If writers need to blog in order to make connections with their audience, what should they blog about? It’s a tricky question for many of us — especially if you write fiction. But even a non-fiction author needs to fine-tune the overall blog topic. These are my tips for finding the way forward that is particularly suited to YOU. And there is ONE key thing that really matters! (Includes downloadable worksheet.)
These articles explore a range of self-publishing topics, including whether to self-publish in the first place, how to decide formats and techniques, and tips for making your self-publishing more enjoyable and successful.
There’s plenty of debate about whether authors and hopeful authors should blog. “Spend your time writing your BOOKS instead,” say many. So, do we really need to blog? Here’s what I’ve discovered.
The internet is awash with writing and publishing blogs. Which ones are worth reading? I dip into lots of blogs, but I don’t want to overwhelm you! So I had a little think and came up with this Sampler of just four blogs, to help you get started on the self-publishing path.
Beta Readers are those wonderful people who critique your manuscript, usually as an exchange — they read yours and you read theirs. Many people are not quite sure of the best time in the development of their book to ask for a beta read. This timeline — adapted from the traditional publishing process — can help you plan your project.
A Beta Reader critiques your manuscript, and provides feedback to help you improve it. Lots of people will suggest asking a beta reader to copy edit your work. I don’t recommend that, and here’s why.
The right images can help draw readers to your blog, or get them to click on that link to read the rest of a post.
But how do we choose photos and illustrations, and how do we use them?
These are some things that I’ve learned about how to use images, and where to find them.
Usually, you won’t see an author appearing in their own book trailer. But sometimes it’s exactly the right thing to do.
Everyone says we have to include video on our blogs these days, but how do we do it? Not only do we have to be author, publisher, marketing manager and general dogsbody, but apparently Martin Scorsese and Gwyneth Paltrow too! In this post, I’ll talk you through a short video I just made for my […]
Self-publishing used to mean 15 boxes of books going mouldy in your garage, but new technologies have changed all that. Find out how it works.