• 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…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps,  Websites

    Step 1: Name It

    The first step in setting up your author website is to pick a name. You will then register this domain name as the address to your website (we’ll cover that in step 2). Note: Some hosting options (which we will discuss in step 3) have a free option that does not allow you to use your own domain name. You still need to pick a name and make sure it is available. And I highly recommend registering your domain anyway, so it is yours when you are ready to use it. You can get one year of domain registration for less than $20 USD. Tips for Picking a Name Use…

  • Author Interview

    Interview with Anna Del C Dye

    ‘ello, today I am going to interview the lovely Anna Del C Dye, our Indie Spot Light for May. When I first talked to Anna about spotlighting her, I asked if she would tell me a bit about how she decided to self-publish. She replied that her husband does most of the work outside of writing. I wanted to learn more about this amazing husband-wife duo, and so, I asked her some questions about how that all worked for them. Was it your husband’s idea for you to publish? Yes, one day he said: “I have looked at our options and this is what I found.” He presented me with…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps,  Websites

    An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps: Overview

    ‘ello, and welcome to An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps.We’ll start with a brief overview and then in following weeks I’ll discuss each step individually. After that I will be adding supplemental posts to further explain parts of some of the steps, and give you more tools to complete them. Goal At the end of the 10 step series you will have a functional author website. Up and running and ready for readers and fans to visit. Why 10 Easy Steps? I have heard so many authors say that they can’t afford to pay someone to build a website for them. And that they can’t do it on their…

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