Free Downloadable Backgrounds for Writers

Free Downloadable Backgrounds for Writers

In need of some mid-year writing motivation? We’ve made a bunch of free downloadable backgrounds to keep you writing. Just one glance at your phone and you’ll know that you need to put it down and pick up that pen!

Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing: Which One is Right For You?

Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing: Which One is Right For You?

Self-publishing or traditional publishing? It’s one of the biggest decision you will make as an author and while both options have their advantages and disadvantages, it’s important to make the best decision for your author career. In this post we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.

8 Author Newsletter Ideas to Thrill your Readers

8 Author Newsletter Ideas to Thrill your Readers

Stuck for what to include in your author email newsletter? An author newsletter can be one of the most powerful tools in your book marketing toolkit but it isn't always easy to create enticing content. In this post we'll be looking at some content ideas that your readers are going to love receiving.

Easy Email Marketing for Authors: Getting Started

Easy Email Marketing for Authors: Getting Started

Email marketing remains one of the most effective forms of book marketing. It offers a direct connection to your audience without relying on ever-changing social media platforms or third parties. It can drive author website traffic, increase awareness of your work and boost book sales. It’s versatile, low-cost and able to be automated.

6 Authors Who Prove it's Never Too Late to Have a Writing Career

6 Authors Who Prove it's Never Too Late to Have a Writing Career

One of the biggest myths of writing is that you have to start young in order to be successful. Yet not all authors beginning penning masterpieces in their teens. In fact, some of the most successful authors have benefited from being ‘late bloomers’. Here are six famous authors that begun late but ultimately left their mark on the literary world.

5 Essentials for Building your Author Platform on Social Media

5 Essentials for Building your Author Platform on Social Media

Let’s face it:  Most authors know that they should be growing their audience on social media but they are unsure about how to go about it. There are a number of marketing tactics you can use to generate interest in your work. Many of them free. All of them easily accessible. Here is what you can do to grow your social media today.

An Author Guide to Beating Imposter Syndrome

An Author Guide to Beating Imposter Syndrome

Ever felt like a fraud telling people you are a writer? You aren’t alone. Feelings of inadequacy and the fear that you will never measure up are common. Even the most successful authors, including Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Maya Angelou, have talked about feeling like imposters, despite working hard to achieve success. The name for this phenomenon: imposter syndrome.

Why All Authors Need a Content Calendar (with Free Content Calendar Template)

Why All Authors Need a Content Calendar (with Free Content Calendar Template)

For many authors creating book marketing content can seem like a time-consuming task, eating into precious writing time. Yet creating consistent content is a fantastic, free way to attract more readers to your website and increase awareness of your books. Think of it as your very own PR program.

So how do you create a steady flow of reader-attracting content? As with writing it pays to be organized. For this you need a content calendar.

6 Tips for Starting a Successful Author Blog

6 Tips for Starting a Successful Author Blog

We recently looked at whether having a blog is mandatory for authors hoping to sell their work. For many authors having a blog is a great way to get in the writing habit, reach more readers, receive instant feedback, network and increase SEO. Decided that blogging is for you or keen to give it a go? Here are 6 tips to ensure that your blog is working for you.

Maintaining Writing Momentum During Camp Nanowrimo

Maintaining Writing Momentum During Camp Nanowrimo

You started out strong, full-of-inspiration, ready to do-this-thing. Yet now you find yourself marooned in the middle of Camp Nanowrimo, having serious doubts about your novel. Do not, I repeat, do not give up now. You have done an amazing job to get this far. Today I’m turning to our author interviews for the best advice on how to beat back those self-doubt demons and power the rest of the way through, even when you think your writing stinks.

How to Stay Authentic while Marketing your Book

How to Stay Authentic while Marketing your Book

Marketing a written product is a challenge. Books require a high level of investment which is, in itself, a tougher sell in today's “Insta-story” world. Increasing your sales, brand awareness, and exposure requires creativity and organization. I've found several modes of marketing to be worthwhile if the author is willing to be proactive and exit his or her comfort zone. These methods have helped me since the release of my first novel in 2006 and continued to bring positive results for the three books that followed. Here are some helpful, low to no-cost techniques to aid any stage of your publishing journey.

Public Speaking Tips for Shy Authors

Public Speaking Tips for Shy Authors

Chances are that at some point in your writing career you will be asked to speak and while a bit of anxiety prior to a speech is normal it shouldn’t hold you back from connecting with your readers. We look at what you can do to calm your nerves and spread the word about your book.

Why Aren't You Writing Your Book?

Why Aren't You Writing Your Book?

The most important part of being a writer is writing. Yet so many would-be authors tell themselves ‘I will get around to writing the book eventually’. The good news is that rewiring your brain and changing your habits is possible. The first step of putting fingers to keyboard is recognizing what is holding you back.

Do Authors Need to Blog?

Do Authors Need to Blog?

Is blogging a waste of time or a mandatory step in building your author platform? Take a look around the web and you’ll find plenty of conflicting information. Some authors swear by blogging while others say it detracts from their main goal, to write books. In this post we take a look at all the pros and cons so you can make up your own mind.

The Secret to Becoming a Distraction-Free Writer

The Secret to Becoming a Distraction-Free Writer

We are all drowning in distractions. From the daily should-dos to social media, the latest Netflix episodes, and general busy-ness. Life is a constant fight for our attention. The problem? Writing needs focus. Writing needs a depth of concentration that doesn’t lend itself to multi-tasking. The good news? Only you decide where your attention and focus goes. Here are some rules to guide you.

How to Start Writing When You Don't Feel Ready

How to Start Writing When You Don't Feel Ready

Are you ready to write your book? Have you noticed that when it’s time to type that winning opening paragraph there is something stopping you? You will do it, you want to do it, but you just don’t feel ready. Let's have a look at what is really holding you back.

17 Quotes to Inspire You to Write

17 Quotes to Inspire You to Write

Writing can be a rollercoaster. Some days the words are flowing and you are completely in the zone. Other days it’s the opposite. Your book is floundering and your willpower appears to have packed up and left town. Some days you just don’t feel like writing. If you are having one of those days look no further. We’ve compiled 17 nuggets of writerly wisdom in the hope that you’ll move on inspired, motivated and ready to write.

How Authors Can Sell Books with Instagram Stories

How Authors Can Sell Books with Instagram Stories

400 million users a day means you can’t afford to ignore Instagram Stories any longer. For authors, Stories can be a fantastic way to take your readers behind-the-scenes in your writing, show them what you are currently working on and keep them updated on upcoming events. In this post we cover all the Instagram Story content ideas, tips and tricks you need to reach readers, increase follower numbers and boost book sales.

7 Free Ways Authors Can Promote and Market their Books

7 Free Ways Authors Can Promote and Market their Books

Last week I had an author tell me that they would love to properly market their book but they felt that they had to be a millionaire to do it. Um, what?  While no-one is going to tell you that some savvy advertising investment won’t help build your author brand, do you have to have a million dollars to make it happen? Definitely not. Here are 7 totally free book marketing ideas that you can get started on today.

Book Marketing Minimalism for Authors : Doing more with less

Book Marketing Minimalism for Authors : Doing more with less

Minimalist book marketing is simple. It is about eliminating the non-essentials, honing in on your ideal reader and doing away with what isn’t working. It is about ignoring overly complicated marketing approaches, setting out a simple plan that fits your needs and establishing genuine relationships with your readers.