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Boost a Facebook Post Like the Pros

Diving into the world of Facebook advertising can do wonders for your author platform. Start with learning about Facebook’s advertising-lite tool, boost. More…

Facebook Live for Authors

Use It to Promote Your Book and Build Your Brand

Facebook Live is a revolutionary tech feature for social media. Here’s how you can use it to promote your book and build your brand as an author. More…

Spotify Playlist for Writing Romantic Scenes

Write steamy romance scenes with these classic romance tracks. More…

Optimize Your Social Media Strategy in Minutes

“The Social Hour”

Social media strategy can be daunting, but our social expert Katie Bolin breaks it down to show you how to optimize your strategy in minutes. More…

My Tale of Boosting a Facebook Post (Spoiler: I Survived)

A Case Study

Afraid to boost your first Facebook post? Don’t be. Intrepid author Amanda Shofner shares her insights from boosting her first Facebook post. More…

Spotify Playlist for Writing Sad Scenes

Write sad scenes with inspiration from the ultimate tearjerker tracks. More…

Go On, Take My Book. I Don’t Care

What would you do if someone steals your book? Rachel Hansen shares what she thinks about having her book stolen. Her opinion might surprise you. More…

Got the Next Mind-Blowing Genre Mashup? Learn How to Market It First

If you mixed genres, marketing your book will create unique challenges. Here’s what our publicist says about how to market your genre mashup the best way. More…

3 Genius Book Marketing Lessons from Taylor Swift

Channel your inner Taylor Swift to market your book like the biggest pop star in the world. More…

10 Huge Mistakes You’re Making with Genre Conventions

Taking the Road Frequently Traveled

Not following genre conventions can lead to losing sales. Avoid making these mistakes to put you on the right road—the one frequently traveled. More…

Give Your Book Cover the Gift of Genre

Why does genre matter for book cover design? Cover designer Jenny Zemanek shares insider secrets on how genre impacts your book’s cover design. More…

Get Your Genre Fix

Looking to branch out and try a new genre? Here are our genre recommendations, “if you like this, try that” style. More…

Can't Afford to Self-Publish Your Book? Try Crowdfunding

Tips for a Successful Campaign

Crowdfunding for books is possible, if you know how to run a successful campaign. Here’s what you need to know to rock crowdfunding your book. More…

Should You and Your Editor Share the Same Genre World? (Maybe)

Do you have the right book editor? The more you know about genre (and how much your editor should know about your genre), the easier the search. More…

Use Genre at Every Stage of Self-Publishing to Sell More Books

“The Path of Least Revision”

Every indie author wants to sell more books. Genre is a secret weapon you’re probably not using. (But you totally should be.) Here’s what you need to know. More…

Spotify Playlist for Writing Action Scenes

Write the most badass scene of all time with this crazy high energy playlist. More…

Pair Your Next Book with One of These Alcoholic Drinks

Genre + Alcohol = Perfect Match

Books and booze is one of the best combinations in the world. Here’s how you can pair your favorite genres with alcoholic drinks. More…

5 Stellar Books to Showcase America’s History

The United States is a collection of people from other places, and these five books showcase how America became the country it is today. More…

The Worst Thing You’re Doing Online

What is the number one worst thing you can think of that other people do online (and maybe you too)? More…

When Does Pride Sabotage Your Editing?

When it comes to editing, is pride interfering with your best book? Here’s what you need to know to find the editor you’re looking for. More…

4 Insane Ways to Market Your Book on Snapchat

*opens Snapchat* *is still playing with filters 5 hours later*

Step out of the box to market your fiction book using the coolest messenger app of all time: Snapchat. More…

Famous Authors You’d Never Guess Were Self-Published

Self-Publishing Was Cool Before You

Bet you’d never guess these famous authors were self-published. More…

What You Need to Know About Self-Publishing Your Comic or Graphic Novel

Self-publishing comics and graphic novels isn’t impossible. Learn what you’ll need to know about self-publishing your comic or graphic novel. More…

Autocorrect and Spellcheck Are Your Frenemies

Autocorrect and spellcheck may seem like the ticket to easy editing, but that’s where you’d be wrong. They’re more like a frenemy. More…

7 Must-Read LGBTQ Books

Celebrate pride this month by jumping into the rich world of LGBTQ literature. More…

Take Pride in Your Self-Publishing Endeavors

When you self-publish, you’re more than just the author—you’ve got a number of roles to do (and do well). Take pride in your accomplishments. More…

We’re Self-Published and Proud

Who’s proud to be self-published? We invited three indie authors to share why they love being self-published. More…

11 Reasons You Should Definitely Fall in Love with a Writer

Writers make the best partners ever. More…

Gay Male Author Seeks Same for Bouts of Impassioned Editing (But Should He?)

“No Red Pens Aloud Allowed”

If you’re writing a gay romance about cat-lovers in Sheboygan, who’s best suited to edit? Robert Schmidt tackles what LGBT authors should look for in an editor. More…

It’s Time to Be Self-Published and Proud

I’m self-published, and I don’t care who knows. Here’s why I’m proud to be self-published. (And why you should be, too.) More…

How to Make the Best Social Media Images Ever

Ever wondered how to make amazing social media images without spending hours or tons of money doing them? Meet Canva. More…

Let Gordon Ramsay Be Your Personal Writing Coach

You think Gordon Ramsay can’t help you write because he’s a chef and not an author? You’re dead bloody wrong! More…

What Do You Mean You’re Not Reading?

