The Power of Blurb: An Integrated Self-Publishing Platform

Indie authors can choose from a number of self-publishing platforms. Some are extremely well-known, while others are just emerging as contenders. One platform worth taking note of is Blurb. Launched in 2005, millions of books have been created using Blurb’s suite of book development and marketing tools. With Blurb, everything is integrated to make the process of self-publishing more streamlined—from formatting to distribution. […]

Navigating Self-Publishing with BookLife: Insight from Editor Adam Boretz

When navigating self-publishing, indie authors are faced with countless choices. Decisions must be made on how and where to publish a book, what marketing strategies will be used, and whether or not self-publishing is a stepping stone to finding an agent or traditional publisher. As the owner of a self-publishing boutique, I field a lot of these questions for authors. One of the resources that I frequently use is BookLife from Publishers Weekly. […]

How to Get the Book Cover You Really Want

For most self-published authors, getting a cover for their book consists of spending a few hours scouring iStockphoto or 123rf.com (my personal favorite) and choosing a suitable image or two. From there, a graphic designer typically works their magic and “poof,” a cover is ready to be uploaded to KDP or Createspace. That’s the normal route. […]

Google+ Boot Camp for Self-Published Authors (And Others)

Google+ is an invaluable platform for indie authors. If you’re not on this platform or unsure how to get started, please check out this previously recorded G+ Boot Camp…

For the Google Plus challenged! Get in shape with Lisa Nolan of Publishing Bloggers! Special guests Crystal Ponti of Blue Lobster Book Co. and The Mother of All Meltdowns and Peg Fitzpatrick of Guy Kawasaki, 12 Most, and My Book Club .

The Best Google+ Communities for Self-Published Authors

I’ve spent a great deal of time in recent months (years!) navigating through Google+ communities designed for Indie authors and those looking for help and information on self-publishing. The really good ones are far and few between. […]

Self-Publishing Checklist

Since publishing my last book, The Mother of All Meltdowns, I’ve had a lot of people approach me asking what was involved. […]