We're always improving ReaderLinks. We want to use a tool that helps us free up time for writing and that gives us a mountain of tools to focus our marketing efforts. So it's with great pride that we announce the roll-out of two features, one much-requested and the...
If you’re an author who considers their writing their business then you need to track profits as part of your book marketing routine.
We call them ARC Teams (for Advanced Reader Copy). Or Reader Teams. Or Beta Teams. But, in the end, they're our tribe! We love the support and help that a Reader Team supplies us. So we wanted to share how we manage the process. Yup, we focus on how Reader Teams can...
We're delighted with the response to ReaderLinks so far! We're already hearing stories about how it's helping authors get a handle on their business. John and I want to run a series of webinars for you. We hope you'll join us. They'll focus on tackling the biggest...
Most of today's authors use a pile of software and services to track their writing business. Google Calendar for scheduling, To-Doist for tasks, Excel to track promotions, a text file to keep notes, Buffer to automate tweets. There are dozens of options out there for...
We’ve been hypnotized by the power of social media to get the word out about our books. It is, indeed, a powerful tool. But if your dream is to make a living with your books then local library branches are invaluable.
A vast majority of authors will enjoy any kind of friendly interaction on Twitter because it’s just so hard to come by! So here’s a Twitter tip for authors and writers.
One of our guiding principles is to offer authors a solid ground to stand on. Social media can be confusing. But finding the right network can give authors a strong platform to work with.
What are keywords? They’re the words you use to describe your book. Sometimes you’ll hear them called keyword phrases, but that just means keywords that are more than one word long. For example, “hero” is a keyword and “android hero” is a keyword phrase. Amazon asks...
A step-by-step guide, with best practices! Once you sign up for KDP Select and figure out what you can do with your exclusive Amazon ebook, you may find a small bump in the road. Actually it may look more like a big, honking wall. The wall is spray painted with large...
Amazon is a big search engine. Now that they offer ads, how can we leverage it to sell books?
Serial Box promises an HBO for eBooks. Is this marketing or a really good idea?
Have a thousand book marketing posts ready to read? Make it easy on the eyes with Send to Kindle!
Tripwire pages are an excellent way to make some extra dough. Get John's breakdown of how they work and why you should have it in your author marketing...
Litsy, Launch Team management and holy/holey Harry Potter.
Did you know Amazon Giveaways allows you to create a contest for your eBook?
John and Ben cover a lot in 30 mins! Try to keep up!
Wait, aren’t the days of getting Likes from Facebook ads waaay over? Yup! But not if you do this…
Here’s a quick run-through of Hashtagify. What is it? How can it help authors tweet better? I answer these questions and more! Or less!
John and Ben discuss the Amazon Blurb Tool and the Twitter Video product!
The first episode of You Should Be Writing! proves that, well, you should really be writing…
We talk writing, marketing and coping with author Orlando A. Sanchez on the You Should Be Writing! podcast
Here’s a step-by-step video tutorial on how to use Twitter Cards to market your books.
We discuss a new way to get your books into Barnes & Noble (hint: It’s about time, B&N!)
Promote your free ebook on one of these sites.
If you’re looking to improve your typing speed, you can utilize Scrivener’s Session Target tool and a timer/alarm to build up your chops!
Want to breathe life into your characters? Looking for more than just the flat, one-dimensional voice that seems to keep coming out? There’s a solution to this that’s both fun and enlightening!
You know what we love around here? We love things that work. If it helps us sell books, our hearts flicker aflutter. But you know what we love more than things that work? Simple things that work.
You hear the one about the two authors who walk into a bar? One has a mailing list. The other one has zip. Nada.
I don’t know about you, but when I hand my pre-releases out to my Launch Team, I end up getting a bunch of emails with fixes. This is great, but I’m often juggling all the reports and wishing there was a way to streamline things a bit. Turns out that there is!
Reader surveys are a great way to get feedback from that mailing list you’ve got running. But how exactly do you go about doing a survey? There are many options out there, but if you’re looking for some quick, easy, and FREE… check out Goolge Forms.
Some things never change. As authors, it's a good thing to know which of those things apply to us. Look at it this way. It's a noisy world, with busy people and seven seconds of attention span to spread out among them all. There are new tools, tactics, networks,...
Instead of painfully copying your Word documents chapter by chapter into Scrivener for PC, you can make some pretty simple changes to your Word doc and then import it into Scrivener in one hop!
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Humor author John Logsdon and I (Ben Zackheim) are having a blast with our new author podcast! It’s called You Should Be Writing! (With the exclamation point! Just because!) We’re up to episode 2 and each one has been more fun to do than the last....
We take a look at Bookbub’s advice on how to market your book and we JUDGE them. It is our way…
This tutorial will show you how to use the ablurb tool so that you can preview what your Amazon descriptions will look like *before* you post them.
This is part 3 of 3 for my method of setting up a CreateSpace template for the pocketbook sized book. This is the 4.25×6.87 paperback size.
This is part 2 of 3 for my method of setting up a CreateSpace template for the pocketbook sized book. This is the 4.25×6.87 paperback size.
This is part 1 of 3 for my method of setting up a CreateSpace template for the pocketbook sized book. This is the 4.25×6.87 paperback size.
If you have the Mac version of Scrivener, this tutorial will show you how to set up a manual table of contents for your book bundles.