• Self Publishing,  What I Learned

    What Cancer Taught Me About Dreams by Shauna E. Black

    I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Probably like you, I love books, and I’m fascinated with stories. I remember when I was about 10 years old smugly telling my little sister that someday I would write a NYT bestseller. Well. It hasn’t happened … yet. 😉 I’ve taken a lot of detours on my way to a writing career. Not only have I dabbled in various professions (film editor, graphic artist, voice teacher, office manager, teacher’s aide), but raising my family always takes priority for me—which made it hard to do any writing at all when my kids were little. Still, after every…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 3: Pick It

    You’ve picked a name for your site, and claimed it (unless you’re waiting to see if you can get free registration with hosting). Now it is time to pick a home for your website. You will have to make a few decisions before you can actually host your website (which we will cover in step 4). First, do you want to go with a “drag and drop” solution? Or do you want a “content management” platform such as WordPress? Here is a simple way for you to choose: Do you want to have a blog on your site? If the answer is yes, then I recommend you go with WordPress.…

  • DIY Self Pubishing

    Createspace and Thier Professional Services by Lauriane Henderson

    As a new author and someone slogging through the publishing arena alone, I ultimately decided to use Amazon’s publishing arm, Createspace.com, as my path to publish my first novel. I began by opening an account whereby I was able to create my title, participate in the Createspace community, and use their free online tools. Under the Books tab on their home page, I reviewed each free tool, including Cover, Interior, Printing Options, Distribution, Royalties, and Buying Copies. Each category was new and scary and I initially felt terribly inadequate for creating a book that could stand up next to the wonderful authors I read each night. Createspace offers professional services,…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 2: Claim It

    Now that you have chosen a name for your website and made sure it is available, it is time to claim it as yours. In this step, I’ll go over how to purchase, or “register” your domain name. But first I want to mention that some hosting services (which we will discuss in step 3) offer free domain name registration when you purchase a plan. If you are planning to use the free version of a hosting service, then continue with this step. But, if you want to purchase a hosting service, and don’t want to miss out on the free registration, you can go ahead and do step 3 and…

  • Encouragment

    Overcoming Fear: A Note of Encouragement

    ‘ello. Krista here attempting to share a note of encouragement. I admit, that I have done several searches on the internet for “Encouragement for Writers” and what I mostly find are quotes about writing. These are not necessarily encouraging. What I want is the kind of thing that says: “Yes, the writing life is hard, but here is a little something you should remember to get you through.” I have come to the conclusion that I must make my own. (Or at least get better and googling). So here it goes: There are many fears that a writer faces. One of those fears is what others will think of us…

  • Indie Author Spotlight

    Introducing Shauna E. Black

    I am happy no announce this month’s Indie Spotlight: Shauna E. Black smiles a lot. But her appearance can be deceiving. Like the legendary sirens of old, she enjoys luring innocent readers into the stories she creates and trapping them there. As a child, Shauna’s parents recognized her persuasive tendencies and moved her from the coast of Panama to the landlocked safety of Utah to protect innocent sailors. But she found other ways to beguile the unwary. Her home is sprinkled with enchanted wind chimes, spontaneous singing, and the enticing smells of fresh baked bread and cookies. By far her most cherished ploy lies in her passion for writing. From…

  • Month Review

    May Review and What’s Coming Next

    May In Review Here is an overview of what happened on the blog in May, just in case you missed anything or want a handy way to reference all of it. Indie Spotlight: Anna Del C Dye (Post, Interview) I talked about some things to include on your author website. Gave you some tips on designing the layout of your website. And I introduced my An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps series and went over Step 1: Name It S.T. Sanchez shared her thoughts on Self-Publishing (check out her latest book) Coming Up in June I’m going to continue my An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps series in June. Here…

  • Choosing the Indie Route

    Why I Love Being Self-Published by S.T. Sanchez

    About a year and half ago I decided to take the plunge and begin the journey of Self-Publishing my first novel.  I have heard pros and cons to both traditional and indie publishing. One of the main benefits that drew me to self-publishing was that I would get to make all the decisions, and I retain all the rights. I also knew if I didn’t start now I would never do it.  There is nothing that compares to holding a book you have written in your hand when it’s finally finished. I love having the freedom to go in any direction I like. If I don’t like my cover I…

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