Why I Left Traditional Publishing in Favor of Self-Publishing

Back in 2005, I wrote my first book manuscript for a business startup guide, and I attended a writer’s conference where I had the opportunity to pitch agents. Many requested proposals, and in the months that followed, my mailbox filled with rejection letters. Eventually, one of the agents took the time to call me and he said, “I like what you’re doing, but nobody knows who you are. You need to build an author platform. You need to be out speaking to thousands of people each year.”

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Things to Remember When Speaking About Your Book

When you publish a book, there's an exhilaration you get from knowing you're about to share your words with others and those words have the opportunity to impact people beyond just yourself. You're sharing your story with the intent that the information has the power to resonate with someone else, to entertain, delight, or affect change. Speaking about your book presents a similar opportunity.

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Creating Social Media Videos for Authors

This an article on why you, the author, need to think about creating video content. Regardless of how introverted you are, regardless of how many crappy book trailers you’ve seen (don't do those), video is here to stay, and the sooner you incorporate it into your social media marketing, the better. 

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How Do I Get a Foreword for My Book?

Authors often ask me how to get that magic piece of writing at the beginning of the book. You know the one, where Mother Teresa tells the world what a fabulous person you are, and how the world will be a better place with your book in it. This little piece of heaven is called the foreword for a book.

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What Can Authors Learn from YouTube Stars?

We are now living in a golden age for indie content creators. Through Twitch, YouTube, Instagram, and publishing portals like IngramSpark, artists can connect directly with their fans and bypass traditional gatekeepers like agents— they can even make more money this way.

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How to Market Your Book with Author Speaking

I’ve been speaking professionally for over twenty years and know first-hand the impact it can have on book sales. No matter how digitized a culture we become, there is no substitute for actual human contact, the sacred connection between an author and their audience. How as an author can you harness that power after you’ve given a talk? What steps can you take both on-site at your presentation and afterwards in terms of follow-up? Here are some tips for marketing your book through author speaking.

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What's in a Domain Name: Naming Your Author Website

“What domain name should I choose for my author website?” I get this question from authors all the time. So here are some guidelines and tips. You need to decide on your domain name before you launch your author website, and you should probably decide before you develop your website because it could impact the design if it becomes the title, or name, of your site.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Author Speaking

I’ve been speaking for over twenty years, and have learned a lot about connecting with an audience. These were not always easy lessons, and looking back, there were some things that I would have done differently. Part of it was my being new to the world of speaking and honestly probably trying a little too hard in the beginning. It takes time to develop your own style, to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Here are the important do’s and don’ts I've learned about giving a powerful author talk that I hope you'll find useful.

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What Self-Publishers Can Learn from the 2018 Bestselling Books

Publisher’s Weekly shared a list of 2018 bestselling books so far in this article, published on July 9. The books on the 2018 bestselling books list are all traditionally published, but that’s one of the best places to look for insight as a self-publishing author. Looking to the successes of traditionally published books is an easy way to learn from those with more money and years of publishing experience than you may have. In this blog we’ll break down some key takeaways self-publishers can learn from bestselling books.

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Tech Tips for Author Speaking Appearances

When you're booked for an author speaking engagement, you'll likely be asked how you’d like the room arranged, what kind of microphone you prefer, and if you have any specific tech requests. Many authors new to author speaking, most likely won't know what to ask for when first embarking on the adventure of being a touring author. Outlined here are some tips for those new to author speaking appearances.

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