A Kitchen for Writers

A Kitchen For Writers

I’ve been watching For the Love of Kitchens on the Discovery+ app. The show follows the work of the kitchen design studio of deVOL, in the UK.  It’s something my wife got me into—a sort of “visual comfort food,” watching a show that’s centered on designing and...
Everything you need to know about D2D Print

Everything You Need to Know About D2D Print

When we ask our authors to share their most burning questions, we get a lot of questions about D2D Print. They want to know why it’s still in beta, when it will become an “official” D2D service, and what sets D2D Print apart from other print-on-demand services like...
The Opportunity is the Marketing

The Opportunity is the Marketing

I love authors. Being one myself, I know I’m biased. I’ll own that. But the label “author” is actually so voluminous, so broad and encompassing, that a statement like “I love authors” doesn’t narrow things down in the least. There are, after all, authors who work from...
5 Common Questions Authors Asks

5 Common Questions Authors Ask

I do a lot of one-on-one author coaching, especially around conference season. And in the decade or so that I’ve been chatting with new, incoming, and will-be authors, there are certain recurring questions that I get asked. Most could be boiled down to “How do I sell...
Why Every Author Needs a Commonplace Book

Why Every Author Needs a “Commonplace Book”

I do a lot of research. A lot. When you think of "research," particularly as it relates to writing, you probably think of a beleaguered author, hunched over stacks of books and notebooks, pouring over passages about this topic or that subject until their eyes nearly...
The Problem with Easy Money: Wide vs Exclusive is No Contest

The Problem with Easy Money

Wide vs Exclusive is No Contest Ok, let's talk about the elephant in the room... I'll admit to something, right here and now, but if you ever tell a soul I'll deny it. I have books in Amazon's KDP Select (also known as Kindle Unlimited or KU). Not all books! Just...
Choosing a Title That Hooks Your Reader

Choosing a Title that Hooks Your Reader

Choosing a good title is an art. It’s a bit like being able to write poetry, or to paint as an impressionist. A good title is also a paradox. You’re aiming to convey something a bit esoteric and ineffable with your title, and yet it needs to give your potential reader...
Consistency is a Super Power

Consistency is a Super Power

If you follow bloggers, YouTubers, and social media influencers for long enough they’ll inevitably provide you with some insight and tips about how they’ve achieved the success they’ve achieved. I follow hundreds of these folks, and often their advice is profound....
Characterization Growth Hack: Make Characters Personable

Characterization Growth Hack: Make Characters “Personable”

Building a character that captures the reader's attention comes down to something I've learned from (of all things) marketing: Make the character personable. From a strictly dictionary definition, personable means having a pleasant appearance and manner (definition...
Capture Readers with the Right Question

Capture Readers with the Right Question

In a recent post on my personal blog, I wrote about the idea that all novels revolve around a central question (I also wrote about the Newport Viking Tower, which you can almost bet is going to be featured in more of my future novels... just sayin'). In this post, I...
A Kitchen For Writers

A Kitchen For Writers

I’ve been watching For the Love of Kitchens on the Discovery+ app. The show follows the work of the kitchen design studio of deVOL, in the UK.  It’s something my wife got me into—a sort of “visual comfort food,” watching a show that’s centered on designing and...

The Opportunity is the Marketing

The Opportunity is the Marketing

I love authors. Being one myself, I know I’m biased. I’ll own that. But the label “author” is actually so voluminous, so broad and encompassing, that a statement like “I love authors” doesn’t narrow things down in the least. There are, after all, authors who work from...

Tips for Collaboration & Co-Authors with Draft2Digital

Tips for Collaboration & Co-Authors // EP055

Episode Summary One of the most amazing things about the self-publishing community is how authors come together, producing books as co-authors or building box sets or anthologies or collections. This is a group that likes to work together! And we've Draft2Digital has...
What's Your Burning Question?

What’s Your Burning Question? // Self Publishing Insiders // EP054

Episode Summary Every author, at every level, as some question they need answered. About the business. About the craft. About the business of marketing the craft. You probably have a dozen or so questions yourself! And that's why we here at D2D are determined to make...
Writers Helping Writers - Self Publishing Insiders

Writers Helping Writers – A Chat with Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi // Self Publishing Insiders // EP053

Episode Summary "One of the unique and wonderful things about the self-publishing community is how everyone seems willing to work together, to help out when needed, and to share whatever wisdom or advice they have. And that's certainly true of co-authors Angela...
Instant Multi-Platform Sales Reporting with ScribeCount

Instant Multi-Platform Sales Reporting with ScribeCount // Self Publishing Insiders // EP052

Episode Summary "What is measured can be improved." It's a philosophy to live by, but for authors who are trying to make a living from book sales, it's advice worth taking to heart! In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders, D2D's own lovable on-staff author Mark...
Make money using D2D’s free tools, even if you aren’t an author!

Side Hustle – Using D2D’s Tools to Make More Money // Self Publishing Insiders // EP051

Episode Summary Money. Hardly any word gets an author’s attention faster. And we understand. Money is good. Money is what we trade in exchange for all our stuff. And in this episode of Self Publishing Insiders the Draft2Digital team is telling you how you can make...
Self Publishing Insiders - Improving and Honing Your Writing Craft

Improving and Honing Your Writing Craft // Self Publishing Insiders // EP049

Episode Summary In the self-publishing world we often talk about things like marketing, editing, cover design, building a platform—and all of these are things you do AFTER writing your book. But the actual writing, the writing craft, is even more important. Let's talk...
Self Publishing Insiders - Tips from D2D Support

Insider Tips from D2D Support // Self Publishing Insiders // EP047

Episode Summary We work pretty hard to make Draft2Digital the easiest part of your author experience, but sometimes there are just questions we couldn’t anticipate. That’s why we’ve built the best author support team there is! In this episode of SPI, you’ll hear from...
Self Publishing Insiders Ep 46 - Author Goal Setting & Planning

Author Goal Setting and Planning // Self Publishing Insiders // EP046

Episode Summary Goals—the secret sauce of success for every endeavor of your life. And the author life is no different! Writers need to know how to set goals and how to measure their success (or, sure, sometimes failure) in meeting objectives and getting things done....
Author Bill Bernhardt on the Self Publishing Insiders Podcast, with Draft2Digital

Writing for Writers and Readers with William Bernhardt// Self Publishing Insiders // EP045

Episode Summary Writing fiction is work. Helping authors is work. Doing both—that’s a life’s work. In this episode of SPI we dive into the red-sneakered world of novelist and author-shaper William Bernhardt. [simplecast-embed...
The Many Worlds of ML Buchman - Podcast Showcard

The Many Worlds of M.L. Buchman // Self Publishing Insiders // EP044

Episode Summary Shifting gears as an established author can take a lot of work. It’s basically reinventing yourself, while trying to hold on to the audience you’ve built. How does an author start fresh without starting over? [simplecast-embed...

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