What It Really Takes to Get Your First Book Published: 5 Critical Factors

Column by Susan DeFreitas May 14, 2018
I you've worked hard, put in your ten thousand hours, and still not broken through with your first book deal, this post is for you.

The Definitive Guide to Social Media Etiquette During the Dying Days of Facebook (for Writers)

Column by David James Keaton
It's all coming to an end, writers! Your grandma on Facebook... Zuckerberg in front of Congress... Looks like it's time to practice some crucial real-world social skills before the lights go off.

9 Things I’ve Learned about Authoring from Selling My Used Clothes Online

Column by Annie Neugebauer April 27, 2018
What does selling used clothing have to do with publishing? In today’s digital marketplace——where writers mostly have to do all of our own hustling——there’s a lot more crossover than you might think.

5 Promotion Tips for Small Press and Self Published Authors

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
Got a book coming out and no money for a publicist? Here are some things I learned hawking my own wares.

5 Tips on When and Where to Promote Your Book

Column by Terrence McCauley
The options are almost overwhelming and, if you’re not careful, can become all-consuming.

10 Tips for Authors to Avoid Book Promotion Burnout

Column by Steph Post
Ten suggestions to help authors find creative ways to avoid burning out when promoting a new book.

Overcoming the Shame of Self-Promotion

Column by Susan DeFreitas August 30, 2017
Shameless self-promotion is not the same as self-promoting without shame. If you want to establish a career as an emerging author, consider mastering the latter.

Don’t Rate My Book Five Stars

Column by Max Booth III June 23, 2017
There is nothing in this world more honest than a three-star review.

How to Start an Author Website

Column by Michael David Wilson June 21, 2017
Lessons learned and things to consider when starting an author website.

Storyville: Writing Compelling Dust Jacket Copy

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips for writing compelling dust jacket copy that makes the back of your book sing.

13 Ways to Support an Author Without Ever Spending a Dime

Column by Steph Post April 18, 2017
A list of ways for readers to support their favorite authors without spending money on books.

Writers: Why You Should (and Shouldn't) Start a Patreon

Column by Max Booth III April 14, 2017
Thinking about starting a Patreon but unsure if it's the right decision? We're here to help.

9 Facebook Posts by Authors We Don't Need to See in 2017

Column by Gabino Iglesias February 6, 2017
There's a lot of nonsense happening on Facebook, and it's time authors stop contributing to it.

22 of the Best And Worst Promotional Products For Your Book Release

Column by Peter Derk
What kind of junk can you slap your book onto for trade shows, giveaways, and to generally annoy everyone?

What I Learned During My Time Away From Social Media

Column by Michael David Wilson September 9, 2016
The key lessons learned while abstaining from social media for fourteen days.

Shameless! 5 Guerilla Tactics for Promoting Your Debut Novel

Column by Susan DeFreitas July 8, 2016
If you're publishing your debut novel with a small press, you won't have the kind of publicity behind you offered by the big houses—which is all the more reason to think out of the box.
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600,000 Religious Books Dumped On Chicagoans

News by Peter Derk March 24, 2016
Chicago gets "gift" of 600,000 religious books.

10 Author Tips for Con Appearances

Column by George Cotronis September 10, 2015
Tips and advice for a pleasant convention experience.

10 Things Every Author Needs On Their Website

Column by Peter Derk September 9, 2015
If your author web site doesn't have these 10 things, you're losing.

10 Really Obnoxious Things Writers Do

Column by Rob Hart September 8, 2015
The title says it all. Buckle up. Put on your helmet. Rob Hart is about to hurt some feelings.

7 Reasons Why A Mailing List Is More Important Than Social Media

Column by Michael David Wilson
A case for using an email list over social media to communicate with your audience.

25 Book Marketing Ideas for the Desperate and Shameless: Field Test

Column by Peter Derk August 20, 2015
When Max Booth III suggested 25 desperate marketing ideas, it was only a matter of time until someone tried them out.

25 Book Marketing Ideas for the Desperate and Shameless

Column by Max Booth III May 29, 2015
A marketing guide for those who no longer care if they're arrested.

14 Reasons We Love List Articles

Column by Robbie Blair
The "list article" is now omnipresent. Why do we write these articles so often? Why do people seem to prefer them to non-list articles? This article explores those questions.

5 More Quick, Easy Ways to Promote Yourself in Your Underwear

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard August 20, 2014
Make every email a call to action! Learn to glitter on Twitter! Turn LinkedIn into an office where everyone helps everybody else and no one weeps silently in the restroom!