Technology

Why Continuity Is Key for Authors
May 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

Writing a book is a herculean task, but writing a series is even more difficult. You have to keep track of so many elements: plot, characterization, setting, narrative arcs, subplots, relationships amongst your characters, and which character to kill next—assuming you’re a mystery author, and maybe even if you aren’t. Then there are all those…

The Contest Fix: How Writing Contests Can Help Your Career
May 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

Coffee. Cigarettes. Liquor. Let’s be honest: All writers have their addictions. Mine is submitting to writing contests. (Please don’t tell my mother!) Some writers turn up their noses at writing competitions and insist they are scams, but I don’t subscribe to this cynical theory. Other writers assert that one should never enter a contest with…

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring
May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

Audiobooks are today’s fastest growing digital book format … but have you ever wondered why? As an indie author or digital publisher, if you haven’t already created and distributed an audiobook version of your titles, now’s the time. As an author and a reader, I’ve never outgrown the desire to have stories read to me…

4 Reasons Publishers Need to Invest in Metadata
May 10, 2017 at 11:41 am

The topic of metadata crops up regularly as an issue publishers should care about, without much guidance as to why. So let’s ask that question now: Why should a publisher care about their metadata? The reasons are actually closely related to a publisher’s daily operations and bottom line. To that end, here are four reasons…

How I Gained 3,000 Twitter Followers: 8 Easy Lessons
May 8, 2017 at 3:57 pm

When my debut novel, Mistress Suffragette, was about to be published, I realized that I wanted to have a Twitter presence. But I wasn’t certain how to go about achieving that. I wanted to tie my messages into my novel, but not reveal so very much about it that no one would buy it. I needed…

5 Tips for Using Swag to Bond With Readers and Increase Book Sales
May 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

Theme parks and rock concerts have understood for decades the power of bottling experiences to immortalize memories. How many of us have seen pictures of others sporting Mouse Ears or wearing band T-shirts from concert tours? Perhaps you have a souvenir you bought from a tourist shop while vacationing or a picture of you or a…

Brand You: How to Find Your Author Brand
May 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

I come to novel writing by way of advertising, and I tend to view the task of marketing one’s books through an advertising lens. It took me a long time to get an agent for my newly published book, Mistress Suffragette (Penmore Press, 2017), so I was able to devote plenty of attention to thinking…

Confessions of a Lifelong Audiobook Addict
May 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

The news that children’s audiobook sales have gone up while ebook sales have declined doesn’t surprise me. It’s not because there’s anything wrong with ebooks. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved being read to. A Stack of Picture Books and a Record Player Like many other kids, I lay in bed…

Hybrid Authors: Spotting One in the Wild
April 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

When I co-founded the Fuse Literary agency in March 2013, my partner Gordon and I were clear on one thing: We wanted to create the model for the literary agency of the future, one where digital storytelling was a foundation pillar. To us, storytelling should be the central part of any author’s career, but where…