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35+ Alternatives to BookBub – UPDATED JUNE 2016


This post was first published in February 2016. Because Amazon clamped down on affiliate-linked services using free or discounted books to garner affiliate fees from Amazon in May 2016, we have added a new column below that shows which services use an affiliate tag to profit from the book’s sale and could affect your book’s campaign. Note this is probably …

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How To Fix Your Ingram Spark PDF – With Free PDF Fix Download

Ingram Spark PDF Issues

For many reasons, some authors decide to forgo the most popular path of publishing with Amazon’s Createspace and use the popular service at Ingram Spark/Lightning Source. However, the PDF guidelines given do not fully prepare an author for troubleshooting, and state that each time an author has to re-upload the file because it’s not correct, they will be charged $25. …

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Best WordPress Portfolio Themes for Authors & Creatives

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Earlier, we posted the complete list of free and premium WordPress themes for books. Another option, and perhaps less commercial-looking, is a portfolio template. Normally, portfolios are used for designers and photographers, but they can double just as easily for writers. These themes look very sleek and modern, and are generally easy to configure. I’ve selected only portfolio templates that …

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All About Reviews and Amazon – A Quick Guide and Rules

There’s been some panic in the self-publishing streets about reviews being removed from Amazon and who is going to get sued for their reviews – and a lot of outrage blogging about Evil Amazon. Here’s a quick guide to why you should stop worrying too much and start understanding the different types of book reviews a little better. Firstly, there …

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Online Writing Tools That Help You Write

Here are several online tools to help you with the actual act of writing. Byword Writers just want to focus on what they are working on, as much as possible they don’t want distractions. This sort of application are now readily available online. Check this tool named Byword, an ideal Mac writing tool that will give writers the ability to …

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Sharing Without Reading – How Authors Can Find Readers For Their Online Content


We’re faced with a huge social pressure of being ‘engaged online’ to sell our books as self-publishers, but is our carefully-crafted content being absorbed? As authors are encouraged to guest blog, interview, and post on all possible outlets online, is this just throwing it all at the wall when the evidence shows people share to look cool, erudite, and popular, …

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Creating a Book Trailer for Your Self-Published Novel

Image Source: NYMediaWorks.com As many indie authors know, it can be difficult to get your self-published novel read by people outside of your inner circle of family and friends. Facebook, Twitter and other social networks can certainly help, but at the end of the day, they are just words – mixed with a static image, some hashtags and some links. …

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