Free Books – You Want Them, and I Have Them!

Give Me All The Books!I like free books, I’m not gonna lie. I mean, really, who doesn’t? And I really like them when they come with a recommendation attached to them.

So I’ve decided to share the love and give away some books! Not one. Not two. But a stack of four books! Four books that I particularly loved, that stuck out to me for one reason or another, and that I think you’ll love too.

The books are (Drumroll, please): Read more

Creating a Mailing List with MailChimp

Mailing lists are a foundational component of every authors marketing arsenal. To grow a list organically takes time, so the ideal time to start is long before you have even your first novel out and available on the market. That said, it’s never to late to get started. Growing your list will still help make your future book launches significantly more powerful.

So, how to do it? Where to start? In this video I walk through creating an account with MailChimp, creating your first list, and getting the sign up link onto your website. Ready to get started? Read more

Fallen

water dropletIt’s only a mile from the surface down to the cavern, but the weight of guilt and blame make it feel so much longer. The sand rubs roughly against my calloused feet. The grains whisper softly against one another as they shift and move beneath me. It’s the only sound down here other than the slow steady throb of my breathing. Even the steady trickle of water is stilled. He sleeps.

I move into the cavern quietly. The thick roots of the Heart Tree stretch from the top of the cavern, wrapping tightly around his wrist. His back is to me, deep shadows beneath his jutting shoulder blades, ripples of muscle down either side of his spine, and thighs that are still the size of my waist though he has hung here for millennia. God’s don’t waste away. Read more

Writing Life Comic #6: Inspiration, Wot?

Oh, the writing life. Muse? Malarcky is more like it. Inspiration? Pfft! That’s for beginners. We’re half way through the year now. That idealistic bullshit has worn thin, if not altogether off. At this point in the year I’m lucky if I can even type

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

anymore. You can look high or low, under every last thing in the house or outside of it. You may find dust bunnies and spiders, but not much else hiding there. This is the part where you gotta buckle it down and just churn, baby, churn.

writing life comic, looking for inspiration
The Writing Life is a once monthly comic released on the first Wednesday of every month. Stop by and check out the next one scheduled for 7/6/16.

5 Best Hosting Companies for Your Author Platform

 

image of a first place award for your author platformThere are so many hosting companies out there to choose from it can be downright difficult to choose which to use for your author platform. Fortunately, there are a lot of authors out there who’ve walked this path before you, and they’ve got some great information to share. In addition, organizations like PC Magazine regularly rate hosting companies against one another and can be a great place to get some basic comparison information on the top options out there.

I’ve pulled together a list of five hosting companies that regularly rank among the highest according to the fine folks of the interwebs. They all work very well with WordPress, have a variety of packages that are quite affordable, and provide 24×7 technical support, all of which are critical to the success of your author platform. Read more

Choosing a Hosting Company for Your Author Platform

shaking hands icon, partnering for your author platformChoosing a hosting company for your author platform can be hard. There is a lot of variability in cost, there is also a lot of variability in the service they provide. While there are hundreds of hosting companies out there, you definitely want to verify three bits of information before you electronically sign on that dotted line.

  • Cost
  • Reliability
  • Service

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WordPress for Writers is Here!

Wordpress for Writers ImageIt’s finally here! My Wordpress for Writers course is officially launched, and I am so excited to tell you about it!

As writers, we all know our website is the hub of our online platform. It’s the first place existing and potential readers go to find information about us and our books. But for must of us, designing a website is a a bit like the Pit of Despair in the Princess Bride. Even thinking about it shaves years off our lifespans!

This is why I designed WordPress for Writers the way I did, to get you to a professional, branded, self-hosted website quickly and without the need for any technical know-how. By the end of this course you will have a professional, branded home-base for your author platform, all without even a trace of HTML and for only $20.00! Read more

Writing Life Comic #5: What People Think

From the outside, the writing life is a glamorous one. Speaking engagements all around the world with free airfare and hotel, adoring fans fawning on every word you utter, plenty of money for you to live quite comfortably while you scribble away over at the coffee shop everyday. And oh… how wonderful must it be to live so creatively every day!

It has it’s benefits, I’m not going to lie. But things are rarely what we initially believe them to be.

What people think the writing life is.
The Writing Life is a once monthly comic series released on the first Wednesday of each month. The next is due out on 6/1/15.

Author Websites: To Host or Self Host?

It may not seem like it, but there is a world of difference between hosted and self hosted when it comes to author websites. The easiest way to understand the differences between these two is to think about a car vs. a bus. With a bus you only get one type of bus and you’ve got no say in what it looks like. You have to meet it in a specific spot at a specific time and if you’re not in that spot at that time you’re out of luck. It will only bring you to certain locations, and while ultimately you can get most places with it you might need to add in a bike, some walking, or an Uber.

With a car, you have all the flexibility you could want. You can chose what sort of car to drive, what it looks like, where to go, how to get there and when you want to leave. You own all the decisions when you own a car. Read more

Author Platform ≠ Marketing!

Stick figure holding a stop sign, stop marketing on social media!I get it, marketing books is hard. But I’ve had enough!

I follow 1,066 people on Twitter. I consistently engage with and read the tweets of about 100 of those. Every other tweet from every other person I never even see  – thank you Twitter lists!

Why? Because the rest of those folks are doing nothing but marketing their work. They tweet nothing but pleas for me to buy their stuff and it’s completely fucking annoying!

So today we’re going to talk a bit about author platform, because it’s very clear a lot of folks have this all wrong. Read more