3 Tools To Optimize Your Precious Time And Increase Your Productivity

Posted On: 2014-04-23
By: Ashley Zee

A dirty but true fact: no one has time to write a book. Families, work, hobbies, school, and the like all command our time and attention. This is fine because all these things engage our brain and thus makes our books more interesting to read but the hard truth is that all self-publishers must make time to write.

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Branding 101 For Authors

Posted On: 2014-04-16
By: Rachel Thompson

Award-winning and best-selling author Rachel Thompson recently revealed some of her basic approaches to branding. As a self-publisher you must take creating your own brand seriously, so Rachel's tips and insights are useful. Without further ado, allow us to present to you these words of wisdom from Rachel Thompson...

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Build a Real Book Template With Word

Posted On: 2014-04-09
By: Teresa Miller

Last Week's issue of Self Publisher Today discussed buying a premade professional template. This week's issue pertains to creating your own template for free. Many people don't think it's possible, but you really can design a very attractive, professional-looking book in Microsoft Word. It does take a little bit of time up front, but you can cut corners on future books of similar design by creating a re-usable template.

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Beautiful and Cheap Book Design Templates

Posted On: 2014-04-02
By: Ashley Zee

Book design is an important part of the self-publishing process. Many self-publishers think about the cover of their book a lot, but what about the interior of the book? Not many people think - or even know - that the interior can be designed so that the reader has a more engaging and pleasant experience while reading the book.

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4 Common Self-Publishing Misconceptions

Posted On: 2014-03-26
By: Ashlee Zee

I have a friend who is in the thick of writing,editing, and designing her first self-published book (it's a travel memoir of sorts). She told me over lunch one day that she initially thought she could write a high-quality, well designed, semi-autobiographical novel in less than four months while maintaining a job and a social life. Ha!

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3 Make-Or-Break Details That Can Enhance Or Ruin A Twitter Book Promotion

Posted On: 2014-03-19
By: Ashley Zee

I have a justifiable ambivalence toward twitter -it's a mega social media platform that must be considered when planning a social media strategy, but it's filled with so much "clutter" that it's hard to stand apart from the "noise" if you're not a celebrity or followed by millions of other people.

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Cashing In On CreateSpace Novelty Books

Posted On: 2014-03-12
By: Mercedes Tabano

Thanks to Amazon, you can now write and publish your books to a mass audience as never before. This has led to thousands of books being published in the how-to genre, the self-help genre and even dozens of fiction genres.

However, there is one genre of book that has been overlooked, and has the potential for massive profits. This genre is known as a novelty book.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Kindle Worlds

Posted On: 2014-03-05
By: Mercedes Tabano

Fanfiction is a booming phenomenon. Superfans, upset to see their favorite book/television series end, create more stories about their favorite characters and give them their own unique twist.

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Translating Your Books Into Non-English Languages

Posted On: 2014-02-26
By: Ashley Zee

Though many Kindle or Nook users are either native English-speakers or have some command of the English language, the fact is that non-English paying customers are only a theoretical click away. There are many people in the world who wish to read eBooks in their native language - it's definitely time to tap into this gigantic market!

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Amazons Expanded Distribution... Worthwhile Or Distracting?

Posted On: 2014-02-19
By: Mercedes Tabano

Amazon's recent decision to make Expanded Distribution available to all their publishers made the news. Prior to this decision, it cost $25 for Expanded Distribution. However, will this prove to be a boon to indie authors or just a weird distraction?

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Using Facebook To Build Community Around Your Book Genre

Posted On: 2014-02-12
By: Mercedes Tabano

Facebook is filled with people with jobs and money to spend on niceties like your books. This makes Facebook the perfect place to build community for your books. So how does one harness the power of Facebook to create a never ending traffic source for your books?

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Exercise Tips for Building Fiction Muscle: Ideas, Characters, and Dialogue

Posted On: 2014-02-05
By: Teresa Miller

Writing fiction is a completely different type of writing, and it requires a unique set of skills. You can read books and study these skills (and I suggest you do) but eventually, you'll need to practice them to get good at them.

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Welcome to ISBN 101: A Crash-Course in ISBN

Posted On: 2014-01-29
By: Mercedes Tabano

The ISBN gives each registered book a number as unique as a fingerprint. ISBN is free and that it gives your book that ''real book'' feel. Amazon ISBNs look like any other barcode, and that can help boost credibility. Best of all, you still retain the copyrights.

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Free Self Publisher Today Software

Posted On: 2014-01-22
By: Ashley Zee

Did you know that once you log into Self Publisher Today(look in the top right corner for the link that says 'Members With Benefits' to log in) you have access to free software? Not only is the software free, but it's also been developed by the Self Publisher Today team to help you in your self publishing endeavors.

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