Category Archives: Author Tools & Resources

How to understand website hosting & domain names: FAQs for confused authors

  It’s time for week 2 of our Author Website Fridays – How to understand website hosting & domain names :) This one is like an algebra problem for many people. Understanding how to host your website and get a domain name is no piece of cake. I’ll try to break it down in the simplest way here, but if you have further questions, leave
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How winning an award could find you new readers, & a list of awards for indie authors

  I woke up to a lovely surprise a couple of weeks ago…   An email telling me that 30 Day Books was nominated and awarded a ‘Best Website for Independent Authors’ award. That put a big grin on my face (squeal!!!)   The award honors sites that “offers free information and resources of relevance and value to independent authors” which is always my goal with every blogpost
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How can self-published authors get their books into the public library system?

Something I’ve been curious about for a while now is HOW one goes about getting a self-published book into the public library system. Wouldn’t it be fab to reach new readers in that way? Even in the age of digital, libraries are by no means dead, and still have a loyal-following of avid readers. After researching the process for a while, I soon realized
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Free Resource – Recommended self-publishing providers, from book cover designers to book trailers & more!

It can be super confusing trying to navigate the Interwebs to find trustworthy providers for your publishing needs. Luckily there are a number of fantastic high-quality people out there to help with everything from book cover design to book trailers, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of them. I thought it would be useful to put together a list of 30
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Writers… Lessons we can all learn from Downton Abbey!

We don’t have a working TV in our apartment so I tend to be a wee bit behind when it comes to TV shows. I’m what you might call a laggard in that regard, and hence I’ve only  *just* got bitten by Downton Abbey fever.     It’s Author Lauren Clark’s fault :) I’d heard the hype about the show from several places, but
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This is an indie author’s biggest asset. Make sure you have one!

If you never listen to anything I say ever again, please just take this one piece of advice on board!   YOUR eMAILING LIST IS YOUR BIGGEST ASSET AS AN INDIE AUTHOR.   Sound like an icky marketing term? I know, I know. That’s because it’s so often abused and has spammy connotations. We aren’t going to be sending out information on viagra or
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37 Tools & Resources to make your writing & marketing easier

I shared this with my lovely email subscribers yesterday, but in case you missed it (or haven’t signed up yet) here is a list of 37 tools and resources that I put together. Each one of them have made both my writing and book marketing far easier and I think you’ll find them superbly useful too! It’s a PDF that you are free to
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The Self Publishing Roadmap is here, so sail your way to self publishing success!

This week marks the start of something pretty epic in the self-publishing world! Book design expert Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com is launching something that has never been done before online or off – a 6-week online training program that walks self-publishing wannabes through the process from start to finish.     I was invited in to the series for a sneak peek and was amazed at the incredible amount of
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Book Marketing & Promotions Links from around the web, 5/25/2012

Friday is with us and below is some reading to get you caught up with all of the goings on from the last week! One super exciting thing that happened  this week was the publication of the Taleist Self Publishing Report – Not a Gold Rush – 2012. It’s free for anyone who provided their data and findings for the survey, or it’s available
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Why You Need to Use Hashtags, & the Best Hashtags for Writers & Authors

Hashtags. Not the nicest of words is it? Let’s get over that unfortunate fact and use them correctly regardless.   ## In case you’re not sure what the heck bejeez I’m talking about, tweets containing a “#” followed by a word or phrase is called a “hashtag.” Hashtags are important in the vast Twitter sea because they make your tweets more visible. How? They
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