Category: self-publishing

13
Dec

Top 3 Ways of Boosting Your Author Career Through Writing Conferences

Top 3 ways of boosting author career with writing conferences

You’ve probably heard that conferences are essential to your writing career development, but do you know why?

The PublishDrive team attended several conferences this fall where we either gave a talk or simply had the chance to mingle with writers. As the number of author-related conferences grows rapidly year by year, you may be wondering which ones are best for you. In this article, I summarize various types of author-related conferences and my personal takeaways.

To sum up, I’ve attended the following conferences: Digital Book World (Nashville), Romance Con (Richmond), National Writers Union Conference (New York), Las Vegas Book Festival (Las Vegas), 20booksto50k (Las Vegas), YALLfest (Charleston), and Miami Book Fair (Miami) – I’ve definitely compiled a list of thoughts!

Here are my top three recommendations for leveraging the power of conferences in the publishing industry:

  • Attend the conference that fits your publishing journey.
  • Learn from other writers and attendees and collaborate with them.
  • Prepare for conferences accordingly and have fun! 🙂

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07
Dec

PublishDrive Now Offers Ebook Distribution to Bibliotheca

At PublishDrive, we’re always seeking new opportunities for indie authors to access global sales channels and increase their readership. As our list of 400+ online stores continues to grow, we’re excited to announce our newest distribution channel: Bibliotheca.

What Is Bibliotheca?

distribution to bibliotheca

Bibliotheca operates a lending platform called cloudLibrary™, which targets the library market in different countries around the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

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30
Nov

We Now Offer Ebook Marketing Options Directly Through the PublishDrive Platform!

As the holidays approach, we have an early gift we’d like to share: ebook marketing features are now available directly on the PublishDrive platform!

Many of our users have been requesting marketing features like these, and we’ve been listening. Our developers have taken your feedback and created some powerful ways to manage ebook marketing and publishing on a single platform. We can’t wait for authors to take advantage of these new marketing options, so we wanted to quickly explain the benefits.

New eBook Marketing Options

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26
Nov

We’re Back from the 20Booksto50k Conference, and We Can’t Wait to Tell You About It

The PublishDrive team just wrapped up an incredible three days at the recent 20Booksto50k conference, which was held in Las Vegas from November 6 – 8, 2018.

Frankly, we did so much and spoke to so many amazing authors that it’s impossible to fit into a single blog post. But, we wanted to share a recap for those of you who couldn’t make it this year. Here’s what we were up to and learn why attending conferences is crucial for any indie author.

What is the 20Booksto50k Conference?

Before we dig in, you might be wondering: “What is 20Booksto50k?”

20Booksto50k is a Facebook group that was started by self-published author, Michael Anderle, back in 2015. At the time, he realized he could make a sustainable income of about $50,000 a year by publishing 20 books that sold at least a few copies per day. After his first $12,000 month, he knew that his strategy could help other authors succeed and wanted to share his insight.

Since then, the 20Booksto50k Facebook group has amassed a following of over 26,000 members who’ve come together to share tips about self-publishing and make connections. Members include best-selling indie authors and those who are just starting out.

20Booksto50k held their first conference in 2017, which was a huge success. This year’s event was likewise a hit, drawing hundreds of attendees from all over the world. Continue Reading…

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19
Nov

Meet Monica Dubé, PublishDrive’s New Content Strategist!

Hi there! My name is Monica and I’m super excited to be joining the PublishDrive team. I’m the new content strategist, which is a fancy way of saying that I’ll be handling everything from writing blogs to overseeing all of the content for PublishDrive.

Monica Dube - Content Strategist

After wrapping up my first whirlwind week at the 20Booksto50k conference, I’m settling in for my second week and having a blast getting to know the amazing people I work with.

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31
Oct

Self-Publishing Dictionary: A Beginner’s Guide

Authors tend to sum up their experiences regarding self-publishing somewhat like this: “I had no idea what I was getting into.” While completing a book is one of the best feelings a writer can experience, self-publishing can be quite scary. Even from the very beginning, you are showered with acronyms and abbreviations you have no idea about. If you’re one of those who simply don’t get the “lingo”, this article is for you! Our self-publishing dictionary is here to help with definitions of most common expressions in publishing and self-publishing.

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06
Aug

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

When you finish writing your book, you inevitably face the question: self-publishing vs. traditional publishing? Should you go chasing agents, or upload your book to Amazon, and get on with it? This is a difficult question, and we hope that we’ll be able to answer it for you. But before going into the details of the most debated area of publishing, let me reassure you: it doesn’t have to be either this or that.

Whatever decision you make, it won’t last a lifetime. Many of today’s successful authors went both ways. The so-called “hybrid authors” have published books both traditionally and as self-publishers. Sometimes the very same books!

