’t cost us much at all. What’s not to love about that?
A few weeks ago, I posted an article about whether or not we should use images of people on our book covers. I also displayed two alternative covers for my upcoming novel Poison Bay — one with a person on it and one without.
Today I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of seeking feedback in this way, and some things I learned about how to make the most of it if you do decide to invite feedback for your own book covers.
There’s a lot of debate in self-publishing circles about whether book covers should have people on them or not, and how this impacts sales.
This is an issue close to my heart as I prepare to self-publish my debut novel. Read on for the process I’m going through to figure it out.
Today, we’re speaking to authors who have self-published different kinds of VISUAL BOOKS, including:
•Picture books for children
•Coffee table books.
There are so many more options today, thanks to ebooks, print-on-demand, and new distribution options through online bookstores.
I’ve asked five authors from different countries to spill their secrets about how they’ve gone about the process, to inspire and help other authors who want to self-publish a visual book.
I usually write long blog posts to explore a topic in depth. But sometimes, I know you just want to get some useful information you can grab quickly, and then get on with your day.
So, here is my first Quick Tips post. Today’s Quick topic is Twitter for Writers.
One of the reasons writers use pen names is not because of any need for privacy or secrecy, but purely to help readers differentiate between the different types of books they write.
This is a reason close to my own heart, and you’ll soon see why.
I’ve discovered that pen names are an issue occupying a lot of writers’ minds, since my previous Pen Name articles, 3 reasons for using a pen name, and How to choose a pen name continue to generate conversation.
That’s why I thought I’d walk you through the steps I’ve used to decide: Will I use a pen name for different genres? (You’ll have to read to the end to find out my answer! Oh, the suspense.)
I often get questions about what I’m using for different phases of writing, publishing and blogging.
I’ve seen other bloggers post a list of their favourite tools and I’ve found them really handy. I think, “Ooh, what are they using for such-and-such??” and voila! there is the answer. 🙂
So [drumroll….] here is my list. Hope you find some useful ideas in it. 🙂