Category Archives: Guest Blogposts

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
Read more »


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
Read more »


Why I’m Totally Okay with Giving My Book Away Free

Today’s guest post comes from the lovely Dana Sitar of DIY Writing. Dana recently moved to Seattle, and so we met for coffee a few weeks back at my favorite neighborhood writing spot. Now she’s contributing to the first issue of The Write Life Magazine and guest posting here. I don’t remember how we connected in the first place, but I’m guessing it was
Read more »


Marketing Idea: Developing a Song Playlist for Your Novel

Warning! By the end of this post you’re gonna be YouTubing it up and dancing around your office (or wherever you’re reading this). Such is the power of music! Today’s blog post is by our always-welcome-around-here guest Kathy Lynn Harris. Being the Texas country bumpkin that she is (love ya Kathy!) she includes a lot of musical references in her latest novel A Good
Read more »


SELF-PUBLISHING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC…?

If you’re outside of the US, then this post is for you. I’ve been feeling very guilty about neglecting my wonderful non-US readers with posts and tips that are aimed directly at self-pubbers in the land of Uncle Sam. I’m a Brit abroad, so while I know how frustrating it can be reading advice and stories that are US-only relevant, I had never self-published
Read more »


“Sell the sizzle, not the steak”. How to write a brilliant book description for fiction & non-fiction titles.

I spoke to Mark Edwards over Skype a few weeks (months?!) back and I will be posting that interview very soon. It’s a great chat about how Mark used his background in copywriting to study the book descriptions of best-sellers on Amazon.co.uk. When he used what he learned from his research for his own book description, “book sales literally doubled in an hour!”. What
Read more »


Need a book cover designing? Check out this cool contest!

Evan from Hire The World contacted me with this ah-ma-zing contest for self-published authors just like your fabulous self, and I knew right away I wanted to share it with you. Why do I want to share it? Because y’all know I love me some internationalization. The idea behind Hire The World is super cool, and a great chance to get an international perspective on
Read more »


I Heart Book Reviewers! (And why you should, too)

Targeting book reviewers is a great way to get exposure for your indie book, be it through blog tours or contacting them directly to read and evaluate your novel. These reviewers are in fact the drive behind so many self-published books’ success, and yet they are more often that not unpaid, and all too often unappreciated. Author Lauren Clark talks about her experience with
Read more »


5 Places To Find New Readers (and 3 Ways to Make Sure They Stick Around), Guest Post with Toni from DuoLit.

Very happy to welcome Toni Tesori (one half of DuoLit – The Self Publishing Team) on the blog today to talk about where and how to find new readers. She’s got some fabulous tips. Enjoy and don’t forget to check out the awesome DuoLit blog! – Laura I love the Price is Right. This past Monday, a woman was so taken with excitement she
Read more »