If you are here because you would like us to condemn one of these two ways, you are in the wrong place. We honestly believe that indie authors, indie publishers, and the big five can peacefully share the market. The right solution for you depends on your book, your circumstances, and your preferences.

In this article, we are exploring the reasons why somebody might decide to go for self-publishing or not, debunk some myths surrounding self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, and list the pros and cons of both ways.

(This is an older article that had been refreshed with new content.)

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30
Jul

Publishing Poetry in 2018: Trends, Tips, and Tricks

“I was broke. I was a student and I published Milk and Honey with like zero dollars ‘cause I was able to design, write and edit all of it. This is what I did when I was supposed to be studying for all of my exams.” said the bestselling, 25-year-old poet, Rupi Kaur, in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon. Kaur’s friends and family were encouraging her to become a lawyer and try to convince her to abandon her aspiration to publish her poems. Now she is telling her story about publishing poetry to a 2.5-million audience on American television.

Nothing shows poetry’s popularity better than Kaur’s appearance on late night tv. The genre is flourishing; it’s more popular than it has been in the last twenty years. So, if you want to publish your volume of poems the time is now!

In this article, we’ll go over the recent publishing trends in poetry and then tell you how to publish the words that will inspire readers for a long time.

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Taken by Norman Walsh on 19 Jan 2015 with a E-P5. (Click the picture for link.)

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04
Jul

Create An Author Website For Free Using Wix

This week’s guest post by author Jules Fier underlines the importance of creating an author website and gives you a step-by-step guide to creating one using Wix. As the guide had been made for the layperson, everyone can easily follow it: there is no programming knowledge needed.

Importance of an author website

There is less and less spoken about the importance of an author website. With social media (Twitter, but mostly Facebook) available for everyone, Amazon and Google Play offering author pages, and GoodReads making it possible to interact with readers directly, author websites have somewhat become less interesting.

But not rightly so.

Jane Friedman has written a great article on the importance of still keeping an independent author website, outside of social media. Her reasoning includes keeping your independence (as much as it is possible) and be in control of your content and layout. Another important point is SEO: it is unlikely that your Facebook author page would rank as highly on Google as your website.

Main purposes of an author website

Before you start creating your website, sit down and think about the primary goals you would like to achieve with your site. It is possible that your author website will be the first (or only) thing an agent, publisher or readers see about you. Would you like to put yourself (your personality, your journey) in the center or your books?

Goals often include:

  • Showcase you as a “brand” and summarizing all your activities on one page
  • Offer the first impression to agents, publishers, and readers
  • Run a blog
  • Start a newsletter
  • Share book-related extra information (including pictures and videos)
  • Sell your books
  • Interact with your readers and followers directly

Depending on where you are in your publishing journey and what your plans are, your goals with the website could be entirely different.

In the following, our guest author Jules Fier will share his experience creating an author website using Wix.

About the author (Jules Fier)

Just a person who has traveled the world and also into the horror genre (but still actually love other ones too). I grew up reading horror fiction written by the original masters of teen horror like Lois Duncan, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, as well as other authors of teen horror, and of course the more adult-oriented ones like Bentley Little, Brian Lumley, Gary Brandner, Clive Barker, and all the rest of them.

My book What Happened Last Halloween Night is a young adult horror fiction that’s highly inspired by Jack Willamson’s Darker Than You Think. I also have a teen horror series called Witch’s Street and confess that my idea to write the series comes from teenage years (and even today) of having grown up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street. I always wanted to write my own teen horror series, and I am pretty much a big fan of horror TV anthologies. The only difference between my series and Fear Street is location and geography, as it is set in the UK rather than the US.

A step-by-step guide to creating an author website using Wix

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30
Apr

How to Create a Book Cover for Free

While everybody agrees that creating a beautiful book cover should be the work of an artist, hiring a cover designer could be very expensive. What happens if you can’t afford a designer? Can you still sell your book on Amazon or upload it to Wattpad? Yes. It is possible to create a book cover for free: you just need to learn the business very well to make one that looks professional.

In this article, we’ll explore the main steps of creating a book cover; what are some free online apps to use to design your own book cover; and what tools are required. Self-publishing a book is never easy, and an amazing cover can help you get it right.

To read more about ebook covers, check out our other articles in this topic:

(Article was updated with more information on May 22, 2018.)

What you’ll need to create a book cover for free (checklist)

Before we start looking for the best app, let’s have a look at what you might need. (You can use the links to jump to the correct position within the article.)

1 Your title and your author name. There is no need to put anything on the cover other than the author’s name, the title and the subtitle.
2 A suitable image or images. These will be used as the main part of your cover. It is uncommon to create completely typographic covers unless the book is literary fiction.
3 A genre-specific font. Serif or sans-serif?
4 An editing app. You can use an online service or get a professional photo editing software.
5 A feedback group. Just as you wouldn’t publish a book without getting somebody to read it first, you can’t publish a book without getting feedback on your cover either.

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