Make a Good First Impression with Cover Design

A good first impression can set the tone in an interaction with a new person. In the world of publishing, this lesson is just as important for books trying to catch a reader’s eye in an ever-growing market. There are different ways a book can win over a reader once...

Trope Talk: Speaking the Language of Romance

While the world of literature continues to expand every year with countless new stories, one genre has continued to claim the top spot of the publishing landscape. As we at Draft2Digital press ever closer to our million-book milestone, many genres continue to find...

The Eight Levels of Author Success – Part 2

Author success does not come all at once. In our last post, we took a look at some of the common stages an author's career might go through over the course of finding their own brand of author success. This week, we'll continue on through the last four levels of...

The Eight Levels of Author Success – Part 1

Over the years, I've had the privilege to witness countless stories unfurl, not just within the pages of books but in the narrative arcs of authors themselves. Each writer's journey is unique, a path punctuated with challenges, discoveries, and revelations. However,...

Using D2D’s Coupon Manager Tool: A Guide!

When Draft2Digital and Smashwords joined forces in 2022, we started the undertaking of bringing together the resources both companies have offered authors over the years. Now that we're moving toward making Draft2Digital the go-to publishing platform for authors, it's...

Press Release: Draft2Digital Acquires SelfPubBookCovers.com

Draft2Digital Acquires SelfPubBookCovers.com, World’s Leading Premade Covers Marketplace 260,000 Draft2Digital Authors and Publishers Gain Convenient Access to Thousands of Original and Affordable Premade Cover Designs July 24, 2023—OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.—Draft2Digital...

D2D Acquires SelfPubBookCovers.com! (SPBC)

Wait, what? Didn’t D2D just acquire Smashwords, like, last year? And aren’t you guys still working on integrating the two companies? What can we say? We’re on a mission. And it’s the same mission we’ve had since the inception of the business: D2D exists to improve the...

Selling More Books with Promo Stacking

Thank you to Kerrie Flanagan from Author Relations with CraveBooks for this week's guest blog about promo stacking! Selling more books is a goal for most Indie Authors, but getting your books in front of new readers can be a challenge. Promo stacking is a great...

Starting Your New Ebook with D2D Step-by-Step

Draft2Digital always aims to be user-friendly, particularly for authors who aren't experts with technology. We also know that any new system comes with a learning curve. If you're looking to start a new ebook with Draft2Digital but need some guidance, we have a...

Lessons on Character Building from Dungeons & Dragons – Part 2

Last week, we took a dive into the character alignments of Dungeons & Dragons and how we can consider them when building characters in our stories. Of course, someone’s relationships with morality and society don’t define them as a person. If alignments are our...
Smashwords Bestsellers of the Week – September 12

Smashwords Bestsellers of the Week – September 12

We're another week closer to Autumn and we have another set of Smashwords bestsellers to celebrate! Congratulations to the authors who achieved bestseller status this week! Here is our top fiction of the week! Smashwords Top 25 Bestselling Indie Fiction Books by Units...

Book Awards for Indie Authors // EP142

Episode Summary Hannah Jacobson from Book Award Pro is here to help you navigate the opportunities and pitfalls of the indie award landscape. ...

Understanding Copyright // EP141

Episode Summary The world of copyright can be legally technical and complicated for authors new and old alike. Barbara Ingrassia is here to make understanding copyright a little easier. [simplecast-embed...

D2D Acquires SelfPubBookCovers.com – AUA // EP140

Episode Summary D2D is getting into the Book Cover business with SelfPubBookCovers.com! Nick Thacker and Rob Sturtz join us for an AUA to introduce D2D authors to SPBC. ...

How to Avoid Author Scams with Victoria Strauss // EP139

Episode Summary Not everyone in publishing is looking out for your best interest. Victoria Strauss uses WriterBeware to warn the community about bad actors and she's here to give you an idea of what to look out for. [simplecast-embed...

D2D + Smashwords Merger Update – AUA! // EP138

Episode Summary When D2D incorporated Smashwords in 2022, we joined with the mission of empowering indie authors. With the final phase of the merger underway, we wanted to give those authors a chance to ask questions about what they can expect. [simplecast-embed...

How to Build a Great Author Business // EP137

Episode Summary Joe Solari joins us to share his expert opinion on the elements of good author marketing that can help your business as a writer succeed. ...

Best Practices to Sell More Books with The Indy Author // EP136

Episode Summary Matty Dalrymple of The Indy Author Podcast shares best practices that can help indie authors find their way in the publishing world and, of course, sell more books. ...

Indie Author Marketing Success // EP135

Episode Summary One of the top questions our authors have: How do I market my books? The folks from Crave Books join us to learn tips, tricks, and strategies for indie marketing success. [simplecast-embed...

Take Your Author Career from Zero to Four Figures // EP134

Episode Summary Building your author career is about finding consistent success. Before you become a bestseller, Paul Austin Ardoin is here to talk about his pragmatic approach to month-over-month success. [simplecast-embed...

Self Publishing Industry Insights – AUA! // EP133

Episode Summary D2D's very own industry insiders look into some insights we've seen in publishing and answer questions from our authors in an Ask Us Anything episode! ...

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