Tools for Authors

From Book Research to Publication

tools for authors

It might be because I’m a nerd, but I’m a firm believer in the power of tech to make an author’s life a lot easier. Previously, I shared my ideas on how to apply the Pareto principle to your work as an author. Today, I’d like to share my favorite tools and apps for each […]

Dear Author, Don’t Quit!

A Letter to Authors Who’ve Considered Giving Up

All authors eventually go through what I call “White Flag Syndrome.” It looks something like this. You painstakingly write everyday, but you’ve been struggling with it for too long. You wake up one morning completely discouraged. You’ve already discarded an earlier draft, and now once again the book’s direction seems completely lost. You decide to […]

Author Media Kit Tips and Free Template

Professional Author Media Kit Editable with Microsoft Word

Before an author gets that all-important magazine, newspaper or radio interview, an interviewer will probably spend time perusing the author’s media kit. For this reason, media kits are really important to your book marketing efforts! There are lot of companies that offer services to build your media kit for you, and they can cost as much as $1,200. While those services are probably worth it, we tried to save you some time and money by building a world-class editable media kit for free (if you are ready to go ahead and download it, you can skip straight to it).

Are You Having Second Thoughts About Self-Publishing?

An author's account of her struggle with self-publishing.

I am a few months into the release of my first book, “Rising Above Statistics: Success Against All Odds” and the work is just beginning. I chose to self-publish my book and people constantly ask me “Why?” After all, self-publishing is hard work.  Write the book, edit the book, format it, find a cover designer, […]

Free Book Trailers for Authors

Free Book Trailer Templates With Instructions

I know there is all kinds of debate about whether book trailers are worth the cost, whether they are worth the time and whether they increase book sales. I’m here to tell you that yes, they are worth it! And the truth is, you can create a pretty sharp looking book trailer for free. And chances are the software you need already lives on your computer. So let’s get started! Make sure you check out the end of this post where we give away awesome book trailer templates as well as a chance to get your very own custom book trailer designed by us.

Free Book Trailers by Genre

How I Hit The USA TODAY Bestseller List

And how you can, too!

In the hyper-competitive book world, authors need to find ways to stand out in a crowd. Even if you write a book better than that international bestseller in your genre category, it will languish in the Kindle store and on the bookshelf unless you convince readers to take a risk and invest time in reading […]