Tag: authors

by Laura Caldwell

I’m listening to the audio version my first book, “Burning the Map.” Which means, I’m listening to a talented actor, Piper Goodeve, inhabit the voice and the soul of Casey Evers, a character I wrote long ago, a character I wasn’t sure I’d see (or hear) from again. It’s even more gratifying because I produced [...] more »

by Carla King

Many tools for self-publishers have gotten so good that they’re maturing to serve groups, co-ops and small press with cloud-based and collaborative features. Here’s a range of tools and services you might consider if you’re growing, or growing out of, your current suite of tools. Remember, you’re not the only one who’s growing — many [...] more »

by Carla King

Authors are choosing to crowdfund their work, and there are now options for them on which platform to use. The question is: Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Pubslush? To explore the pros and cons of those platforms, I interviewed a successful author from each of them to find out why they chose it and how they succeeded. [...] more »

by Sarah Juckes

The last decade has seen an increase in programs to help writers plot, write and read their books — but there are also plenty of non-writing tools that writers can use to help them create their masterpieces. At the company where I work, CompletelyNovel, we use digital tools every day to streamline their tasks. Here [...] more »

by Dena Levitz

Jack Conte has upwards of 160,000 subscribers to his YouTube page. Each of his uploaded music videos are viewed at least 100,000 times, which comes to a whopping million monthly views. Yet advertising revenue from his YouTube brand earns Conte a mere $50 a month, he says. Conte’s situation stands for the plight of so [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

In the past, authors just had to work on the craft of writing and let their publishers figure out the rest. Now, we live in an age where authors have the power to do much more than write; they also market, promote, tweet, Facebook — basically build an online platform for their work and fan [...] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

Maybe you’ve always had an idea for a book but were too daunted by the traditional gatekeepers of agents and publishers. Well now you can dust off the manuscript and get read to publish, because the growth of self-publishing services and social media makes it easier than ever to self-publish your book. But whether you [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

The role of the author in today’s ever-shifting digital publishing landscape is a complicated one. The job doesn’t stop when the last chapter is written. For many, that’s actually when the bulk of the work begins. Even if you take the traditional big publisher route, the author is expected to carry a heavy promotional weight. [...] more »

by Guy Kawasaki

In 2011 the publisher of my book, “Enchantment,” could not fill an order for 500 e-book copies. It was a New York Times bestseller. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, “What the Plus!” and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, “There must be [...] more »

by Carla King

Authors these days are more than authors. Our days are fragmented with tasks that more resemble those of publishers and marketers, journalists and speakers. We must not only write, but edit, organize, blog, friend, tweet, connect, converse, advise, recripocate, share and share again. These five apps (and I mean “apps” beyond the mobile-only kind) help [...] more »