Put Down Your Ego and Pick Up a Book

Writers need to write, but writers also need to read. If you’re an author and you’re not reading, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s why. More…

Spotify Playlist for Writing Breakups

Breakup songs are some of the most popular & emotion-inducing songs ever written. Get inspired by these tales of heartbreak to write the perfect breakup scene. More…

Does Advertising a Book on Goodreads or Facebook Even Work?

"Ask a Publicist"

Does advertising actually work? Our book publicist answers whether she thinks paid book advertisements are worth your investment. (Spoiler: They are.) More…

Spotify Playlist for Writing Feelgood Scenes

This is part of a series of playlists curated to set the mood for scene writing.

Write happy scenes while listening to these bonafide feel-good tracks. More…

Feed Your Inner Beast with These Weird Erotica Books

There’s an erotica book for just about anything you can think of—plus more than you ever thought possible. Here’s your introduction to weird erotica. More…

Self-Editing Hacks You Can’t Live Without

Don't Embarrass Yourself with Obvious Typos

Before you hand off your manuscript to your editor, stop. These self-editing hacks will keep you from making embarrassing typos. More…

Choosing the Right Platform for Your Author Website

If you know you need an author website, but where to host it has you lost, this is the case study for you. WordPress? Squarespace? Something else entirely? More…

These Facebook Ads Are Perfect for Authors

Plus a Case Study on Boosted Post Performance

Facebook ads are a great way to reach more readers. Find out which ones will help grow your author platform, plus a case study on boosted posts. More…

Aromatherapy Cures for Author Problems

What's That Smell?

The author experience isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. For common writer problems, a little aromatherapy can pull you out of a funk and keep you writing. More…

Who Cares About the Oxford Comma?

What use does the Oxford comma have? Robert Schmidt, editor extraordinaire, tackles this question, and settles the Oxford comma/No Oxford comma debate for real. More…

How Pinterest Will Help You Write Your Next Novel

Pinterest is more than a site that helps you find decorating tips or your next meal. It’ll help you write your next novel with its powerful content curation. More…

How to Find Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

It can be really hard to find amazing stock photos. Here are five sites that are doing stock photos right. More…

How to Avoid Classic Rookie Author Mistakes

The path to self-publishing is fraught with peril and it’s easy to make the wrong move. Here’s what you can do to avoid making classic rookie author mistakes. More…

The Biggest Mistakes You’re Making with Fonts

Fonts can make or break your book. Learn the eight biggest mistakes people make with book fonts to avoid a visual disaster in your self-publishing journey. More…

The Best Author Websites Have These Features

If you’ve published a book, you’ll need an author website. Learn why one is so important and what needs to go on your site. More…

The Must-Have Social Media Management Tools for Writers

A Product Review of the Great (and Not So Great) Social Tools

If you’re an author, social media marketing can boost your online presence. But finding the right tool to manage your social isn’t easy—here’s a review of four. More…

6 Simple Mindset Shifts to Bust through Writer’s Block

Don't Hulk Smash It. Build the Creative Muscle.

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, these mindset shifts might get you writing again. (Yes, it’s that easy.) More…

5 Easy (and Delicious) Slow Cooker Recipes for Writers

You Can't Go Wrong with Delicious Food and More Writing Time

Is food an important part of writing? Yes! Here are five easy slow cooker recipes that’ll fuel your mind, free your time, and get your creativity flowing. More…

Write. Publish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt

Write. Publish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant & Sean Platt is a must-read for anyone looking to turn self-publishing into a sustainable career—here’s our review. More…

7 Cringe-Worthy Ways You’re Annoying People on Social Media

“The Social Hour”

Are you annoying people on social media? Make sure you’re not doing one of these seven cringe-worthy practices, and you’ll be in the clear. (Probably.) More…

Get Focused: How to Create a Writing Life Free of Distractions

"The Path of Least Revision"

A distraction-free writing life isn’t impossible. Even with approximately a million things keeping you from writing, it’s possible to carve time and space out. More…

Wait, Books Need Marketing? (And Other Promotional Mistakes You Make)

Yes, it’s true. Books need marketing. Book Publicist Robin Tinker explains a couple common promotional mistakes people make and introduces her new column. More…

Be the Social Media Queen (or King) of Your Dreams

Social media is a huge part of marketing yourself as an author and your book. Social Media Strategist Katie Bolin introduces her column on all things social. More…

Notorious POD: A Battle of the Self-Publishing OG’s

In a POD throwdown between Amazon and Ingram, which self-publishing OG takes home the prize? Mark Levine, the Mac Daddy of self-publishing, MC’s this battle. More…

The Answer to the Editing Question You're Too Afraid to Ask

"No Red Pens Aloud Allowed"

Ever wondered "What is editing?" You're not alone. Robert Schmidt introduces himself to Published Magazine & gives you insight into what editing's really about. More…

The 411 on “The Path of Least Revision”

Amanda Shofner shares the 411 on her column “The Path of Least Revision,” and how it’ll get and keep you writing. More…