Category Archives: Author Tools & Resources

StoryCartel.com: Get more Amazon (& other) reviews with this site

Please note: This content originally appeared in my Magic Mondays Marketing tips newsletter. You can sign up for a book marketing tip like this every week here! Get more reviews with StoryCartel.com The WHY behind this tip: You know how important book reviews are to your discoverability and sales, but it can be tough getting the number of reviews you want. StoryCartel.com offers readers
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I did a podcast interview on writing and publishing. Check it out here!

I was approached by the lovely Viv Oyolu to be on her podcast about writing and publishing, and I’m so glad I said yes! Viv makes interviewing a piece of cake. We both agreed afterwards that connecting had been like talking with an old friend. I mean that laugh is contagious! It sends out pure joy.   In this 25 minute podcast we discuss
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Want to turn your book into an app? Here’s how to do it.

Q&A with David of Authorly. When I heard about Authorly, the nerd in me got very excited. I see books moving in the direction of interactive apps in the near future, but in the meantime they can be very expensive and time-consuming to produce. So what is an author without the backing of a big publisher or the right tech/ coding skills to do?
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28 Blog Post Ideas for Writers and Authors to Use Today! (With some fill in the blank titles)

Happy Friday! I know how hard it can be to come up with new blog post ideas each week, so today I present to you 28 blog post ideas to get you back in your blogging groove. Enjoy! Use a current Pop Culture trend (Non Fiction/Fiction) Look for current trends in pop culture that could be (relevantly, not forced) tied in to your book
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How Independent and Self-Published Writers Can Get Health Insurance With The Affordable Care Act

With all the fanfare going on with the US government this month, this guest post by Michael Cahill, a health insurance writer is particularly timely. In this post he spells out what the Affordable Care Act means for us indie writers living in the US, and what you need to do in order to benefit from it. Take it away, Michael!   There is
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Are you backing up your site or blog? 3 Easy Ways to Save all of Your Hard Work

You back up your computer (I hope? If not, start using Backblaze asap!), but you might not have thought to back up your precious site or blog. With all the time and energy you put in to your site, here are three easy ways to make sure that if there were to be an unfortunate security issue, hack, or melt down, you’d have a
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25 + Tools we use to run 30 Day Books / The Write Life Magazine

Here is a list of tools and resources we use at 30 Day Books that allow us to run our business smoothly and effectively! Websites We use Wordpress: www.wordpress.org (self-hosted weebsite) for all of our websites. Easy to get started, and excellent security and support. Themes Authorlicious: This is our very own WordPress theme custom built just for authors, with Amazon integration and built in book marketing principles. We use
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Top Free & Paid Services to Promote Your Kindle Books (Guest post)

Note from Laura: Hello! Hope you are well. I’ve been a little AWOL in the last few weeks pouring all of my energy into the magazine. I’m happy to share this guest post by Eric of FreeeBooksDaily.net while I’m getting my groove back on :) Top Free & Paid Services to Promote Your Kindle Books. ————————————————————————- Promoting your book before and after you publish it
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Got an iPhone or iPad? 7 Newsstand magazines worth checking out this summer!

I’m sort of obsessed with my iPad. It comes almost everywhere with me, especially on my travels and long-distance journeys. But in an attempt to avoid spending mindless, can’t get it back time on Facebook, or falling into the Pinterest trap, I’m getting in the habit of filling it with great, curated content. Like digital magazines. Once you find a couple you like, you
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Blogpost Replay: “Amazon’s answer to indie-audio publishing… ACX.com” Guest post on Audio book creation with Jeff Bennington.

Today I am so thankful to have Jeff Bennington, author of The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe (& more – see full list of books below), founder of The Kindle Book Review and all-round Indie author supporter on the 30 Day Books blog. When I heard that Jeff was turning his books into audio books on Audible.com, I knew he would be the perfect person
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