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Should You Write for Yourself, or Write to Market?

Listen to this post on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jean-marie-bauhaus/should-you-write-for-yourself-or-write-to-market It's a great time to be an Indie Author, but it's also sometimes a confusing time to be an Indie Author. Conflicting advice abounds. I was going to write today about the merits of keeping your day job, but then I saw this post from Dean Wesley Smith … Continue reading Should You Write for Yourself, or Write to Market?

The Successful Indie Author Mindset

Photo by Judit Peter from Pexels Listen to this post: https://soundcloud.com/jean-marie-bauhaus/the-successful-indie-author-mindset Whoever said self-publishing is the easy path to a career as a published author has never actually tried self-publishing. Self-publishing can be immensely rewarding and satisfying, but one thing it’s definitely not is easy. If you’re considering self-publishing because you think it’s a shortcut … Continue reading The Successful Indie Author Mindset

How Canva + GIMP Can Produce a Stunning Cover for Your Paperback

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I already told you about Canva, your new secret weapon for creating beautiful e-book covers when a professional cover designer simply isn’t in the budget. Today I’m back with more good news: with a little tweaking, you can also use Canva to create a high-resolution cover image that will work seamlessly with Kindle Direct Publishing’s Cover Creator to produce a stunning cover for your paperback. Keep reading to learn how.

For this tutorial, we’ll be using GIMP, a free, open-source image editor comparable to Photoshop.  You can download your copy here.

gimp-canva-tut-1 My cover for my upcoming book, which I’m producing using the same methods I describe within its pages.

Step One: Create your book cover in Canva. You can start from scratch, or customize one of the dozens of free book cover templates in their template library. Be sure to leave plenty of margin between the edges…

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Should I Self-Publish My Book?

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As a member of the #WritingCommunity on Twitter, I see some version of this question crop up on a regular basis. It’s a hard question to answer, because ultimately, you’re the only one who can decide which path is best for your book, and for your overall writing career. But hopefully, the information and guidelines I’m about to provide can help you with that decision.

But first, a little background so you’ll know where I’m coming from: I self-published my first novel in 2011. It was not the first novel I’d ever written — not by a long shot. It had a number of predecessors, both finished and unfinished. I’d made a few stabs at going the traditional publishing route, only to get rejected. I decided to post this particular novel online to generate feedback, and put it up to read for free on a…

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Become a Better Storyteller

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Recently, there’s been a lot of debate among Writing Twitter about whether or not writers, particularly indie writers, should invest in professional editing, and how much editing is needed. I address some of that in my book, Self-Publishing for the Broke Author, and I plan to go deeper into that discussion in the future. But the short answer to both of those questions is, it depends.

One way that you can both improve as a writer and reduce your need for professional editing help? Become a better storyteller. While that’s not something you can do overnight, it’s definitely an achievable goal, which you can reach by taking the time…

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Self-Publishing for the Broke Author Workbook Now Available!

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The paperback workbook edition of Self-Publishing for the Broke Author is now available! It has all of the same great info on how to self-publish a professional quality book with little to no money that you’ll find in the ebook, plus workbook pages you can fill out to help define your self-publishing and marketing strategy. And when you order the workbook for $14.99, you can also get the Kindle edition added on for free with Kindle Matchbook pricing!

Head here to order your workbook today!

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Do You Have a Business Plan for 2019?

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Happy new year, fellow writers!

As you sort out your goals, resolutions, intentions and/or theme words for 2019, it’s likely you’re also thinking about what you want to accomplish in your writing and publishing career this year. Whether you’re just starting out and trying to write your first book or you’re a seasoned pro with several publications under your belt, whether you’re traditionally published, self-published or some combination of both, it’s necessary to have some kind of plan in place to help keep your career on track.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always struggled with goal setting and business planning. If you’re a goal-oriented person, this probably doesn’t apply to you, but setting goals usually tends to make me feel overwhelmed and anxious, and I have a hard time sticking to a rigid plan that feels like it’s set in stone.

A few weeks ago, I listened to…

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Read an Excerpt of Self-Publishing for the Broke Author!

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So I wrote a non-fiction book! Self-Publishing for the Broke Author: How to Edit Your Manuscript, Format Your Book and Craft a Killer Cover on Little to No Money is a guide for would-be indie authors who are intimidated by the book production costs reported by many a self-published author and self-publishing expert. In this book, I break down the steps involved in self-publishing and show you how it can not only be done, but done well–all on a shoestring, and even without spending a dime.

Broke Author should be available at your favorite e-book retailer by February, but here’s the (unedited) first chapter for you to read right now.


Chapter One: Editing and Proofreading

I can’t stress enough how important a good edit is for your book. I tend to raise an eyebrow when I see independent authors publishing a new book every couple of months or so…

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