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7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Finally, you have some free time to write! You sit down, put your hands on the keyboard anndddd … nothing. Hmmm, that’s funny. You reposition yourself in your seat and try again. Still nothing. I could use my imagination and try to guess what happens next—maybe there’s a few expletives or some crumpled up sheets of paper. Regardless of what actually ensues, frustration certainly sets in.   I didn’t actually poll the entire population of the world, but I’m pretty confident every … [Read more...]

Book Metadata and Why You Need It to Sell More Copies

There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this you’ve heard some of the hype about book metadata but don’t really know what exactly it is or why it’s important. I mean, you’re a writer, not a data expert. Why should you care? Well the truth is, metadata can take your book to new online heights. When you’re an independent author with self-publishing aspirations, being a data expert is one of the many hats you must wear. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.   In layman’s terms, … [Read more...]

Book Marketing: What’s Your Time & Effort Worth?

Embarking on your publishing journey into the book world is a thrilling and challenging experience! Along your self-publishing way are trails that twist and turn through tough choices such as final manuscript revisions, or choosing an appealing cover design. But your author journey doesn’t end once your book is ready for readers. It’s only just begun! The next leg of your publishing adventure is along the winding path of book marketing. (How else will your book end up in the hands of your new … [Read more...]

Edit Before Editing: Why the End Is Only the Beginning

After pouring out pages of your creative sweat and tears, you finally type every writer’s favorite closing words:   THE END   Your book manuscript is now ready to submit to your editor, right? Not quite … It’s time to switch out your writer’s hat and think like an editor. Don’t fear the editor’s hat! We aren’t the evil destroyers of your creative dreams with our red pen markups and detailed comments. Editors want to help your book dream become a reality and we are … [Read more...]

Book Contest Ideas for Social Media

People love free stuff—just absolutely love it! So much so, that many will do almost anything for even the slightest chance of winning. Entice your readers and potentially gain new ones with social media contests! Here’s how they work: to become eligible for the chance of winning, hopeful participants must engage in some way. You can require them to like or follow your page, comment on a photo, tag a friend, or post a photo using a hashtag you’ve created; you’ll then be able to search the … [Read more...]

Find Your Way: Writing Warm-Ups

I'm sitting at my kitchen table agonizing over how to start this blog post. I've been sipping coffee, nibbling on some breakfast, petting my dog as he sits on my foot, and racking my brain for any sort of inspiration. Most noticeably, I'm not writing.   My irritation is very apparent. When I sit to write and can't, I go temporarily insane with frustration. It gets dramatic and loud as I angrily start slamming "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" into my keyboard just to get … [Read more...]

Do You Have the Right Book Distributor?

Book distribution continues to be a common obstacle for self-published authors. But it doesn’t have to be. With online shopping taking over the retail world, indie authors have many new distribution options. Today, more books are purchased online than in stores. Since indie authors have ample access to online distribution, new sales opportunities are now readily available. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo™, and several other notable online retailers are now within your reach! … [Read more...]


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