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Blog Post Archive

The Pros And Cons Of Exclusivity

Should you self-publish exclusively on Amazon? That is the question many authors consider whenever they put a book out. Which side of the fence are you on? The benefits of exclusivity Here are my thoughts as to why you should consider exclusivity with Amazon, which basically means that you cannot publish a particular work anywhere […]

Self-Publishing In Italian, Tips For Translation And The Launch Of Profanazione

Continuing with my adventures in self-publishing translation series, today it’s the turn of Profanazione, my first novel in Italian. I wasn’t intending to self-publish in Italy, mainly because the market is very small, but when experienced author and translator, Virginio B. Sala emailed me, I jumped at the opportunity. Here’s an interview with Virginio, and […]

Self-Publishing And The Bookstrapper’s Guide To Book Marketing With Tucker Max. Podcast Episode 193

When an author and entrepreneur who has sold over 3 million books puts out a book on marketing, you know you have to learn more! Tucker Max on the show today. In the intro, I talk about the introduction of pre-orders for indie authors on Amazon KDP, already available on iBooks and Kobo. I’ve used […]

Book Marketing With Visual Content. 7 Ways To Stand Out With Images.

Think about how you surf the internet these days. Think about how you decide what to click on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Now multiply that by all those people who are overwhelmed by the amount of information and entertainment options online. Let’s face it – in a sea of content, how do you […]

The Intricacies Of German Translation. Plus German Pentecost Print Giveaway And Ebook On Sale

It’s fantastic to hold your book in your hands … and it’s faintly fantastical to hold a book with your name on it when the interior is in a different language! In a continuation of the translation adventure, Pentecost, Ein ARKANE Thriller is now available in print as well as ebook formats and on special […]

Writing Non Fiction As A Side Hustle With Nick Loper. Podcast Episode 192.

Writing books can be a way of life as well as a full-time living, but it can also be a side-hustle, something you do on the side to make some extra income. Today’s guest, Nick Loper, juggles a number of side hustle jobs stitched together to make a full-time entrepreneurial career, only one of which […]

Editing And The Writing Craft. Tips From An Editor

This is a continuation of the editing Q&A with my fiction editor, Jen Blood, based on questions submitted to me in a recent survey. You can read the first half of the interview here. It covers the different types of editing, how to find the right editor, price range and dealing with feedback. Here’s the […]

Author Entrepreneur. Go Direct And Sell To Your Customers With Jim Kukral

Multiple sales channels are a way to prevent being dependent on one source of revenue, and authors need to be aware of all ways to make income from their books. I recently wrote about my options to sell direct to customers, and today, I discuss this further with Jim Kukral, a veteran of the online […]

Author Entrepreneur. How To Sell Books And Products Direct To Customers

An important consideration for your business is diversity of income streams. You don’t want to be over-dependent on one source for your money, because if it dries up, you will suffer immediately and your business may fail. You will end up with no power in that relationship, and no choice but to do what that […]

Love Thrillers? Double Launch Special. Delirium And Thrill Ride Box-Set

It’s a double-launch day today and you can share in the fun by getting 9 full-length thrillers for under US$2! I’m launching my latest supernatural suspense thriller, Delirium, today, and you can also get the first in the series, Desecration, in Thrill Ride, a box-set of 8 thrillers from bestselling and award-winning authors. Read on […]

Writing Fiction. Improve Your Dialogue With James Scott Bell. Podcast Episode 190

When I started writing fiction, I found dialogue to be one of the hardest things to write. It’s rarely used outside of a fiction context, and I spent a lot of time learning all about it. I still do! Today I’m thrilled to be discussing how to improve dialogue with James Scott Bell. This podcast […]

Creative Entrepreneur: Business Models For Authors

This is a continuation in the author entrepreneur series of articles. Recently, I posted the arc of the indie author from first book to CEO of your global business. Today we’re focusing on the various business models that authors can use to generate revenue and satisfy customers. Of course, many authors have day jobs which […]

Make Art. Make Money. Lessons From Jim Henson With Elizabeth Hyde Stevens. Podcast Episode 189

In keeping with the author entrepreneur focus of the blog recently, today I’m discussing making art and making money with Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, who wrote a book about Jim Henson’s career, which was both creatively and financially rewarding. In the intro, I talk about my awesome Thrillerfest experience, Kindle Unlimited, the new Kindle pricing tool […]

Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014

My head is still exploding with everything I learned and everyone I met at Thrillerfest this year! Below is a mega-post full of lessons learned about writing, marketing, mindset, self-publishing and the FBI, but I wanted to start with an intro to ITW. Why I love ITW and Thrillerfest I have now been to Thrillerfest […]

How To Find The Right Editor For Your Book And More Editing Questions Answered

These days I’m objecting to the term ‘self-publishing,’ because we all need a team to put a great book out into the world. This is not something you do by yourself. I currently work with a number of people to publish my work, but the one person who I have to trust the most is […]

Digital Only Deals, Translating Into German And The Launch Of Desecration-Verletzung.

The adventures in translation continue apace … and this one is a little different! Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of Desecration-Verletzung in German, which is part of a debut set of crime/thrillers from a new German digital-only imprint, Midnight by Ullstein. This article includes my thoughts on working with a publisher as well […]

The Arc Of The Indie Author Journey. From First Book To CEO Of Your Global Media Empire

When you first have a yearning to write a book, you’re not usually thinking of running a global media empire! So don’t worry if you’re not ready to assume the mantle of CEO of your own business just yet. You don’t have to know everything now. You can learn on the job. We all have […]

Writing Thrillers And Lessons Learned From Forty Years Of Writing with David Morrell

Most authors dream of creating a character that escapes from their books and becomes part of popular culture. Today I’m interviewing David Morrell, who created Rambo and whose writing career has spanned four decades, and we get an insight into David’s research process, his work ethic and his mindset. In the intro, I mention my […]

Self Publishing In Spanish, Tips For Translation And Launch Of Pentecostés. Thriller de la serie ARKANE.

Last month, I shared the publishing and marketing experience for the German version of Pentecost, and today I’m super excited to announce that Pentecostés is now available in Spanish! You can buy it on Kindle now, and coming soon in print and on other ebook stores. In this article, I explain why publishing in Spanish […]

Freedom Of Expression, DRM, Piracy And Censorship With Cory Doctorow

On Fri 13 June, I went along to The Literary Consultancy’s conference and heard Cory Doctorow speak about DRM (digital rights management), the scary side of monitoring, why you shouldn’t support DRM and some sobering information about the freedom of creation and the internet. I don’t have DRM on my indie books, and I certainly […]

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